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Jul 10 2019
markthurman53
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Heliograph Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,064 AEG
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First hike for the second day in the Pinaleno Mountains was up to Heliograph Peak from Shannon Camp Ground. I started at 7:00 with temps in the low 60's. The Arcadia trail starts out contouring the south slope of Marijilda Canyon Through a dense growth of fir trees and a patches of Blackberry (dewberries) and strawberry plants. should be excellent in about a month. Contouring the south slope, the trail enters a ravine that comes down from the ridge that extends Northeast of Heliograph peak. This is a burn area from either the 2004 or 2017 fires with lots of dead fall. The GPS routes show the Arcadia Trail heading up this ravine but I saw no trace of it. If it was here it is very well hidden. The trail continues contouring the slope through this ravine before heading up to the ridge to a small saddle near Eagle Rock. This area is covered in dead fall and the trail is almost non existent but if you watch closely you will see rock cairns every so often to let you know you are still heading in the right direction. Once at the saddle there is a very large tree that has blown over and blocks the trail, Climb over, go around or under what ever it takes to get around it. On the other side partially hidden by the fallen tree is a sign indicating the junction of the Arcadia and Heliograph Peak Trails. At this junction there is definitely a trail that heads down into noon creek that is the continuation of the Arcadia Trail. The Heliograph Trail heads up the east side of the ridge (a little hidden at this point) to another saddle where the GPS routes show the Arcadia Trail Junction. I saw no evidence of the Arcadia Trail here. I will have to do the Arcadia trail from below to see where it crosses this ridge. I think the fires have obscured the trail. The Heliograph Peak trail heads west with a continuous climb to a ridge on the Northwest side of Heliograph Peak and follows this ridge up to the peak. The Heliograph trail is overgrown with new aspen growth but with a vigilant eye and occasional rock cairns you can stay on trail. Once on the peak the views are in all directions although a bit obscured to the south because of the communication towers. I climbed up three flights for a better view but for those more daring it goes up another three or four. After a short break on the peak I headed down the road to the start point to complete the loop. The road down is closed to motor vehicles but makes for a pleasant return trip. I would definitely advise taking the trail up though or you will miss out on some of the most scenic parts of this loop.
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Oct 13 2017
SkyIslander18
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Bad start to the morning when at Ladybug Saddle on the drive up I stopped to read the info signs. Attempted to hop up a 2 foot rock wall and caught my toe. Crashed down hard on the wall bracing the impact with my elbow and forearm, it shot up my arm and I was 100% certain I had broke my arm. Jumped up to see my shoulder forward in an unnatural way, pushed in and lifted my arm to hear a pop and my shoulder was straight again. Damn it, I popped a vicodin and waited for it to kick in while contemplating ER or hiking. Vicodin kicked in and I chose hiking.

First up was High Peak Rd. My last visit I saw that my favorite aspen meadow had made it through the Frye Fire and I wanted to see it again. I arrived at the meadow to see it mostly autumn gold. I made a hammock camp and spent a few hours there ..... I could have stayed all day there, but Heliograph Peak was the goal of the day.

Next up Heliograph. Of all the trails that looked on heat & progression maps to have the least fire impact, I though this one may have fared well. I was dead wrong ..... except for the very top (peak) and a decent portion of the back trail, this loop IMO is destroyed. The peak was nice, but showed from 10,000 feet up the majority of the mountain top and I am now certain that except for the campgrounds ..... you will be hard pressed to find 1 acre of forest from Heliograph Peak to Riggs Lake that has not been impacted from the fire. I popped a second pain killer and completed the loop back down to Shannon CG, this campground looked good!

There was good - I saw an unbelievable amount of deer (maybe 20-25), a dozen Abert's & many big birds above.
Lots of contractors driving up & down the Swift Trail continuing repairs on the mountain.
Heliograph Peak & High Peak meadow were wonderful!

On the drive back down I was 50/50 on an ER visit before going home. I chose home, we'll see what tomorrow brings.
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Sep 18 2017
SkyIslander18
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On Thursday 9/14 the top portion of the Swift Trail (366) was opened back up to the public.
This was the first opportunity for the Gila Valley residents to drive up and view the effects from the Frye Fire.

I drove up and parked at High Peak road. Completed a big loop to & through the above linked trails/campgrounds.

