Feb 16, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Come join me on this enjoyable but strenuous backpack to an old western frontier ranch (4100') that is still standing and dates back some 100 years. This trip starts off in one of my favorite area's in AZ, off of the Young Highway (AZ 288). Although the ranch is just outside the Salome wilderness boundary and can be accessed via 4X4 roads, backpacking to it is very scenic and takes you through this very seldom visited Salome wilderness. Not too many hikers/backpackers go here, mostly horseback and 4X4's. I did this trip back around Thanksgiving 2012 and got rained/hailed and snowed on but liked it so much I want to go back.
The trip starts out at the Reynolds creek group campground off of AZ 288 which is in the pines and may have snow . This will be a hard trip and requires 8-9 miles of hiking each way utilizing 2 trails; Hells Hole #284 and Boyer Cabin #148. The first day will be easy with an accumulated elevation gain of about 1100'. The hike out will require an accumulated elevation gain of about 2200'. I expect to NOT have a problem with finding water on this trip and may 4X4 to the cabin prior to the trip and stash the most important member of the food group; BEER!
There's a good writeup on hikearizona.com with lots of pictures on the cabin. Check it out Boyer Cabin #248, the writeup is in reverse on how I'll lead the trip.