Gateway To The Copper Corridor

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Visitors Guide For Safford, Clifton, San Carlos, Globe, Miami, Superior, Kearny, Tonto Basin, Young, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

Globe-Miami

Fall Foliage continued from page 17

hike down the first half-mile

of that trail, then back up again.

Ice House Canyon holds the

largest stand of aspen trees in

the Pinals, and the steep trail

winds through the heart of this

forest and down in the drainage

below. As you drive towards the

trailhead that last quarter-mile

of FR651 gives one particularly

choice viewpoint where

you’ll see golden aspen color

cascading down into Ice House

canyon. Be aware that this is a

steep trail; trekking poles and

sturdy hiking boots are definitely

advised.

After hiking the Ice House

Canyon Trail drive another mile

east along the Pinal ridgetop,

watching for signs for Ferndell,

followed by 20 private cabins,

then signs for Signal Peak

and the Upper Recreation Site.

Drive over to Signal Peak and

also drive through Ferndell

before you head back down

to Globe. Both are quite scenic,

and the Six Shooter Trail

downhill below Ferndell is less

steep than Ice House Canyon.

Photographers take note: aspen

groves and maples occur on the

cooler North-facing canyons

near the top 1,000 feet of the

Pinal Mountain range, so consider

sunlight and back-lighting

when planning your trip. October

middays from 11:00 a.m.

to 2:00 p.m. are best for photos

on the Ice House Canyon trail.

Arrive much later and you’ll

find the sun has dipped low in

the canyon and trees too backlit

for colorful photography. Maps

and hiking trails of the Pinal

Mountain Range can be obtained

from the Tonto National

Forest Service

Globe Ranger

District office, for

details call 928-

425-7189, or

fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

Directions

to Pioneer Pass

For a different

experience of the

Pinals, drive the

Forest Service

road that ascends

the northeast side

of the mountains

to Pioneer Pass.

Directions and

road conditions

are similar; drive

Hwy 60 east to Globe, once

you reach town watch for the

railroad overpass at the Broad

Street signal light. Turn left

on Broad Street, drive through

downtown Globe, and follow

signs to the Besh Ba Gowah

archaeological park (or just

set your GPS for Besh Ba

Gowah). After the Besh turnoff

(at right), turn right onto

Kellner Canyon Road. Proceed

a few miles to the Ice House

Canyon Road intersection,

then bear left (though, technically,

its straight rather than a

left turn) where Kellner makes

a sharp right turn. Ice House

Canyon Road takes you all the

way up through Pioneer Pass.

Pavement road turns to graded

dirt after a few miles, near the

DC Cattle ranch. Continue on

Pioneer Pass - a winding dirt

road that ascends up-and-over

the east side of the Pinals,

complete with Forest Service

outhouse toilets, campsites and

fire rings.

Suggested Hike:

Six-Shooter Canyon trail (about

2 miles past the Ice House CCC

campground). Six-Shooter

Canyon trail climbs alongside a

sycamore-lined creek drainage,

the trail crossing the creekbed

four times within 1.5 miles.

How to find it? The trailhead is

above ‘the Iron Bridge,’ there’s

no sign announcing this bridge

by that name - but you’ll know

it when you see it. park just below

the iron brid ge, then continue

walking uphill on the road

another 100 yards, watching on

the right for the trailhead, which

makes a hairpin turn uphill and

back up the drainage. SixShooter

Canyon Trail is a favorite;

hikers appreciate the canyon

funneling cooler air from the

mountaintop – and during late

October the vivid red leaves

of maples can be seen in the

creek within 10 minutes walk

uphill of the Iron Bridge (a

surprisingly low elevation to

find maples). Browses galleries

of Pinal Fall Foliage photos

https://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

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18 Gateway to the Copper Corridor 2019

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