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Ferndell Trail #204 - 22 members in 87 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 25 2021
Charger55
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinal Peak 7848Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking4.00 Miles
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Enjoying the cool pines. Soaking in the views. Soaking in the sun. Soaking in the RF from all the antennas. Life is good.
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May 15 2021
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,361 AEG
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Met up with John in Superior and car pooled to the top of Pinal Peak for a short afternoon hike, where we started out on Ferndell Trail. We encountered a volunteer trail group doing some nice grooming work on Sixshooter as we dropped down to the Telephone Trail junction. John and I explored off trail on the west fork of Sixshooter creek before concluding there was nothing of interest there. Coming up Sixshooter the trail crew had wrapped up for the day, and we pushed up to the official upper end of Sixshooter, nearly getting annihilated by a mountain biker doing about 30 mph on the trail along the way. Asshat award for that turd. Up top, we turned east onto Middle Trail and then made a short walk back to upper Pinal campground, where we enjoyed happy hour before tearing down John’s campsite. Drove down the windswept mountain at sunset and stopped for dinner at Wendy’s in Globe. Fun afternoon adventure, and similar to mine and John’s first trip to the Pinals in 2005.
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May 07 2021
LJW
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East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2021
LJW
Hiking21.17 Miles 4,968 AEG
Hiking21.17 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   3.08 mph
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Another favorite hike of last year I had another go at. Changed it slightly, figured why go all the way up the mountain only to walk the road instead of upper Six Shooter, Middle, and Pipeline Trails. Started around sunrise and went clockwise.

Six Shooter to Una Del Oso water in the one creek, nothing on Oso. Overall drier than June last year. Tread is good, cold in the drainages and warm in the sunrise.

Toll Road through East Mountain Trail the scenery picks up. Into the forest, good wilflowers along the way. East Mountain ridgeline fun as ever. Too early for ladybugs. Up the north ridge and down the west through the pines like last year. Not much of a bushwhack but it's steep.

Pioneer up to Pinal Peak and the climbing was out of the way. Relaxing cruise for Ferndell - 6 Shooter - Middle - Pipeline. Leaves higher up yet to regrow, lower down the oaks, maples, etc are fleshing out. Made for less shade on Ferndell than in June. Still a lovely trail and network between the cabins and campgrounds. Middle Trail a particular favorite. Lost Pipeline on the north side but found the end at the road. It's there just got impatient and climbed up to the campsite.

Signal Peak fire watch season is already underway. Tower was occupied, loud phone conversations and radio static the first signs of human life on the day.

Down the roads to Kellner. Passed a sedan that had driven up, only person I passed all day. Kellner trail starts in the canyon of fir and oak. Oaks are still bald and the canyon largely unshaded. Once out of the canyon the trail winds around to Icehouse through shady pines.

Icehouse slog back. First hike in new boots. Hadn't broke them in. Last few miles were painful. Got back to a few cars at the Icehouse CCC TH, but I didn't see any hikers all day.
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Good purples and golds on Toll Road, East Mountain Trail, East Mountain ridgeline, lower Kellner Trail.
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Apr 29 2021
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Six Shooter - Icehouse loop, AZ 
Six Shooter - Icehouse loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking13.94 Miles 3,867 AEG
Hiking13.94 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.23 mph
3,867 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Headed up Six Shooter. The lower two miles are boring, but nice after that. Some water flowing in the canyon. No deadfall, trail is in good shape.

At the top, we headed up Ferndell. Seems like some of the brush has been cleared back, which was nice.

Quick stop at Ladder Rock, then Pinal Peak, before walking the roads over to Signal Peak. Cool, with a nice breeze along the top.

After that, we headed down Icehouse. The top mile or so of Icehouse is in immaculate shape, obviously very recently maintained. The upper two miles of this one are some of my favorite hiking in AZ. Saw one coatimundi. The lower two miles suck—rocky, brushy, ugh. Just not fun. I was glad that was the last two miles of the hike.
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A good amount of flowers at the lower elevations on both Six Shooter and Icehouse.

