Arizona Hiking Gallery
Pine Canyon Trail Hike
Tonto National Forest, Pine, AZ
July 29, 2007
Gallery contains 45 photos
Gallery last updated: 8/18/2007

This hike was an out and back hike on the Pine Canyon Trail (trail #26) starting from the Pine Trailhead just south of Pine, AZ. I hiked about 3.8 miles north along the Pine Canyon Trail before being forced to turn around by the developing monsoon storm that I was hiking into. I managed to stay just ahead of the storm on the hike back with loud echoing booms of thunder urging me back.

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The Pine Canyon Trail hike starts at the Pine Trailhead, just south of the town of Pine, at the western end of the Highline Trail.

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My vehicle is the only one at the trailhead. It proved to be a quiet hike as I encountered no one else on the trail.

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The fuzzy leaves of Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) still wet with the morning dew.

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In just a short distance the Pine Canyon Trail splits off from the Highline Trail and heads north.

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The Pine Canyon Trail gently climbing through juniper/oak/ponderosa woodlands.

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Skunkbush (Rhus trilobata) aka Three-Leaf Sumac.

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The Pine Canyon Trail heading generally north through the forest with Milk Ranch Point on the left.

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Forest clearing is being done in this area with many piles of stacked lumber.

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A colorful stump of a recently cut and felled tree, part of the forest clearing project.

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Arizona White Oak (Quercus arizonica) alongside the Pine Canyon Trail.

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The bark of the Arizona White Oak.

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Parry's Agave (Agave parryi) growing amid the pine cones and pine needles on the forest floor.

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Close up of the Parry's Agave.

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Young agave between a rock and a tree.

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Contrasting sides of the trunk of an Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana).

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A view to the northwest overlooking the town of Pine as the trail climbs up a ridge.

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A wider angle view overlooking Pine.

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A view to the northeast looking up toward Milk Ranch Point, a large peninsula of rock extending south away from the Mogollon Rim.

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A view to the south overlooking the forests below and out to the Mazatzal Mountains in the distance.

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Dripping Springs was just a trickle of water across the trail, but it provided enough moisture to accommodate plants such as this Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans).

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Poison Ivy at Dripping Springs. (Don't touch!)

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Paintbrush clinging to a hillside at Dripping Springs.

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Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves at Dripping Springs.

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A view of Pine below Strawberry Mountain.

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Lichen covered rocks in a small ravine.

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An unusually tall Manzanita.

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Manzanita bark.

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Colorful Manzanita bark.

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Lichen

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Alligator Juniper growing amid a tangle of Manzanita.

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The scarred trunk of a ancient tree.

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A view over the forest canopy toward the Mogollon Rim.

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Pine Canyon Trail.

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A the trunk of large Alligator Juniper

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Alligator Juniper.

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Alligator Juniper.

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Alligator Juniper alongside the Pine Canyon Trail.

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A couple tufts of grass in a forest clearing.

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Grass seeds.

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Close up of grass (almost a mirror image.)

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Looking up at the cliffs on Milk Ranch Point.

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Red and green spiny leaves of Creeping Barberry (Mahonia repens).

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Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi) leaves.

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Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi) leaves and bark.

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A spire of Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) beginning to bloom.

All images Copyright ©2007 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.