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Rincon Valley - AZT #8, AZ

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Distance One Way 14.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,437 feet
Elevation Gain -335 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,490 feet
Avg Time One Way 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.67
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AZT Sections 8 & 9
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14  2017-03-04
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven
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34  2017-03-04
AZT Spring Break 2017
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50  2017-02-12 tibber
44  2016-12-18
AZT #8 and 7 - LaSelvilla to Charlais Road
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Overview
From the Davidson Canyon-Gabe Zimmerman trailhead the trail drops down into Davidson Canyon, joins Cienega Creek, goes under the train trestle, and then climbs out of the canyon on the north side. After joining a two-track, the route turns sharply back to the southwest and then crosses Marsh Station Road. From here the trail heads west and then north across several drainages. It crosses a pipeline road and then goes under some powerlines. From here it climbs up to a saddle and a view of the La Posta Quemada ranch and the south end of Colossal Cave Mountain Park. The trail switchbacks down and then around the ranch to the east. It enters the park and parallels Posta Quemada Canyon past the campground and up to a park road. After crossing the road, it parallels it and then comes to the La Selvilla picnic area. From here it runs north-northwest up to Pistol Hill Road, crosses this road and then the X-9 Ranch Road, and continues up through the Rincon Valley. After passing through a gate the trail crosses Rincon Creek and then reaches a kiosk at the boundary of Saguaro National Park. From here the trail works its way over to a gate and then north up to Hope Camp.


Southern Trailhead: Gabe Zimmerman TH

Northern Trailhead: Saguaro NP - Hope Camp

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AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven
Day 1: I decided to join Dallin on a portion of his Spring Break AZT dash. We were dropped off at Gabe Zimmerman TH on Saturday a.m. and started the trek at segment #8. It was a sunny, beautiful day. The trail is mostly flat and winds through a scenic desert. Saguaros dominate, Rincon Peak looms and neat geology surrounds. The smell of spring Creosote wafted through the air. Plenty of mountain bikers on this stretch. We breaked at Rincon Creek and enjoyed a brief soak. Heading up and into the mountains we would cross many flowing drainages and even saw a distant waterfall. After some climbing, we both hit a wall and stopped for camp on a rock slab 2 miles short of Grass Shack. Worst campsite ever. We were joined at camp by Anna, a solo backpacker on the 2nd night of her maiden voyage, who we'd been leap frogging in those last 6 miles.

Day 2: We woke up refreshed and determined to make up some milage. We started our climb up Mica Mountain. The ever changing terrain kept me in awe. Unlike anything I'd seen in AZ. The Juniper grasslands gave way to pines. The trail was beautiful and easy to follow. The creek at Grass Shack was flowing good. Temps dropped as we climbed and we didn't see any sunshine all day. Our nutrition / water break at Manning Camp was fairly chilly. We reached the top shortly after and enjoyed the stunning views. We hit a few snow patches on the north face of Mica. Nothing too bad but the slow melt made the trail loose and slick. We made our way down through the oak and manzanita forest before a nice afternoon/evening stroll over the rolling grasslands. Winds were ripping, deer were grazing and we both nearly stepped on a very lethargic baby rattler. After an impressive sunset and 1.5 hours of night hiking, we settled on another lousy camp site, but made it work.