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Springbox was full, a little murky. Better water flowing in the creek just below it.

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Light flow.

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Springbox was full.

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Light flow. Water looked good, but there are cattle in the area, so treat accordingly.

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Not sure I’d want to get water out of here, but it was full.
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Apr 04 2021
AZOutdoorsman
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 Chandler, AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking27.77 Miles 8,028 AEG
Hiking27.77 Miles   12 Hrs   13 Mns   2.73 mph
8,028 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Final big training hike before Nankoweap in a couple weeks. Back to an old favorite! Started from the top to more closely simulate a GC hike (on a big, endurance hike it's always harder going up at the end of the day - as opposed to going down). It's a longer drive to the top, and I wanted the full day for the hike - so I drove up night before and sleep at the TH.

First Loop: From my parking at the top of Icehouse, I hiked the road over to Kellner. Down Kellner to Icehouse and it's junction with Telephone. Turned around and back up Icehouse to my truck at the top. Icehouse still has a fair amount of snow on the trail in the upper 1/2-mile or so. Crossed the only other person on the trail the entire day, a trail runner coming down IH as I was going up. Back at the truck I refueled my pack, changed socks, and had a sandwich.

Second Loop: Hiked the road the other direction over to Ferndell, down Telephone to the CCC TH at the bottom. Lots of people picnicking down there, rest for a few then headed back up on Sixshooter. Back at the truck another refuel, and switched to try out a new pair of shoes on some additional mileage/EC to the 4X.

Out and Back: Down Icehouse a couple miles to the Doghouse Spring area (were the old spring-bedframe is located) and back up before dark. Caught the last color of sunset before cleaning up to hit the road home.

An excellent day on Pinal! The new Coros Apex 46mm worked well, very accurate - a fun new toy. Has great battery life too, with 78% remaining after a 13 hour day running the GPS! Also impressed with the Hoka One Speedgoat I wore for the 4X! It will get the nod for Nankoweap.
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Mar 07 2021
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking22.58 Miles 6,509 AEG
Hiking22.58 Miles   9 Hrs   35 Mns   2.78 mph
6,509 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Another training hike, returning to one I did back in the day for my R3 training. This time from the bottom as two separate loops with a lunch break in-between. Was surprised by the amount of snow still up there. Was hikable, but a little slower (maybe 45-60 minutes total) with 3 to 4 miles in the snow - very happy to have my poles.

First loop: up Ice House, across on the road, and then down Kellner.

Second Loop: up Telephone and then Ferndell to the road, back down on Six Shooter.

Great weather and a chance to hike with a couple of buddies I haven't seen in awhile due to choices around covid. No other hikers or wildlife were seen.
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Oct 22 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
East Pinal Ladder, AZ 
East Pinal Ladder, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.70 Miles 4,341 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.43 mph
4,341 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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I had never hiked up to East Peak before, so I decided to hike up there using a couple of tracks posted by @hikerdw as a guide. I managed to persuade Tracie the Intrepid to go along for the ride.

We started and ended the hike at the Una Del Oso TH, which is on FR 112. We walked down FR 112 for about 1/2 mile to where the Six Shooter Trail crosses FR 112. We then took the Six Shooter Trail up to the Ferndell Trail. This is a great forested trail, and we in shade the entire time that we were on the trail -- I was glad to be in the shade because this is mostly a fairly steep climb. We saw 3 white tailed deer and Tracie saw a tarantula on the trail. On the drive out on FR112, about a mile or so from the TH we saw a coatimundi on a rock outcropping on the side of the road. It was only about 10 feet away, and that was easily the closest that I have seen a coati. Unfortunately, my camera was in the backseat.

We then took the Ferndale Trail up to the summit area. We walked over to the Pinal Peak high point, and then went over to Ladder Rock and took a break. There were 3 service workers at a tower next to Ladder Rock; they were the only people that we saw all day. Views were hazy, and we could see smoke from the Habañero Fire off to the SW.

