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Turd Hill, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Oracle
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,803 feet
Elevation Gain 145 feet
Accumulated Gain 233 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.23
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9  2015-11-24 The_Dude
12  2015-02-08
Turd Hill Ridgeline Loop
8  2015-02-08 Jim_H
10  2013-10-20
Turd Hill
7  2013-10-20
Turd Hill
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Routes 16,052
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Sun  6:11am - 6:28pm
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Peak elevation 1931 feet. Stats are for the long explorer route from Dairy Queen. If you are hiking Newman the super short drive up approach might fit the bill. Otherwise it would be a waste of gas.

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    Turd Hill
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    I had a long day driving down to our Cochise yard and back, so I did not have much time for hiking. That left me with my number 2 option...I have been making the drive to Tucson for almost 20 years now in some regular fashion, and this is a little feature that has caught my eye ever since that first trip down. It is just such an alien looking feature amongst its surroundings. Glad that today was the day I could wipe it off the list for good. There was some effort involved, but upon completion there was a definite feeling of...satisfaction. I opted for a similar track to JJ's, parked at the travel center and then hopped the tracks, under the barbed wire, and an otherwise uneventful stroll across some flat land. Hopefully I can get in a bigger hike this long weekend.
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    Turd Hill Ridgeline Loop
    With warmer weather upon us, I decided I wanted to head for higher elevations. Inexperienced in the ways of peak-bagging, I enlisted the help of one who seemed to be the most logical choice on HAZ, some guy nicknamed "summit kokopelli".

    Not wanting to be thwarted by the steam produced by the chilly morning air, we opted for a late start and made the 20 mile dirt road drive to the trailhead. Recent rains left parts of the road muddy and previous users had left plenty of skid marks. If only there was another railroad crossing a little closer... ](*,) Perhaps a route on foot from the DQ is the best option?

    Once in the shadow of this extraordinary feature on the desert floor, I was surprised to learn of it's ruggedness. This is definitely a solid scramble, and there are some nice sheer cliffs where you could use some real climbing moves if you wanted to. There are numerous alcoves, shallow caves, arches, and windows. Some are worth exploring, but keep an eye out for bees. We encountered two active nests and one defunct honeycomb site. Luckily at this time of year and time of day, the bees were not particularly active.

    I spooked a beautiful great horned owl out of a nice nesting spot, and there were many points of avian turd on this pile of poo.

    We began on the northwest and traversed the ridge to the southeast before dropping down to the desert floor and reascending a different route and returning along the ridge back toward the truck. At the end we dropped off the north side and did a quick flush around the base to view it from all sides.

    On the way out, I was devastated to learn that DQ was not serving ice cream. I was really in the mood for chocolate soft-serve but had to settle for a fudge bar. :whistle:

    * Special thanks to Sirena for recommending this ridgeline and encouraging me to put my fears aside to achieve this worthy goal! Kudos also to JJ and LP for blazing the trail and providing valuable photos and information during my extensive pre-hike research.

    Permit $$
    AZ State Land Recreational Permits are available for an individual ($15.00), or a family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18 ($20.00).

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

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