Day 3: Didn't start well at all. I woke up with a screaming IT band and a serious case of pumpkin chaffe with a 25 mile day ahead. I threw an elastic knee brace on and went commando to help combat the chaffe (it helps). Needless to say, it took some warming up before I could move. I limped my way up the pass and down to Molino Basin. Dallin informed me that this was one of my last bail out options, but encouraged me to keep going, so I did. Once we topped out and I saw the views down into Sabino Canyon, my spirits were instantly lifted. I pushed on through the pain and was grateful I did. Wouldn't want to miss this canyon. We made our way back down into Saguaros and a lush riparian zone. The entire canyon and every drainage was raging. Quite a few day hikers and a few backpackers along this stretch. I can see why, Sabino is a showstopper. Despite my ailments, we were cruising along the canyon and making great time. Romero Pass put an end to that. I could barely lift my right leg at this point but we pushed on. Eventually we topped out and down into Wilderness of Rocks. More snow patches in this area. Some icy, but no additional gear is needed, just a careful step. The snow melt fueled good flowing water everywhere. We had about 5 miles left and I was hurting, completely drained and flat out delirious. Spending another night wasn't an option. Temps dropped quickly and darkness fell. We had a couple hours of night hiking with some interesting route finding along snowy creeks. It took some teamwork but we made it out and to our ride after road walking up from Marshall Gulch TH. Temps were already in the mid 30's. Burritos and beverages saved the day. Overall, an amazing and epic trip. We knocked out a good amount of trail with big climbs but I also got my pumpkin handed to me a few times throughout. Well worth it.

Wildflowers
Brittles and poppies mostly. Still too early.
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LaSelvilla to Loma Alta time to finish off a passage and complete a postponed hike of the top of 8 thru the Rincon Valley so we met in Sun Lakes at 7:15 and made our way, once again, toward Vail.
Side note: Vail was named after an Easterner named Walter L. Vail, who purchased the “Empire Ranch,” a small spread in Cienega Valley, southeast of Tucson, and set about to develop a major livestock operation in the region. Stretching from the Rincon Mountains, east of Tucson, forty-five miles south to the Huachuca Mountains (eventually 180 square miles) http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/wp ... verted.pdf

The Loma Alta TH was pretty packed when we arrived so we decided to leave Tonto Jr and piled in Shawn's truck for the short shuttle to LaSelvilla Campground. It looked like it would be a lovely day for a hike.


The trail is in nice shape as it winds gradually up and over and into the Rincon Valley. There is lots of flora, some blooming, along the way. We encountered one large group of bikers that eventually made their way by us and shortly thereafter must have turned around so we had to wait for them again.

It looks like there had been some plant maintenance along the way but they didn't do the best job. There was one foothill palo verde tree that they did such a terrible job, we just had to stop and fix it. Shawn pulled out his saw and started sawing away at a branch or two which became at least 1/2 dozen branches so not only is the tree cleaned up, it looks much better.

We did encounter two of the largest barrel cactus we had ever seen. We took a picture by one only to see another one not too far away that was even taller (probably a little over 6 feet). We also encountered a couple horseback riders that we let pass; altho for quite some time we had to slow our pace in order not to take over these two horses, sheesh! Eventually the riders engaged the horses in a trot to get some distance. When these riders passed us on their way back, those horses were dragging; I don't think they get out much :lol: .

We took a break for lunch at a little past the 1/2 way mark with a great view of the Rincon Mountains and Rincon Peak. It was really lovely as we enjoyed that view off an on for most of the day. After lunch we continued on our way with about a mile left to Rincon Creek. The terrain changed a bit as we got closer to the creek.

A biker passed by and said the creek was really running today. And yep, he was right and it was running fast and a little high over/on the trail. Someone spotted a branch that had been laid across this fast water a little downstream and Ambika, despite it looking like a pretty weak branch, made the attempt. It was difficult because you had to place your poles just right to stabilize you as you moved across the branch. Shawn let us go first for fear if he went it might break but we all made it safely.

On our way again with the next destination being Hope Camp. That is quite the operation there with the windmill and troughs and tanks. From here we hiked on the old jeep road built by cowboys. We're now looking at Tanque Verde Ridge looming to our north and Sentinel Butte. We will pass by Deer Camp, another line camp (pretty much a duplicate of Hope's set-up) used by cowboys from area ranches, including the Rock-ing K and X-9. From there, it's a hop, scotch... wait... I hear thunder and some more thunder... jump to the TH. We had a quick libation and some chips and headed over to LaSelvilla to pick up Shawn's truck.

