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Paul McClellanTurkey Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2015

Paul McClellan

Hiked the Turkey Creek Trail from the 4WD TH, then followed East Slope, Switchback, Heartbreak Ridge, Fire Loop, Bonita, and Fire Loop trails to the summit. Descended via Mica Mountain Trail to visit Manning Camp before retracing my route back to the TH. Buggy on the steep portion of Turkey Creek Trail, but breezy conditions higher made for a pleasant hike through the ponderosa.
Posted Apr 2, 2015 11:39 am

lscritch2water availability etc.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012
On the Turkey Creek trail, good water was to be had at Mud Hole Spring (not on the map, and I forgot to waymark it, but it's about halfway between the park boundary and Deer Head Spring).

Deer Head Spring was completely dry. Spud Rock Spring was awful, unusable really, despite the campground being there.

There was good water on the Switchback Trail (I think...many trail names make it confusing) near where the ".7" is marked on the NPS map. This is actually the same drainage as Devil's Bathtub, only higher up. One steep mile from Spud Rock Campground.

There were a couple of seeps higher on the mountain (Mica Mtn. Trail).
Posted Apr 23, 2012 2:55 pm

LadyWawaArizona Trail
Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2010


Went through here on the Arizona Trail and it was freezingggg! No views either.
Posted Feb 14, 2011 2:43 pm

surgentLate season snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010


We hiked up the Turkey Creek Trail to Deer Head Springs, then a network of trails to the summit. There were big patches of snow on the ground from about 7,800 feet and higher, but weather was spectacular. Nice to have finally hiked this peak - the journey is far more interesting than the top. Great views from Man Head along the way.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 11:18 am

sbkelleyItalian Springs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2010


There are no short routes on Mica...but she is a rewarding one. Started a bit further back from the official TH since my car couldn't make the last couple miles, so became a 20+ mile day. Great weather and some patches of snow encountered just before Italian Spring. Sweeping views from Spud Rock (not much of a view from the true summit).
Posted Apr 20, 2010 6:08 pm

ericnoelMica  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009


This was done on the second day of a backpack starting at the Miller Creek TH. The summit itself is somewhat underwhelming.
Posted May 5, 2009 12:26 am

oldaditDry Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2006


Hiked with Sarah up Turkey Creek trailhead and
camped at dry Spud Rock spring. Found water next
morning in gully SE of Man Head. After Mica we hiked
to Happy Valley Lookout and down to Miller Canyon.

Was quite motivated to flog poor Accord back to
4600' Turkey Creek trailhead (where jeep was),
and just barely made it.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 6:38 pm

eric-grizSky island  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2002


A great backpack up to Manning Camp for the night and onto Mica Mountain. At that point in my life it was my highest summit.
Posted Nov 15, 2007 8:05 pm

PeakMuleMica Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2006


Hiked up via the Italian Springs trail with a couple of buddies. Logged the Geocache at the top.
Posted Nov 11, 2006 7:23 pm

streeyyrMica Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 1994


This is a huge desert mountain.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 7:44 pm

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