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Coyote Peak - Coyote MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2010
rwstorm
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
3,700 ft AEG
 
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Baja Arizona Hiking
A long tough hike to the high point of the Coyote Mountains Wilderness southwest of Tucson. Access into this area is very limited. The hike is basically a long ridge walk with many false summits once you climb up from the valley below. Initially you follow an old mine road, then a route to attain the ridge. When you hit the ridge where the fence is you have views to the north and east toward where you started, as well as to the southeast into Mendoza Canyon. There is an ancient well-constructed pack trail that goes all the way to the summit, but it is very difficult to follow as it is being reclaimed by nature. This hike is a serious route finding adventure! It is absolutely in your best interest to take the time to follow the old route. There are many places where it just sort of disappears, so a keen watch for cairns and other clues is a must. There is at least one spot where the trail goes in a direction you wouldn't expect. Because of this, it makes for a very long day. I didn't do myself any favors on this one, as I cramped up about halfway there, and caused our group to get separated and slowed down. I finally caught up to the fast group, who had decided to give up getting to the peak about a quarter mile/200 feet short. There had been a storm about 5 days prior that had dumped snow up there, and nearing the top it made things a little slippery. Not to mention the fact that we had been pretty well worked over by lots of heavy brush and a sea of catclaw and shin daggers. This was my fourth time up there, and though we were disappointed about not reaching the summit, we needed to get back out of there before dark. Made it out okay, but we were definitely mauled by the coyote! :lol:
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