Hike To An
On the Squirrel Canyon #34 Trail in Eastern Arizona
The Squirrel Canyon Trail
is one of the Rim Trails that connects the high country of spruce,
firs and aspens near Hannagan Meadow
to the much lower juniper dotted Upper Eagle Creek area north of Honeymoon. The trailhead is at the end of Forest
Road 54D a spur road off of Forest Road 54. In the 3.5 miles from the start point to the old cabin there is a loss of 2000' in elevation
from 8600' to 6600'. Most of the elevation change comes in the first mile below the trailhead as the trail switchbacks pretty steeply
down the west side of Squirrel Canyon. When I hiked the trail in August, I got the impression that the trail does not see a lot of traffic.
There were overgrown sections and some downfall, but finding the way through those areas was not difficult. Blazes on the trees and
cut logs from earlier trail maintenance kept me on track. There was not a lot of boulder hopping in the bottom of Squirrel Canyon. The green moss
on the rocks and fallen trees was very scenic.
The cabin is maintained as
a line shack by the livestock permittee and the public is welcome
to use the cabin but are asked to be respectful
of the rancher's property.
Even though this hike was quite strenuous, I really enjoyed it. Destinations like this old cabin always make the effort worthwhile.
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