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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 Loop - 24 members in 81 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 06 2020
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Horsing Around in the Sierra Ancha, AZ 
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,785 AEG
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I was wanting to another hike that was compatible with social distancing, so I headed out to the Sierra Ancha, deep in the heart of @grasshopper and @Oregon_Hiker country! While there I bagged a couple of summits that I had not done before: McFadden Horse Mountain and Aztec Peak.

I first drove to the McFadden Trailhead, which is at mm 288 on Highway 288. Highway 288 is mostly paved but is part dirt road. The dirt portion is in great shape right now, and is actually better than some of the paved portions.

It is a steep climb up to McFadden Horse Mountain, but it is very nice once on top. I made my way over to the high point, and then returned the way that I came. I saw no other hikers on the trail.

I then drove to FR 487, and since the gate at the Falls CG was open, I drove to the Peterson TH and parked. Most any vehicle can drive to the Falls CG, and actually you could get to Workman Falls. However, there are a couple of sections beyond the Falls where you would need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to safely proceed. Once you get past the couple of rough spots, the road is in great shape and you could drive all the way up to the top of Aztec Peak if you wanted to.

My original intention was to do the Abbey Way's 151/FR 487 Loop, so I took FR 487 all the way to the summit of Aztec Peak. FR 487 has a smooth dirt surface, and it is very easy to hike on. Once at the summit, I walked a little way on Abbey's Way Trail #151, and I could see that the trail was going to be a bit rocky. I had also read triplogs that said the trail was very overgrown and that you'd be pushing through some thick, thorny vegetation in many places; thus, I decided that it would be best just to take 487 back to my vehicle, so that is what I did.

There are some nice views atop Aztec Peak, and I am glad that I finally went up there. I saw no other hikers on the hike, but on the way back about a mile from the summit I met a couple of trucks going up 487, and a few minutes later I met 6 RAZR's on their way to the summit. They all must have decided to hang around on the summit for a while, because they never passed me on my way back to the TH.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 2 hikes is below.
McFadden Horse Mountain: 5.5 miles with an AEG of 1,834'
Aztec Peak: 6.5 miles with an AEG of 951'

The stats above are the sum of these 2.
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Wildflowers Observation None
There were no wildflowers to be seen on this hike. However, on the drive in on Highway 288, there were LOTS of wildflowers to be seen on the lower part of the road, especially globemallow, lupine, and desert marigold.
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Parker - Moody - Coon Loop, AZ 
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Souped-up version of a classic Sierra Ancha lasso. I can imagine this being done as a day hike if one trimmed some extra out.

Parker Creek #160
This trail was a dream, if a cold one. Creek was rushing loudly and trail in 'okay' shape - some non-prickly overgrowth and at least a dozen deadfall - on the way up to the saddle. Can imagine this being a real winner in the summer months. Past the saddle the overgrowth got more pokey and that last little climb from the Rim Trail junction is just mean. Reached the east end and pulled some water from a spring off of FR 487 before Peterson TH.

Abbey's Way #151
First half mile was fantastic, open meadows and seeping water around the old ranch site. Sections of the trail were flooded. Then the climb starts, and with it the deadfall and prickly stuff. Trail is in much worse shape than it was in the summer of '18 during my last visit. It's not bad enough where you'll get lost or have to route-find, just be ready for bloodshed and tears, etc. On Aztec Peak I stopped for third-breakfast at the stone patio area and shivered in the wind. Descended down FR 487 to the ranger cabin and the unmarked Moody TH.

Moody's Point #140
Dreary switchbacks through heavy fire damage for the first mile. Well-maintained, and good views, but dreary surroundings. Glad I did this section heading downhill. Closer to Rim Trail things liven up, mixed forests and plenty of green, and I was back in love. Trickling water along sections of trail east of Rim. Once I dropped off the 'tip' I was shocked to see recent maintenance on the trail, huge cairns and clean tread. It was fabulous. The maintenance stopped about 500' above where I turned around last month... yeah. That burned. Fought for a half-mile through thick stuff and then cruised along the ridge. Having now finished this trail, I'd say that's no worse than any other trail out here, get the right mindset and push through the half-mile of nasty.

Deep Creek #128
Little roller coaster through numerous tributaries of Deep Creek. After the visual overload of the last few hours this one felt a bit bland. Plus, there was no flowing water on the creek beds, only a few standing puddles, which, given the busy state of Parker Creek, I had been expecting more. Never Go Dry made for a decent water-pull / lunch spot. Oh, and there were some neat campsites along the tributaries. Cruised the last few miles to the TH and debated life decisions.

