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Paradise Trail # 271 - 17 members in 34 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 03 2019
friendofThunde
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,812 AEG
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1st trip
I headed out to one of my old haunts with John in search of waterfalls today. The marquee falls were a no go, but there was plenty of water and some nice secondary falls and cascades. Bull Basin is a top notch trail with flowing water. All the trails along the loop were in excellent shape, it rained from the moment we started hiking until we finished. The road in was a little slippery.
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Dirt Tank - Haunted Canyon

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Fullest I have seen it.

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Some puddles and lightly trickling water
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Oct 30 2018
AZLOT69
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Paradise Trail # 271Globe, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 1,509 AEG
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Saw a few other vehicles around but no sign of people. Perfect temps and solitude. Great day.
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Apr 29 2017
hikerdw
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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hikerdw
Hiking11.62 Miles 2,767 AEG
Hiking11.62 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
2,767 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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After a bit of a dry spell it was nice to get back to Miles TH. 287 through the mine is in great shape. 287a seemed a little rougher than I remember but still 2wd passable. It looked like it was recently graded which dug up a lot of small rocks so I felt like Ace Ventura bouncing along down the road.

Paradise Trail is a real treat, absolutely beautiful, and with water flowing most of the way elevates this trail to a 5+ IMO. Passed a couple trail crews along the upper sections of Haunted Canyon Trail but other than that we saw no others. Took a break and had a snack near Tony Cabin Spring. Bull Basin Trail, as reported by others, is in nice shape. Not as groomed as Paradise and Haunted Canyon but very easy to follow. Really enjoyed this hike on this day :D
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Mar 28 2017
hikingaz2
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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Hiking13.57 Miles 3,043 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.24 mph
3,043 ft AEG      32 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Rick's Son, Dustin is visiting from the U P Michigan, wanted to do some camping and hiking. We scouted out Miles TH last month and determined if we are to camp there it has to be during the week to have some solitude :) . Showed up mid morning on Monday and :o only one spot left to set up camp :pout: We made the best of the situation and it turned out, no problem, was all quite around us. :zzz: After we set up camp, gathered all the camp wood, we set out on West Pinto to Cuff Button and returned. Met a young lady heading up to Oak flats to set up camp, found out she was part of the Arizona Conservation Corps, and rest of the group was joining her on Tuesday. The plan was to scout out all the trails in the area, and process them for future trail maintenance this summer and have work done by next fall. :D Also all the other camp sites were occupied by Wilderness Volunteers planning on working this week on Trail Maintenance, Monday they finished Paradise Trail, Tuesday they were heading up Bull Basin Trail to the saddle. So looks and sounds like Miles TH will be busy hosting work crews this summer. According to their Web site, Champaign Trail is on the agenda this week. Tuesday Bull Basin Loop was our chosen hike. Wow hats off to all that has done this :) When they say steep, they mean steep !!! Got to Haunted Canyon finally :scared: took the side trip over to Tony's. While there we met 3 yes 3 state workers from the Fishery Dep't, checking if there were any fish my the stream next to the cabin, talk about time wasted management :( :? Great time can't wait to get back.
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Feb 20 2017
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.64 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
ray and john had monday off, so we picked the best weather day of the holiday weekend to hike bull basin loop
road was a little muddy, but ray had no issues on the drive in
37 degrees around 7:30, starting out on west pinto trail
came to our first crossing of rock creek and found a slick log to crawl over
stayed dry on that one, but gave it up on the next 40 or so :lol:
there was water flowing in every creek and drainage, and often on the trail
the bigger crossings got pretty cold :o
turned onto bull basin trail, which climbed to a saddle and then dropped down to haunted canyon trail
took the side trip to the cabin as i had not seen it
cool spot for a snack break
headed back to the intersection with paradise trail, which also climbed to a saddle
the initial descent was a little steep, rocky and wet, but soon moderated into a nice dirt path through the woods
finished up and headed into superior for a late lunch at los hermanos
fun hike on all new trails for me
good company, too
trails were in great shape - very little brush
love seeing some new territory in the eastern superstitions
thanks for driving, ray
plenty more to do from miles trailhead, which is worthy of some wandering around to check out the old ranch stuff
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Feb 20 2017
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking12.61 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Kelly and I have been talking about doing something out this way and agreed on the Bull Basin Loop with a side trip to Tony Ranch. It was scheduled for Sunday, but rain got in the way. Monday looked better. John was looking for a hike so we invited him along too.

