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Boyer Cabin Backpack

  • 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 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.

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  • Ivash

    Great Pictures. Thanks Ed! Great meeting everyone

    February 19, 2013

  • Fan

    awesome! Thanks ED and glad to meet everyone. Thanks so much Laila for offering European's ride.

    February 17, 2013

  • Kym B.

    Ed so sorry Chris is really sick and we don't want to slow you guys down. Have a great trip!

    February 15, 2013

  • Travis G.

    Ed, thanks for the information. John, Val, and I will meet the group at the trailhead! My number is[masked] 1964. See you Saturday

    February 14, 2013

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    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute drop-out, guys. THis will be my first trip in a long time and I'm going to be breaking in all new gear so I am going to hit the Haunted Canyon trip. I hope to catch you guys on the next one.

    February 12, 2013

  • Ed

    Hi Travis. Some of the best car camping spots IMO in AZ are along AZ 288 (Young highway). One of my favorites is about 1/8 up the road from the TH on the north side of the group campground (closed for years). Its signed as Circle ? TH but will be cold. Other options would be the "lone" house that I would love to buy that can be seen shortly after the road changes from paved to all weather. Don't worry the house is long abandoned and has a spring but needs a high clearance vehicle to reach. Another option is to camp on one of the mesa tops which has views that IMO really can't be beat. Let me know what you decide on, I'm figuring on reaching the TH around 9:30AMish.

    February 12, 2013

  • Travis G.

    John and I were thinking about camping out on Friday night vice meeting on Saturday Morning. Somewhere around Roosevelt Lake. We could meet you on the 288 where it cross the Salt River. I don't know if any one else wants to camp on Friday Night vice meeting up on Saturday morning. Is there camping around the trail head?

    February 12, 2013

  • Ed

    Hello Laila and James. The ranch is pretty small, a little smaller then a football field. The main cabin is small but clean. There are 3 beds but no mattresses in the cabin. We put our sleeping pads and bags on the frames and slept the best we could (it was cold and wet outside but just cold in the cabin). The bunkhouse is falling apart so that is not an option. There are places for tents in front of the cabin and in the corral area. As for hanging in the trees since I'm not a hanger I don't know what your looking for. Yes there are good sized trees in the area but no big pines.

    February 8, 2013

  • Ed

    Tried 4X4ing to the cabin today (2/7) but stopped about 7 miles short of it. Only had 1 vehicle so I didn't want to get stuck/stranded. So no beer (BYOB) and couldn't confirm that there's water at the cabin. However all 3 crossings to Punkin Center were closed due to high water and when I did this trip in November we came across 6 places to get water along the trail.

    February 7, 2013

    • James C.

      What about trees to hang a hammock from?

      February 8, 2013

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