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Jun 30 2018
jacobemerick
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Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ 
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jacobemerick
Backpack30.17 Miles 6,712 AEG
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1st trip
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.

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CannondaleKid
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Aztec Peak Rim Trail Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 31 2018
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Hiking10.50 Miles 1,915 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   1.70 mph
1,915 ft AEG      15 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Tracey wasn't happy with the bush-whacking on our previous 2-day trip so I was tasked with coming up with ON-trail hikes for this Thursday/Friday weekend... somewhere no too hot and not off-limits. Since we hadn't been in the Aztec Peak area for 3-4 years I figured we'd have plenty of trails to choose from.

First up would be a road-walk, trails 140, 139, 160, road-walk, off-trail wandering, road-walk... or something like that. Of course, I didn't mention to Tracey the conditions of Trail 139 or the off-trail stuff. Having read hikerdw's triplog from last weekend as well as the comments referring to the conditions, I remembered we were led astray by elk trails when we did the loop 4 years ago. So I figured I'd bring my titanium shears along and clean up the worst areas. Since it was so easy to lose the trail going counter-clockwise, I decided we'd hike it clockwise.

The road-walk, Moody Trail and the first part on the Rim Trail went easy enough but when we got to the thick stuff I wasted no time pulling out the shears and getting to work. As much as Tracey doesn't like going through thick and thorny brush, she would push ahead to locate the next rock cairn, while I cut through the brush in the straightest line to that point. She split her time between tossing the trimmed brush to the side and located the next cairn, and we would repeat the sequence.

Whenever a rock cairn was almost completely covered by brush, I cut right to the ground so the cairn would be visible from either direction. As we continued toward Armor Corral Spring every once in a while I retraced my steps to make sure the cairn lines-of-sight were adequate. When doing so, I realized part of the problem staying on-trail in this area was due not only to the myriads of elk trails, but to placement of additional rock cairns where they most likely did not belong... again on elk trails. While those placements may have seemed correct when going counter-clockwise, as we located the oldest cairns going clockwise, it was more obvious which were more likely where they belong and which were leading astray.

Only after completing the heavy trimming did I realize it took over an hour to travel just over 200 yards. After all that effort, the rest of the hike would be a breeze. Items of note were the numerous bear tracks and scat, one of which was fresh (VERY fresh... still wet), a large elk antler, which we found while wandering aimlessly near our camp as well as what appeared to be a system of wood poles to measure humidity.

I'm posting my GPS track for the Rim Trail from Moody to Parker, which I edited to remove the extraneous back-and-forth travel.
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Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 26 2017
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Hiking9.78 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   5 Hrs      1.96 mph
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The Rim Trail 139 portion of this hike is not seeing much if any use. It seems in a few areas that the locust may be winning the fight - you will need tenacity to power through these few sections.
The grass is growing back after the fire... problem being is the grass is about 3' tall whereas the cairns are 2'.
But with those small whines out of the way, the hike has terrific views, wildflowers galore and solitude.
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JuanJaimeiii
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Parker Abbey Aztec Moody Rim, AZ 
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Hiking16.52 Miles 4,218 AEG
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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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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 30 2015
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Hiking13.90 Miles 2,600 AEG
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It’s extra work to get up so early and a long drive out to the Sierra Anchas, but it’s always worth it. The weather was perfect, never too hot, and the skies were clear all day. This hike finished up all the official trails out there for me, plus one decommissioned trail that parallels the Reynolds Creek Trail.

We were supposed to originally have 4 of us. Alex had other plans come up, Joe had a backpack to do, and Stefan said something about a 5 ft. hole in his kitchen once he found out it would take over 6 hours to complete the hike. So the only ones left were me and Wally.