I've only got 2 thoughts -

#1 - The fire was good for the overall future health and growth of the Pinaleno Mountain range for the decades and more to come, I do not deny that fact.

#2 - For myself ..... the 40+ year hiker, backpacker, camper, fisherman & photographer of this magnificent mountain range ..... I am totally devastated and heartbroken by the destruction I viewed on top.
The Pinalenos will never be the same for the rest of my life.
I am shook, I am bitter & I am angry, but I am also very thankful that I got to see and share with my family and friends the incredible beauty of what once was. There will be many more great memories made on this mountain ..... just in a different way now and in different locations.
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Sep 15 2016
SkyIslander18
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Solo afternoon trip up into 10,000 ft land.
Chose the counter clockwise route for this day.
Added the out-n-back spur trail at the start.
T shirt weather on the climb up, pullover fleece on top and down Arcadia.
The aspens are a turnin', good amount of summer flowers left, still many raspberries left to pick, Shannon CG creek flowing very well & very green pines throughout.
Wildlife was scarce today producing only 1 white-tail doe sighting.
:D
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Aug 18 2016
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Gorgeous day for hiking over 10,000 feet!
I love being able to leave my house after noon, drive up the mountain, and be able to hike to a high peak - then easily be home well before dark.
Don't know what took me so long to do this, but it was fabulous. The trail up from Shannon was lined with ferns, aspens, pines, and raspberries. Once on top I enjoyed the picnic table by the cabin with snacks and a summit beer. The temperature was 70 degrees ... almost 30 lower than in the valley below.
Took the road back down.
Encountered a little twin-spotted rattlesnake just below the top.
Afterwards I went to check out Snow Flat - really cool little camping area with a small pond and some turkeys milling around. Also found another snake near the pond - had its head down a hole, and seemed dead until I started to pick it up.
Finally, on the drive back, saw Chad,Addie, And Lauren up to something along the side of the road.
Home in time for evening dog walk and amazing moon rise.
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Jul 17 2016
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Day 3 (Hike 5) –
A short ways down Rt. 366 from Grant Hill was the Shannon Campground, the takeoff point for the next two peaks on my list: Eagle Rock and Heliograph Peak. The plan was to hit the peaks up as I made a clockwise loop. The trail is in excellent condition for the first mile to the saddle and this first mile is completely shaded while still offering excellent views.

The summit of Eagle Rock is located less than 1/10th of a mile off the trail, just before reaching the saddle. There is a noticeable route to the left, which leads from the main trail toward the large boulder pile that forms the summit of Eagle Rock. Under normal circumstances, I would’ve been leaping like a gazelle from boulder to boulder; but given that the equilibrium issue has impaired my bouldering ability considerably more than other activities, I was feeling a bit apprehensive as I cautiously stepped off the trail and made my way toward the boulders. Luckily, [with nothing coming close to a Class 3 climb], slowing my pace to what felt painfully slow and exercising extreme caution allowed me to safely reach the summit of Eagle Rock and even spend some time exploring the exceptional views from some of the other tall boulders on the Eagle Rock summit. The views were sensational and definitely earned a spot on my Pinaleno Fab Five list for best summit views of the 11 peaks I bagged that weekend. I spent some time searching for a summit register but was unable to find one in any of the places that seemed most obvious… however, with the tons of boulders and possible “hiding places”, it wouldn’t surprise me if I overlooked it.

