Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Upper Haunted / Paradise Canyon Day Hike
when May 6, 2023
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where Globe
the hike
    This hike covers the west side of Haunted Canyon Trail 203 to Tony’s Cabin, a distance of about four miles one way. The trail winds its way up and down through scenic high desert chaparral, with a mix of agave, prickly pear cactus, Manzanita, chokeberry, and plenty of nasty catclaw acacia, then eventually traverses through a thick pine forest before reaching the cabin. Some of this trail could be overgrown, and fallen timber and debris occasionally obstructs a clear view of the trail ahead. Long sleeves and long pants are highly recommended for protection from the prickly over-growth. We will pass a cattle water tank and also the junction with Paradise trail. We’ll stay on Haunted to the cabin and take a rest/ lunch break at the cabin before heading back along the same route.
At Paradise we take the left turn and go down Paradise trail. This is a steep trail though old growth pines with plenty of creek crossings. Hiking poles highly recommended. At the bottom, we will go over to the water falls. You take a shower here. Bring towel, dry shoes and socks if you want to go in.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Long sleeves and long pants
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  towel, dry shoes and socks

Note: The number of persons is limited to the high clearance vehicles.
Currently the limit is 8 persons. (6 + 2 drivers)
distance 7 miles one way trip
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1100' elevation change
elevations 3,800 feet at trailhead to 4,900 feet near Government Hill
on trail 100% — Haunted Canyon Trail #203, Paradise trail
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
leader ,   You must email the leader to confirm.
Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.
meet 7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. We are carpooling. We can from that point at 7:00, or from the Circle K “Caravan”, i.e. follow each other from Superior at 7:45. Let me know which option when you rsvp.
drive < Take US 60 east past Superior toward Globe. Turn left and go northwest on F.S. 287 (also Pinto Valley Road), between miles 239 and 240. You will actually be going through the Pinto Mine so follow the signs for FR 287 carefully. We will be going a little over 7 miles after turning off 60 (2 miles of paved road, 4.5 miles of well maintained dirt road and then 2.5 miles of rougher road after the metal bridge over Pinto Creek. We will drop poeple off at the trail head. Then drive the trucks to the Miles trailhead. We will bring 1 truck with the drivers back to the trail head. The trailhead will be to your left, but parking is to the right. -->
•  Go east on U.S. 60 to Superior.
Twelve miles east of Superior and just past the Pinto Creek bridge, turn left onto Pinto Valley Road (FR 287) between mileposts 239 and 240.
Continue following FR 287 adjacent to the Pinto Valley Mine. Watch for the left turn onto FR 287A and continue to the trailhead, 11.4 miles from U.S. 60.
Whenever you come to a confusing junction in the road, always follow the “Public Access” signs and avoid all areas marked “Mine Property” or “No Trespassing”.
When you come to a narrow one-lane bridge, cross over and continue 4.1 miles to the trailhead.
Four miles past the bridge, watch for a small trailhead sign on your right (Trail 203) and a small wooden corral on the left, marking the trailhead.
Parking is on the right side of the road, next to the trailhead sign. The parking area is very small, only enough room for four cars or three trucks or SUVs.
The hike will be limited to the number of clearance vehicles High clearance vehicles are preferred.

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