We met up with Wendy and Randy at Rigo's for some Mexican fare. It was very crowded due to large parties so it was a bit noisy. The food got mixed reviews. Won't be back on the Arizona Trail with the section crew again until later in March. Pictures are done, video production pending 2-15-2017.

Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 toward Rincon Creek [ youtube video ]
Part 3 Rincon Creek to Hope Camp [ youtube video ]
Part 4 [ youtube video ]
Part 5 toward Camino Alta Loma TH [ youtube video ]
Rincon Valley - AZT #8
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Fleet Feet Arizona Trail Race
jumped on this kind of last minute. perfect day out.

really well organized and very nice course. felt pretty good. came out conservative then ramped it up a little at the end. i think i could have went under 1:20 but i'm happy anyway and had a great time. :)

the winner is a local guy i occasionally see out on the trails in Tucson. his time was :y: :o : app :
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AZT #8 and 7 - LaSelvilla to Charlais Road
Tonto Jr said 30 degrees when I left SunLakes at 7AM. The AZT Section crew met up and drove southeast of Tucson to set up the shuttle at Charlais Rd and LaSelvilla campground deciding to hike north to south since both Ambika and I had hiked this part of 8 from north to south. I still think this is a great campground though the road into it is a bit rough.

We started hiking at 10AM and enjoyed our views in most directions especially looking back at the La Posta Quemada folds. I didn't know those folds had a name. (Huge limestone blocks -- including the one in which Colossal was formed-- were thrust into their positions by geological forces that actually brought ENTIRE hills :o from as far away as the San Pedro River.) It's really pretty hiking by the picnic areas and then across the Old Spanish Road above the other side of the camping areas and Agua Verde river. There are a couple interpretive signs for a bit too so we had to stop and peruse them.

As we headed south a bit you came around the side of the mountains to get a different look to the northwestish to see the Rincons and some more of the Quemada Folds. Shawn fixed a trail marker with some new stickers and we continued on our way, still wearing our jackets which 3 of us kept on the entire hike. We don't get to do that often so it was a nice change. As we made our way past and above the Ranch area we encountered 3 hikers. I'm thinking her name was Pam, a HAZlurker and Jamie and I didn't catch the third person's name. She inquired if we were HAZers and asked for our trail names. She knew Tibber as she held up her hand as if it had a camera in it filming :lol: .
We paused to read the Volunteers sign that's rather large where you would turn to go into the ranch. We continued up and around the hill, our only major climb for the day. I think the grade on this uphill is quite nice and you can keep up a pretty nice pace until you top out at the saddle and look over into the Chihuahuan desert to the south. I also spotted the white castle in the distance and would end up taking several pictures of it for several miles. I got some good zooms; it is quite the property.

From here we headed downhill for quite some time until we came to just about the border with Cienegas Reserve about 1/2 mile from the RR trestle. We did see a train across the way. And then one of those long trucks pulling a couple cars on the lower tracks. Once you get over that hill above the Ranch I heard the train a couple times. I don't know why but I love that sound and it blew its whistle a couple times so I could yell, "Choo, choo! Choo, choo!" :D

We took our short lunch break here and then headed toward the train track. As we were hiking we could hear the train and didn't realize we still had another hill to get around to see it so I did my best, with Shawn in the lead, to trot up that hill to get that picture of the train crossing the trestle. Whew, we made it. I filmed it and then took a couple pics of the engines at the back. It was a pretty short train. We hiked under and admired the trestle and then Shawn clicked the road crossing button as I did my best Beatles walk and waved at the vehicle that had stopped. I think they were on to me as they waved back.

We followed the old road to the intersection with the single path that takes you down to the Cienegas River and under the old railroad trestle. The river was running a little. We did see the remnants of the water that had rushed through here as it was 1/4 or better up the trees in the river bed. Walking on the little narrow logs across the river was a little dicey but with poles, it was a piece of cake. We passed by a giant beautifully shaped cottonwood tree before heading up out of Davidson Canyon that feeds into the river. We continued uphill to the Gabe Zimmerman TH junction and then headed east and then south above Davidson Canyon with, of course, some look backs at the Rincons.

