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by desertlavender
Aug 28 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: question about highline/tonto/horton springs
Replies: 16
Views: 1236

Re: question about highline/tanto/horton springs

I'm taking a group of beginning backpackers along the Derrick Trail/Horton Creek loop in October. We have hiked the Horton Creek Trail but not Derrick. Any suggestions for places to camp along Derrick before we reach the springs? Also, I noticed the parking lot is often full. If so, can we park over...
by desertlavender
Nov 19 2006 9:32 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Looking for Hiking/Biking Partners in Tucson
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Romero Canyon - Mount Lemmon

The route we're looking at is no. 8 from Mount Lemmon to Catalina State Park via Romero Pass. Thanks!
by desertlavender
Nov 18 2006 9:09 am
Forum: Gear
Topic: Gear Storage
Replies: 31
Views: 3617

A Pickup Makes a Great Storage Room

My husband and I share an 800-square-foot adobe with three large cats. Fortunately we have a pickup that doubles as an outbuilding. We keep all our gear in covered plastic bins in the bed of the truck just under the sleeping platform: one box for cooking gear, one for tools, one for tents and sleepi...
by desertlavender
Nov 18 2006 7:51 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Looking for Hiking/Biking Partners in Tucson
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Cross Catalinas

DT, I'll PM you separately but just wanted to say that I also have a cross Catalinas fantasy. When we hiked to Pima Saddle recently, it looked like you could come down off Mount Lemmon and trot along on exposed (but unburned) rock all the way to Romero Pass and down to Catalina State Park. Has anybo...
by desertlavender
Nov 14 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Looking for Hiking/Biking Partners in Tucson
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Looking for Hiking/Biking Partners in Tucson

We are stop-and-smell-the-roses day hikers, mountain bikers and backpackers who are looking for playmates in the Tucson area. NOT swingers -- just other folks of any age, sex or marital status who appreciate the desert and good conversation. We're in our mid-50s, and all our friends are couch potato...
by desertlavender
Oct 03 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Chiricahua Crest for Duffers, September 23-24 or 25
Replies: 4
Views: 653

We went, but we did not complete the loop! See http://www.desertlavender.com/chiricahuas/greenhouse_trail.asp . The trail is very steep and in pretty bad shape (burnt timber and waist-high burning nettle). Views are so-so until you get past the waterfall (which is lovely). We backtracked in the morn...
by desertlavender
Sep 19 2006 10:04 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Chiricahua Crest for Duffers, September 23-24 or 25
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Thanks for the Info!

Wow, thanks for the great recent info on water, etc.! I'm very surprised about the number of campers at Anita Park since last time we only saw five other hikers in three days. Were they all with a group?
by desertlavender
Sep 19 2006 6:53 am
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Chiricahua Crest for Duffers, September 23-24 or 25
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Chiricahua Crest for Duffers, September 23-24 or 25

Dennis and I are planning our more-or-less annual backpacking trip to the Chiricahua Mountains September 23-25. Because of the extreme isolation, it's safer and lots more fun to make this trip with a group. We're planning on leaving Tucson early Saturday morning and doing a 15-mile loop in three day...
by desertlavender
Jun 22 2006 8:16 pm
Forum: Firearms / Knives / Tools / Hunting
Topic: Scary NRA Militia types?!!
Replies: 467
Views: 35368

Yup, we pack.

Shocking but true. We spend a lot of time in the border regions, and the coyotes are armed to the teeth.
by desertlavender
Nov 29 2005 7:52 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Champion Saquaro
Replies: 11
Views: 6265

Charlebois Loop

We did this loop Nov. 26-28 and did not see another soul for more than 24 hours. Terrapin Trail sees so little traffic now that some sections are totally overgrown with holly.

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