We descended on the Pioneer Trail, and then went on the East Mountain over to -- where else -- East Mountain. We went off-trail up to the summit from the SW and then descended to the NW. If I was to do it again, I'd probably go up and down from the NW.

Once back on the East Mountain Trail we continued to the Toll Road Trail and then the Una Del Oso Trail back to the TH.

As for foliage, there were some bigtooth maples with reddish leaves on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime. Oaks had not started changing for the most part, and some looked they might go straight from green to brown and skip yellow. Virtually all of the trees on the trek from Pinal Peak back to the trailhead were still green.

This was an enjoyable loop, and it would be even better in a less dry time of year when there would be some water in the creeks.
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There were a few maples along the Sixshooter Trail that had a bit of color, but they were past their prime. Most everything else still had green leaves, although there was a bit of color here and there.

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There was great waterflow and the spring box was full.
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Oct 21 2020
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ 
East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
rayhuston
Hiking14.73 Miles 4,013 AEG
Hiking14.73 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.38 mph
4,013 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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I came to see fall colors, but I would have been satisfied with just a good hike. There was a little bit of color, which was a minor disappointment, but the hike rocked big time. So did my heart beat! Seemed like I was hiking up hill all day.

I parked at the bridge on FR 112 and walked 2/3 of a mile NE on the road to the Una Del Oso trail, then hiked the loop in a CW direction. The trails were all in good condition. Sixshooter was in the best condition I've seen it. A minor rock slide about 1.5 miles from FR 112 is the only obstacle. If I were a mountain biker, I might be tempted to give it a go.

The weather was gorgeous! Fall has definitely reached the Pinal Mountains. Chilly at the peak with a decent breeze, an autumn sun warming me up as I came in for a soft landing on Sixshooter.

Like everywhere else, it's completely dry. The spring box at junction of Telephone and Sixshooter is the only source of good water. Even the Ferndell Spring was quiet (Update: @BiFrost reports on 10/24 that Ferndell Spring was quart per minute).

I didn't see another person until I was almost back to paved roads. I did see a a tarantula and a white tail deer that I woke from slumber. Perfect solitude.

Unfortunately, I saw a new fire that looked like it was just getting started somewhere north of Kearny. :(
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Maples past prime. Aspens still green on Sixshooter. Lots of dead leaves on the trails.
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Aug 09 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
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Two dry summers in a row meant I went out to do this with a zero percent chance of storms and no rain gear. Didn't need it, either, not even close. If anything, it was hot, 93 at the trailhead at 5:15, and warm most of the hike. You can tell the mountain has had barely any rain, as everything looks dry. Lots of dry plants on the Pioneer, and on top trees are losing leaves. Usually it is wet about now.

Up Pioneer, skipped Pinal Peak both times, down Ferndell to Six Shooter, which I took to the Telephone Trail, and once I got to the ridge I turned up that. Partly, because I didn't feel like losing any more elevation, and partly because I thought the trail was higher up, not slightly below. I then went up the ridge to Signal Peak. Someone was playing Peter and the Wolf by flute in the tower, as well as a few other things. I saw no wolves, or bears, FYI. After the brief segments of the Pipeline and Middle trails, I stopped at the exotic trees and the hummingbird feeder collection. The trees are losing leaves due to drought, but are fine. There are fewer hummingbird feeders, and I only saw two birds. Nothing like last July when there were dozens of birds, it seemed. I then went back down the Pioneer. Nice views from the Baldy in the White Mountains, to the Catalinas and Rincons.

Not enough decent routes for me to use or piece together, so I added the AEG from the Pioneer and the Telephone Ridge up to Signal Peak. Might have lost some from the Pipeline and Middle. Miles, is a safe guess.

