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Guindani TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2012
ArizonaBob
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.77 mph
1,250 ft AEG
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Thought I would hike the Guindani trail during the week the Kartchner Caverns were closed for annual maintenance. There was one Jeep Cherokee in the trail head parking lot, and nobody around so I had the trail to myself as there was hardly anyone in the park.
Carrying the excellent description of the hike written in April 2005 by Fricknaly, I headed into the canyon. With additional thanks to the hikers before me who built and maintained the cairns up the canyon, it was easy to find the trail as it crossed the canyon bottom / stream many times.
Reaching the saddle was a pleasant surprise as the views were excellent. Now came the hard part. The Monsoons caused the grasses of the higher elevations to really grow tall... above my knees in most areas, making the trail quite hard to find. Maybe this is not a popular hiking trail as I was seeing footprints of a single hiker who had gone before me. I did find the trail by walking 190 degrees from the bare ground location at the saddle. From there, the trail heads gently down the side of the ridge towards Arizona Hy 90 that can be easily seen to the left. I did take my time and was cautious in the high grass, not only because the trail was hard to see, but the person at the entrance said the rattlesnakes have been active recently, and I really did not want to come upon one and rile him / her.
A good hike along the canyon / creek, not to strenuous as the trail climbs out of the canyon, great views at the saddle, and downhill from there.
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