On the way to the trailhead, we once again saw a deer on 288. Then along FR410 we saw a rafter of turkeys. I need to remember to have my camera up front with me on the rides out there. I kept it up front on the way home, but naturally we didn’t see anything then. ](*,) :tt:

We started at the end of FR410 again, taking the Reynolds Creek Trail. The nettles are still in the same spot, but a little drier than 2 months prior. Rather than try to maneuver around and between them again, I decided to get ready for the new Star Wars movie and use my hiking pole as a lightsaber and cut them down. There were also some briars growing in addition to the nettles, and they got the lightsaber treatment also. : rambo :

As we approached the junction of the Reynolds Creek and Center Mt. Trails, we could hear a raptor screeching from a tree above. It kept doing so for so long that were able to spot it, and I even got a so-so picture of it. Looked like some type of hawk. Wally was looking for a nest somewhere in the trees up there, but neither of us could spot one. :-k

From there we continued briefly onto the Center Mt. Trail and then took the decommissioned trail southward, which parallels the Reynolds Creek Trail. The decommissioned trail is really steep at the beginning, but is also very easy to follow there. Looks like it’s held together ok. It faded out a bit once it levelled off, but being level, it was still pretty easy to follow. The views from this trail to the east are way nicer than along the Reynolds Creek Trail, not sure why this trail has been decommissioned. Wally told me about some ruins that are accessible from this trail. I was initially interested in trying to find them, but with all we had planned for this hike, we didn’t have time.

Once we got back on Reynolds Creek, we took it to the Murphy Trail, which has been reopened. Last time the grass was much higher and wetter, causing me to fall twice. This time was easy going. The shade at the top gives way half way down as it levels off before you reach the Rim Trail.

At the junction of the Rim Trail, we headed south to the Moody Point Trail junction, which completed my trek of all official (and most unofficial) Sierra Ancha trails. Thankfully it’s shady at that junction, making it perfect for lunch before heading back.

On our way in, about halfway from the Murphy to the Moody Point Trail, we saw a doe that stared Wally down for a while and then took off. The views into the unnamed canyon just east of Devil’s Chasm are pretty dramatic. Interesting cave along the cliff there, also. On my way back along the Rim Trail, I lost the trail for a second, only stepping off one or two steps. I stopped to look around to try to find it, taking a step forward. It was then that a huge gopher snake uncoiled and zoomed back across the trail to his hole. It startled me for a second until I could see that it wasn’t a rattler, but I still almost fell over trying not to step on him as he moved.

On our way back along the Reynolds creek trail, we stayed on the official trail, opting not to try to negotiate the steep downhill section of the decommissioned section. Still, at one point we got off the trail a bit. Rather than head back the way we came, we decided to just head downhill directly to the trail. It seemed pretty clear, but then as usual, we ended up thru some heavy brush before getting back on trail.

The mileage on this one was hard for me to determine. HAZTRKS said 16 miles, which I know isn’t right. My Oregon’s odometer said 13.3, then after the track was saved, it said 12.3. After I put the track on my computer, it said 13.6. I decided to go over uploaded tracks of these trails over the years, piecing the sections together that we did. My final result from that was 13.9, which seems right. I’m going with the 2600’ AEG my GPS gave me, which felt about right.
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Parker Creek-Aztec-Rim Trail, AZ 
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Hiking18.72 Miles 4,525 AEG
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1st trip
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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Aztec Peak via Parker Crk & Moody Rim Lp, AZ 
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Hiking19.00 Miles 4,052 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.38 mph
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Saw the posts on this loop and was impressed by the pretty scenery. I had a late start, but the first part of Parker Creek Trail 160 was well shaded being in the pine forests. The moisture in the air and the pleasant scent of pines definitely helped my allergy :) The creek was running nicely! I enjoyed the big rock field on the way. I think it would really cool to do a backpack in this area - listening to the rushing creek at night and all the animals using it.

It got a little warm when I started descending from the ridge because it was southeast facing. Passed the junction with 139 and then hiked on FS487 for a bit before turning onto Abbey Way Trail 151. The impact of the Coon Creek fire was more evident on this leg with all the blowdown and burn. I remember someone's comment about some downed logs being strategically placed so that they were difficult to go over or crawl under LOL. Similar situations later on at a few spots on Rim Trail 139.

