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Sugarloaf Mountain 7310 - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2012
John9L
Hiking2.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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After completing Echo Canyon Loop, Cheryl wanted to take a nap. I convinced her to nap in the jeep while I tackled Sugarloaf Mountain. I started out and noticed quite a bit of snow on the trail. It was fun being back in the white stuff! The going was easy as I headed up the trail. After a few minutes I noticed myself sucking air. It took me a moment to realize I'm hiking at over 7,000 ft elevation. It's a lot different from the normal Phoenix hiking I'm use to. So I continued on and with some effort I reach the summit. There is a single room building on top. I peaked in the windows and saw a bunch of maps and water and other misc items. I then took in the 360 views all around. You can see for miles! From there I started heading down and found Cheryl snoozing away in the passenger seat. I think she was annoyed I was back so soon.

The real highlight of the trip was experienced later this evening. Back at camp we heard an Astronomer would be giving a presentation at the Echo Canyon Parking lot that evening. We had some dinner and then drove up. There was the Astronomer and a small group of people. The man's name was Kevin and he had a strong telescope set up. We got to see Venus, Jupiter and Mars and several galaxies. The high point was seeing four moons orbiting Jupiter. It took my breath away. After a couple of hours we headed back to camp and turned in for a night. Cheryl and I both agreed how lucky we were to have participated in the "Star Party"!
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