Coon Creek #124
First 1.5 miles was easy going on the old roadbed and I kept staring ahead at Coon Creek canyon, wondering if it was reasonable to attempt tomorrow or if bailing on forest roads made more sense. Then the trail twists and plunges down to the creek itself, and half of the descent was cairn-less guesswork down washed-out gullies. Found a few markers before the creek and pulled to full capacity before climbing the other side. Either the afternoon shade or the frequent copses made the climb much more pleasant than the drop had been. When I got to the wilderness boundary I found a used campsite with a flat pad and decided to call it for the day.

Camp: did a basic cowboy setup, as it's lighter than my current hammock gear. Used a new pad and melatonin to attempt to get a decent sleep - as an anxious side-sleeper, I rarely get more than hour-long stretches outside. Vast improvement. Woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle Coon Creek.

Coon Creek #254
Returned to junction and sped north. First half mile, over the saddle and down to the drainage, was pretty darn easy, and the saddle itself was dreamy. The drainage is where route-finding starts to get difficult, with brush and disuse hiding the way forward. Had to stop frequently to look for cairns. The burn got bad 1.1 miles from junction, where the pines were scorched, and route-finding got more difficult, as sections of tread were washed out. At 1.5 miles the trail drops down to the creek and it stays there, jumping back and forth on frequent crossings. I lost count after a dozen. Sometimes I followed it on the banks until I lost it (or the thorny stuff got too painful), other times I'd just rock-hop. The trail is definitely still there, and with a trimmer and some rebuilding of creek-crossing cairns it could be revived, and I saw no evidence of major wash-out or irrevocable damage. Pretty sure it jumps up on the west bank around 6155' and stays there, though I stuck to the creek bed until the far side of Trailside Spring drainage (where the creek flow pretty much trickled to nothing), and had to do some mild scrambling before hacking up to the old trail and crawling/crying through large swaths of truly terrible thorny thickets. At least I think I found Mud Spring along the way.

Parker Creek #160
Switched over to auto-pilot mode. This is a fun one to trot down. Two groups of day-hikers, the only other people I saw all weekend #socialdistancing

Sierra Ancha Miles: 38.8/59.1 (65.6%)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Coon Creek Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Creek and spring and tank were all quite full / overfull.

dry Deep Creek Tank Dry Dry
Like, super dry.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hunt Spring Dripping Dripping
Few puddles at Rim Trail crossing. Still haven't found the 'real' dependable source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mud Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water trickling down rock face into Coon Creek, lots of grass and moss makes me feel like this could be dependable throughout much of the year.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Never Go Dry Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Both tanks along trail full, source of tanks was trickling clear water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Fork Parker Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Great flow throughout the entire creek.

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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking18.75 Miles 4,864 AEG
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Wanted to summit Aztec Peak and get a better feel for the Anchas, and as I don't have a high clearance vehicle, I started at the Parker Creek Trailhead around sunrise and worked my way up. Took the loop clockwise and added Moody Trail and Rim Trail.

Parker Creek was dry, but there was a light flow of water at the gauging station. There's a little bit of deadfall on Parker, and it's a little overgrown in spots. About a dozen piles of bear scat as well. Saw 4 white tail deer on the way up. I found Parker to be much more enjoyable on the way down when the sunlight illuminated the canyon walls.

I measured it to be about 4.5 miles to FR487 instead of the posted 4mi. Took the road down to Workman Creek Falls. There was a light flow, and all three gauging stations had flowing water.

Abbey's Way Trail starts and ends beautifully. The meadows that were the home to Peterson Ranch are pretty special, but shortly after passing them the trail becomes seriously overgrown. The grade is still there, and it's easy to follow because the trees it cuts through provide a tunnel that is hard to mistake. Painfully slow going, though. I was constantly snagged on sharp bushes and undergrowth. It's only about a mile and a half bushwhack, but it felt longer.

Had Aztec Peak to myself as it wasn't being manned. There are some really nice campsites on top.

Stopped at the FS cabin by the Moody TH. It was left open and would be a decent place to kill time in a pinch.

Saw a sizable male bear on Moody Point Trail not far from the cabin. Seems the bears get more use out of the Parker/Moody/Rim Trails than people do. Very overgrown, and with who-knows-what lurking behind its thick undergrowth and trees, it feels pretty claustrophobic.

Rim Trail was my favorite on the day. Faint in spots, and I had trouble staying on the trail. Very open and not too many overgrown sections.

