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Tumamoc Hill, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,371 feet
Elevation Gain 730 feet
Accumulated Gain 750 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 6.65
Interest Ruins, Historic & Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Author Jeffshadows
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
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Preferred   Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec → 5 PM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:21pm
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Short but sweet...
by Jeffshadows

Tumamoc Hill is home to the University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory, and has been home to the Desert Laboratory since it's inception in 1903 under the direction of the US Department of Agriculture. Centuries earlier, the hill was home to the Hohokam and remains a cherished archaeological site due to some of the unique features its previous inhabitants left behind. According to the University of Arizona: Tumamoc Hill, occupied between 300 BC and AD 450, is one of only a handful of trincheras, or terrace hillside sites, in the Sonoran Desert. Its features include terraces, walls, petroglyphs, trails, bedrock mortars and approximately 150 small, circular pit structures. Also present are a number of rocks adorned with petroglyphs. It should be noted, however, that these sites are closed to the public and few are visible from the path. Today, continued access to Tumamoc is in jeopardy due to off-trail travel and general disrespect for usage guidelines.

The path to the summit of Tumamoc Hill is a paved road, and I choose to include it on HAZ for completeness sake, as much as the fact that it provides amazing views of the Tucson valley and Sentinel Peak. Additionally, Tumamoc is a great afternoon or early morning workout destination for a quick jaunt into the pristine desert and is located near enough to most Tucsonans to provide a real opportunity for such activity. The path is a popular destination for walkers and trail runners. It should also be noted that the path is off-limits between the hours of 0730 and 1730 on weekdays, to protect research activities. Additionally, visitors should understand and respect the strict policy forbidding off-path travel. The area and the research it supports are sensitive, and the research is over a century old.

The path leaves Anklam road and passes a set of pipe gates, which may or may not be unlocked. They may be bypassed to the left. The path heads due south into the Tucson mountains. After a short distance it begins its pattern of long switchbacks, which become progressively steeper. The views of the Tucson valley and the mountain ranges beyond gradually becomes broader, as well. After a mile the path approaches a series of basalt stone buildings that look as though they should be transplanted into Tucson's Armory Park district. Another gate is encountered here, and is also likely to be locked. Walk around to the right. The switchbacks become steeper for the final half-time into the crest. Despite being populated with radio towers and shacks, the views from the summit are sweeping and make you immediately forget the fact that you just walked up a road. Return the way you came.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2008-09-05 Jeffshadows
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Interesting day in the TMP. I started out with intentions of climbing Cat Mountain from the northwest side, but I changed my mind mid-hike. My current boots are short a few grips after a few hundred miles of trail time, but not quite ready to retire. This was not a good hike for these conditions, I got about 350-400' up to the ridge and I was having a real hard time getting good grip for this off trial beast. I aborted my attempt and bushwhacked down to the trail that runs along the north side of the mountain. The approach from the southeast sure looks like a more reasonable attempt, but not today. I found a high point to scramble to for a short break, and then back to the van with almost 4 miles down. Since I had some extra time, I hit by the mighty Tumamoc Hill on my way back to the freeway. I parked a short ways down the road and started my hike up. This reminds me so much of the paved section of North Mountain, a little longer and twice as many people (at least today). Kept a good pace up for this one, ended up at 3.5 mph for the whole of T-Hill. Not a very exciting hike, but I am glad to tick it off the peak list. Amazing so many people flock to this hike when there are soooo many other fantastic options in the TMP...
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What a great Christmas Eve! Joel made it to the top of T Hill! We were joined by 6 friends for the event. Then we went to Empire Pizza and had a Christmas post hike feast! I'm very thankful for all the support we've received over the last month and how quickly Joel is recovering. While each day is still difficult it's little wins like this that make me happy!
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Had an urban day today. Exo Coffee, UA Art Museum, and T-Hill. Showed a friend who is new to Tucson a place to get some exercise during the week.

It's might be hard to get 1200 miles this year the way I'm starting the year. Especially since I am traveling for 15 days straight for work the rest of the month... :(
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Was actually home on a weekday and needed to check in on Mark to make sure he wasn't lying about his mileage and elevation gain :sl:

My hamstring was hurting after the grueling backpack from the weekend so I didn't do the top twice like he did.

It was very cold compared to when I last did T-Hill. Need to remember fleece jacket and gloves :)
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this is as far away as i can get on these weekends, so i did it twice. i gotta say, i kinda like the T-hill crowd, i don't know why. just friendly, interesting characters i guess.

as a side note, this is the first time i have ever gone over 25,000 feet for a month. i know i could blow out twice as much, but my schedule will never allow it. oh well, i'll take it anyway... :y:
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This is as far away from the hospital as i could get...the trailhead is in the hospital parking lot. :sl:

this puts me over 200k elevation for the year, which was one of my two goals. hooray for that. the other, 1000 miles, just ain't gonna happen. oh well, it was fun trying. :)

lot of time reflecting on the events surrounding GPSJoe and the awesome HAZers/AZHers out there looking for him. : app : :worthy:

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From anywhere in Tucson, get to Speedway Blvd. and follow it west to Silverbell road. Briefly take Silverbell south and turn right onto Anklam Street. The trailhead is immediately south and is marked by a large green sign identifying it as the path to the "Desert Laboratory." A few parking spaces have been provided along Anklam.
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