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Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott, AZ

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Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,424 feet
Elevation Gain 1,141 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,783 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.94
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San Gabriel - Guadalupe - National
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From Pima Canyon Trailhead head out on Desert Classic, immediately turn up to Marco de Niza rock. Trail continues up either side and meets quickly. Trail continues up and down along ridge to junction with Beverly Canyon Trail - South.

The trail heads up and becomes a tad more difficult to follow after passing San Gabriel Ridge (keep left, don't go right down to National. Once past the route trouble the trail is easy to follow all the way to the junction with San Gabriel Canyon.

The faint use trail continues on over to Corona de Loma - East Ridge. The Guadalupe Ridge ends here at Eagle Pass. On the other side of Eagle Pass is Corona de Loma. A right quickly takes you down to the National Trail, Buena Vista Trailhead is near.

This trail is not signed anywhere. It is a heavily used use-trail. Especially in the middle section where residents of San Gabriel neighborhood utilize the ridge for various loops.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent of 78 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Took San Gabriel Ridge to Guadalupe Ridge then followed it west until I could come down on top of Fat Man's Pass. Went through then east to the tunnel and through it. From there went under the bridge and took the wash all the way down to the rock house. Picked up the San Gabriel Ridge route from there and took it back to the car.
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Turtle sighting! Denny needed to be home by 9 am so this is what we came up with. Marcos de Niza>Guadalupe Ridge>Beverly Canyon>Ridgeline>Javelina>Mormon Loop>Hidden Valley>National>Beverly>West Loop. Clouds and a breeze made for comfortable conditions. Rolled in at 0855. :)
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Decided to take the Guadalupe Ridge trail from the Pima Canyon TH and hook up with Hidden Valley. The trail from the ridge to the valley was a little rough and easy to loose in a couple places we found, lots of boulders. Sticking to the East while going down from the ridge worked pretty well for the most part. Got to go through the natural tunnel as well to get back on the National Trail. Took that back to Pima Wash to make a nice loop.

    Ocotillos have bloomed.
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Mormon Lasso
    In anticipation of my pending penalty in the AEG deprivation chamber, I decided to grab a few feet while I can. I stopped a couple of times to set up a proper night exposure to share on the social mediums. Because if not for the likes from people I don't know and will never meet, really, what the hell are we doing any of this for!? :-k :-$
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Procrastination is my name lately. Another late start. It worked out though, as I got to see Whitney and her friend. :y: Nice to see you, Ladies. I talked their ears off, of course :) . In fact I think I talked another 5 minutes before I realized they turned off at Beverly Canyon :oops: . I kept going over to around Hidden Valley then turned back. Great weather. Felt a little warm in the sun. Probably not much day hiking in the Valley this summer. :)
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Started a little later than we would've liked at about 10:30am from the Pima Canyon trailhead. Started down Pima Wash to Mormon Loop, then over to National Trail up to Midlife Crisis. Came back down to Pima Wash. Trail was busy up to catching the National Trail past Two Peaks. Great weather in the low 60's. Hiked with my Stratos packed with extra weight for backpacking/extended hiking training.

    Some ocotillos along the trail have started budding.
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    As warm as it's been I decided to do a SM hike this morning while it was still cool. It also gave me a chance to check out the "upgrades" at Pima Canyon TH to see what a million of our tax dollars bought us.

    The hike was good. Ran into Sam and Britt where the Old Man and the Guadalupe trails meet. They were out for a loop hike using Old Man and the Corona de Loma.

    About an 1/8 of a mile from Buena Vista parking lot a group of 30 some hikers came down the trail towards me. I immediately did a 180 to head back, ahead of the group.
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Guadalupe Ridge - Pima Canyon Loop
    I haven’t been able to get out lately so an opportunity to knock out a few miles on a weekday evening fit the bill. The new speed bumps on the Pima trailhead road are worth $1 million each. They’re named Everest, K2, Lhotse, and Annapurna. I recommend caution while crossing them.

    I’m not sure how I agreed to Guadalupe Ridge because I hate the climb. But I managed to not complain too much. Surprisingly after half a mile there wasn’t another person visible for the rest of the hike. Possibly because nobody used a headlamp due to the prolific moonlight.

    I didn’t bother to check out Denny's pfancy new prison toilets despite nature’s call.
    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    Guadalupe Ridge - National
    a rare saturday afternoon hike with fletch
    wanted something a little longer today
    went up san gabriel, west on guadalupe ridge to eagle pass, down national, through hidden valley
    cut up to guadalupe ridge from hidden valley on one of the use trails, then back down to san gabriel
    both of us like all of guadalupe ridge
    neither of us like the dirt road, so this combo was a nice variation on what we normally do
    hit los taquitos for some street tacos on the way home :)

    Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
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    San Gabriel-Guadalupe-Young Man
    met fletch for our monday morning hike
    started from 40th and san gabriel, but went over to beverly canyon first
    did a loop from there with our usual trails
    less aeg, more on desert classic, slightly longer
    not my favorite version but something different
    cool at first, warmed up nicely
    had fun as always with fletch

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    To Pima Canyon Trailhead
    This one is a little tough to locate if you're not from the area. It's near Guadalupe Rd. The issue at hand is there are no on-off ramps for Guadalupe Rd. Instead get off south a mile on Elliot and follow 48th Street north.

    Pima Canyon Trailhead is located west off of 48th Street just south of Guadalupe Road. It's all rather confusing. Your first time just go to the intersection of Guadalupe & 48th then head south. Take the first right and an immediate left into South Mountain/Phx Preserves Park. Follow the access road passing the golf course all the way to the trailhead.

    Pima Canyon Trailhead and Marco de Niza Trailhead are one and the same now. Long ago the road continued to Pima Canyon Trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 10.9 mi - about 18 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 101 mi - about 1 hour 32 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 155 mi - about 2 hours 25 mins
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