Saw two FS workers on 487 on the way to Workman Creek Falls but no hikers all day. No cars at the start or finish. Temps ranged from mid 60s to low 90s.
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Jul 07 2018
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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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5 of us left the valley early this morning for a long drive / day hike to Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way. Some of my crew had read some of Abbey's works which added some extra interest for our hike to the fire tower he manned for a few years. Most of the 288 is paved up to the 487 turn off. It's still slow going with tight turns and no guard rails. FS 487 has been recently graded and open all the way up to the fire tower. We parked near the 151 trailhead (there is parking available at the trailhead, but it is easy to miss). Abbey's Way was super fun with a trek through a tall grassy meadow and slightly overgrown section through the burn area. I brought my machete along but didn't need to use it. Views from the top are impressive as is the Fred Flintstone picnic area. We followed the road back down. We had a chat with another forest visitor who just had a large black bear circle his truck. We didn't see the bear, but did get to watch the video he took of it on his phone. Saw a coatimundi on the 288 heading back towards Roosevelt lake. It was too quick to catch a picture though. Wish I lived closer to this area, it's fantastic! Lunch at Porter's Cafe in Superior afterwards, delicious!
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Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ 
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Backpack30.17 Miles 6,712 AEG
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Someone once told me that there were more than just two wildernesses in Arizona. After a derisive scoff I spent the next three years exploring the Superstitions and Mazatzals. Finally headed out to the Anchas last weekend and boy howdy it was pleasant.

FR 410 & FR 235
Necessary evil to make a loop in this area. As far as road hikes go it was rather nice, shaded by ponderosa pines and frequent deer distractions. The climb up FR 235 (?) was a bit relentless. Culvert work referenced in https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=144483 is finished, road is drivable. View from Billy Lawrence Trailhead is jaw-dropping.

Center Mountain #142
Quick jog on an old two-track (Lucky Strike #144) to the start of Center Mountain Trail. Climb is immediate and steep, though the fantastic trail construction makes it enjoyable. Once the steep section is done it's a gentle rise over the rounded dome of the mountain, where the trail is straight and easy to follow. Open meadow gets a bit annoying to track, though the views over Reynolds Creek and Baker Mountain are worth the extra time hunting cairns. Soon its back under the pines, a few more good views east over Cherry Creek, then a gentle drop towards Reynolds Creek.

Things get a bit confusing here. There are two connector routes to Reynolds Creek and a third route that climbs up to 7677'. I think the third route is the continuation of #142, not sure. Anyways, did all three for completionist sake. Upper connector climbs a bit (unexpected) and is clear and easy to follow, lower connector is starting to get overgrown by short plants with angry thorns. Think that's going to be the name of my band: Short Plants with Angry Thorns.

Time to climb. Getting up to 7677' was a pain, trail seemed to be mostly washed out. This was my last big climb of the day so I was also mentally checking out. Didn't get much better on top, cairns seem to be randomly placed around without any intention of guiding a hiker in a certain direction. Views were amazing. Near the summit an old road showed up to guide my feet down to the junction w/ Reynolds Creek #150. A magical mile later and it was time to descend to the rim.

Murphy Ranch Trail #141
Lots of variety over the short trail. Shade, berries, and exposed burnt land. I liked the berry section the best, as did some of the local fauna, judging by the scat and prints. A good rain and the sad little raspberries would plump right up. Trail was well-defined and descended in a knee-friendly manner.

Rim Trail #139
Junction worried me a bit: north looked clear, south looked brushy. For today I only had to worry about north. Trail quickly swung into the dreamy Cold Spring Canyon. Some fire damage, still amazing. Creek was barely a trickle. Next mile dragged in comparison, all exposed with thorny sections (am now intimately familiar w/ New Mexico Locust), and when I got within a few hundred yards I bee-lined to Edward Spring to filter up. Checked out the great views, setup camp, and eventually drifted off to sleep.

Note about hammock: my original campsite was down by the fire pit. As soon as I set it up I realized how dumb this was, as I'd be in a potential cold-collecting spot within a stone's throw of the spring, so I relocated to some of the trees on the ridge above. Kept warm all night, was out of the wildlife corridor, and enjoyed eery views of Pueblo Canyon in the moonlight.

Woke up the next morning, packed and filtered in the predawn, and quickly backtracked down Rim Trail. View of the early morning sun in Cold Spring Canyon will be permanently etched in my head. Trail wasn't that bad after the Murphy Trail junction, either. Helpful cairns were tall, obvious tread. Spent some time looking for a few springs, Hunt and Armor Corral, no luck. Worst overgrowth is still near Armor Corral, though @CannondaleKid's work was apparent and appreciated. The views down Devil's and Deep and the unnamed canyons were good, just not as awesome as Pueblo or Cold Spring. Views down Coon Spring were depressing, so much fire damage. At the end I hauled up Parker Creek Trail to reach FR 487.