Running water ruled the day. We initially thought that log crawling across a creek at the outset would keep our feet dry. :lol: A couple of dozen or more creek crossings later we didn't care about wet feet. Some of the creeks resembled rivers. Some sections of the trails resembled creeks. At the saddle near the start of the Paradise Trail, John noted that it was the first time all day we could not hear running water.

The trails are in excellent shape. As noted in a couple of recent trip logs, they've been trimmed back nicely. A tiny bit of cat claw here and there, but easily avoidable. A little muddy here and there, more so at the saddle on Paradise trail, but a day or two of sunshine will make it all good.

We took a nice break at the cabin on Tony Ranch. What little bit of sunshine we had at the outset gave way to overcast skies. Our wet feet could have used some sun. Instead, they started to get cold. Time to move. It was 37 degrees at the start and it didn't get anywhere close to the promised high in the low 60's.

Wet, cloudy or cold, it didn't matter today; this was a fun hike. If you're on the fence about this one, or if you hiked it when it was bushy on Bull Basin trail, you should get out there. This is good hiking with the opportunity for much more. We all had fun.

John and Kelly, it was great hiking with you!
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Tony Ranch Spring

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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.64 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
After careful deliberation Ray and Kelly decided to let me tag along on their adventure. Cool and wet. We'll all be jealous in a few months. Many creek crossings during the hike. Stayed dry for quite a few, but some weren't worth the effort. Once your feet are wet, it really doesn't matter much anymore.

This is my third time to Toney Cabin. Each time by a different route. Still don't know my way around very well. The trails are in good shape even though they have been hit hard by recent rains. The lower part of Paradise trail is very nice. Lots of cypress and sycamore trees.

Fun hike with awesome company! Thanks Ray and Kelly. :)
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Feb 12 2017
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Paradise Trail # 271Globe, AZ
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Hiking2.70 Miles 1,509 AEG
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We didn't quite make it all the way. It wasn't the kids, but my poor old dog that made us turn back.
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Jan 24 2017
MountainMatt
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Eastern Soup Fun, AZ 
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Hiking6.38 Miles 958 AEG
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My midweek escape to the Eastern Superstitions for some personal time.

Lots of drinking and not much hiking that's why I'm breaking down two days into one triplog, maybe that's when you know you're a HAZ alcoholic :sweat:
All jokes aside this was intended to be more of a relaxing luxury car camping trip and get the dog house type of thing in which it was a huge success!

Paradise Trail
Tuesday evening was a surreal wonderland, just before reaching the main event It began to steadily snow which was quite a surprising treat and left me mind-blown to where I was at!
The seasonal waterfall and a warm sunset was just the icing on the cake!

Wildcat Trail/Canyon
A quick knee deep crossing across a swift moving 15 foot wide Pinto Creek that required picking up my dog was the start to the short hike.
So this was the only route I forgot to download but I did review it and had it all marked out but about a mile up the hill I came to a trailess section.
I searched both up and down but didn't see any logical way without a hearty bushwhack through some nasty low lying brush and I had my pups with me so that was not going to happen today without frustration.
I then decided to head down and off to RC Falls and possibly Bull Basin.

Rock Creek
RC was awesome and had plenty of flow but due to high flow I had to pick my dog for the near dozen creek crossing and fighting through the acacia got old very quick. It was my sluggish feel from the previous night's festivities and lack of motivation of photographing in complete sunny daylight had me turning around even though I was only less than a mile from the falls.
Nothing spectacular would have came out of it so it was best left behind and on to my next little hike of the day.

Mowing Machine Spring
I noticed this scenic drainage both times iv driven on FR 287 and this past time I spotted a few cascades off the side of the road which certainly perked my interests.
With bit higher elevation it has a nice combination of pine, cactus, agave, etc... which makes for a rather idyllic area.
Not sure if one of the nearby mine owns the rights to this drainage but somebody has a hose setup and currently pumping water from it...

Overall it was a great couple of days just getting some peace and quiet and regardless of the fact I didn't too much hiking it was exactly what I needed.
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Rock Creek

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Just like near every single drainage MMS was flowing more like its own steady creek with numerous cascades.

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Paradise was a flowing creek ankle deep that flowed strongly over FR 287.

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Knee deep at every crossing at about 10-12 feet wide.

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Jan 22 2017
friendofThunde
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.33 Miles 2,636 AEG
Hiking11.33 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.06 mph
2,636 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
I started my morning headed towards Rogers Trough to do White Mountain, but no vehicle is getting across Queen Creek right now and I saw first hand why. I pulled up behind a pickup who had a friend outside mulling over whether it was crossable. I kept thinking that there was no way that it was uncrossable and I even thought for a minute that the guy ahead of me might be being a little cautious and if he did not go, I was just going to go around him and try, but just then he went for it after his friend on the outside seemed to give him the thumbs up. He was done for as soon as he hit the water, his front end briefly went hood deep he lurched forward a little and then there he sat about bed deep in Queen Creek. I got out and said to his friend, "well I am not going this way," turned around and headed back to the 60 for a plan B.

