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July 27-29 Pinal Mountians!
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PostPosted: 7/4/2012, 10:04 am    Post subject: July 27-29 Pinal Mountians! Reply with quote

Don't have details yet just putting this out there to give people a heads up!
Gonna leave the Valley behind for another long weekend. Going to Pinal Mountains to play! Taking the girls of course so if you don't like dogs in camp this is your warning! It's cooler in them there hills!

In Globe, AZ, off US Rt. 60, turn at sign to the Globe Ranger
Station. Continue following signs to the Globe Ranger Station
for 1.6 miles to Icehouse Canyon Rd. (and Pinal Recreation Area
sign). Bear right onto Icehouse Canyon Rd. and go 1.8 miles to
stop sign (Forest Rt. 112 and 55 and Kellner Canyon Rd.). Turn
right onto Kellner Canyon Rd. (Forest Rt. 55) and go 2.9 miles to
the Pinal Mountain sign (Forest Rt. 651 and 55). Turn left onto
Forest Rt. 651 and go 10.3 miles to Pinal Mountain Recreation
Area. Although not signed, the Pinal campground sites begin
right after the sign and are located on both sides of Rt. 651.

NOTE: The access route turns into dirt 2 miles from the turnoff
onto Kellner Canyon Rd. and stays that way to the campground.
Forest Rt. 651 is single lane with turnouts.

The elevation is 7,500 ft.

The campground is pack it in, pack it out. It is nestled in
heavily wooded, mature Ponderosa and White Fir pine. There are
some spectacular views of a valley and mountains from some of the
sites. The campground is an excellent location for hikers with
some ten different trail heads within a one-mile radius. The
Upper Pinal campground, with six sites, is located a short
distance east of Pinal on Forest Rt. 651.
Canyoneering is my 'Happy Place'

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PostPosted: 7/29/2012, 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

So! I just decided that taking in mind the rain,thunder,lightning and the killer up hill hike of this weekend, my LEAST favorite thing about weekends such as these is the blast of heat that hits you when you step out of your car in your driveway!

I want to shine!
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Joined: 21 Sep 2003
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Location: Apache Jct, AZ

PostPosted: 7/29/2012, 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Glad y'all had fun and sorry I was unable to make it. Too many issues with the software upgrade Saturday AM and it took most of the morning to resolve.

"Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of the memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains." J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings.
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PostPosted: 7/29/2012, 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Hikngrl, thank you for inviting! It was very nice travel to paradise. And now I know the password if I suddenly lost, I can loudly cry "Bear, come out!")))

Anyway we are ready for the next hiking. We never get enough!
Say hello to everybody!
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PostPosted: 7/30/2012, 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

What a nice weekend. I really enjoyed it! Great to get outta the heat for a change. Even enjoyed the Rain!
meant to post after getting home and unpacking, but got side tracked Rolling Eyes

Nice to see all again and enjoyed meeting you kerim and your wife. Sounds like you enjoyed. Hope to see you again at another.
You got the secret password, Wow, I never got that, you all must be special Laughing

And we found the trail, just did a little bushwacking, besides it was just to the right ! We were able to see things others don't get to by starting on trail right off Mr. Green
It was at that gate you saw that didn't seem like had been moved in Ages. It wasn't, there was a path around it, no one ever opened, or they just stepped over, Who Knew?

Think the girls enjoyed themselves after the rain. And you got things shored up after a bit.

It was really pretty out there and the clouds coming in was a real experience, was in a total fogout ! Never been in that before, it was really cool and came on so suddenly.

The AZH Army Corp of Engineers did a fine job of setting up a dry area to cook and eat. It all worked out well. Good Job

The kittens were adopted on sunday, both of them. Waiting to hear if they went to the same home. Hope so

And found my other sock when unpacking Jeep. Sunglasses were in my pack outer mesh pocket. Dang thought I had them on my dash... Shocked
NP.. found them just the same. Looks like I didn't lose a thing this trip Laughing
It was a good weekend, thanks for putting up

See y'all next time, if things permit
Wanderingsoul (Michelle)

Positive Thinking Is the Spark that Makes Dreams Happen~~~Unknown
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