I got on the top of Aztec and had a nice lunch break, soaking in the views from above. The top of the tower had a pad lock and I was only able to get up 2/3 of it perhaps. The scenery lookout spot on the other side was nice. Definitely would be a good spot to chill with a group of people - cards/lunch "tables" etc. :)

The descent on FS487 offered a great view of the mountain ranges on the other side of Aztec. I turned on Moody Point Trail 140, which had its own beauty. When I got on the Rim Trail 139, I remembered someone's comments about it being an angle roller in the first section. The Rim Trail offered a variety of scenery and was definitely very cool! I must not have been paying enough attention and only spotted one black bear print. I did not come across another soul until I was almost at the junction of 139 and 160 where 3 backpackers had set up their camp and were chowing down Mountain House. They were saying how not fun it was when they tried to go down to the Devil's Chasm and bushwhacked the whole way. They saw a ton of bear prints - they used the phrase "bear army" :)

I got back onto Parker Creek trail and started climbing back up the ridge. It got dark when I started the final descent from the top. But I was rewarded with the gorgeous sunset! Hiking with a headlamp in the dark forest listening to the rushing creek was definitely very cool! You somehow feels more in tune with your surroundings, perhaps because you can't see much :)

I will probably come back again late summer or fall - the colors will definitely be gorgeous!
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Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.39 Miles 4,124 AEG
Hiking18.39 Miles   9 Hrs   16 Mns   2.37 mph
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1st trip
I had the good fortune of being invited to join The Eagle and Joe on a loop hike to Aztec Peak in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. Bruce and I had talked about a Sierra Anchas hike a couple of weeks ago while on the Pinal 4X. A hike in this area was high on my wish list (I hadn't been out there yet), so I was all too happy to take him up on the offer.

There are good hikes and there are great hikes. This was a great hike on many levels. From the start we had clear blue skies, perfect temps and nice color all along the trail. The trails we took were in good shape and easy to follow. The elevation gain was stretched across so many miles that you don't really notice it. The steepest part was the beginning and end of the hike along the Parker Creek Trail, but it was gradual. Bruce led us on a side trip from the Abbey trail through a nice meadow in search of an old foundation. No luck on the foundation. We returned to the Abbey trail through some thick vegetation that we had to pick our way through, but even that was kind of fun.

Along with the many beautiful colors we saw, the views in some areas were astounding. Coming up the Parker Creek trail, we paused for a look at the Four Peaks towering above Roosevelt Late. Atop Aztec Peak, the views from the "Flintstone Terrace" were amazing as well. We took our lunch about two thirds of the way down the Murphy trail. Sitting among the pines enjoying a PB&J sandwich and an apple, I couldn't help looking up at the tops of the trees against the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky. It just doesn't get any better than that. Along the southern facing portion of the Rim trail, we took a break to enjoy the views above a craggy chasm with some very interesting rock formations. That was breathtaking.

I had a "walk much?!" moment shortly after turning onto the Rim trail. I was stepping over a tree laying across the trail, caught my foot on a branch and tumbled. I knew I was going down, so I just went into a barrel roll to make it look as graceful as possible. A fall is anything but graceful, but the roll softened the blow and the only injury was a little embarrassment. Joe took his camera out after the fall, hoping I might offer up a repeat performance, but I wasn't about to let that happen again! Bruce saw an elk around this same time, but it quickly disappeared, leaving only the dust it kicked up as evidence of its presence.

I've only been hiking in AZ since moving here three plus years ago, so I'm still getting to know this wonderful state and the many outdoor adventures it has to offer, but this hike moves up near the top of the list, if not the very top. Great hike, great company, and a great day. Thank you Bruce and Joe for a most enjoyable day!
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Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.20 Miles 4,400 AEG
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1st trip
Ray had never been to the Sierra Ancha's and I had a hankerin' get back to the Parker Creek Canyon Trail #160 to see is we could scare up any color what-so-ever. I also wanted to check out the part of the Rim trail that I hadn't be on yet from the Murphy Ranch area.

The climb up Parker is a steady 2000' climb in 3 miles to get to the saddle. You climb through Sycamores, then some conifers, Maples and Aspen. We were lucky enough to have some of the Fall Rainbow left to accent the climb up. I really love the feel of this trail, even without the added color.

While on the Abby Way Trail #151 I wanted to check out the old Peterson Ranch area, to see what was left. There are some sizable flat open areas that appear to have supported the ranch, but nothing of substance was found. Like a couple of shrews, Joe and Ray followed me on the “shortcut” back to the Abby Way Trail (don’t take the shortcut)

Making our way up to Aztek Peak, we paused to take in the Flintstone furniture (Note to self, bring cards next time).

A short Road walk got us over the Old Murphy Ranch area. All was quiet at the ranch, but the aspens were in their richest golden form. We hopped on the Murphy Ranch Trail #141. This trail is slightly overgrown, but not bad at all. We took lunch on this trail and enjoyed the perfect temps and the vast views to the east.

