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Heliograph Peak from Shannon GC
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2010-08-15
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Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking Aug 15 2010
Preston Sands
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
 no routes
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Marijilda Cutoff
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After lunch with Randal at Chalo's Safford (whose food has gone downhill, by the way :( ), I drove up into the high Pinalenos for the 2nd time today. I parked at the Shannon turnoff, and hiked the forest road to the top of Heliograph, where I was greeted by numerous flowers, ladybugs, and bluish thunderstorm clouds building all around. Sixty five degrees and cloudy? Yes!!! I took dozens of photos, and watched an increasingly menacing thunderstorm grow to the east, over Safford. That storm rolled in as I left the top, and things got a little wild. With close lightning strikes and heavy rain, I moved quickly down the peak. At the bottom, I took a detour through Shannon Campground to Marijilda Creek, enjoying the peaceful rain soaked surroundings and the dark clouds overhead. Driving down, I paused to enjoy a great lightning show over Safford, near the forest boundary. A nice full day adventure it was.
Named placeSafford
MeteorologyLightningRain
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Come ye sweltering denizens of the plains to the mountains and enjoy life -Colorado Miner, July 25, 1867
Author
Preston Sands'

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Warning: heat kills!
Avoid 8am to 5pm over 90 degrees. Prehydrate & stay hydrated.
Hikebot recommends using an umbrella to block the sun.
Avoid Heat Illness - do NOT hike when temps exceed 100 degrees, period.
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