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Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2012
Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
800 ft AEG
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This hike accomplished a couple of things. First and foremost it got us out hiking, and it was a new section of trail we hadn't done before. We also wanted to hike while it was snowing. A novelty when you're a native.

Crystal, Britni, and I drove to the Arizona Trial head on the Control Road and parked. It was lightly snowing when we arrived and there was a nice coating of snow on the desert. We hiked the trail past the Highjinks Mine and enjoyed the beautiful white scenery. We occasionally got blasted by wind on the ridge tops, but for the most part it was really nice.

We hiked a little way down the Oracle Ridge Trail and found an area sheltered from the wind and made a hot lunch. After lunch we started back up the Oracle Ridge Trail, which is a 4x4 road in that area, and we met a man and his son in a Polaris Razor. It looked like fun, but I was glad to be hiking, generating some much needed heat.

When we started back down the Cody Trail a pretty good snow flurry picked up and lasted for about an hour. Most of the time we were hiking with the wind, but when the switch backs turned us into the wind the graupel was actually a little painful on the face. After that it seemed to warm and by the time we reached the trail head most of the snow around that area had already melted.

We had a really great time and the scenery was beautiful. The only thing I'll do different next time is take a small ensolite pad to sit on.;)
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