It had been a year since my last backpack, so I dusted off the gear and headed down to the Chiricahuas to join some friends. I wasn't able to get out of Tucson until around noon Saturday, so I knew I better shorten the hike in by driving the RAV up to Long Park to start, rather than Rustler Park (this cuts it by 2 miles). After a quick beer and T-Bell burrito, I threw on the 32 pound pack and headed out. Made real good time over to Anita Park, covering the 3.1 miles in exactly one hour (easy gradient made this possible). Spent a raucus evening around the campfire with our crew plus the neighbors.
It rained lightly several times during the night, but it didn't start until after we were in the tents. Morning was perfect.
After slowly breaking camp, we headed over to Centella Point, one of my favorite spots in this range with its killer views to the east. Then it was back to Long Park. I gave several of the others a ride back to Rustler to shorten their walk. Stopped for food in Willcox and got back to Tucson before 5pm.