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Icehouse Canyon Trail (198) via Signal Peak

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Tonto National Forest

Icehouse Canyon Trail (198) via Signal Peak is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Globe, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 2,946 ft Route type Out & Back
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James Richardson
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HikingOver grown

There are a number of trails in Pinal Rec Area that are better choices than Icehouse. From the high elevation TH at FR 651 this starts as a steep descent into a lush, forested canyon. Large, uncleared fallen trees make for interesting obstacles. Eventually the forest thins out and by the time you reach the junction with Kellner Canyon (much nicer trail) you're in rocky desert terrain. Worst part of Icehouse is that its active cattle grazing range. You cannot avoid all the cowpies. We stumbled upon two small herds, and in one there was a bull! These are domestic livestock and they didn't mind us, but I'm a hiker, not a cowboy. Most of the trails in this area see some grazing activity, but Icehouse is the worst I've ever seen. There are much better trails in the Pinal network.

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Sarah Bentz
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Overgrown with multiple felled trees and not well marked. But the transition from desert to forest is unreal and the workout brutal! Will definitely do again when it cools down more.

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Lisa Blackwell
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Tricia McBride
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The trail is great! Just wish I would’ve started at the bottom and then went back downhill.... Views are amazing! Worth the trip!!

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LeiLani Beeston
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HikingRockySnow

Nice experience in the winter with the snow in the canyon. Makes the steeper narrow trails a little slippery, but doable.

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LeiLani Beeston
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I will start by saying that alltrails has you starting at the top and going down the canyon, then back up. We decided to start from the bottom and work our way up and back down another trail for a change of scenery. The first two miles of the trail are just rocky desert. We noticed that we didn't start to see pine along the trail until the two mile mark. And even then it's a ways before you really get into the canyon and where it is the prettiest. Once you get past that, it is gorgeous! Mixed with the pine, there are lots of maple trees and even some oak. At the top there is a small grove of aspen trees. Based on another site we were reading we almost got the impression that there were more than this of the aspen. But the maple trees were absolutely stunning. And the trail becomes softer underfoot with the pine needles. At the top you basically just find yourself at a forest road. Like I said, we continued on to another trail to make our way down-- the Telephone trail. If you are considering this I would strongly suggest against it. You walk for a ways in the pine on the forest road before you get to the trail, so it seems nice enough. But then the pine trees start to fall away and you're left with a lot of dead manzanita and no coverage from the sun. In parts it's much steeper than Icehouse and so much loose dirt to slip on. Worse, there was so much overgrowth from these trees and bushes with really sharp thorns. And then, the trail disappears altogether. Definitely go back down Icehouse to enjoy the beautiful trees some more. Five stars for the canyon portion, but I gave it four stars because the first two miles were just okay and I could have done without.

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Tricia McBride
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Sha Snyder
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Daniel Whatcott
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Colton Schubert
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Daniel Whatcott
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Carli Balogh
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Chad Harrold
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