I figured I could not go wrong with Miles trailhead for a plan B, although, it did cross my mind that even that road may be impassable due to the rock slides that always occur out there after a big rain. I got lucky and it was clear sailing to the TH. Every drainage was flowing along the road and it was very apparent from the start that the area had been hammered recently. I ended up stopping before Miles and went in Paradise Trail to do a variation of the Bull Basin loop, but with Government Hill and its long ridgeline as an off trail linking route between the two trails. Paradise was a tremendous start to the day. It was nearly impossible to keep your feet dry on the trail, the creek was raging and trailside was one cascade after another, topped off by the main attraction which is less than a mile in. From the flowing water of Paradise, it was across the snow dusted ridgeline to Government Hill for some fantastic views. In particular, the Ancha are in rare form and look more like a range in Colorado right now due to the amount of snow its holding. From Government Hill it was down to Bull Basin, more cascades, more water and then the rugged detour up Rock Creek Trail to view its falling water highlight.

It was impossible to stay dry going up Rock Creek, as it was just calming down from what looked to be a pretty intense little flash flood. The crossings were deep and fast, but all manageable. The horrible trail along the bench was probably worse anyways. Its a real shame the Forest Service decommissioned this trail, it was probably a good one in its day, now the falls are slowly becoming perhaps not worth the hassle. A couple stretches of the trail along the bench are becoming a tad brutal with acacia, deadfall and general overgrowth, during lower water this can be remedied through simply walking up the creek bed, however, that was not happening today. The hike back from the falls went much quicker, as I took up to wading more stretches of the creek when I could, rather than bushwhacking along its edge. Once I hit Bull Basin, it was a pretty quick hike back to the car and other than the fact that West Pinto looks nearly impossible to cross on foot right now, nothing overly exciting occurred.

A great plan B!
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Dec 29 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,017 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.92 mph
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Wally agreed to take me to the snow :y: . Will I need my Grand Canyon pass? Wally SUPES Farak... :sl: . Kidding.
Wally is helping me knock off some Supes hikes. We did the Bull Basin Loop to get Bull Basin and Paradise Trails in. We added Tony's Cabin and a little exploring and took the old Haunted Canyon since I've done the new one before. We didn't expect all the water crossing's or the snow :o . It was actually pretty cool and the weather was near perfect. The trails were creeks in a few place but trimmed up nicely. Only one tree down on each trail and we moved all three of them : rambo : . We even had to move one rock over on the road in. There is one more rock to squeeze by but will take more than Wally and I to move. All but the widest of vehicles will be fine. Great day in the Supes! Thanks Wally. like Haz, :yr:
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Nov 27 2016
LindaAnn
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Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
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Hiking12.96 Miles 2,943 AEG
Hiking12.96 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.20 mph
2,943 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Today was Daniela's birthday hike. I came up with several different hike options for her to choose from, and Lee contributed one hike suggestion too. Daniela chose Lee's suggestion of Bull Basin Loop. Whitney, Debbie, and I met at Daniela's house just after 6:00, and got to the trailhead a few minutes before 8:00.

It was 37 degrees when we started, yay! We headed west on Pinto, then up Bull Basin. Nice, steady climb and the trail was in good shape. It must have hailed yesterday or last night, because there was still a lot on and alongside the trail. When we reached Haunted Canyon, we headed east to Tony Ranch, had lunch, then returned and west up Haunted Canyon and Paradise trail back to the road, then a quick walk on the road back to the car. It was cool--almost cold--and windy all day; 50 degrees when we finished.
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Nov 27 2016
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Hiking12.96 Miles 2,943 AEG
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Wonderful way to celebrate our friend's birthday by exploring the eastern Superstitions. This mountain range continues to fascinate me with its diverse landscapes. I enjoyed the hike to Tony's Ranch as well as the beautiful trek through Haunted Canyon. Gorgeous overcast day for the most part. The sun graced us with an appearance a couple of times but this made for a truly cool, crisp, fall hike in temperatures in the 40's. Happy Birthday, Daniela!
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LindaAnn
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LindaAnn
Hiking12.11 Miles 3,356 AEG
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3,356 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Anytime I'm going on a hike someone else has planned, I ask for details. I always look forward to the complete line of BS I receive on a Lee-planned hike. No complaints--it's part of the fun.