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Nasty!
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Jun 27 2020
richvosko
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 Tempe
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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richvosko
Hiking12.60 Miles 3,550 AEG
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Plus Ferndell Spring Trail to Icehouse Canyon. Missed the turn at the end and went past on the fire road and circled back
Jun 06 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ
 
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LJW
Hiking22.06 Miles 5,062 AEG
Hiking22.06 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   3.06 mph
5,062 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Had never been to the Pinal Mountains before. Recent triplogs, particularly a post from @hikerdw about East Mountain, had me waiting for temps in June to chill out for a day or two. Being a first timer, wanted to see as much as possible. Started up the road from Ice House CCC with East Mountain the first summit on the docket and no firm plan on how I'd come back down from the mountains after Signal Peak.

Got to enjoy the least enjoyable parts of not only Six Shooter but Ice House too. Day only got better. Lower Six was smooth and made the going easy. Six Shooter and Una Del Oso had a surprising flow of water. Windy and cool at sunrise.

Toll Road makes for nice hiking. Was under pines in under an hour. From there the whole route was delightful. East Mountain maybe my favorite trail on the day. Once the trail makes the ridgeline, the views open up and balance out the pine forest lower down. East Mountain summit from the north is steep but clear. Thousands of ladybugs on the summit living their complicated lives. South ridge is thick with manzanita, but there are seams. Opted to come down the west side. Very steep but clear and rejoins the trail in one of its best stretches.

Passed two groups of hikers around Pioneer Pass. Pioneer is dense with ferns and undergrowth, smooth and never too steep. Saw a small rattlesnake. Trickle from Squaw Spring.

Pinal Peak and the ridge under it have more or less the same views as Signal and the road below it, only it's all farther away. Cold and windy on top. From Pioneer Pass and again at the peak, smoke was visible in the Southern Pinals.

Ferndell is a half mile gem that carries along the slopes toward Six Shooter through dense forest. Showcase of the diversity of trees on the loop. Road walk to Signal was nice and shady. Little car and foot traffic given how perfect the weather on top was.

Signal Peak LO was occupied by a man named Jerry. At least I think so, bad with names. When we met he was luring a squirrel to his doorstep. Asked about the fire. He said it was on BLM land and they had an engine on either side. ~30acres. Conversation ensued. Aztec Peak, Ed Abbey, the nature of looking out, Pinals in October. We agreed that I should save Six Shooter or Icehouse for the fall and finish up on Kellner. Bigger views, play to the season.

Kellner was in good shape but had the rockiest tread of the day. Starts in the canyon, ends up on the mountainside, beautiful either way. Meets up with the lower mile or so of Icehouse, which wasn't too bad. Views of Globe and the San Carlos Reservation. Crossing the creek back to the road I think uses Telephone 192. Only saw two groups of hikers on the trip. Not too many cars. Road is good for low clearance all the way to Pinal Peak, and if I had to bet Pioneer Pass as well.
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Good enough flow, runoff from pipes and fenced-off spring box.
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May 31 2020
LindaAnn
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Pinal Signal loop, AZ 
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LindaAnn
Hiking14.62 Miles 3,907 AEG
Hiking14.62 Miles   7 Hrs      2.30 mph
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Parked at the Icehouse CCC lot and decided to head up Six Shooter first. Since I hate the lower mile of Six Shooter, we walked up the road for the first mile, then got on Six Shooter. Temps were nice, plenty of green vegetation, and there was a lot of flowing water. We saw a band of coatis; I counted about 12 but only got pics of 2 or 3 of them. Six Shooter is in great shape the entire way up. Very buggy though.

At the top, we headed east on Ferndell, which is brushy in a few places, but still easy to follow. Once at the top of Ferndell, we headed over to the ladder rock, then over to Pinal Peak. Hazy views, as expected. From there, we headed over to Signal Peak, which I prefer over Pinal. After lunch on Signal, we headed over to Icehouse. Temps had been pleasant all morning, but started to warm up on Icehouse.

