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Alamo Spring Spur LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2011
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,287 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.50 mph
1,287 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I hadn't hiked in the Tortolitos for about a year and was surprised to find that the Ritz's hikers parking lot was developed. The parking lot is still dirt, but it's been defined with concrete and there is now a devoted toilet facilities and picnic table.

I hiked Alamo Springs first and came back via the Wild Burro trail. I was moving at a pretty quick pace, with stops for taking pictures, so I was surprised it took me more than two hours to hike just five miles. I think perhaps the mileage is incorrect? [ETA: I returned about a year later and realized, for the first time (doh!), that this is the trail description for the hike to the spur, not the springs. To the springs adds about 2 miles to the total trip.]

Left my car at 9a and didn't encounter anyone until I was back near the parking lot on the Wild Burro Trail. It looked like a large hiking meet-up was gathering and was probably behind me.

I'd forgotten how unstable and steep the Wild Burro is as it descends back into the canyon (or ascends up out of the canyon depending upon your perspective). If you go down that way, a pole would be nice.

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