FR 487 to Workman Creek Falls
While in the area... road seemed steep, both down and uphill. Falls were barely running. Wondered if there was a way to get down there - for today I was happy staying up on the road. Backtracked to Peterson TH.

Abbey's Way #151
Meadow is quite pleasant, some flowers along trail and orchard across the way. Obvious recent trail maintenance, clearing brush and cutting deadfall, even new cairns, made the steep hike up a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as it could be with the 23 miles behind me. Last switch was fully exposed and quite hot. Reached the top, stumbled around to take some photos, and then found some shade to eat a quick lunch. After lunch I took FR 487 & 487A down to Murphy/Haldi Ranch.

Reynolds Creek #150
Home stretch. The first mile was a gradual climb under wonderful shade, not much breeze until I crested the saddle. Next few miles were great, distracting enough that I forgot to look for Knoles Hole. Trail construction is on point, especially the section near the falls, though the creek was dry here. In fact, most of the creek was dry with only a few stagnant pools of water. Forgot about the nettles near the trailhead, not sure if I avoided them or crashed right through. Reached the trailhead exactly 24 hours after leaving it the day before.

Didn't see another soul on the trail. Think I'll be back up here fairly soon.

Sierra Ancha Miles: 17.7/59.1 (29.9%)
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dry Armor Corral Spring Dry Dry
Searched area, did not find anything besides dry drainages.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cienega Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not sure where all this water is coming from, but pipe was flowing and trough was topped off.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cold Spring Canyon Creek @ Rim TR 139 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Couldn't find any spots deep enough to filter, would have to dig a hole or be very patient.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Edward Spring Dripping Dripping
Spring itself was deep enough to dip a cup in for filter, overflow has been mauled/fouled.

dry Hunt Spring Dry Dry
Searched area, did not find anything besides a dry drainage.

dry Mud Spring Dry Dry


dry Trailside Spring Dry Dry
Dry at trail, did not attempt the ridiculous bushwhack to check exact coordinates.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Workman Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
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Abbey's Way Extended Loop, AZ 
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Almost 4 years since we'd last hiked on this trail so it was an easy choice for the last hike of our 2-day camping trip.

Abbey's Way itself was in pretty good shape, probably due to some reasonably recent trail maintenance, cutting and removing numerous downed trees. Although we did some off-trail wandering again, we stayed away from the thickets.

One item of note... unlike our last trip, there is now a tall fence around the fire tower topped with barbed concertina wire and it appears it is no longer staffed, which leads me to believe they may be using automated technology to scan for fires. Possibly infrared scanners?

Other than that, nothing special about the hike so I only took a few random photos.
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I headed out to the Ancha with @carriejane on Sunday. We hiked from the Reynolds Creek Trailhead to Aztec Peak and then back the way we came.

Reynolds Creek Trail is a little rough in spots due to some downfall and a little erosion here and there, but it’s still a nice trail. There were a few patches of snow along the way and the trickling Reynolds Creek Falls were frozen over, however, it is evident that this has been a very dry winter up there. We had the peak to ourselves and enjoyed a long break on the summit.

*I linked Aztec via Abby Way to get that peak credit, sorry not sorry...

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Frozen but a little water trickling under the ice.
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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Apples! and lots of them! I wasn't able to come out Friday and camp, which more than likely ended up being a good thing, but I came for a long day trip to the Anchas, my first time. My reward was a large brown paper bag of apples, but because I ate many, a stomach ache, too.

The gate of FR 487 is wide open, and my guess is that this is normal, so I drove right past the loop description's TH, and found the extremely worn, and shot at sign for #151 and parked at the FS TH. Starting up, the orchard was easy to find, heading right in to it on the sort of trail. Delighted, I spent over an hour eating and picking apples. I shook trees, used a stick to knock apples down, and climbed up to get at them. They needed pruning and fertilizing, oh, for the last 50 years, but there are apples there, and a number of them are pretty good. Most of the nasty ones I knocked down seemed to be eaten by the elk around sunset. Cleaning crew!

I took my big brown bag of apples back to my car, and because I do not have a GPS( I always borrow routes when I edit and post those) and I was unable to locate where an obvious trail exited the orchard, I opted to hike up 487 to the peak and descent 151. Aztec Peak was great, the Sierra Ancha are very nice, the views were really fun, but the descent down 151 was a big mistake, save perhaps for encountering a herd of elk with at least 2 males bugling, back at the orchard.