We got started around 7:30 and headed up Paradise Trail. Very pleasant uphill climb on a nice trail that masked the amount of elevation we actually gained. We took a side trip up to Government Hill, which was a little brushy, but not too terrible. At one point, Lee was like "Sorry!", my response was along the lines of "Oh that's okay, you've put me through worse." Nice views from the top, we took a quick break, then headed back down.

We took Haunted Canyon over to Tony Ranch, looked around there, took a lunch break, then headed back along what I guess was an old alignment of Haunted Canyon? Took Haunted Canyon back to the road, then walked the road back to the car. Nice day, with cloud cover nearly the entire time.
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Nov 20 2016
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.80 Miles 3,328 AEG
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I showed @lindaagm a few old favorites in the Eastern Supes today. We started at the Paradise Trail trailhead, hit Government Hill along the way to Haunted Canyon where we visited the cabin and then took the old and no longer maintained alignment of 203 to switch it up a little coming out of Haunted Canyon.

The weather was perfect, there was just enough water for the dogs and all of the trails are in great shape. We only ran into one group all day and it was near the cabin. A little fall is still going on out there and I imagine with some rain today and tomorrow the hiking conditions will only improve. We did have to utilize the FR to complete out loop, but it was only about 1.5 miles.

Thank you for still hiking with me Linda after I showed up 20 minutes late, with my fuel light on and no wallet.
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There are some significant puddles at and around the area marked spring on the map.

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Full and modest drip from pipe in trough.
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Nov 02 2016
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Paradise/Government Hill/Bull Basin, AZ 
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Hiking8.70 Miles 2,605 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.61 mph
2,605 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Over five years ago when I hiked the Bull Basin Loop the Bull Basin part was so overgrown (and I mean TERRIBLE!) I never once felt Tracey would have any interest in it so I never brought it up.

But after reading FoTG's March triplog with a mention the trail was in good shape and Wally's Government Hill triplog, things were falling into place.

And so with Government Hill being on my list for some time and Tracey reminding me she had never hiked on this side of the Superstition Wilderness we figured it was time.

At Miles TH within an hour of sunrise it felt downright COLD... we could see our breath. Which meant we had a cool hike in Paradise up the Paradise Trail.

Funny... because when I told Tracey we were in paradise she didn't realize we actually were on the Paradise Trail. (She figured it out 3 hours later when I made a comment about the Paradise Trail)

Near the top end of the Paradise Trail we turned off at the cairn and headed up to the Government Hill ridge. With so many different trails or just as likely game trails we had to backtrack a number of times before reaching the ridge. But once on the ridge it was pretty obvious which route to take and in no time at all we were at the summit.

I took the usual photos and video, signed the summit log and we moved on. It was a bit steep heading down to the Bull Basin Trail but it was just a matter of scanning 25-30' ahead and choosing the best route. Eventually we were following well-beaten game trails and it was easy enough.

With all the deer tracks we'd seen by now we were wondering when they would appear. And that's just what happened... two deer appeared, and led us in just the right direction following the best path we'd seen all day (other than the actual Paradise Trail, which I might add was in great shape).

Just above the saddle marking the high-point of the Bull Basin Trail we stopped for lunch. Next we began the descent on Bull Basin Trail. I have to say, now THIS is a real trail!. Absolutely NOTHING like 5 years ago, when there were many times I would go 50-100 feet without knowing if I was on the trail or not.

So... compared to my experience 5 years ago, it was like paradise, which (as I mentioned above) is the point where Tracey realized we had not only felt like in paradise, we actually were ON the Paradise trail.

The only time we encountered other footprints all day was when we reached the West Pinto trail... and they were prints leading in the direction away from Miles TH. Back at Miles we saw their vehicle and checked for a HAZ decal but found none.

One last thought, not only was the Bull Basin Trail 100% better than 5 years ago, we raised no dust on the drive through the Pinto Mine complex... the road was oiled so thoroughly it was like pavement. (And of course the route through the mine has changed quite a bit as well... progress I guess.)

Although we didn't travel the southern part of Bull Basin Trail down to Haunted Canyon, I believe it would be prudent to add an update to Fritzski's 2001 Bull Basin Loop hike description... it's no longer hell.

