As you ascend the mountain, the first habitat is chaparral, with scattered oaks and junipers until the pine forest begins. A dramatic southern skyline bordering the nearby city of Globe, the Pinal Mountains offer four-season recreation luring summer and winter hikers, birders, mountain bikers – and fall foliage photographers. Anderson is the current president of the Pinal Mountain Cabin Owners Association, and his cabin is the oldest one on the mountain, passed down through several generations of his wife’s family. The Pinal Mountains are somewhat of a secret in Arizona. This sign is located on the east side of a large bridge on US 70. You can’t really get lost up there, either. The Pinals are an easy day-trip, too! Find it close by in Globe & Miami, Arizona. PINAL COUNTY AREA DRAINAGE MASTER PLAN RULES OF DEVELOPMENT: Best Management Practices for Drainage Engineering in Pinal County Pinal County Flood Control District Pinal County Department of Public Works P.O. Pavement ends when you turn onto Forest Road 651 – the main road leading campers, hikers and photographers through chaparral-covered hillsides and up into Ponderosa Pine forests. Globe-Miami is 90-minutes’ drive from Mesa and East Valley cities. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Or keep driving - right to the 7800 foot mountaintop – via 12 miles of scenic, well-graded dirt road leading to Signal Peak on the East side of the range, or Madera Peak on the West. Turn left onto Forest Rt. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. Find your track. I’m really glad we did, because it’s a beautiful place. Granite Reef Recreation Area, August 14, 2020 August 16, 2020; Boyce Thompson Arboretum, June 18 and 22, 2020 June 23, 2020; Pinal Mountains, June 3, 2020 June 5, 2020; Boyce Thompson Arboretum, May 19, 2020 May 21, 2020; Poster: Birds of Boyce Thompson Arboretum May 11, 2020; Granite Reef on the Salt River, March 14, 2020 April 15, 2020 There are campgrounds and plenty to see up there, and the Forest Service site says the campgrounds are good for trailers up to 20 feet. We continued through Globe and entered the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. (N33.288523 W110.830198) For the recreation area, go left and continue 0.8 miles to the parking area and picnic tables. Short by Arizona standards, Mt Pinal makes up for it in topographic prominence and isolation. Box 727 Florence, AZ 85132 (520)509-3555 December 2009. As we were driving through Globe we noticed a sign pointing to the right that read Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. Although not signed, the Pinal campground sites begin right after the sign and are located on both sides of Rt. Caves aren’t my thing! Pinal County ADMP Rules of Development Overview December 31, 2009 p. i Rules of Development Overview … I hopped out to look at it, but I decided not to go in. Located in the Tonto National Forest, the region is designated as the Pinal Recreation Area. It’s a small, pretty town of about 1500 people. We have driven past the little brown sign for it in Globe dozens of times, and... Full story . It was about 2:00 on Friday afternoon when we got on the road out of Mesa headed toward Globe. 651 and go 10.3 miles to Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. Fr. Pinal County is home to 5 State Parks, 4 Wilderness areas, 3 National Monuments, 2 National Forests and a National Scenic Trail. Further up the road there are two more campgrounds – Pinal and Upper Pinal. 651 is single lane with turnouts. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. Stop here to see the Gila River and a great place … It is hot this time of year in the Phoenix area, and we wanted to go to a higher elevation for some cool weather for relief from the heat. More on that later. We opted to see Mammoth and Oracle, so we continued south. Pinal Mountain Recreation Site. NOTE: The access route turns into dirt 2 miles from the turnoff onto Kellner Canyon Rd. I'm an Arizona native and daughter of an Ojibwa Indian dad who took me camping, shooting, and hunting all my life. According to the map, there are at least eight trails within a mile of the Pinal and Upper Pinal. You end up coming back down the same way you went up, except that you can take a right at one point when you’re almost back to Globe and take FR112 the rest of the way. There are ten sites here and no fees. Start driving towards Icehouse Canyon. It is the highest point of land located in between the Salt and Gila rivers in Arizona before they merge, making it visible from miles away on a clear day. Looking for a family outing that is full of fun, education and history. and stays that way to the campground. From what I could see on the map, the trails all seem to be out and back trails, and all of them look to have a lot of elevation change. Find your track! All in all, a wonderful day – where else but Arizona can you be in the desert, the forest, snow, and the beach all within hours on the very same day? Mt Pinal is the tallest mountain of the Pinal Mountains, East of Phoenix. The Pinal Mountains are among the state's handful of sky islands — high-elevation zones surrounded by desert — which means a 95-degree day among the saguaros in Phoenix can easily become a 65-degree adventure among the ponderosas of the Pinals. We crossed a little stream that was running and we even saw some left-over snow on the road. Pinal has 13 units and Upper Pinal has only three, but both campgrounds have toilets, tables, and grills. The forest around the campgrounds is ponderosa pines and white fir, and hiking trails take off all over the place. Route mainly follows the Sixshooter Trail up, then back along the Telephone Trail. T… Both Pinal and Upper Pinal sites are located on a site formerly occupied by the US Army that used it as a