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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2011
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking26.93 Miles 6,872 AEG
Hiking26.93 Miles   12 Hrs   7 Mns   2.22 mph
6,872 ft AEG
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Headed down south with the boys to do another section of the AZT. Dave and Thersa set up the Shuttle(THANKS) a day earlier.Bruce,Joe and I meet Dave and Nick in Tucson and we all road with Nick to the south trailhead. We were able to start a little after 6:00am.Lots of cactus in the first half dozen miles or so.Our first two to share the trail with were a Diamondback and a Blacktail.The climb is a big workout but the switchbacks help.Some nice views going up.This was the weekend of the Bioblitz and we did see a couple pairs of Bioblitzer's before the Grass Shack campground and a group of three between there and Manning Camp.They were all nice and friendly.By the time we got to Manning Camp i was tuckered out.We ran into A famous Hazer,jeffmacewen and visited with him and some more Bioblitzers while we ate lunch and replinished our water supply.Thanks Jeff and it was great talking to you.From there it was through the forest with a short sidetrip to Mica Peak.Before the steep climb down we were able to enjoy miles and miles of great views.A little overgrown in spots but not to bad for the guys with pants on :D .Some steps going down looked like the had a lot of work in them. We did see one little area with some Aspens and nice color.From there more awesome views and rock formations.Once we left the National Park the trail got better(THANKS).The last section of this hike(6-8miles) has some nice rolling hills.The grassy hills with lots of yellow flowers,cacti,mesquite and nice sunlight made this area really cool to me.We started burning daylight and had to pick up our pace.I think our last two or three miles were our fastest and we just made it out at dark.This was a big workout with the climb,steep downhill, and milage but was a great time.Thanks boys, see you on the next one! :D
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