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Backpackin’ to Boyer Cabin – Salome Wilderness Out and Back ~ 16 miles RT

  • 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.

 

History

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).

The Plan

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.

Links

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

 

Getting There

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.

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  • Poochie

    This was an absolutely incredible trip... The diversity of the hike was awesome. That said, this is by far up there as one of my favorites!

    November 7, 2013

  • Ed

    Hate to back out but I 'm working this weekend.

    October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LOL

      October 30, 2013

  • Ed

    Hey Greg. The trail crosses Reynolds Creek about 1.5 miles in and also 2 springs, the first is about 4 miles in but clogged my filter with fine sediment. The second spring was very vibrant the 2 times in the past year that I've gone by it, its about 6 miles in. The cabin also has water but there's a lot of raspberry bushes you have to plow through to get at the water. I spent some time prunning a bloodless route this past spring but who knows if it grew back. There's also a 55 gallon drum full of water but I think the horse people use it.

    October 28, 2013

    • Poochie

      Thanks Ed, this saves me some work! I knew about 1 of the settings springs and the creek flow, but that was it. This is going to be awesome...the colors in this area are ridiculous! Can't wait to get back and see more on this trip!

      October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any idea what the water situation is going to be?

    October 28, 2013

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