As we continued you had views of the Empires and the Santa Rita Foothills. To the other side of the Empires was another nice mountain range and I thought they were the Whetstones and based on the map, it was indeed. It was still breezy as we made our way under I-10 thru that very long double tunnel. It got almost pitch black as I was filming :scared: . From there it's another bit of an uphill until you top out for most of the rest of the hike until the last bit. For the rest of the hike we spotted a helicopter hovering over an area just to the SE of the AZT 7. It was still there as we left. I did finally get close enough to get my zoom on. At one time a rope with some kind of hook? was below the helicopter but we never saw what was attached if anything. It could have been practicing Rescue.

We took a break on one of the pipeline road crossings about 1 1/2 miles from Charlais Road where TontoJr was waiting. I just feel this little break toward the end makes those last miles fly by and you're not so worn down when you're done. I need to save some strength to drink my beer; especially since little did I know the restaurant we were going to lost its liquor license :( . I think this is the fastest we've ever hiked 11 miles but the trail is pretty good so it made, by our standards, fast hiking easy enough.

We finished our day at El Minuto in Tucson, a place Shawn had not visited since the last century, give or take. Well the Chili Rellenos they ordered were not very good but my Carne Seca Quesadilla was awesome (altho it could have used some more carne seca) and would have been even better with a margarita.

Pictures are ready. I will start video production tonite 12-21-2016.
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AZT: Vail to Oracle
March 24th
Miles: 17.46
AEG: 5,520 ft

We flew through the first couple of miles to X9 Ranch Road, where we left off the last time we got off the AZT in this area.

Back on the AZT!

Soon we reached the Saguaro National Park boundary. Up until this point the wildflowers were sparse and withered, but from here there were plenty of great looking blooms for the next couple of miles. After taking a short break at the Quilter Trail water crossing, we passed our first thru-hiker of the trip and started the long climb to the top of Mica Mountain.

As we climbed the environment slowly transitioned from saguaros and ocotillos, to shrubs and century plants, then oak grasslands, and finally pinion-oak as we rolled into the Grass Shack Campground. Here we met 3 other thru-hikers. One was on her first thru-hike, and the other two (No Trace & Unbreakable) are triple crowners (those who have completed the PCT, AT, and CDT). We stopped to eat lunch and enjoy the company at the campground. It's always fun to pick the brains of triple crowners.

After finishing up lunch, we filled our bottles at the spring and continued on the trail up to Manning Camp. From Grass Shack, the environment transitions to a hearty ponderosa pine forest. At the campground there was one other person staying the night, a section hiker from Canada who had picked up the trail at Grass Shack and was planning on continuing to Superior.

By the time we were going to bed I was feeling pretty crappy. Extremely soar throat and congested. Before starting the trip I was still getting over a chest cold, and apparently I wasn't better yet. We expected it to be very cold at 8000ft, but surprisingly we both kept pretty warm the entire night.

March 25th
Miles: 21.97
AEG: 2,910 ft

Today was our "long day", with minimal AEG. Our goal was to make it to Molino Basin Campground. I woke up feeling slightly better.

After packing up camp and getting some more water at the spring, we headed up the trail for the top of Mica Mountain. Along the way we passed No Trace and Unbreakable again. The pine forest on top of Mica is quite impressive. Once we topped out and started down the other side, views of the basin below and Mt. Lemmon open up. Italian Spring had drinkable water but lots of algae on top.

We started the long descent into the basin below, and then the traverse across the hills to the base of Lemmon. Beautiful grasslands! By now the mistake of wearing newish shoes for this hike had caught up with me and my right foot had been rubbed raw on the back. I tried fixing things up with some mole skin and some bandaids.