Government Hill summit panorama
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Oct 16 2016
wallyfrack
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Paradise Trail # 271Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking10.75 Miles 3,214 AEG
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I hiked up Haunted Canyon trail and explored some. On the way out Paradise trail came to mind. On the way out Paradise trail Government Hill came to mind. While on top of Government Hill the spur to Bull Basin came to mind but I didn't bring enough water so I was safe this time. :lol: The views up on Government Hill are pretty nice. There are only about 7 entries on the summit register which was placed there in 2011. The person who orchestrated the register used a page of sheet music. There may B sharp rocks on the hike up so watch tour step until you C flat ground. Other than that the route is easy. Once back on Paradise trail it was pleasant hiking. The toughest part was hiking the forest road back up to the Haunted Canyon trail as you gain 600+ feet when you think you are done. The trails are in good shape so you need to go off trail to have any fun.
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Oct 31 2015
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ 
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking15.50 Miles 3,730 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.96 mph
3,730 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
Haunted Canyon on Halloween felt appropriate. Temps in the upper 30s for our start didn't sting as we kept a nice clip heading up. Bull Basin 270 is a constant bush push up to the saddle with Government. From the saddle down to Haunted Canyon 203 seemed a notch better, most would still despise.

Headed out past Kennedy Spring up the ravine then poked around the limestone bands. Heading back was the highlight. Stumbled upon the legend Jack Carlson. Halloween, Superstitions, Carlson, perfect temps, great company, fun little hike... was I in heaven?

Nice little chat with Wayne at the cabin then off to our final leg of the loop. I chose this area for Paradise Trail #271 since Bruce and I haven't hiked it. Slightly reluctant as triplogs often mentioned bushwhacking to a dud rating for no running water in the creek.

Maybe it was timing, I enjoyed 271. Perhaps a touch brushy. Nothing dense like the current state of 270. Late afternoon with shade advantage on a nice autumn day descending must be the ticket. The often thick and towering Arizona Cypress are on key with paradise in my book. A running creek would certainly be exceptional.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Subtle perfection. A little early for the rust in sycamores. Arizona Walnut is the show. Ash is nice in areas.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dirt Tank - Haunted Canyon 1-25% full 1-25% full
1-2% full

dry Kennedy Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Area and creeks are dry, did not look for actual spring

dry Sherry Spring Dry Dry
creek and are dry
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Oct 31 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ 
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking15.50 Miles 3,730 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   1.96 mph
3,730 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
I decided at the last minute to jump in with this Wild Bunch for a Haunted Canyon Halloween Hike. I'm glad I did too because it turned out to be a great day. The hike in was about 50 degrees below my liking but from then on it was absolutely perfect.

As we approached Tony Cabin we crossed paths with the folks from SALT (Superstition Land Area Trust. They were out assessing the area and checking on Tony Cabin. We had a brief chat and continued on upstream for a bit. There we would take another stab at finding the elusive Cave of a 1000 eyes. No luck on this trip and I believe luck is what it is going to take to find it. Luck and persistence that is.

Afterwards we headed out on the Paradise Trail. This trail was new territory for me and I really enjoyed it.

Afterwards we had some Mexican food in Superior compliments of The Eagle. Muchas Gracias Senor!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Tonys Haunted Bull Eyes Paradise, AZ 
Tonys Haunted Bull Eyes Paradise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking15.63 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking15.63 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   2.19 mph
3,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We had a couple of choices for the day, anything with Haunted Canyon #203, had to be the choice. Good pick Joey. Temps ranged from 40 at the start, to never reaching 75. Just perfect :y:

The route was Miles TH CCW to West Pinto #212 :next: Bull Basin #270 :next: Haunted Canyon #203 :next: Toney/Tony Cabin :next: Kennedy Spring Canyon :next: Haunted Canyon #203 :next: Paradise #271.

Bull Basin #270 trail is fine, except for 1 mile either side of the climb. Dave complained that the blood from my shredded arms, was transferring from the sharp folliage, to :lol: his white shirt. Boo Hoo.

Some of my favorite areas in the Supes, start at the Haunted Canyon/Bull Basin intersection, into Toney/Tony Ranch.

At the ranch, we ran into a few members from SALT azsalt.org/officers ... html, doing some site evaluations on their 76 acre parcel. azsalt.org/tony-ran ... html

We spent some time looking for eyes, then I made my way back to the ranch to grab some lunch. I ran into another group of SALT members and volunteers on my way, including Jack Carlson. We had a short conversation of our exploits and some of his, and of course he asked me if I knew Wally :lol: .

On our way out, we hit up Haunted Canyon #203 north, to the Paradise #271. On the north side of the pass on Paradise, I'd classify this as a "tight" trail for the upper 150 yards. The lower 2/3rds of this trail are paradise with it's mixed conifers and Sycamores. What a treat.

There were no sightings this year [ photo ] .

Thanks for driving JJ
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