I always enjoy the Rim Trail #139 for the views, but it does seem to drag on and had some patches of ankle busters. One such ankle buster took me down for a few minutes, my ankle is still swollen today, but surprisingly, it does not hurt.

The hike back down the Parker Creek Trail was just as enjoyable! We had absolutely perfect weather and surprising great color for this hike. Thanks for driving Ray, hope you enjoyed your first foray into the Sierra Ancha’s


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Some pools and running water in the lower elevations
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Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 1,772 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   5 Hrs   36 Mns   1.62 mph
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1st trip
After getting away with an early morning hike before afternoon T-storms in the Sierra Ancha on Saturday, we figured why not try it again. But this time we wanted a hike we had not done before, and hopefully a loop of some kind. With a few different ideas, all of which would mean taking the Cherokee instead of the Fit, we got another early start from Mesa and almost exactly 2 hours later we found ourselves at the Carr Trailhead.

The plan was to hike the Rim Loop from Carr TH starting on Trail #160 (Parker Creek Trail), turn left onto Trail #139 (Rim Trail) and follow it to Trail #140 (Moody Trail) which we would take back up to Moody TH and along FR 487 back to Carr TH.

But as usual, plans change... and when we hit the 160/139 intersection, we decided to continue on Parker Creek Trail up as far as the first ridge to do some recon for an upcoming attempt to climb Carr Peak and Carr Mountain in one trip. The trail ascended slowly and at an angle so it was pretty easy going. Once on the ridge we went far enough for a nice view down the South Fork of Parker Creek.

Ok, we've already tacked on two miles more than planned so it's time to turn around and get back on task. Once back on the Rim Trail right away we saw mountain lion tracks with pads roughly 3-1/2" wide. The tracks were fresh since the overnight rain (I saw heavy rains on weather radar last night) but they headed the opposite direction that we were, so didn't expect to see it. But we will continue to see the same tracks for over 3+ miles along the trail. We would see plenty of signs of deer and elk but would not encounter either.

With as much vegetation (trees and brush) as there is on this trail one has to keep an eye out for photo opportunities whenever they present themselves. The Palisades are is where we found the views most impressive. While seeking good viewpoints in this area we saw four Prairie Falcons, two of which were roosting.

Shortly past the Palisades area we came upon large areas of tree fall, heavy brush or both. As much as we lost and were able to relocate the trail through the tree fall, once into the heavy brush we lost it completely. After searching around a bit we found an elk trail and decided to follow it until reaching a point where it thinned out and we could head directly toward where the trail should be. As reliable as large game trails have been for us in the past, we came to an absolute dead end, where seemingly the elk backed up some distance before heading off in another direction. Since the dead end was within a hundred yards of what appeared to be an open area near where the trail should be, we decided to try and wade through the brush. big mistake... while the first part of the thicket was gray-colored brush that was old-dying and relatively easy to push through, all of a sudden I'm being poked and prodded from all directions... it moments it had changed into sharp thorny brush and I was stopped literally in my tracks, hooked from everywhere.
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Time to detach myself and backtrack as far as the elk did, and head in the opposite direction than me desired, so it took quote a bit more winding through thick brush until finally reconnecting with the trail. From there on we were cruising, which was a good thing, because again dark clouds were building and we could already hear thunder. Once we hit the Moody Trail it was just a matter of a long winding climb back up to Moody TH followed by the walk back along FR487 to the Carr TH where we began.

We hit the road and by time we reached Parker Creek TH some 5 miles down 288 the thunderstorm had already begun. By time we reached the Salt River the whole northern sky was a dark as on Saturday when the wind and hail followed us back to Globe. Only this time it seemed to stay farther north and our return trip was uneventful... if you discount the 15-20 minutes when we were stopped on US 60 just west of Top-of-the-World where a road crew had just completed respraying the yellow center stripes and was dilly-dallying around before finally pulling off to let the now some 30+ vehicles (that I eventually could see) waiting behind us.

In the end, another prefect day for hiking in the Sierra Ancha... a nice heavy rainstorm the night before so the air was crisp and clean, the trail soft underfoot and a lower humidity than Saturday, we couldn't have asked for better conditions. For us the secret to success is to get there early, get the hike in by early afternoon and leave before the monsoon storms hit.