Quite windy on Aztec, and it felt colder than the day before on Humphrey, but that was the wind, not the temperature. Looking east, it strikes me how relatively flat the land is until one gets to the higher terrain of Baldy. Lots of canyons, and rugged eroded land, but compared to the area from the Anchas west to the Mazatzals, the Bradshaws, and other ranges, this central and eastern part of the state is pretty flat. It's also mostly Apache Reservation; San Carlos and White Mountain.

Looking back at logs from the last 2 years, it appears Randy and Jack didn't hike 151, and others like JJ found it in a far better condition than I did. Had I known, I would have stuck with the road. 151 probably should just be decommissioned, but I guess that isn't how things are. There isn't a big issue with large dead and down, but with lots of small dead NM Locust, and tons of rubus spp. grown over the trail, this ended up being an entirely unnecessary trip down a thorny slope navigating around, over, and under a tangle of thorns. Even when right on the old trail and going past cairns, in many cases. In spots, people have clearly hiked this, but in others it looked like a seldom used game trail or unvisited all together. After doing it once, I would just take 487 both ways, and skip that hellish thorn covered slope. I mean, the road is right there!

Still a great area, and I wish I had come here sooner. Perhaps I will spend more time here next year, when things warm back up. Yesterday's wind and cold front has me thinking that I am getting less and less likely to be out visiting higher terrain for the season. This is related to schedules, too, and not just the weather. Still, fall goes fast, November is soon to be here, and the days are getting a lot shorter.
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Got an email from Roadtrip Randy (rwstorm) earlier in the week to accompany him on a scenic drive into the Sierra Ancha's, since I haven't been in the beautiful Ancha's in a while, I accepted his offer. Thursday morning we met in Globe and right away Randy had to show me his new rough terrain tires that he had installed on his pickup and today we were going to break them in. As we were heading north on the Globe/Young Hwy, (288) we were talking about the bad luck encountered by Joe, Bruce and Chums as they hiked to Reavis Ranch in search of apples, so Randy wanted to make a trip to the old Peterson Ranch on 487, above Workman Creek Falls, to check out an old orchard located back in the woods.

Along the way, we stopped at the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest headquarters to see how the buildings had weathered the Monsoon season. The local roads are in tough shape but the gates are in place and locked to prevent vehicles from entering. Then it was on to Workman Creek where we headed up the nearly destroyed 487. The road suffered numerous washouts during the Monsoons but have been repaired enough to allow traffic to get through. It looks like there was a pretty extensive rock-fall at the falls and it too has been reworked. We arrived at the trailhead that leads to the Aztec Peak Lookout Tower via the Peterson Ranch and hit the trail. Soon we were at the orchard and all of the trees had apples on them. The Elk have trimmed all the low hanging branches to a height of about eight feet, making access to the apples difficult. We were able to locate some dead branches lying around that gave us the ability to knock down some apples to taste test.

All of the apples we tasted were a bit hard but juicy with some being sweeter than others. We gathered enough to almost fill Randy's backpack so I could bring some back home to Pat to see if she could use them for an Apple Pie or some Fritters or whatever she may dream up.. :) From there we drove the rest of the way up to the Lookout Tower. The tower is no longer manned on a continuous schedule so there's a new chain-link fence with razor wire along the top to keep visitors out. Very windy up there so we didn't stay long.

We bumped and braked our way back to the blacktop, headed north and turned off on the Reynolds Creek Road (410) and gave Randy's new tires another workout. Again the road has suffered from the Monsoons but has been filled in enough to get vehicles through. We followed the bone jarring road to it's end at Reynolds Trailhead then back and on out to the scenic Billy Lawrence Trailhead. From the overlook, we could see Cherry Creek Road winding its way far below us and the damage that the recent fires had done to the area. The fire destroyed a major part of the scenic Cherry Creek area but signs of re-growth are everywhere, nature isn't fast, but in time, the forest will return.

By now, my butt was getting pretty sore but Randy wasn't done yet.. :doh: On our way back to Globe, Randy turned off on another washout road leading to the Parker Creek Gorge (140) overlook. The winds had been picking up since noon so by now, the air was full of dust from the Globe/Miami tailings piles. The sun was peaking through holes in the clouds, casting suns rays through the dust. Roosevelt Lake, in the distance, looked like it was getting hit by another late season Monsoon but it was just from the sun shining through the tailings dust.. :D Back in Globe we split up, but Randy was going to go to Superior to get some Hatch jalapeno's for home roasting so I recommended that we meet at Porter's for one of their giant burgers and some beer to wash em down... yup, great place to stop for a post-outing refreshment.

