Six Shooter Canyon
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Carpool 7:30am. Hike 9:30am
Strenuous 10 miles RT 3,000 Ft Elevation Gain!
Located in the Pinal Mountains near Globe, the Six Shooter Trail is challenging, beautiful and has some interesting history! It offers a steep climb through a forested canyon with a flowing creek and waterfalls courtesy of Mother Nature's snow melt. This trail packs a whopping 3,000 ft elevation gain into 5 miles of various life zones and riparian areas! Beginning with Manzanita and Juniper, you quickly ascend into Sycamore, Cottonwood, Hackberry and then into Oak and Pine!
Some historic accounts attribute the name to the fact that the workers at the sawmill (which you may see some remnants of) all seemed to be packing Six-Shooters! This was an active mine in the 1880's along with a sawmill and cabin. The mine shaft is still there today along with pieces of the cabin and sawmill.
LAST WEEK'S STORM HAS LEFT SIX SHOOTER CANYON 90% COVERED IN SOFT WHITE POWDER! WEAR LONG PANTS OR GATORS, STURDY BOOTS (CRAMPONS NOT NECESSARY), LAYERS AND WARM GLOVES. BRING TREKKING POLES, AN EXTRA CHANGE OF PANTS, SHOES AND SOCKS FOR YOUR POST-HIKE COMFORT!
Everyone will need to meet at the CARPOOL, as we are accessing the trail from a location other than the trailhead that cuts nearly 2 miles RT off the original 12 mile trail. High Clearance Vehicles recommended (4WD not necessary). Some rutty spots and melting snow are on the dirt road...
Optional lunch afterwards at the historic DRIFT INN SALOON 636 N. Broad St, Globe [masked]
Carpool: 7:30am Burger King 6820 E. Superstition Springs Blvd Mesa, AZ in the Home Depot Plaza at US 60/Power Rd.
Bring: Cowboy hat, 3-4 liters water, high energy snacks to "reload," gloves, extra pants, shoes and socks, camera & $1 voluntary donation to the 3H fund. The fast hikers may want to bring a camp chair and cooler of "refreshments" while waiting for we slower hikers.