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Golden Gate Trail - TMP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.52 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,605 feet
Elevation Gain 560 feet
Accumulated Gain 560 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.39
Dogs not allowed
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21  2013-01-31
Bren Loop
3  2009-03-04 leadhiker
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
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Overview: Golden Gate Trail in Tucson Mountain Park from Kinney Rd to Yetman Trail.

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Tucson Mountains Tuesday Two-fer
Ah, first hike back in the desert after a week in Anaheim for Disney and beach fun. First off, thanks to Philbeer for posting the tracks for Golden Gate and Bren mountain last week, I saw those and it got me thinking. I have been wanting to hit Golden Gate Mountain for a while, throw in another nearby peak and I am sold. Made it out to the Yetman trailhead about 3 to start my fun for the day. The trip up Golden Gate is very steep, but easy to follow. It is a pretty thin trail in spots, but the trip up is extensively cairned, a little overkill in spots even. Nice summit with good views out to the west and south especially. The weather was getting interesting, but I thought I would have enough time for a second summit before the storm started. Made it back down to the Yetman trail and then on to Gates Pass trail for a bit. I went up the west side of Bren Mountain, and there is no trail whatsoever. I found a drainage and followed it up quite a ways, but then the rocks turned to scree and it was mighty steep. It kept getting steeper, and the lightning was looming, but I actually figured I would be safer making it to the summit and going down the backside which looked to be less steep. I ended up going up a rock face for the last 40-50' up to the peak, and I was really happy to see some semblance of a trail on the other side. Very brief stop up top to see lightning hitting on the slopes just to the east of me, all the motivation I needed to haul butt down the other side. If I hit Bren again any time soon, it will be by way of the North and East route...Made it back to the van no worse for wear other than a few scratches, I managed to miss the abundant cholla up here, but had plenty of bursage to pull out of the socks and boots. Pretty short for my usual offerings, but this one was all work.
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I wanted to get in a hike, but nothing too aggressive after doing the Superstition Ridgeline 3 days ago...I started out from the West Yetman trailhead and followed to the south and west around Golden Gate Mountain. took the trail all the way to the junction with the Prospector trail, and then turned around and headed back. Good leg-stretching kind of hike, but nothing too exciting. I am pretty sure just about any hike would have been a letdown after the Ridgeline...:D
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Used this trail to do approximately the 'Golden Gate Mountain Loop' from the Leavengood Tucson Hiking Guide which makes a loop on the west side below Golden Gate Mountain - it was a great sunset and fun desert hike! I had forgotten how many trails/paths/routes there are in this area, I guess its fun to explore and wander, but it seem a bit odd... Pictures:

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Pima County-managed trailheads open at dawn and close at dusk, except as otherwise noted (link below). Be aware that trailhead hours may vary according to location and managing agency. The following trailheads allow after hours parking with a permit: Avenida de Suzenu, Bear Canyon, Campbell, El Camino del Cerro, Pima Canyon, Finger Rock, and Ventana Canyon. No after hours parking is allowed at the other Pima County trailheads. Trailhead parking permits are available at no cost.

Permits are required for Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, Empirita Ranch Access, and overnight parking at Pima County trailheads. Please call 520-877-6158 to request a permit or come in to the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Administration Building at 3500 West River Road Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Permits are not issued on Saturdays, Sundays, or county holidays. Vist for more information.

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