Icehouse has about 15-20 downed trees across the upper 2 miles of the trail. Most are easy to step over or around, but 4 required some bypass effort. The top mile of the trail is slippery with layers and layers of old maple leaves. At the junction with Telephone, which took some effort to find, we decided to take Telephone the rest of the way back down in order to skip the boring road walk of the last 2 miles of Icehouse. I hadn't been on that portion of Telephone since before the fire 3 years ago, so was curious to see what it looked like. The boring road walk would have been much better. In some places, the trail almost entirely disappeared in manzanita and locust; it did not appear to have received any maintenance since the fire. After passing through some gates, the trail became much more distinct, and showed signs of recent maintenance. Other than a few steep spots, it was an easy, but hot, walk back to the parking lot.

Good to get this loop in, and other than the last few miles, it wasn't too hot. More green and water than I was expecting to see too. Didn't see anyone else all day, which was nice.
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May 30 2020
PrestonSands
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Ferndell Trail #204Globe, AZ
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Hiking2.20 Miles 450 AEG
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John and his 2 boys and I hiked this easy trail while camping on Pinal Peak this weekend. We took Ferndell Trail east to the Pioneer/Squaw Spring trailhead, explored a rocky overlook with a metal ladder, then closed the loop by following the road back to our campsite. High clouds and a light breeze made a perfect antidote to the current furnace-like temps in the deserts.
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May 26 2020
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 Gold Canyon
Pinal Peak 7848Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 26 2020
Daytripper
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,790 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.18 mph
1,790 ft AEG      15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Decided to travel the Globe during the pandemic , oops that should be travelled through Globe on the way to Pinal Mountain Recreation area. Drove up Icehouse Canyon Road to Pioneer Pass to check out the east side of Pinal Mountain. Taking the shortest hike to Pinal Peak seemed like a winner , Pioneer Trail or aka FS signed Squaw Springs Trail . The trail had some obscuring vegetation with the shorter New Mexico locust providing some minor scratching , the taller plants made up for it providing some color, wearing shorts was ok. Squaw Springs origin is tightly protected with 8 foot chain link fencing, even a camera set up nearby, the flow from it was creating a small mud bog below it. After walking up to Pinal Peak but before heading back walked along the road to the two closest comm towers and then from the parking lot went down trail 204, turned around before Six Shooter . Had 4 bars on my phone but when I tried to text a message it failed to send , wonder if the towers are functional :-k Saw no one else on the road or trail today except when driving by the picnic tables on the way up. Also on the drive up a small coyote puppy was running up the left side of the road until it dove into the vegetation, I thought it too small to be on it’s own but then I saw the parent above on the right side . Two mule does on the road on the way down spent a moment looking at me and then exited. The forest road is in passenger car condition to Pioneer Pass area , had two 15 minute delays on Rt 60 between Globe and Superior due to road construction. Nice to hike some in lesser heat today and I found this to be a good workout hike.
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May 16 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Six Pioneer East Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 16 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.03 Miles 3,706 AEG
Hiking14.03 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.79 mph
3,706 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Parked at the Una Del Oso TH. Short road walk then up Six, across Ferndell, down Pioneer, then across East Mountain, picking up Toll Road and Una to close the loop. IMO the best mid teen loop in the Pinals. Perfect weather until the last mile or so where it got a tad warm. Great day hiking.

PS: Looks like the Icehouse CCC is open for parking.
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Nov 24 2019
ShatteredArm
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Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ 
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog13.60 Miles 3,768 AEG
Run/Jog13.60 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.84 mph
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I've been wanting to explore Pinal Mountain on foot for quite awhile now, and decided today would be a good day to do it. The plan was to loop Sixshooter and Icehouse.

Had a fairly chilling late morning start, and headed up the reasonably-graded Sixshooter. Creek was flowing, and it surprised me how quickly we hit the coniferous forest. When the trail headed away from the creek, and up the ridge, I couldn't stop remarking about how underrated this trail is. Great views, nice mature forest. Some signs of the forest fire (probably from a couple years ago), but looks like it didn't do too much damage in this area.

