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Lindzy Hurtado reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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Beautiful

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Aimee Keller reviewed Sixshooter and Telephone Loop
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HikingBugsScrambleWashed out

If you’re thinking about doing this loop, don’t. Just do the out and back Six Shooter Canyon Trail. The first part of the loop, which is what the out and back is, is gorgeous! The trail is great! But the second part of the loop, on the right side it’s just terrible! We kept losing the trail because it’s poorly marked and at times- nothing looked at all like a trail. There is one big stretch where I literally was just sliding down the mountain on my backside, but supposedly- following the red line on the map, this was the trail. I really could not wait to get off this mountain. Such a shame because the first half was terrific!

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Vangie Turner reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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David Hartwell reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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Erik Fish reviewed East Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

Really enjoyed this for trail running. Great views. Saw mule deer and cougar prints on the trail. Turned around and backtracked at the four mile mark so couldn’t figure out why it’s listed as a 7.1 loop. Lady Badass’ review helped me find the actual trailhead. Apple Maps took me to trail 200. Needed to drive up the dirt road approximately another 1.5 miles to the sign that says 214 East Mountain.

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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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Chris @akrailsandtrails reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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This trail begins at the Icehouse Canyon CCC recreation area. The signage is very minimal (but gets better on the mountain). You need to know that Sixshooter Canyon is trail #197 and Icehouse Canyon is trail #198. Nice red maples currently (Oct 13th). Saw 1 deer and a small troop of coati near the trail I hiked this as a loop along with Icehouse and a side trip to the look at the radio towers and see the view from the East end of Pinal Peak. Ended up at just under 15 miles (with 4000' elevation). Recording of that loop is in the "Icehouse Canyon Trail 198" section.

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Chris @akrailsandtrails reviewed Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
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Just popping by to say that- Switchbacks take you away from the route described by this map (marked initially by a large cairn of rocks) in the upper portion of the canyon. I was initially concerned, but the route described by the map on here doesn't exist once you hit the switchbacks ;) Should be nice autumn colors between now and the beginning of November. The red maples were very nice on the 13th. Additionally, though the signage on the mountain is better, make sure you know the number of this trail- Icehouse Canyon is 198, Sixshooter Canyon is 197- because the signage around the Icehouse Canyon CCC recreation area is minimal.

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Chris @akrailsandtrails reviewed Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
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This is a loop consisting of Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 - Pinal Peak - Sixshooter Canyon Trail #197 back down the mountain. These trails both start approximately at the Icehouse Canyon CCC picnic area, climb into manzanita and pine, with aspen and maple in the higher riparian areas. Icehouse Canyon is a relentless climb straight up to the top of Pinal Peak at FR-651, right in between Signal Peak and one of the two Pinal Peak recreation areas. Lots of cows around the trail, though they were all well behaved. Good views South (and eventually East) from up top. Sixshooter Canyon Trail is significantly longer, winds it's way back and forth across the East side of the canyon, but was cow-free :). Additionally, there was a small troop of coatis near the Sixshooter Trail, which is a fun treat (even when they disappear in a flash). This whole area has no fees, and the trailhead was accessible by 2wd car. (There is no overnight camping at Icehouse CCC recreation area).

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Teresa M reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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greg olson reviewed Pioneer Pass to Pinal Peak
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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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Matthew Sciascia reviewed Pioneer Pass to Pinal Peak
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Demetrios Gounaris reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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I followed the directions from All trails and it led me to an area that was heavily used by quads and people in Razors. I asked and they told me to go towards Pinal county, but I ended up not finding the trailhead. anyone have any better directions than what is on here?

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David Casperson reviewed Pioneer Pass to Pinal Peak
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HikingGreat!

