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Sixshooter - Telephone Trail Loop Globe, AZ

  • Sep 22, 2013 · 8:00 AM

We have 3H friends leaving the state for awhile, and they want to hike Sixshooter before they head out.  Thought we'd invite others that might want to join in on the fun!

Make no mistake, though, this is a tough hike. 10 miles with 3000 ft. elevation gain.  This is a loop hike in the Pinal Mountains.   It will test you, to be sure, but this is a gorgeous hike in an area that doesn't see nearly as many hikers as here in the Valley.   Plenty of shade, large pines, and gorgeous weather that is currently forecast to be in the 80's for most of the hike.

We would recommend at least 3 liters of water along with healthy and nutritious snacks.

Along the way, we will see the remains of an old sawmill (really just a pile of boards and nails), mining remnants, and some water in the form of a stream (sometimes dry).  This is the site of a great lumbering operation that once operated here many decades ago.  In addition to lumber, this area was used to produce large amounts of ice for distribution.  August Pieper arrived in Globe in 1883 from Silver City, NM.  He dug tanks in what came to be known as Icehouse Canyon.  When these were filled with water and froze, Pieper cut and stored the ice.  He hauled it into Globe by ox team and sold it for twenty-five cents a pound, mainly to saloons.  Fun facts!

Length: 10 miles +/- Round Trip

Rating/Difficulty: Moderately Difficult to Difficult depending on skill level.

Accumulated Elevation Gain: 3000 feet

Hiking Time: Expect to spend 4-5 hours for this hike.  As always, depends on the group.

What To Bring: Please bring plenty of water (at least three liters) and nutritious   snacks.  We will break for lunch/snacks along the trail. As always, bring good shoes, hats, sunscreen, cameras, etc.

Note: There is no water at the trailhead. There is a bathroom.

Carpool Location: 6:30 am at the Home Depot at Power and US 60. Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd. exit 187.  Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road.  Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway.  Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King.  The Home Depot address is 6838 E Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85208.


Directions to the trailhead are difficult to explain as some of the streets are unmarked or poorly marked.   So, let's all try to meet at the carpool spot and head out together.  See you at the Depot!

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  • Linda S.

    Beautiful location. Thank you Randy for being a fellow slow poke and picture taker.

    September 23, 2013

  • Randy

    This hike lived up to my expectations. It is so nice in the upper portions. Had lots of fun and it was good to see Letlet and David again! Thanks.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Sara

    Great hike! Thanks for leading it!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Mike M

    Small but fun group. Thanks Dave and Letlet for organizing. Great to see you again!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Randy

    Okay Letlet, my influence with the "thunder gods" isn't what it once was! Turned out to be a great day in the Pinals!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • David & L.

    Thanks for sharing the trail with us today. Speedy group, indeed!Hope everyone enjoyed their hike, and got home safely.

    September 22, 2013

  • Del & Laura H.

    Thanks, Dave and Letlet for rounding everyone up for this hike! It is our favorite and we appreciated your hospitality and our wonderful chauffeur. Thanks Letlet for braving it with us.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Don

    Sorry to cancel so late, turns out I have to work tomorrow :(

    September 21, 2013

  • Del & Laura H.

    Hey kids, we are off of 60 on the way up the hill, past Gold Canyon. Can we hitch a ride? We could carpool but don't want to go backwards. If someone wants to drive out this way and park. there is parking right off of 60 at Entrada Del Oro, where we live.

    So let us know if we can hitch a ride or whatever!

    September 19, 2013

    • Del & Laura H.


      1 · September 19, 2013

    • David & L.

      Del and Laura - We need to revise the meet time to pick you up. Not sure why we suggested 7:15 if the carpool is at 6:30. Can we pick you up at 6:45 am, instead? We are currently planning to meet the carpoolers at 7:30ish in Claypool, and then we'll all head to the trailhead together. Please let us know you got this!

      September 21, 2013

  • Randy

    Coming up from Tucson; see you at trailhead.

    1 · September 20, 2013

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