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15 by photographer avatarGrottoGirl
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Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 12 2012
GrottoGirl
Backpack16.00 Miles 4,362 AEG
Backpack16.00 Miles2 Days         
4,362 ft AEG34 LBS Pack
 
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Day 1
9 miles
1600 feet elevation gain
Backpacked into the nice flat area near Walnut Spring/Samaniego Peak. We checked out Shovel Spring to make sure it had water in it just in case Walnut was dry.

We set up camp then some of us wandered down the trail to Mule Ears to meet one of our other backpackers who was coming up from Catalina.

Right before Mule Ears, we encountered what the mountain bikers call the "Corkscrew of Death". We got to the edge of a cliff and then the trail cut around and down. Then it went up in a crumbly area. There were some diagonal slabs of rock you could walk on which was helpful. But one wrong move would have been disastrous. There were two "hand rails" made of a rope covered by webbing that had been attached to a vertical slab which we used only on the return trip.

At Mule Ears, I noticed that the topo on my GPS has it label incorrectly (at least this is our opinion). It shows Mule Ears as further on down the ridge. We scrambled around on one of the Mule's Ears, but only one of our party actually went to the top. There was a lot of exposure which was different then what I had encountered lately so I wasn't mentally prepared for it. It was fun all the same.

We returned to camp and just hung out for a while. I managed to put olive oil in my tea - the container looks just like the container for my sugar. I guess a label would be helpful. For dinner, I had one of my favorite commercial backpacking foods: Austintacious Tortilla Soup from Packit Gourmet. I supplemented it with an avocado. It was wonderful!

We had a great group from all walks of life so good conversation was had. After dinner we watched the sunlight disappear from the Reef of Rocks from a nice rock outcropping close to our camp.

Day 2
7 miles
2762 feet elevation gain

We bagged Samaniego Peak this morning. It is still very brushy to the top, no matter which way you try to go. We did find a way that included some good rock scrambling! It was nice to be on the top in the morning so we had a great view of the backside of the front range. We also spotted a weather station which Joel and I went down to check out. Nothing too exciting but it's always interesting to see where weather data is being collected.

After we got down from the peak, we grabbed our packs and started the climb out to the top of Mt Lemmon. I had a great surprise along the way, one of my friends came to deliver a birthday card, on her birthday! It was nice to chat and catch up with her on the way out.

Part of our party was pretty slow, so we made sure they knew the way and left arrows in the dirt on the trail to help direct them. We also asked that their passengers notify us when they got done. Alls well that ends well...

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shovel Spring Dripping Dripping
Some water in the catchment and a slow drip.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
There was a nice tiny pool in the drainage to get good water from with the filters. Just enough water being added to see a bit of flow in the drainage.
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