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Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2011
azdesertfather
Hiking18.60 Miles 7,539 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.19 mph
7,539 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
Very nice hike. Was surprising to start the segment heading up the Catalinas to discover we actually had to head down in elevation 1000 ft. The climbing after that was a bit challenging, but doable. The fact that I took the Cathedral Rock trail by mistake and climbed a few hundred feet of switchbacks before recognizing the mistake didn't help things much. Fortunately I was ahead of the pack, so not everyone went quite as far as I did.

Hutch's Pool was the highlight of this segment, followed by incredible views from Romero Pass to the top. The climb up to and just beyond Romero Pass in the heat without a stop for lunch until 1:30pm almost did all of us in but Joe, who just seems to be an elevation machine (I guess all those trips up and down Piestewa Peak are paying off!).

The three wild turkeys on the trip were a surprise, as well as the large number of trees struck by lightning up there above 7,000 feet.

After lunch I followed Denny while Joe stuck with Bruce. We made it up top a bit earlier than the rest but certainly didn't mind the wait up top!

Thanks guys for the great company, and another great trip on the AZT. Only 10 segments to go!

Note: 1 hr 50 minutes break total, but I needed 50 minutes of it to recoup at lunch so I'm only counting an hour.
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