Thanks Randy, I hope your tires got broke-in, I got to see a lot of the Sierra Ancha's that I haven't been to before.. :app: Now I just gotta get rid of this sore back and neck... :lol:
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Still a bit early for color.
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Apr 09 2017
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 774 AEG
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Hiked up the Aztec Peak road to the base of the eastern cliffs, looking for alcoves or prehistoric sites, while following the base of the cliffs. Slow going in places with thick brush and slippery slopes. The cliffs directly below Aztec Peak are devoid of any prehistoric sites. Roamed around on the Peak for a bit in the howling winds before hiking back to my truck.
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Aug 28 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Parker Abbey Aztec Moody Rim, AZ 
Parker Abbey Aztec Moody Rim, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking16.92 Miles 4,197 AEG
Hiking16.92 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.82 mph
4,197 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
I'll take the Sierra Ancha Plate with a side of Crispy Hills and Burnt Pines please. Holy Moly I wasn't expecting to see that much area burned by the 2016 Juniper fire. A month or two ago I came here to hike this and the trailhead was closed. Nothing was still burning so it was hard to understand how much had actually burned. Today I got to see for myself. While it could have been worse it was painful to see this beautiful area cleared by fire.

I took this hike from the book "Eagles Greatest Hikes" several years ago and it has since become one of my all time favorites. After seeing what I saw today I am afraid it just dropped about 100 notches on the favorite list.

Parker Creek Trail remains in great shape with the surrounding area all cooked.

Abbey's Way Trail is fine to the meadow. That's where the real headache begins. From the meadow to the Lookout Tower on Aztec be prepared to fight your way through what was once a trail. Now just overgrown and covered with downed charcoal trees. It was such a struggle to get through I nearly turned around and aborted the hike. I pushed through and eventually made it to the lookout tower.

Moody Point Trail is in pretty good shape overall.

Rim Trail was also toast however it wasn't difficult to navigate. There are tons of cairns along the way and the forest isn't very dense here.

All in all this trip took me an extra hour to complete compared to my previous visits. There were a few highlights: On the drive in I saw 6 sheep down in the Salt River. They were taking a drink and then scaled the rocks on the side as if it were nothing. Then on the Parker Creek Trail as I was going up just passed the main saddle I saw a bear right on the trail. He was too quick to catch a picture of but it made my day. Unfortunately the burned landscape put a damper on things.

If you are thinking of making this loop I would wait a few months for the Abbey Trail to get cleared. Otherwise it is still a nice hike.
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Aug 12 2016
dieanotherday1
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 Tucson, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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dieanotherday15
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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After hitting up McFadden Horse Mountain trail earlier today, I wanted to swing by Aztec Peak for a quick gander at the views from Aztec Peak. I had hiked the Abbey's Way trail back in 2014 and was eager to see how this gorgeous trail had changed since the Juniper Fire. The trail does not appear to have changed for the better. The trail was always a bit overgrown, but now it is a bushwhack. The beautiful meadow at the beginning of the trail is unaltered. But once you reach the meadow the trail becomes difficult to follow. Cairns are obscured by the grass and increasingly fallen trees. As the trail winds from the meadow back toward Aztec Peak, it becomes more and more impossible to follow, as you are soon crossing a forest of downed trees. I gave up at this point, since storm clouds were moving in.

This trail is going to need some serious restoration work to bring it back to its former beauty. The area directly below Aztec Peak seems to have been hit pretty hard.
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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Parker Abbey Aztec Moody Rim, AZ 
Parker Abbey Aztec Moody Rim, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking16.52 Miles 4,218 AEG
Hiking16.52 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   3.16 mph
4,218 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
I'm not sure if this is the 3rd or 4th time doing this one. It certainly won't be my last. I just love it. Kudos to the Eagle on this one because that is where I stole the route originally. It is a winner! Parker Creek Trail was lush and had a nice smattering of wild flowers. Abbey Trail was in decent shape and easy to follow. Just a few downed trees but that seems to be par for the course on this one.

Fire tower has nobody in it at this time so kept on going at Aztec. Moody Point trail was in good shape and also easy to follow. More wild flowers scattered here and on the Rim trail.

Basically just an enjoyable trip from start to finish. Two thumbs up!