Started seeing more snow past the Telephone junction. By the time we hit Ferndell, it was a few inches deep.

Swung around the summit, and headed up a jeep road, thinking it would take us to the summit proper, but it was the wrong one. Oh well, we were probably only 20 vertical feet off. Didn't feel like going through the brush to get there.

Headed down the road to Middle Trail, and took that all the way across to Pineline. Didn't know there were cabins up here! The views from Pineline were some of the best anywhere... You could see everything from the Estrellas all the way over to Baboquivari.

The first couple miles down Icehouse Canyon were fun and steep. There were even mountain bike tracks in the snow... I'm definitely not that brave. The bottom couple miles... not so fun. Boring old Jeep road, but at least it's just a couple miles.

Definitely going to come back here.
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 phoenix, az
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ 
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ
 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking14.64 Miles 4,150 AEG
Hiking14.64 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
4,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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chums put together a sunday hike in the pinals
always a good choice for some fall color
finally an opportunity to hike with kyle :)
left town at 0630, meeting karl and kathy at the trailhead
up icehouse, then once past the intersection with telephone, we started seeing some maples
went up to signal peak and took a break
very windy up there today
temps were fine all day
over to pinal peak, hitting the ladder rock and then down to ferndell
good color up high
down sixshooter, taking another break at preston's corner
sixshooter was better than i remembered - a nice soft pine needle covered trail
the last half mile isn't anyone's favorite, but better than the lower two miles of icehouse
nice hike with a good group
plenty of worthwhile color, and should be for another week or so
next time i'd like to try this [ RS Mapped triplog ]
nice to get in a hike with kyle, see kathy and karl again and always good to hike with chums and john
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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 Tempe, AZ
Sixhouse Iceshooter, AZ 
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Hiking14.94 Miles 3,987 AEG
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Kyle had a little more. Kathy a mile less. You'd think modern technology would be more accurate. I'm certain I got 13 feet more. I bet Alexa knows.

Winds sounded rough in the trees, but barely noticeable on the ground. Break at the peak was totally calm. Halfway up the first flight on the tower and it became noticeable. By the top it was difficult to stand. The weather station 6 feet to the left was reporting 31 gusting to 45. The LTE was strong. Off the tower, rarely more than a pleasant breeze.

Karl was shocked when he encountered a fresh-cut log that had been cleared since yesterday. Apparently he missed the FS truck parked at the TH and the sound of the chainsaw moments earlier. The worker said my joke about being good to see somebody who actually goes outside is one he hears a lot. :oops:

Much more color at lower elevation on the way down than we had encountered on the way up. Those colors change fast! :sweat: Really pleasant day and a great group to hike with. :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Great pockets of color in the upper reaches.
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Hiking14.64 Miles 4,150 AEG
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It's been quite awhile since I have done a fall Pinals hike. Some nice color out there now. Temps were great. Nice breeze. Windy at times up high. Good to hike with members of this group again. Thanks Chums for organizing and driving. :)
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Icehouse-Sixshooter Canyon Loop, AZ 
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After hiking Icehouse and Six Shooter canyons in the Pinals on Saturday I turned around and hiked it again on Sunday. Basically, I wanted to hike it with Kathy and rest of the group so made another trip. This loop was a bit different hiking from Icehouse campground but main part was the same in Icehouse and Six Shooter canyons.

We headed up Icehouse Canyon taking our time through the upper section which was by far the best. Once on top we headed over to Signal Peak for lunch. The wind had picked up and even though it was ok at ground level it was howling in the towers just above us.

After lunch we walked some road over to Pinal Peak and ladder rock. However, we didn’t stay long with the winds more pronounced now. Then headed down Six Shooter for the highlight of the hike. Ran into FS workers clearing trees with chainsaw and then took another break.

Then a quick finish on Six Shooter passing some unexpected color in the lower part of the canyon. Great to hike with Kelly and John again!!
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