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Buster MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2011
sirena
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,445 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.64 mph
1,445 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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A Bit of Buster

I have wanted to hike this peak for a while but I didn't want to spend the whole day out so I didn't start until 12:30 pm. It was a perfect day- cool and clear with a bit of a breeze. I found the turnoff for the route behind the bench and followed a well-beaten and cairned path toward Buster Mountain. After the route crossed the drainage, it went into a ravine of banded gneiss, and the route went straight up the slabs to a bench. Then there was a very steep climb toward the first rock outcropping, which was an attractive pinkish-red color. After climbing some more, the route levels before reaching the climb to the second rock outcropping. This spot has fantastic views into Alamo Canyon, another place that I've had my eye on.

After the second saddle, the route got crazy-steep again and more faint. I had been moving kind of slowly all day, taking pictures and enjoying the views. I decided about 700 feet below the summit that I would come back another day when I had more time to explore the area. Maybe even come back for an overnight on top. I turned around and went back to the saddle for a break.

Hiking down wasn't as bad as I'd thought it was going to be- there are minimal spots with gravel, and most of the route was pretty compact. I stopped for a while on the expanse of banded gneiss and looked at loop options for my next visit. Even though I didn't make it to the top, I really enjoyed my little bit of Buster and I'll be back soon! On the way back, added the birding loop to watch the sunset.
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