heliographic signaling (using mirrors to reflect sunlight) station during the late 1800s. Within 3 months the community changed the area into 3.5 miles of 10 accessible trails. The first of several hiking trails is Kellner Canyon -- then FR651 passes two more trails (Ice House, Six Shooter) before ending at the array of radio towers of Pinal Peak. View all posts by Margaret Anderson. You will be on a hillbilly bridge. In fact, the only other people we saw the whole time were quad riders and one little family roasting hot dogs over a fire in one of the campgrounds. You don’t need a 4WD in dry conditions. Proceed 10 miles on unpaved FR 651 to the site.” These are the FS directions to the campgrounds. At least eight trails can be found within one mile of Pinal and Upper Pinal offering spectacular views. This was the site of an old community where the miners lived to get away from the heat of the desert where they worked in the day time. One of the cool things about mountain roads is watching the scenery change around you. Geographically, it's not all that different from a trek in the White Mountains or the Catalinas. Gorgeous views from the road in the Pinal Mountains. Highway 60 connects the two towns. From US 70 in the city of Globe, turn off the highway when you see a sign that says, "Pinal Mountain Recreation Area". Just west of the old downtown the highway is heading to the south-southeast (SSE) and bends sharply to east-northeast to cross over Pinal Creek; turn right (SSE) at Hill St. immediately on the east side of the bridge. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. Assessor; Board of Supervisors; Clerk of the Board; Community Development I absolutely love to help people find fun things to do with their kids and grandkids. The Pinal Mountains are a mountain range located in Gila County, Arizona. There are several large open pit Copper mines around the towns of Globe and Miami. This was mid-February, so it was still very chilly at the top. Oracle is just down the road, and we plan to come back on a weekend so that we can check out the Oracle State Park. Here is how the Forest Service says to get to Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. We continued on past Winkelman, but you could get on 177 here and head back to Highway 60 and Superior. It turns out that Russell Road turns into FR 55, and that’s the way you need to go. These trails are fun for nature viewing, day hikes, and family outings. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Two Great Winter Hikes (Walks) Close to Phoenix, John Murray's Tips for Fishing Lake Pleasant. Turn left and follow signs toward the recreation area. Globe-Miami is 90-minutes’ drive from Mesa and East Valley cities. This was strictly a reconnaissance trip. Although there are several little side roads to investigate, none are long and you always end up back on the main road, which makes a loop at the top. The Forest Service lists the elevation of these campgrounds as 7500 feet, so dress accordingly. Elk, deer, bear, javelina, and mountain lion are some of the featured hunts in the region near the Pinal Mountains. Pinal Mountains–Kellner Canyon Picnic Area Coordinates: 33.3350595, -110.8289221 eBird links: Hotspot map – … As the road climbs, pine trees replace the scrub, though manzanita bushes remain commonplace throughout the drive. The fire has burned more than 80 square miles since Saturday. Need we say more? Directions: From Phoenix, drive east on route 60 to Globe. Silly Mountain Park Fees. Pinal Mountain Recreation; San Carlos Apache Nation; Tonto National Forest; Tonto National Monument; Tonto Natural Bridge State Park; Trails in the Tonto National Forest; How Do I...? At Oracle Junction we took Highway 79 (Pinal Pioneer Parkway) back to town, with one last stop – the Tom Mix Memorial. Fowl of all kinds can be see in Arizona's Rim Country. The first campground we came to was the one we ended up liking the best. Hiking trails are extensive in this area. Soon after becoming FR55, the road is gravel. Charlie and I went to the Pinal Mountains on July 9, 2018. Pinal Mountains – the drive is half the fun. The army used mirrors to reflect sunlight and send messages to widely separated outposts. There are picnic tables, fire pit grills, and a vault toilet, but no drinking water. Pinal Peak and Pioneer Recreation area are both located atop the Pinal Mountains about 10 miles south of Globe. There are many trails to choose from at this location. 651. It’s a recreation site on the Gila River where you can camp, picnic, bird watch, and even hop in the river if you want to. There is primitive camping at both sites, with fire pits and vault toilets. Awe inspiring shooting stars, constellations and starry skies make the Pinal Mountains truly awesome! The community is nestled among the foothills of the San Tan Mountains and boasts a wonderful park and recreation area, the San Tan Mountain Park. I've been an outdoor writer for over 30 years and have written for pretty much all the major fishing magazines, The Arizona Republic (I did the outdoor page til they discontinued it), and many online sites. He and his dozen neighbors join nearly 14,000 cabin owners dispersed within 114 national forests throughout the U.S. The pines get taller and the shadows grow deeper around Mile 7.2 as the forest thickens, and the well-maintained dirt road passes through the Pioneer Pass Recreation Area at Mile 8.6. “It’s great to see,” said Adam Krukow, director of golf at Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort. But if you want breathtaking beauty, this is your place! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. At milepost 141.4, north of Winkelman, we saw a sign that said “The Shores”. The Pinals are an easy day-trip, too! 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