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Heliograph Peak Loop, AZ
2010-07-3124 by
 
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Tucson, AZ
 
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs       1.17 mph
1,030 ft AEG   
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Woke up on Saturday to find that the entire top of the pinalenos were covered in dark clouds. I decided to drive up anyways and Heliograph Peak was my destination. Drove up the Swift Trail and from 7000 feet up to Shannon I was driving through the clouds. Arrived at the trailhead at noon and decided on a counterclockwise hike. It took me a little over an hour in a very light rain to make it to the towers. I then hiked out to the Eastern peak and the entire view of the valley below (always the highlight of this hike to me) was completely hidden by the thick clouds. I continued to the fire lookout and was greeted by thousands of ladybugs all around the tower. I then made my way over to the cabin to eat lunch and that is when all the fun started. Within 10 minutes visibility was down to 25 feet and the rain started falling hard! I took cover behind the cabin to wait it out but soon realised that this was not going to let up anytime soon so I threw on my rainsuit and headed down the Arcadia trail to complete the loop. Within a few hundred feet the rain got even harder and the trail got a little sketchy so I decided to play it safe and turn around and take the road back the way I came. It poured on me the entire hike back to my truck. Even though I was unable to complete the loop & it poured on me most of the trip, It was a lot of fun hiking in the rain!
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