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Gardner Canyon Trail #143Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2012
MAVM
Hiking3.23 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.28 mph
1,008 ft AEG      27 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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I was traveling Hwy. 83 southward from I-10 into the higher elevation of the Baja Arizona this past Friday. Even though it was past mid-afternoon, I decided to take a hard right to the west at Gardner Canyon Road - hoping to get out for a bit of a walk in an area I was familiar with. It had been more than a year since I had been down this dirt road and I was pleased to find many TH improvements (new detailed signage, limiting vehicular access,etc.) had been recently made...Sky Island Alliance at work perhaps. At any rate, the AZT has been greatly developed for increased access via Gardner Canyon Road. New to me anyway, as it was nothing like this last spring. At the same time, similar themed work was obvious re: the Gardner Canyon TH so as to limit access with a new gateway recently installed where Link Trail's switchback joins Gardner Canyon Trail (a new TH sign was just lying there awaiting proper installation) from below via Cave Canyon Trail's new gateway. This type of work being indicative of SIA around the SE quadrant of the state, etc. Lots of campground renovations were apparent as well...what a wealth the outback of this state affords the average citizen who will just get out there! Avg. Grade 59.6% GPS Route Available

Spent the next day engrossed in a long circuit R&D drive around the Chiricahua Mountains via Rodeo, NM - through Portal...Cave Creek Canyon, etc. The season's first rain was the ideal amorphic backdrop to another amazing AZ outback run.
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