Plenty of photos again, with 40 posted on HAZ and the full set of 85 on my web site.

Sorry, no video... Tracey won't let me post a short video of her attempting to walk up a large tree trunk before it came apart. [-X
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sierra Ancha, AZ 
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mazatzal
Hiking23.00 Miles 5,100 AEG
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Spent 3 days in Sierra Ancha and had a great time. There was tons of water everywhere and quite a bit of snow left over in places. Reynolds was really flowing and Workman Falls were the biggest I've seen them.

Day 1: We set up camp along FR 235 and then take a trip out to the end of 235 and explore a couple of old mining areas. Unfortunately, we didn't make it all the way down to Pueblo and Lucky Strike mines. Along a separate trail in the area we found a memorial to John Dalton Jr.

Day 2: Did the loop with 410 to Reynolds Creek Trail to Center Mtn trail, over Center Mtn and back down 235. I'm pretty sure I've worked out where the 'secret ruin' is so I'll have to come back and check that out. Near the top of the climb up Center Mtn the views into Cherry Creek and east to the rez really open up. Very nice.

Day 3: Aztec loop: Abbey's way up, down the road to Moody and Rim trail back. Had a few spots on Abbey's and the road where we were postholing in 2-3' drifts :sweat: We saw no wildlife until the drive home when we spotted one coyote and then lower down one of the group saw 4 javelina. Stopped at Los Hermanos on the way back :)
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Sep 29 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.17 mph
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We hit Aztec for first time in a long while. Abbey's way up, down the road to Moody and Rim trail back. We got pounded by a thunderstorm with heavy rain and hail with about 3 miles to go. Absolutely drenched we pressed on and got almost no view of Devil's Chasm due to the rain and cloud. Saw 3 deer and a young rattler. Stopped at Los Hermanos on the way back :)
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 Chandler, AZ
Aztec Pk via Parker Crk & Moody Rim Lp, AZ 
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Hiking17.18 Miles 5,269 AEG
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Yesterday while hiking with Bruce and Joe, I was trying to figure out what to hike today. As we were leaving the Campaign Trailhead area I was looking over at the Sierra Anchas. They looked good and the temperatures were certainly in range. I asked them about different routes up to Aztec Peak. Bruce suggested the Parker Canyon route and mentioned a hike they had done previously. It included a trip to the tower as well as a journey across the rim trail. Last night when I got home I checked it out and it looked like a winner.

I headed up today and started around 10:30. Man what a great hike this was! The trails for the most part have tree cover providing shade along the way. Everything was super green. Up top the tower offered great views but is no longer being manned. No Ranger Red meeting for JJ.

This was just an enjoyable hike all the way around. I will be going back and doing this one again for sure. Two thumbs up!
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Aug 13 2012
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 Mesa, AZ
Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
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A quick glance at my recent triplogs left me with a startling revelation; I haven't done much hiking recently! I've also been very unmotivated and I've noticed I'm not on this website six times a day like I used to be. Figuring it was just summer doldrums, I decided to go camping in a cooler climate.

This was my first foray into the Sierra Anchas. Reaching the Falls Campground in my golf cart-sized vehicle was a challenge in and of itself. When I arrived, there was only one other camper so I had my choice of spots. I picked a quiet one down by the creek. Then I headed up the road to do the Rim Trail Loop.

I noticed a lot of butterflies at the campground so I brought my butterfly net on the hike. They were indeed everywhere! Different color and sizes. Unfortunately, there's an art to catching butterflies that I haven't learned yet. Instead, I was prancing through the fields like Simple Jack, swatting at anything that got within three feet of me.

The hike is failry easy, but having been out of the game for a few weeks I found it a little on the long side. The uphill section of Moody Point Trail had me sweating and sucking wind. When I got back near the campground I decided to cool off at Workman Creek Falls. There's signs out by the Globe-Young highway that warn of uranium in the area, but even if that water was contaminated it still felt really good.