Next up was Heliograph Peak/L.O. The trail conditions for most of the remaining way from the saddle to the peak were quite opposite from the first mile: there were tons of rocks and enough trees for most of the way to block the views but not the sun. While not an exhausting climb in and of itself, the energy expenditure of having summited 6 peaks [by the time I made it to the top of Heliograph] suddenly caught up to me, and I was feeling pretty beat when I first arrived on the summit. However, the sensational views and other interesting things [cabins, radio towers, the lookout, etc.] gave me newfound energy… [nonetheless, you know I’m beat when I’m very much looking forward to a dirt road finish!]. Before heading down, I spent some time exploring the summit and soaking in the exceptional views from various vantage points. The incredible views from Heliograph definitely lived up to reputation and easily made my Pinaleno Fab Five list… but like a storybook ending, the best was destined to be last…
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first visit to the pinalenos
two night car camp with john
drove up saturday morning, and were on the mountain by noon
checked out a few campgrounds, setting up at hospital flat
thought we might have trouble getting a site, but plenty were available in shannon and arcadia
this area has been on my wish list for some time
good timing for getting away from record temps in the valley
picked out a handful of hikes with some input from fellow haz members
started out on this loop around 4:00, taking the trail from shannon campground
good trail up with some nice views to the north
really liked the grassy aspen area near the top
a collection of antennas, a cabin and a fire tower at the summit
no one home, so we went up as high as we could before the locked gate
great views from the tower
took the road down to make the loop
drove down a few miles to hit ladybug peak from the saddle
cute little summit with good views but no ladybugs
headed back to camp
cooled off quickly once the sun went down, so we enjoyed the fire john built
very quiet night, brightly lit by the nearly full moon
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Kelly and I have been talking about a trip to the Pinalenos for a year or two. Finally got it together. Beautiful up there. I was surprised by all the fir trees. They outnumber the pines and aspen on the upper reaches of the range.

Heliograph and Lady Bug are nice hikes with great views at the top. Good first day. :)
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Jun 06 2016
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Wanted to do one last hike before heading back to the city of smog and heat and made a stop on last dirt portion of the Swift Trail. My spur of the moment trip and poor planning involved me hiking up a road I wasn't really sure where it lead to, I just knew the road led to some sort of high point but I had no idea it was Heliograph Peak. About halfway up the mountain and ran into a group of forest service members doing logging and road maintenance and at that time I asked where does the road go and what is the name of the high point it ends at?
He replys "Umm it's called Mt. Graham" I laughed in my thoughts at his response knowing that this was definitely not the HP of Mt. Graham and wondering why he was not more familiar with this mountain since he works for the Forest Service and all but oh well. He did mentioned there is a tower up there and that's when I asked if I may climb it and he said it's closed to the public but feel free to climb up at your own risk.
Once I made it to the top I got cell service, realized it was called Heliograph Peak and the proceeded to wander around the top of the peak.

The lookout tower and cabin were both built in 1933 and seem to be in great shape, both are still actively used by the FS today. I was eager to climb the tower to soak in the views and boy were they spectacular! I only made it about 80ft up on the tower just below the entrance to the actual lookout portion which was locked, however the scenery from whrere I was still quite the sight to see!
Pretty sure you can see well into New Mexico from up there and of course all the way down to the Chiricahua Mountains and surrounding area. Quite the sight to see atop of a mountain that has more vertical relief than any other in the state.

Made some phone calls and text messages on the summit before I headed down the peak and of course took one last good stare from the views that 10,000 ft in elevation have to offer. It was a nice little stroll to cap off a great trip in the Piñaleno Mountains.
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May 07 2016
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Second hike of the day after Graham and friends. Took a few minutes to scramble up Eagle Rock on the way up Arcadia.
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Feb 22 2016
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Our one and only snowshoe trip of this winter and we almost waited too long to take it!
The Pinalenos' snow has quickly melted in the last 2 weeks leaving our first 2 choices non-doable.
We had to drive up and around to the backside of Graham all the way to Shannon for a continuous trail of snow, Heliograph Peak's service road to the top was today's ticket. Still holding about 95% of the road's snow, we headed up to the top, took in the great views from 10,000ft, rested & refueled, then back down the way we came.
Man ..... I had forgotten what a workout snowshoeing is, I'll be feeling it tomorrow, but we had a great time on this fun, well spent afternoon of play on the Big Island!!!
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Always has been, always will be one of my favorite Mt Graham trails!
Choose the counter clockwise loop on this trip by starting up the service road.
Lots of moisture, lots of drainage water, very green with impressive fungus everywhere.
The flowers were there in good patches, but didn't come up real strong this year :?
The north section still has many berries and the aspens have just started their autumn thing :FG:
A diamondback on the drive up, a couple of white-tails & 3 Abert's were the wildlife spotted today.
Overcast with a brief sprinkle and a snap of cold on the 10,000 ft top was the much wanted weather today.
This was one of those day hikes where I wished I was backpacking, did not want to leave ..... :)
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The trail up is great. It does get a little less appealing near the top where it has suffered some severe fire damage and is currently being overran by New Mexican Locust plants, hopefully the also abundant Aspen win the battle to reclaim this burned area. The top is cluttered with some contemporary stuff and several towers, but the views are solid. I took the road down and a series of old logging roads in order to hit Heliograph Spring for the dogs. The spring had water and we managed to cut some considerable sections of the closed road out of the hike back.