Just before the Lake, we caught up to the section hiker from Canada who was going to stop at the next drainage. We stopped with him at the drainage to get some water for the last hump into the campground.

Once we got to the campground we greeted the camp host to get a spot. We asked him if there was any water around, he claimed "there is no water, it's dry out here." We were both surprised a little considering how much water we had seen getting to this point. He kindly offered us a liter each to make it through the night, and gave us a spot which was right next to the AZT. We didn't quite believe him about the water situation, so once we set up camp we dropped into creek bed below the campground and sure enough there were spots that had running water (not even 200 yards away from the camp host, I might add...)


March 26th
Miles: 17.25
AEG: 5,133 ft

I woke up feeling terrible, super congested, coughing up lots of phlegm, and running a small fever. I thought about bailing at the Highway next to the campground, but decided to try a few miles before making the decision. The going was extremely slow, probably less than 2mph.

We reached Shreve Saddle and took a quick break, I popped some Tylenol for the fever. I knew after this point I was going to be committed for some serious uphill either going forward or turning back. I decided to keep going.

We saw lots of people along this stretch going to Hutch's Pool. It was cool to see Saguaros again near the bottom, because at the end of the day we would be back up in the Pines. I'm a sucker for "transition hikes." Once we reached the bottom, we took another break in Sabino Canyon where there was flowing water. This was the point where I was either going to commit all the way to Summerhaven or go back. I nearly turned back here, but there was just too much planning that went into this and I wasn't sure I would be able to come back to finish this up for a long time.

We passed the junction to Hutch's Pool and started the long climb up through the west fork of Sabino Canyon. This place is stunning. With every foot of elevation gain the views got better. The trail itself is graded extremely well so the climbing felt almost effortless. Once again we got to see the transitions from saguaros, to sparse pines on Romero Pass. There were plenty of pools and spots with running water in the canyon.

I was starting to feel a bit better after we took a 30-45 minute break at the pass. It was a good thing too, because this is where the real climbing starts. You aren't graced with very many switch back after this point, it's just straight up. About half way through huffing and puffing, I looked at my Arizona Trail app to see how much further we had to climb and let out a little snicker. My cousin asked "what's up?" and I told him "do you really want to know?", he said "yes", I told him "it gets steeper." We both laughed and continued up the mountain.

After topping out and taking a break, we joined the Wilderness of Rocks trail. This was by far my favorite part of the hike. This is one of those places that feel really special, a feeling of reverence overcame me. We meandered through the beautiful giant boulders and trees, before reaching an awesome spot to camp right next to Lemmon Creek.

By the time we were going to bed I felt great, except for my feet. I used some alcohol wipes, and anti-septic wipes before reapplying a few bandaids.

As we drifted to sleep I heard a series of bangs/explosions in the distance, which culminated into a bunch of bangs/explosions at once. Fireworks in Tucson?

March 27th
Miles: 18.8
AEG: 2,609 ft

We got up excited for a real meal in Summerhaven. It was actually warm enough during the night that I started sweating in my quilt. After eating a quick breakfast and filling our bottles with water out of Lemmon Creek, we started the gradual 1000ft climb to where we would meet the Marshall's Gultch Trail. I was still awe struck by beauty and grandeur of the Wilderness of Rock. We made our way to the paved road we would walk into town on.

After satisfying a soda and candy craving at the General Store, we ate some breakfast at the Sawmill Run restraunt. The manager or owner (not sure which) came out to talk to us and asked if we were on our way to Utah. We told him we were ending this segment in Oracle.

Oracle Ridge was hot. On the way down we met a 3 time triple crowner "One Gallon", who was taking a siesta in the shade of some cedars. We talked with him for about 45 minutes. Another very interesting person.

We reached the American Flag TH about an hour before the sun set.

This now puts us at just over 50% of AZT miles completed, and we have now connected a foot path all the way from the border to Roosevelt. Woo hoo!
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Azt #7 & #8
Filling in a couple more segments of the AZT with my cousin this weekend.

