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Santa Ritas, AZ
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Santa Ritas, AZ 
Santa Ritas, AZ
Hiking Oct 03 2010
T Harris
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1st trip
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After setting up two parties for my uncle, who happens to know everyone in Tucson, and dropping off my grandfather and cousin at the airport, I had the day to go hiking. Since I was already in south Tucson, I figured i'd give something new a try. I chose the Santa Rita mountains, and Madera Canyon in particular. I had no idea where I wanted to go, or what I wanted to see, but I drove as far up as I could and I started hiking. I picked the Josephine saddle trailhead for the hell of it, and like an idiot, I missed the turnoff and headed all the way to the mine. I still had plenty of time so I got on the right trail and headed straight up, it felt like. I got up to the junction of Agua Caliente saddle and Josephine and there was a note saying that an aggressive mama bear and her cub had been spotted on the trail twice in the past week. I decided to turn around (using my noggin for once) since I was by myself, the trail was right on the edge of a cliff and was about a foot wide. On the drive in I noticed an interesting view of the mountains and decided to head back there. It was about 4:15 when I turned around and I knew I had to book it to find a decent composition for sunset. By the time I got down, my knees felt like jello, and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. Thankfully I made it in time, and I feel like it was an overral success.
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