Side note: no raspberries for awhile. Barely budding at this time.
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Oregon_Hiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peterson Ranch Meander via Abbey Tr 151, AZ 
Peterson Ranch Meander via Abbey Tr 151, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.60 Miles 182 AEG
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This was the fourth full hiking day of our seven night camping trip to the Aztec Peak area of the Sierra Ancha. We decided to take it easy on this day and do some exploring around the old Dewey Peterson Ranch site on the Abbey Way Trail. It was a short hike from the trail head on FR487. We meandered around the large meadow which was part of the ranch property trying to get a feel for what it must have been like back in Dewey's day. I haven't been able to find out much about the history of the Ranch or Dewey. There was a Dewey Lee Peterson listed in the 1920 and 1930 census for Gila Co, AZ. The 1930 census shows him listed as single, age 30, and part of his father's household. Perhaps his father, Garlas P Peterson, started the ranch and Dewey took it over sometime between the 1930 census and the 1940 census which shows Garlas living in a rented home somewhere in Gila Co. The ranch must have been well established when Dewey guided Emil Haury's archaeology expedition to the Sierra Ancha in the fall of 1930. There is a picture of Dewey taken on this 1930 expedition in Lange's "Echoes in the Canyon...". Dewey is sitting on top of one of the first floor rooms in the V:1:162 cliff dwelling and looks like he could be about 30 years old which would match the census record.

We found the well and foundation for the ranch house on a small knoll looking out across a large meadow which gently slopes downhill to the south. The meadow had a series of at least 5 to 6 seeps spread across the uphill side of the meadow that were all flowing water during our visit. This must keep the meadow green all year long. The apple orchard is located a short distance up slope from one of the main seeps but there are also individual apple trees scattered throughout the property. We found the charred remains of a couple of roof beams and some sheet metal from a roof at a location not far from the orchard that was probably the building [ photo ] rwstorm saw during his 1970 visit but had burned down by the time of his post Coon Creek Fire visit. The ranch was in a beautiful location with the spring fed meadows and orchards. How the property reverted back to the National Forest and did not remain a private property like the nearby Murphy Ranch which appears to be of approximately the same vintage is a mystery.

We ended the hike early in the day and were so invigorated by this pleasant meander that we decided to go on another hike on a nearby trail shown on our Garmin gps maps as Trail #151 - another mystery since it was obviously not the Abbey's Way Trail. This deserves a separate triplog and is not included here.
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Apr 30 2016
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ 
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking14.45 Miles 3,956 AEG
Hiking14.45 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.72 mph
3,956 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
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Incredibly awesome weather for April 30. Highs on the peak barely hit 50. :y:

The morning featured good breaks of sun, but by afternoon it was solidly cloudy with quite a few showers visible from the peak. This pushed our decision to skip the longer Rim trail loop and we only got sprinkled on a couple of times on the way down.

Quite a bit of deadfall in the stretch of Abbey's above the ranch, but the last stretch to the peak was nicely cleared. A little poison ivy along Parker Creek kept those of us who are easily affected by this devil plant on our toes. Literally.

Not sure why I'd never done this one before, but glad to knock it off the list. Thanks 9L for the idea, planning and driving. :)
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Apr 30 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ 
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,734 AEG
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I haven't done this hike in 5 years so I was happy to get back out there with Lily, 9L, Claire, and Chumley. Its uphill pretty much the entire way but I thought the grade was challenging yet pleasant. We never got caught in any rain even though we expected to and the temps couldn't have been more perfect.
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Apr 30 2016
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ 
Aztec Peak via Parker Creek, AZ
 
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John9L
Hiking14.29 Miles 3,894 AEG
Hiking14.29 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.57 mph
3,894 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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Met up with Kyle, Chumley & Claire for a nice hike in the Sierra Ancha. We left Tempe around 6:45am and made the drive to the Parker Creek TH & started hiking around 8:45. The Parker Creek Trail is in good condition & made for relatively fast trail as the trail climbs in elevation. We took a few breaks to admire the views & catch our breath. We continued on & took a snack break about two miles below the peak. From there we made the final climb & took a long lunch break on the summit. The summit had a lot of activity with at least one group car camping & several others making the drive up. After lunch we followed the road down & stopped to talk to a hunter & someone from the forest service. After that we connected back onto trail and bombed back to the trailhead. We had a light sprinkling of rain for the last mile or so & it was really enjoyable.