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After leaving Clifton I made a beeline for the Pinalenos for a quick acclimatization hike on ol' Helio. Parked at the turnoff for Shannon and moved as fast as I could up the road to the summit. Hello Helio, I've missed you! Aspens on top were just beginning to leaf out and sneezeweed flowers had just sprouted. Surprisingly, it wasn't windy. Did the usual summit overlook and took some photos, then laid down in the grass by the cabin for a short nap. Awaking to my alarm, I made a quick descent on the road, running occasionally to keep the heart rate up. I had an appointment in Safford that afternoon, so no time for more Pinaleno fun. Caught a couple of Leding's Hedgehogs in bloom near Wet Canyon on the way down and, of course, stopped to enjoy them. :)

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Apr 15 2014
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Perfect day on top of the mountain with a trio of good friends!
We started the day with a very nice loop hike of Heliograph Peak.
We then traveled the Swift Trail to it's end on this opening day of the back road.
Then it was down to Riggs Lake for a short loop around this most beautiful (cold) mountain forest lake. Quite a few people fishing & catching limits on day #1 of the reopening.
4 turkeys were spotted along the way.

Thanks Dave, Kathy & Addie - look very forward to the next one!
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Starting to pick up now, mostly yellows.

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Gushing waterfalls down the creek along the Swift Trail pullout, snow melt has it flowing about as good as I have ever seen it!

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Everybody catching trout limits within an hour on this opening day.
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Showed my friend one of my all-time favorite Graham hikes this afternoon.
Autumn aspens, 10,000 ft peak views, fire lookout tower, cabin, Eagle Rock, thick Pinaleno forest & Shannon campground .......... I will never get tired of this outstanding loop!

Almost was skunked on wildlife sightings until the drive back down the Swift Trail.
Came around a corner by the Cluff Dairy area and trotting down the yellow stripe in the road was a lone coatimundi :o
We stopped (abruptly), fumbled out our cameras, but were unable to get a shot off as it crossed the road and down the ravine ](*,)
Oh well, awesome sighting to end a great afternoon on the mountain!
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Once we determined reaching the summit of Mt Graham wasn't going to happen, unless we wanted to risk prison time or a 5,000 fine, we opted for another peak hike instead. Starting from the entrance of Shannon Campground, we hiked up a forest service road and down the Arcadia trail to make another nice loop/peak hike in the Pinalenos. This area is amazing, possibly the most impressive, and unique sky island I've seen yet!
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Swift Trail looked amazing on the drive up!
Unbelievable monsoon squall hit the back side like I have never seen before!
Entire loop was lush green!
Rainbow of flowers throughout!
Spectacular views from the 10,022 ft peak complete with lightning & thunder!
A meadow of sunflowers framed the historic cabin & fire lookout tower!
Enough wild berries along the trail to fill a backpack 10 times over!
Deer on the Swifty back down and a black-tailed rattler were the fauna of the day!

Twas a most wonderful day hike on the Grahams'
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jun 22 2012
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Hiking4.90 Miles 1,032 AEG
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Pinaleno Trip 2012, Day 4:

I awoke at my Twilight Campground campsite of the last day of my Pinaleno Reunion trip, got my pack ready, then pulled out my map. I figured I had better squeeze in at least one more hike before heading up to the White Mountains. Heliograph seemed like a good choice, so up the mountain I went again.

The sun was hotter than ever as I trudged up the Heliograph Peak Road for the summit, and shade was welcome. On top, I went out to the eastern viewpoint near the fire tower, waded through baby aspens, and took in the lenghty view of the mighty Pinalenos, not wanting to ever come down.

I took the Heliograph and Arcadia Trails back down, through massive firs and giant aspens, and roamed through Shannon Campground on the way back, sad to be almost done with my Pinaleno visit.

Back at my truck, I realized I needed more water. The perfect excuse to visit Treasure Park, I realized...so I did.
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