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Pole Bridge Trail #264Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2012
Sredfield
Hiking6.20 Miles 2,421 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
2,421 ft AEG
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Six of us met at Sycamore Campground in the Chiricahua's Turkey Creek Canyon Friday night to attack the dead fall on the Morse Canyon/Pole Bridge trail loop. We planned two days--Saturday cutting the ridge line trail on top, Sunday cutting the trees on the Pole Bridge Trail. Like most trips in the Chiricahua's, the route is quite a climb. The Morse Canyon trail climbs numerous switchbacks nearly 2000 feet in 2.4 miles, topping out at a saddle below Johnson peak. What a cardio workout! It is easy to imagine the CCC guys working on this trail, they seemed to know what they were doing since the steep trail is holding up well over the 80+/- years. The fires have increased the erosion but trail crews have worked it recently. At the top of Morse Canyon the Monte Vista Lookout comes into view not far to the east-southeast.

At the saddle the route described here loops to the east to join the Pole Bridge Trail. We proceeded to the first of 63 downed trees across the trail and set to with cross cut saws. There were two-two man saws and a one-man (me) saw in the group. We lopped off encroaching pine sprouts and cleared the trees. Most dead fall required only one cut, then muscling off the pieces, but the bigger or longer trees took two cuts, then rolling the cut out piece out of the way.

Lunch was on a hillside enjoying the forever views. Such a beautiful day in the wild! We continued cutting our way through the "thicket," a stretch of 20-30 down trees in a short distance. With three saws going we were leapfrogging and making great progress. About an hour after lunch we had cleared the ridge line trail, which was the plan for Saturday. But with only 7 trees to be cut on the Pole Bridge trail we kept at it on the way down the mountain. No one wanted to make that climb again for only 7 trees.

The grand finale log was a huge one laying pretty much parallel on the trail. We set up and had at it, two saws going at the same time. This was a heavy, wet log with a huge "thud" factor once it went over the edge. When it was all cut, we cleared the way and pushed it over, cheering like a bunch of kids when it crashed down the mountain.

A great day in the woods!

The "thud" factor. http://youtu.be/qrurHclgcyo
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