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Kings Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2012
rwstorm
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.64 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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It was a great humid wet morning in the desert. There was off and on thunder and even a little rain between about 0200 and sunrise. Pretty thick cloud cover persisted, so I decided rather late to go for Wasson Peak for the heck of it, partly because I hadn't been out that way since like April. Started hiking about 1000 with a temperature about 80. Felt good and made good time to the first steep part of the trail before you get to Sweetwater Saddle. By this time the cloud cover was thinning out and the temperature rising. Slowed it way down on this part. Felt pretty good at Sweetwater Saddle, though the high humidity and temperature now in the mid to upper 80s made me think I might not get to the peak today. :sweat: I had hoped that the cloud cover would be thick enough to block the sun, but that wasn't going to happen. I continued on partway up the steep switchback section, stopping about half mile and a few hundred feet above Sweetwater at a spot I call rain gauge point. My body was letting me know it was starting to overheat, so I headed back down. Had I started at say 0630 (which I normally do in the summer) I would have been fine. By the time I got back to the car around noon it was still very sunny and about 90 degrees, so my decision was a wise one. A few hours later it clouded up again with more thunderstorms over the area. :D

There has been some persistent and heavy flood producing rain from the Tucson Mountains west the last several days and nights. The trails and old roads have been blasted pretty hard with runoff. The Tucson Mountains have fared very well this monsoon! :)
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