After showering under the waterfall I headed back to the campground. I cooked my Dinty Moore dinner and read my Bible until sunset. I was hoping for a wonderful night of stargazing, but dark clouds slowly took over. Once last light disappeared, the thunder and lightning started. I hid in my car until the storm subsided and then crawled in my tent for a good night's sleep.
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Jan 28 2012
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Devil's Chasm - UpperGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.30 Miles 3,300 AEG
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Try 2 and 3 to find a doable route to the Devils Chasm Ruins.
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How I spent my day with the 4-J's (John, John, Joel, Joe)

Weather and Conditions, turned out to be just about perfect. Winds were calm, the snow that we were told we would run into, even before the Closed/Locked Gate a Workman Creek Campsite, was not there. The gate is closed at this point every year from Dec 15 to Mar 31. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=235935
This added a little more than 5 miles to our hike. There was snow on the road above the Falls, but luckily for us, both walking in (Temps in the mid 30's) and coming back (after a day in the 50's) we had little trouble walking on top of the Snow. The Moody Point trail also had snow until you got down 800' or so in elevation.

Since our previous attempt last year falling .1 mile short of the ruins, we had been checking TOPO maps to find another route down. With two possible traced tracks loaded in our GPS's, we headed back to the Abyss.

This type of hiking is not for everyone.
Once dropping off the edge of the cliff, you make your way down very steep, loose, scree filled drainage's. "Lookout Rock" is frequently heard. You have to be very sure of your hand and foot holds, the alternative does not lend positive results. :o

The first canyon we went down, we got stopped at a 30' drop. JohnLP scoured the cliffs awhile for other possibilities, to no avail.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htzvAodXR48&list=UUcAm2CHlpbDrwYRrjYvcHUA&index=2&feature=plcp
.4 mile from the Ruins as the Crow flies.

So it was back up and on to try #2 for the day. We worked our way over to the next Canyon South East of our first try on the day. The views from up here are top notch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS5_OjDckLM&list=UUcAm2CHlpbDrwYRrjYvcHUA&index=1&feature=plcp
It wasn't going to badly, but I finally got to a point where I was not comfortable with what was below. John, John, and Joel continued on a bit further, while Joe and myself climbed a bit higher to find a sunnier spot for some lunch. This time we got a littler closer, but still .3 miles away if you were a crow.

The walk out on the Moody Point trail and down the Forrest road to the truck was not as bad as we expected it to be. We figured with the warmer temps for the day, the snow would be melting and we'd be post holing all the way back. That was not the case and the mud was not bad either.

A big thanks to Joel : app : for driving and JJ3 for Dinner in Globe... :FG:

No Auto Rotations were witnessed on this hike!
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 Mesa, AZ
Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,400 AEG
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The more I go to this area, the more I like it. We made our way out on the Moody Point Trail past Moody Point out near the junction with Trail 128. We weren't sure if we got past the junction or not because we didn't see the trail marker, but decided to turn back since it seemed like we went far enough. Once we got back to the junction with the Rim Trail, we took that to the Carr TH and took FR487 to the Moody TH.

The weather was cool most of the morning due to the cloud cover and lasted until we had to make our way back uphill. The Rim Trail wasn't too bad and the weather remained cool on our way back. The canyon view along the Rim Trail was pretty nice. Got some nice views of Devils Chasm from Moody Point, also. Fun time hiking with Joe and John.
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 chandler,az
Rim Trail #139 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.65 Miles 3,000 AEG
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Another cool hike in the Arizona wilderness. Joe set a blistering pace, and didn't let up for even a minute the whole hike. :D There is much more future exploration to be done in this area. Nice to hike with Chris and Joe again. Thanks Chris for setting this up and driving.
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Jun 19 2011
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 Tucson, AZ
Parker Creek Trail #160Globe, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking17.48 Miles 5,005 AEG
Hiking17.48 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   2.76 mph
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i wanted something nice to hike on my father's day gift (go do an awesome hike) and my forest is closed. i toyed around with an out and back on an AZT segment but didn't really feel like the drive. finally i decided on the big loop of aztec peak from parker canyon.

really nice day for this hike. the parker creek trail is the star of the show in my opinion with big magnificent trees along the beginning climb. the saddle is another place worthy of a nice sit a'while (which i did...twice). the segment passing over the head of coon creek canyon is a bit overgrown but not horrendous, though there are myriad things to stab and poke the pumpkin out of you. there are also a couple sizable patches of poison ivy along the beginning of parker creek to watch out for.

