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Incinerator Ridge to Leopold PointTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2010
Sarae
Hiking3.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
600 ft AEG
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After camping along the control road on Friday night, Wendy and I decided to do a quick hike before heading back to Tucson. I wanted to check out a trail on the north side of the highway, since I haven't explored the north side of the Catalinas at all. We decided to take it easy with a hike from Mt. Bigelow to Leopold Point and back. I'm just guesstimating the mileage and AEG for right now.

We started by finding the not-too-well marked trail behind the towers on Mt. Bigelow and then we meandered down the trail to the junction with the Butterfly Trail. Every trail sign that we passed was heavily abused by people who think themselves terribly creative...sigh. We continued straight and then switchbacked down for a bit. Continuing along the ridge, we passed by several campsites that were littered with trash. We crossed the junction with the Knagge Trail, which I would like to explore at some point. Finally, we made our way along the ridge to Leopold Point where we crawled around the boulders and took in the views. As we progressed through this hike, we had been noticing the clouds starting to develop over each of the mountain ranges in view. We headed back the way we came in the hot, hot sun. Seriously... that sun was not messing around. The poor black-furred puppies (Lilo and Monty) were seeking shade at every opportunity.

We made it back to 'lil Bit in time to see a rain shower along the ridges further to the west. Nice! The drive down the mountain was sad, but we consoled ourselves with pizza at Eclectic Pizza, which I highly recommend :D
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