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Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2011
Hiking20.60 Miles 5,090 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   12 Hrs   45 Mns   1.72 mph
5,090 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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A 2 hour drive from Tucson East side. Passed up 2 wild turkey and 3 deer just after the park service office on the way to the TH.
6:30 AM (40 min post sunrise) arrival: Montezuma Pass; 6600' Hit the trail south. Steep downhill with at least 3 trails leading to border. The marked trail is probably the easiest. Duh. :o +3 deer on descent. Double-back for a steep ascent with a good view of the challenge ahead.
8:30 AM we returned to the Montezuma Pass TH. My 20+ year older accomplice had to stop many times on the ascent/double-back. Crest Trail is across the parking lot.
9:15 AM Approx. 1.5 miles up Crest Trail. Left behind accomplice after I denied his request for a sherpa and a mule. He decided to walk west on Montezuma Canyon Rd. He was vomiting a little. So I figured it was for the best. I shall call him Scat. Passed up 2 mine shafts and a hiker before the first big tall ridge/boundary.
10:45 AM; 8100' A couple of miles past Millers Peak Wilderness Boundary. It was getting hot on the east facing slopes. The sweat was burning my lips. The heat waves were blasting off the mountain. And I stopped to reapply the sunscreen. And down a protein bar. The climb was still pretty steep.
12:00 noon 9200' I made it about half way up the Miller Peak trail. I looked out west and realized I had a long way to go. So I started back on Crest Trail.
1 PM Bath Tub Spring. The map doesn't show the spring located on the trail. It is directly on the trail. Cold. Flowing water in a tub. I drank about 50 oz and refilled Camelback with no iodine or filter treatment. It was good clear and cold. 5 days later. Not any sickness.
2 PM Bear Saddle. The wind was howling fast. Probably 50 mph.
3:15 PM Sunnyside Canyon TH. Sunnyside canyon had lots of downhill switchbacks in the beginning. Then it followed a wash that had plenty of stagnant water that I was unable to utilize. The Mud Spring well was dried up and filled with gravel. 2 more deer crossed the wagon trail that is Sunnyside Canyon Trail.
Approx. 5 PM Scotia Canyon TH The trail follows forest roads and goes through a few ranches. Most of the trail is marked well. But this section had me scratching my head a couple of times. The West TH of Scotia Canyon had a dead calf rotting beside it. :scared: I decided to take Montezuma Canyon Rd to Parker Canyon. It was shorter and I was famished. My delightfully caring wife met me on W. Coronado Trail @ 7:15 PM
Claret Cup Cactus
Mine Shaft Spring Box
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Dripping Dripping
Didn't need to treat the water. Plenty of it.

dry Mud Spring Dry Dry
The well was filled with gravel. Stagnant water in the wash next to it.
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