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San Cayetano Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.28 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,011 feet
Elevation Gain 1,938 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,006 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.31
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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11  2015-01-04 Pivo
Author Pivo
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 315
Photos 3,978
Trips 3,118 ( 20,304 miles )
Age 62 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:25am - 7:17pm
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by Pivo

Overview: The High Point of the San Cayetano Range near Rio Rico. First and foremost this is a bushwack, expect tall grass hiding rocks, and a very steep assent to the peak.


Warning: Tall grass can make the stability a little rough. Recommend calf-high gaiters, gloves and a trekking pole for descending the peak.

Hike: Park along the roadway, and head up the drainage on the East side of the road. We did find a faint footpath on the Southside on the drainage taking us up to a ridge. We followed the ridge, and stopped for a minute to cross a barbed wire fence.

From this point we worked our way Southeast, and after some discussion decided on a direct approach to the summit. We worked our way up a drainage just to the south of the peak. Most of the time I stayed out of it, working my way along the upper North Bank of the drainage, until getting high enough to take a dogleg to the North and work my way to a small saddle before summiting.

At the peak there were two radio antennas, no register. We left a summit register container. We didn't have a notepad, or anything else suitable for a register. So if you are planning on going, please take one.

Everyone agreed that we would prefer to not descend the same way; mostly because it was very, very steep, with lots of rocks. We chose to go down the South side, descending down a ridge to a saddle then working our way down this West slope, working a bit to the South to utilize more ridges. Until we made it back to the car.

These ridges can be utilized for a less direct, and safer approach is desired. Reverse my track to use as a guide to ascend the peak.

Water Sources: None

Camping: No

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2015-01-05 Pivo
    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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    To hike
    Take the I-19 South towards Nogales/Rio Rico. Exit at the Palo Parado Exit, it's South of the Tumacacori Exit. Turn East crossing the Santa Cruz River and head South on Pendleton Drive, turn East on Calle Pulpo, taking it to Via San Cayetano. From here you turn left. Park near the drainage.
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