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Thursday, July 22, 2010

KELLNER CANYON

KELLNER CANYON Pinal Mountains, Tonto National Forest
Relics of mining and logging operations, a cave, views of Globe-Miami and some of the grandest populations of manzanita shrubs anywhere are just a few of the many points of interest on this trail. HIKE DIRECTIONS: From the campsite, hike up Forest Road 112 to Telephone Trail #192 on the right. The sign is located about 20 feet uphill in a small dirt turnout along the road. Follow #192 for 0.2 miles to the signed junction for Icehouse Canyon #198. Head downhill to the right and pass through a cattle gate. From here, go right and steeply uphill to the wide road at the top of the hill where you will see a “road closed” sign. Don’t worry, it is not meant for hikers. Head left and follow the road for approximately 1.3 miles to the signed Kellner Canyon Trail #242 junction where there’s a collection of old water tanks. Veer right onto # 242 and hike 4.8 miles to trail’s end at Forest Road 651. LENGTH: 12 miles roundtrip ELEVATION: 4,520 – 7,160 feet RATING: difficult GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, take US 60 east to the town of Globe. Once in Globe, watch for the sign that says: “Besh-Ba-Gowah Ruins, Globe Ranger Station”. Leave the freeway here and follow the signs toward the ruins. After driving under the pedestrian overpass, and past the ruins, turn right on Icehouse Canyon Road (Forest Road 112) and go 4.2 miles to the Icehouse CCC campsite where there’s a hiker sign on the left that reads: “197, 192”. If the gate to the campsite is locked, just park in the pullouts along the road. INFORMATION: Globe Ranger District (928) 402-6200, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/recreation/rogs/hikingtrail/grd/KellnerCanyonTrail242.pdf IMPORTANT NOTE: Pinal trails are notoriously overgrown and rife with obstacles. In addition, directional signage is sparse, so hikers must have excellent map and route-finding skills in order to safely navigate these trails. A good map resource is the National Geographic Maps, Salt River Canyon, Tonto National Forest #853. INFORMATION: www.natgeomaps.com/ti_853

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