Summary: Since the Icehouse Canyon Trail is a point to point trail you can access it from both sides. Since you have a great elevation gain (or loss) you may choose either to start from the bottom or top depending on whether you like ascending or descending. For this trip I actually started from the top. The trail starts off and continues with many switchbacks. You change elevation rapidly. In a few spots the trail gets sketchy to see but there are cairns placed in sight to guide you through the rough spots. At different times a long the trail you'll get a great view of Globe / Miami and the mountains around them. The first part of the trail is heavily forested but gets less dense the farther down you travel. Be careful of the many loose rocks on the trail as footing can be tricky.
Trailhead: There are actually two access points to the Icehouse Canyon trail. The closest one to Globe is where you turn off of Highway 60 in the downtown area at the turn off to the Besh-Be-Gowah Pueblo Ruins. The road wraps around and you'll take a left onto Jess Hayes St. This road turns into Fire road 222 and you'll take a right onto Fire road 112 (past the ruins). You'll go for a couple of miles before you see another junction and turn left (still 112). (If you go right you can drive all the way to the top of Pinal Mountain and hike Icehouse Canyon from the top. - Fire roads 55 & 651)) Continue on 112 basically until you see the turn-off and sign to Icehouse Canyon. The road does become a dirt road and is accessible to 2WD vehicles. Icehouse Canyon Trail (#198) leaves from the Icehouse C.C.C. (Lat:33.33265 Lon:-110.80192)
Trail Guides for Icehouse Canyon:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Tonto National Forest - www.fs.fed.us/tonto - (928)402-6200 (Glober Ranger Dist)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Sean Benesh, who has posted 21 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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