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Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2006
desertlavender
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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Tumacacori Peak - January 29, 2006

On one of those hot fudge sundae Arizona days -- the kind where you're shivering at dawn and soaking your T-shirt by noon -- Ruth and David and Dennis and I hiked to a saddle just below Tumacacori Peak.

There are no trails in this area, so we approached via a 4WD road that hooks around the south of the mountain. We parked the Taco Ma about two miles in, and staked out a route that would take us along a comb just to the right of the wash.

The wash is packed with dollops of yellow tuff, and the sides are riddled with caves, pour-offs and abandoned mines. When the ledge Ruth and I were following dead-ended at a cliff, we had to exit through a rabbit hole.

It took us about an hour-and-a-half to reach the saddle. The summit is actually some distance south of this point, and the saddle may not be the best approach.

For the return trip, we decided to cross over to the other side, following along the base of the impressive castle of yellow tuff at the head of the canyon.

There was even more brush on the west side of the wash, although we did encounter occasional "trail-like" conditions.

There are some fine-looking basins near the bottom of the wash. We vowed to return after a good rainstorm. For today, we had to make do with ice cream and coffee in Tubac.

Photos at http://www.desertlavender.com/tumacacor ... i_peak.asp
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