Got dropped off on Sonoita Hwy near the beginning of segment 7 Friday night, and camped near the trail. Besides the light breeze the temperatures were great.

Did 20 miles and some change on Saturday. This was some of the easiest walking I've done yet on the AZT.

Saw 3 mule doe just after leaving the Creek at the beginning of segment 8.

I was slightly disappointed when we got to the ranch before Colossal Cave and the gift shop was closed, I was craving some sugar.

The Colossal Cave area was definitely the highlight of the trip. The campground caretaker let us camp there for free. The running faucet was nice to have near camp, although the wash right next to it was running pretty good. Cold that night.

Great views of Mica, Tanque Verde, and Rincon after exiting Colossal Cave park.

We got picked up at X9 Ranch Road, leaving 2 miles that still need to be finished for #8.

We are aiming to get out in the next 3 or 4 weeks to do #9 and #10, and to complete #8.
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AZT #8 Rincon Valley - La Posta Quemada Ranch
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Wendy needed my help and I would get to hike some AZT and practice camping so I got up early Sat AM for the drive to Colossal Cave Mountain State Park. After driving to the campground and not seeing anyone I asked the person preparing for the evening's dinner where was I supposed to be? I ended up driving almost all the way back to the Park entrance and then driving to the Ranch where everyone was gathering. We got on the little shuttle bus supplied by http://www.swtrekking.... and headed over to Passage 8 TH. There we were greeted with Easter treats :) from Leigh Ann and Jasmine and their friend Silver.

Matt was our guide on this almost 5 mile trek northerly to the Ranch. There was a large guided group entering the trail right behind us but fortunately, they were doing a different hike once at Cienega Creek. Matt was a wealth of information right from the start. He loves the Arizona Trail and it shows. He said this area is where there is a convergence of the various desert environments.

I think there was about a dozen in our group from young to old and older. Soon you descend into Cienege Creek where there is a touch of running water. We gathered here for a short moment before step stoning across the creek; some more gracefully than others and some that were smart and went down a little ways for an easier crossing.

You cross under a railroad trestle. I could hear a train and thot this would be really cool to see the train cross. We saw the train but it never did come our way so we continued in the creek bed and then above it. Next we headed to the west where we crossed a road and then under another trestle where the RR company had put up protection from flying rock :o if a train happened to be going over the bridge while hikers were going under.

We continued in and out of the arroyos while making our way more northerly again. The group had split into about 3 different groups by this time. Matt would stop occasionally to show us something or talk about the geology. He also heard some rattlesnakes and we got to see a pair of them just off the trail. One of the things I enjoyed most about hiking with Matt (that is when I kept up rather than taking photos and videos and constantly falling behind) is we got to try some edible stuff like this green grass that tastes like pepper. I didn't get the name of the grass though but I've seen it quite a bit the last month or so. We also got to try the white flowers of the banana yucca that provide moisture for your mouth and don't taste half bad.

Eventually you come to the saddle overlooking the La Posta Quemada Ranch http://www.wordhunting...
The ranch has been known as Mountain Springs Ranch, Shaw’s Ranch, part of the Empire Ranch, Day’s Ranch, and the La Posta Quemada Ranch. The name Posta Quemada (burnt station) comes from a nearby 1858 Butterfield Stage Station that burned in the early 1860s and was later rebuilt, only to burn again.
It was quite a great view too nestled so nicely in the valley with a creek running next to it. We switch-backed our way down to the ranch stopping at an Arizona Trail sign that had pictures on it. Matt commented about the youths in the picture he had worked with on the trail around 1999. The Arizona Trail has been around much longer than I think a lot of us realize and Matt has been there for a lot of the time. The AZT was only completely finished a few years back so that's why I think we consider it a new trail system when in actuality, most of the trail has been around since the 1980s.
In 1994, the Arizona Trail Association incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and became an organized voice for the trail, and brought together passionate day hikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, runners, trail builders, nature enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, and llama packers from throughout the state. These committed individuals (then and even more so today) provided the necessary route identification to “close the gaps” of the trail, provided the necessary volunteers for building and maintaining the trail, created maps and provided GPS coordinates, identified water sources and resupply points, and raised money and awareness for the trail.

