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Red Mountain - PatagoniasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2013
cindyl
Hiking7.85 Miles 2,194 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles
2,194 ft AEG
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i've had this one on my mind for a while. and when southpawaz said he wanted to do some fishing in the area, i knew i had my chance. this was the last remaining existing fire tower in the coronado national forest that i had not visited, so i really thought i must. i wasn't completely sold on doing the entire thing as a hike though. it's a completely drivable jeep road, after all. and i really do hate hiking up jeep roads. since the jeep road ended up being right across the road from our camp, it did make it convenient, and so up the road we went.

this road is almost completely made up of extremely long switch backs - nice and even. as we made our way up, the northern slopes offered a bit of snow - about two to three inches worth. the peak offered spectacular views of the back side of the santa ritas and the patagonia valley - what a sight! only the last third of a mile or so is gated, so those of you with a 4x4 can make this trek mostly by vehicle, although in hindsight, i'm kind of glad that i went by foot. it was my last coronado tower, so i'm glad i had to work for it a bit. it made it that much more enjoyable.
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
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