Aztec Peak via Parker Canyon is a real nice hike. I really enjoyed climbing up into the forest and the cool mountain air. The views up top were nice & this would be a great spot for car camping.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Aztec Peak Wander, AZ 
Aztec Peak Wander, AZ
 
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,113 AEG
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It was the first full day of a 7 night car camping trip to the Aztec Peak area of the Sierra Ancha with Grasshopper. We had arrived in the afternoon of the day before and set up camp in a grove of ponderosa pines and oak trees. It was the usual large Camp Grasshopper for Hank and he was worn out from all the work it takes to get it set up. So he decided to take a day of rest in camp while I did some wandering around nearby. My first destination was to check out a nearby spring shown on my gps map at the head of Workman Creek. The spring was a short walk down a grassy drainage with a few pesky new mexico locust trees scattered about just to make it interesting. There was a trickle of water coming from the spring but don't know if it is perennial. From there I saw a grove of Aspen Trees and went to check that out. As usual in my wanders, as soon as I reached one point of interest something else in the distance caught my eye and soon I was headed up towards Aztec Peak on the Abbey's Way Trail #151. My connection with the Abbey's Way trail was past the location of the Peterson Ranch but Hank and I would come back to take a look at it a few days later. My ultimate destination on this wander ended up being a cliff on a ridge to the north west of Aztec Peak. There was a wide ledge about midway up the cliff that looked like a good place for a cliff dwelling.

The ledge turned out to be a dud as far as ruins go but the views were nice. I decided to take the road from Aztec Peak back to camp after a detour to the ridge top north of Aztec Peak. On the ridge top I was treated to a cliff top view down on Murphy's Ranch and got some nice photos of parts of the ranch which are difficult to see from the road. On the way back to camp I took a detour up the Murphy Ranch road to see if a fallen tree blocking the road might have been removed. I was pleased to see someone had removed the tree during the day. That would take 2 miles off a couple of hikes we had planned from the Murphy TH over the next few days. It was starting to get cold and windy by the time I reached camp requiring the addition of a couple extra layers of clothing while fixing dinner. There would be some white stuff on the ground the next morning, more like sleet than snow.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Aztec peak via Parker Creek Trail, AZ 
Aztec peak via Parker Creek Trail, AZ
 
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The_Dude
Hiking14.81 Miles 4,096 AEG
Hiking14.81 Miles   8 Hrs   38 Mns   2.38 mph
4,096 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Great hike for my first trip to the Sierra Anchas. We had plans of getting in a nice long day hike and then camping out, so we made the drive up tot he TH, and then carried on a bit further to look for a good camping spot. We checked out the Rose Creek campground, and there were about 20 cars so we looked elsewhere. We found a nice spot about a quarter mile up the road for the TH and got our tents set up to claim the spot. We got started hiking about 10, a bit later than hoped for but still not too bad. Parker Canyon had some nice tree cover and good scenery, although there were a few patches of poison ivy to work our way around. It is a good solid push up to about 7000' once you get up on the ridge. We took a snack break here, and then continued on to the Carr TH. from here, we walked the road north a bit to the Abbey's Way trail. This came with much anticipation, I have been an Abbey fan for quite a long time so it is nice to enjoy a little history. Trail 151 was about how I expected it: crooked, brush choked, and having some fantastic views at the end. Aztec Peak made the effort all worth it (never mind that you can drive up, that is cheating), the fire tower was closed, but I went up as high as I could for some photos and the view. We took a nice lunch break over at the Flintstone Furniture, this was a really nice touch and a great spot to eat lunch. We had plans of doing the loop with the Rim trail, but it was already 3:30 and I did not want to be hiking by headlamp and trying to avoid poison ivy and such. We decided to make a small loop with the forest road, hiked that around back to the Carr TH and then Parker Creek back to the truck. I will say as far as road walks go, this is about as good as it gets. As we were getting back close to the truck we came to the conclusion that we were going to skip the camp to sleep in our own beds, getting back early so I could watch the Cardinals game on Sunday was a plus too...We packed up our tents by the truck headlights and were on the road by 7:30. Once we got back in to Phoenix we crashed my friend's 40th birthday party for a celebratory beer with a couple pretty stinky guys. Got to see quite a bit of wildlife on this one, we saw 4 owls, a skunk, a deer, lots of squirrels, and at least 4 snakes on the road on the way out. Loved this trip, definitely on the return radar!
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A few spotty wildflowers, but not too much...
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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Parker Creek-Aztec-Rim Trail, AZ 
Parker Creek-Aztec-Rim Trail, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking18.72 Miles 4,525 AEG
Hiking18.72 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   3.27 mph
4,525 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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I've said it before and I will say it again. This one is a winner! This time I added in the Murphy Ranch Trail as Bruce had suggested. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze. Trail is easy to follow for the most part. The Rim Trail is the only weak link and even that is pretty solid. Couple downed trees here and there but overall a solid track all the way.
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