the abbey's way trail starts out pretty sweet, skirting the meadow, before heading into the burn area from the fire. currently this section is moderately overgrown with a handful of downed trees that are a bit of a bother (there are a similar amount on parker creek but they are much easier to get around). the route can be a little tough to follow through this area until it starts switchbacking up aztec peak, but not horrible (almost).

aztec peak was awesome as always. i talked with Red for a few. his obvious concern for a fire breaking out in the sierra ancha is palpable and understandable.

the walk down the fsr is really quite pleasant. moody point was kind of a cool trail. it's overgrown a bit in the middle with massive ferns that literally tower over head. the bottom is fine.

took the rim trail back to parker creek. a neat trail for sure. parts are perfect, parts are fair and a few short segments sketchy...but overall it's very nice and passes through some cool stuff, including super sweet views down devils chasm and coon creek canyon. saw a few cows in the middle of nowhere, which i initially thought was for sure a pack of bloodthirsty bears coming to eat me... :sl:

the last stretch of the rim trail and the short climb back up to the parker saddle was the only part of the day when i felt really hot, otherwise a great, great day for a totally awesome hike in the sierra ancha. each trail offered something unique to hike, and a commonality amongst them was the willingness to stab, rip and poke the pumpkin out of me all day... :y:
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 Tucson, AZ
Aztec Peak/Upper Devil's Chasm loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 11 2011
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Hiking13.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
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Camped up near Aztec Peak Fri/Sat. On Sat we first hiked over to Petersen's meadow to check out the homestead and orchard. Hiked up the Abbeys' way trail up to Aztec and visited with Red(lookout guy). Found out that there was a group of boyscouts who had to be given TWO tickets in order to stop shooting. Sadly, the rangers are talking about shutting down all camping in the Workman creek area.

From the peak, we hiked the road down to the Reynolds trail(150), where we took it down to Knoles hole to have lunch under the old growth. Back to Murphy ranch, took 141 down to the Rim trail(139). Followed that over to near the head of upper Devil's Chasm. I was blown away by how amazing Devil's Chasm is. From there, we followed the rim trail over to Moody Point trail, up to the road and back to the campsite.

It was an awesome day!
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 Tucson, AZ
Aztec Peak Area, AZ 
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Hiking13.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
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A return visit to one of my favorite places. Drove up early Friday afternoon to attempt to grab one of the camp spots above the falls. Lots of people there (many boy scouts), so I wasn't sure if I would be lucky. I drove all the way up to the tower and was surprised to see no camping signs posted everywhere. Red said they were put up the day before, and indicated camping at the peak may not be allowed again in the future. Bummer, because there are great views from there. So I headed back down the road and found a spot in the group area below the Moody Point trailhead. Red told me that the forest service is considering closing the Falls campground and eliminating all camping along Workman Creek Road. Hopefully this is just a temporary idea, caused by everyone being on edge with all the fire action right now. But honestly, if they made it only for day hiking and backpacking, it wouldn't be such a bad thing. The area is getting stressed from increased visitation. We shall see. Myself, I like driving up to the peak and camping above the falls.

I set up camp and waited for Joel and John to join me around 9 PM.

Saturday we embarked on a full day of hiking in the area. Started out by doing a little off trail exploring through the woods by camp, caught the road again below the Carr trailhead, then took the Abbey Way trail to the peak for a visit with Red, who was especially "animated." :gun: From there we headed over to the Murphy Ranch and took
the Reynolds Creek trail 150 down to Knoles Hole, where we had our lunch break. Then back to Murphy and down trail 141 to the junction with the Rim trail 139. This was new territory for us. I especially enjoyed the Rim trail southbound to Moody Point trail. It included skirting by the head of Devils Chasm, which was outstanding. By now it was getting to be a long day under the intense June sun, so we kind of struggled a bit on the last uphill section of the Moody Point trail back to the road. From there it was a short distance (downhill :) ) on the road back to camp.

We were surprised to see the other campers gone from the area, and enjoyed a quiet evening. Seems like we were the only ones camped above the falls Saturday night, which I found a little odd given all the folks there Friday.

Sunday morning we stopped at the falls on the way out, since John had not been here before, and we knew he would like that. He liked it so much that he got naked and took a refreshing shower at the bottom. I'm not posting that photo though. :o

Then it was off for lunch at Guayo's on the Trail before heading home. Fun time as usual.
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