I helped Wendy man the AZTrail booths and there were other great informational booths set up as well including birds from Wildlife Rehab NW Tucson. We had a catered lunch and met the Warrior-thru hikers http://warriorhike.org.... There is more information about their AZTrail hiking on another website. We were supposed to do a trail maintenance event and geology walk but the temps were just too unseasonably warm for that so those were cancelled. Most all of the booth workers helped in getting the booths torn down and the keg loaded up as the Arizona Trail folks were headed to the next part of the event: In the evening relax around the campfire with live music by Eb Eberlein and friends, food by It's Greek To Me, and Arizona Trail Ale at La Selvilla Campground.

Start of the hike to just past Cienega Creek- https://youtu.be/pRmNI...
Middle of the hike - https://youtu.be/UrUJG...
to the Ranch & some booth action - https://youtu.be/ve214...
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This was a tough one at first, as we came out of Cienega Creek, which was a wooded, shady area in a canyon, and up onto the desert floor where there was no shade. It was the hot part of the day and we were roasting! We kept pushing through to get done, only taking a couple of breaks. The second break we took was golden though, it really rejuvenated us for the final push. The first break was the break where Joe became known as the "squirrel whisperer"...quite entertaining! Thankfully it also improved after about 1/3 of the way in when clouds rolled in and gave us much nicer weather for the remainder of the afternoon.

Went through the Colossal Cave Park area, the only place where we saw a sign on the Arizona Trail thus far that said "restaurant & restrooms, 1/4 mile" with an arrow. We didn't take advantage of it though. We also went through Hope Camp, which doesn't have much of anything left there anymore.

Thanks guys for another great day!!

BY THE WAY, on this segment I picked up a trail maintenance tool, a bush saw. Anyone who's been working out here recently who claims it, please let me know. I picked it up, as I didn't want it to rust out there.
Rincon Valley - AZT #8
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everything was going well on the drive in until the question....you've seen splash, right joe?...the insides of the car filled with red hot rage...

anyways, i joined the boys on a double up of section 7 & 8 of the AZT for a long walk through the desert. the trails are in primo condition and no matter what, i always find a long walk through the desert to be eternally serene. there were some great views along the way (especially climbing out of the little bowl just north of colossal cave), pleasant surprises (La Cienega creek) and more entertainment than i could ask for (seriously, it was too much). everything about the day went down just right, and after a couple weeks of relentless butt kicking at work, it was really a perfect day. on a personal note, this was my first day over 30 miles. :y:
Rincon Valley - AZT #8
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Back on the AZT. Today was our first Double. The plan was AZT#7 Las Cienegas and AZT#8 Ricon Valley. Three parts of these trails were recently completed.
- The reroute around the rt 83 / E Sahuarita rd intersection on AZT#7,
- The nice approach to the end of AZT#7 whick now drops into the best portion of this Hike, Cienega creek in Davidson Canyon.
- The twisty turny completion to AZT#8 coming into Hope Camp.

Both passages were in excellent condition. We saw more Hikers, Bike riders, and photographers than on any other section(s) to date.

Our Cienega Creek lunch spot, was the Hike highlight for me.
Joe's Break buddy, will be a classic. Check out his video ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyZiQMa_Aiw

It got a little toasty around 11, but then Nick dialed in some cloud cover to make the rest of the trip pleasant.

Got to see my first Diamondback of the season (Also on Joe's video)

Thanks guys for another splendid day on the AZT!

Our Current AZT Status

55% - 23 Segments Completed
55% - 422 Miles Completed
60% - 73,168 Ft AEG Completed

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