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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2012
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A few years ago the ATA and the Forest Service moved the AZT from Canada del Oro to the Wilderness of Rocks trail. This left one of the iconic steel Arizona Trail signs (http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=196787) an orphan out on the nose of Mt. Lemmon, southwest and downhill from the towers. There are two models of these signs, the oldest are in the Coronado National Forest and have "The Arizona Trail" cut out at the top of the heavy steel plate with artwork under Plexi-glass on the face of the sign. The newer models, installed north of the Salt River, have "Arizona Trail" cut out, and include attractive plaques bolted to the steel.

Last year the Forest Service allowed a group of hardy ATA volunteers to clear and drive the fire road down to rescue the sign for placement elsewhere. Marshall Gulch, the popular trailhead just south of AZT Gateway Community Summerhaven proved an ideal location. With FS approval, volunteers planned the installation for Oct. 31.

Because the site included exposed bedrock, and no one wanted another "gate-from-hell" experience, we rented a jack hammer. At 8:00 AM the group was on site and hard at work. Specifications require that the signs are to be planted three feet into the ground, and the jack hammer made short work of the rock. We learned that jack hammers come in several sizes; the 90-pound version was a bit much to wrestle in and out the holes--next time we'll opt for the 60-pound model.

Holes dug and leveled, the sign was muscled into place, leveled and concrete mixed and poured in. Extra rock in the wet concrete increased the weight and anchored the sign. A quick tool clean-up, pack up, and the crew was off to lunch at Sawyer's Run-Summerhaven's newest eatery. With a little duff at its base, the sign looks like it's been there forever. New artwork will be added as funding becomes available, hopefully next spring.
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