Nov 2, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Scenic solitude awaits deep within the Salome Wilderness! The Boyer cabin is located in a deeply remote part of the wilderness and is seldom accessed…it is a location that you really have to try and find on a map if you do not already know about it. I have come up with a route in which passenger cars are ok and that gives us easy trail-head access to this area while allowing us a nice, direct route into Boyer Cabin.
Beginning around 1891 (the year that local resident-Joseph Boyer registered his official cattle brand in Globe, AZ), the Boyer Cabin Complex became the site of a large working ranch. The isolated location of this ranch, below Thompson Mesa in a canyon bottom riparian area, surrounded by huge old shade trees, and bordering the Salome Wilderness Boundary, tells us what hardy people these early ranchers were. One can almost feel their
presence as you explore the well preserved remaining cabin (with full windows/doors), bunkhouse, barn, and corral. Judging by the many antique furnishings left in place, it appears as if it may have been occupied as late as the mid 1900s. History books and archives have it that "Joseph Boyer" was present when the Graham-Tewksbury Feud began in 1886, marking the beginning of the bloody Pleasant Valley War (cattlemen vs. sheepherders).
After meeting Friday evening, we will all head out to Globe where we can grab a quick dinner. After dinner, we will head down the 88/188 to the 288 turnoff and take that until we get to the Reynolds trail-head where we will find dispersed camping for the evening. Saturday we will hike the route, probably as far as Boyer Canyon where we will be near a spring, and setup camp. From there, we can continue to the Boyer Cabin as a day-hike and explore the area prior to heading back to camp. By doing this, we will be shortening our Sunday…making for a great hike back out to the trail-head.
http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1463 – Boyer Cabin Trail #148 – 4x4 trail to the cabin…not the same route we will be taking, but this link gives you some general information on the trip.
http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=2874 – GPS route of trail we will be taking
From Phoenix: take the 60 east to Globe, and then turn left on the Roosevelt Lake Highway (88/188). From here, continue north for 14.7miles (Mile Post 229.4) to the intersection with the Young Highway #288. Turn right on the 288 and continue north until hitting Reynolds Trail on the left.