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Atascosa Lookout Trail #100Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,730 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.86 mph
1,730 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I had to make a run down to Mexico to take care of some (monkey) business. On the way back I hit up the good old Atascosa Lookout Trail. I really enjoy this hike! I would have gone over and hiked to the top of the actual Atascosa Peak but I didn't know how long it would take me and daylight was running short.

On my last trip up in September I discovered the Historic Lookout had burned in the Murphy Complex fire. This was obviously a bummer and it was a sad site. The lookout was built in the 1930's. In recent years it was renovated by volunteers and people could stay the night in it on a first come first serve basis. The lookout saw its last day on June 6th of 2011.

When I reached the top today where the Lookout once stood I could see that work had begun to rebuild it. I was thrilled that I had picked this hike to see that they were actually re-working it. Upon my return home I did a little poking around and it appears that they are hoping to rebuild the structure utilizing the original plans. The Forest Service doesn't have the funding in place but are hopeful that volunteers from Hiking Clubs will help reduce the cost. I am going to make a call in the morning and put my name in that hat! What a cool thing to be a part of!

From the Old Lookout Site the views were just as amazing as ever! Baboquivari stood tall off in the distance to the West, Mount Wrightson to the East and the Golden Covered Terrain to the South. It all just consumed me.
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