This is a wonderful hike! Excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and beat the heat even during the summer. Given the elevation, it is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix and there is also plenty of shade which makes it feel even cooler. The dirt road up the mountain is well maintained and can be handled by a sedan. Google maps took me right to the trail head and there is a large turnout that can be used for parking. The trail itself is in good shape with only a few slightly overgrown spots. It is pretty steep in a few areas so you will probably want poles for the hike back down if you have bad knees. Several great lookout points along the trail. However, the top of the peak is crisscrossed by several dirt roads and radio towers which in my opinion detract from experience of reaching the summit. That being said, this is still a 5 star hike as the solitude and beauty of the actual hike is amazing. P.S. Saw lots of bear poop. Keep in mind this is their home when you visit.

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Susan Enyart cheeseman reviewed Pioneer Pass to Pinal Peak
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Beautiful scenery and wildlife. No water available

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Katey T reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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HikingBugsOver grown

This was a decent trail. I am not sure I would rate it as hard but I did turn around about 5 miles or so in. That last little bit on this trail map may have qualified it as hard but really it wasn’t that difficult overall. There was a steady incline most of the hike. There was little shade the first two miles which in turn means there was little to now shade the last two miles out. I drank 3 liters and rand out about a mile before the end. The pine trees where nice scenery. They were some great valley views as well. I can’t say it’s a hike I would do again but it was worth doing at least once. They trail did have some overgrown areas but nothing too bad. There were pockets where the bugs were really bad. I wished I’d had bug spray. With all that combined, I’m giving it a solid 4.

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HikingOver grown

Nice trail with pretty views. I don’t think this should be rated as difficult, however. It’s 2 miles in to gain a little over 1k in elevation. Much of the trail was overgrown and spotted with animal droppings, but the last half mile was worth the trip. You finish the hike overlooking the rolling mountainous landscape.

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Ultimate lady badass F reviewed East Mountain Trail
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I really enjoy ridgeline trails so the start of this hike was epic with the views of the southeast. Eventually half way you descend down and end near the creek which was refreshing for our doggy. We chose to exit at trail 200 and walk back up the road to our truck. Tapping the directions button from the AllTrails application (then using google maps) DOES NOT take you to actual trailhead start. It dumps you at the start of trail 200. Make sure that you continue road 112 and drive past Pioneer Pass campground and thr campsites about 1.5 miles and there you will see the saddle and the sign for trailhead 214 east mountain and be able to park. Considering we got started late it was still nice to escape the hundred degree weather of central Phoenix for may 24 2020 the weather and breeze was a nice escape.

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Adam Stolen reviewed Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
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That hike was unreal. You get to start in the desert chaparral and then move into an old growth forest with deciduous and pine trees with a creek running through. Probably one of my favorite hikes of all time.

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Colleen DeRose reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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We completed about 5.5 miles ( up and back) of the 197 trail picking it up at the bridge where it crosses FR 112. 1600 ‘ ascent in the first two miles but nice return! Trail is in decent shape but there’s loose rock , rotten granite and other slippery stuff. About 50-60% shaded, creek next to much of it and great views and scenery. Saw an acorn woodpecker and western tanagers for a nice bonus.

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Eric Daniels reviewed Six Shooter Canyon Trail
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Almost stepped on a rattlesnake. Rad hike overall. Scenery is unreal!

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Colleen DeRose reviewed East Mountain Trail
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As others have said, beautiful views along the trail and from the ridge line. At 9 am start, trail was shady to the top, but half sunny on the way back. Icy creek still running over the rocks to the East Trail sign. We had no trouble finding trail 200 and sign for East trail, but could not find the loop trail back down, had to backtrack. Neither was there any trail indicator near the beginning if you wanted to take the right fork of the loop from just beyond the trailhead. We skipped most of the ridge top trail, getting warm.

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Robert Herzog reviewed East Mountain Trail
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Did this trail without the peak scramble. Good views to the NW, then to the E and the S. Turn around is at a cattle fence. A bit further you get a sneak peek to the south. Trail has variety in terrain, views and vegetation.Drove sedan up on Ice House Canyon road from Globe.

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Most of the trail is on an old road. Let yourself through a barbed wire removable fence. The view and vegetation changes little while on the road.

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