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Mount Lemmon / Lemmon Rock LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2012
Al_HikesAZ
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Tax season is over and I needed to hike. I looked at the TrailDex and chose a hike that would challenge me without killing me. I am always amazed by the search parameters Joe has built into the Traildex. I sure hope the "won't kill me" parameter works. I am posting this triplog so you can benefit from my experience.

Drove down Friday to Mount Lemmon. I took the "long way" on the backroads through Florence and Oro Valley. Got stuck in a motorcade of vintage Thunderbirds. Watched a "Military Exercise" north of Florence with Blackhawk helos and military vehicles. Got to Ski Valley at noon and ate lunch at the Iron Door Restaurant. Good sandwich, looks like great pies but I felt too guilty and did not eat any. Left the TH at 1300. Pleasant hike down the Mount Lemmon #5 trail. Carrying my typical daypack but with my little camera and my big camera. Note to self, do not carry big dSLR until you know what shape you are in. A few down trees, but it was downhill and lulled me into a feeling of competence. That false sense of competences is so thrilling. I was surprised that the Wilderness of Rocks trail kept going down. I normally hate ribbons on trails, but the ribbons were gratefully accepted today. Good thing the Lemmon Rock (Mount Lemmon #12) was well marked. It was blocked by a huge down tree. Climbed over it and faced another large downed tree - but I could see the trail. By now I had hiked about 6 miles downhill and faced a brutal uphill section. I Jumped up on a rock, jumped up on the tree and jumped down. If you can believe that I jumped, I have lakefront property in Summerhaven to sell you. This stretch is a little over 2 miles and 2.300 AEG. In anticipation I ate a Mojo Bar and some Grunt Candy. Lots of downed trees. At one point I had to crawl on hands and knees under a tree. I thought to myself "Tell me again why I do this." I took the little side trip to the Lemmon Lookout but it was locked. I met some backpackers going in to camp at the stream in Wilderness of Rocks. I did not want to dissuade them by telling them about the downed trees.

The Spencer Canyon and WhiteTail campgrounds were still closed so I went to the Rose Canyon Campground. I paid my $18 and talked with Angie. Good tent campgrounds in the 9F loop but many were full. Campground 54 looks primo, big with a nice retaining wall for sitting. I went to Campground 57. Easy access, good privacy, fairly close to the restrooms. Got set up just as it was getting dark. My foldup chair is good, but I need one of those REI Lazy Boys if I'm going to stay up as a car camper and watch the fire. The cot my daughter bought me from REI is great but has no thermal value. My Big Agnes Yampa 40 is a great lightweight sleeping bag, but cuts weight by having no thermal value on the bottom. Not a good combination. Got down to the upper 40's so in the middle of the night I adapted & improvised. Put on my REI hoodie, long pants and socks and slept like a baby.

Got up at 0530, broke camp and headed to Rose Canyon Lake. My JetBoil ran out of fuel so I had crunchy scrambled eggs. Ate some Excedrin and Grunt Candy and headed to the Lake. I was surprised by how many people were already fishing by the time I got there. I did the south trail to warm up. Headed to Summerhaven. I met a pilgrim - Loon (Mike Fried) - trying to connect with his hiking partner - Trekker - who is through-hiking every trail he can find. A few little partial hikes today and lots of photography.

Went to Marshall Gulch and hiked a little. Dropped Loon at the PostMistress's house and headed back to the Lemmon Lookout. I talked with some bicyclists (3 hours to the top today) some climbers and met the Director of the Emergency Services Department at UofA, The Lookout was still closed. Took the Ski Lift up to the top and the Aspen Draw trail down.
I stopped at the Windy Point Lookout for photos and drove home on the backroad through Florence and Apache Junction.

So 8.74 and 2,340AEG on the Mount Lemmon/Lemmon Rock Loop and maybe 5 miles 1,000AEG on various trails today, but I'm only adding the big hike and not all of this other mishugahs. But I might add the Rose Canyon Lake hike to pad my hike description Stats.
Fauna
Fauna
Merriam's Turkey
Named place
Named place
Rose Canyon Lake
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