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Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking12.60 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   8 Hrs   8 Mns   2.20 mph
3,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs   24 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
This hike is a lot easier than it used to be. But it's still pretty darn hard! The trail has been cleared and it is very easy to follow - which was not the case when we did it in May 2008. It's funny that Joel and I did this hike on my birthday 3 years ago. I knew we had done the hike, I just hadn't realized it was on my birthday.

There are great views from the ridge line of the front range of the Catalinas. You can see Cathedral, Window Peak, the Window, Little Kimball, Mt. Kimball and more. In the aftetnoon you can actually see light through the Window. The views from the peak are wonderful. Well worth the pain caused by some of the bushes on the way up.

We checked out Walnut Spring, which surprisingly had water. We also took the Cut-off Trail to check out Shovel Spring, which also had water. For our last push back up to the top of Mt. Lemmon we took the Meadow Trail which is really nice compared to the old road.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shovel Spring Dripping Dripping
It's probably a bit more than dripping. The plastic trough has water in it that looks like it's in pretty good condition. No water in the drainage.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Dripping Dripping
It's probably between dripping and a quart per minute. The catchment has water in it with all kinds of bugs swimming around. There is also water in the drainage.
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