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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2013
cindyl
Hiking9.53 Miles 2,260 AEG
Hiking9.53 Miles
2,260 ft AEG
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it's that time of year, you know. the time of year where i want to get out and go camping as much as possible. ok - so that's really most times of year, but hey. we needed a plan. bobby and i have gotten in a rhythm of every other weekend of going to different parts of the state, and this week it was my turn to make the recommendation. i knew that i wanted to camp in the west dragoons - that part was certain. the hike? that part i wasn't so sure about. i knew that there was a possibility of going up to china peak from slavin gulch since randy had led a group up there a few years before when i couldn't make it. and bobby is great with maps so i figured this could be a possibility. little did i know...

the slavin gulch trail is really nice. we even went by some pools, which made me question whether or not backpacking in the area would be completely out of the question or not. but the real excitement happened after we made it to the mine area and we started to bushwhack our way up to the jeep road above.

we were doing okay for a while, until we came across this area where we had to cross the tailings pile. i took a few steps, and then slid and fell on my bum and made it about five feet before coming to a stop. this made me go into complete panic mode. panic is not something you can control, you see, and this was definitely an out-of-control moment. we finally made our way back to solid ground, and finally up to the jeep road (probably the only time i have ever been happy to see such a sight).

i was shaken, and wasn't thinking clearly or reacting very fast enough. i grew weary quickly, but after all that i had been through, i thought it folly not to go through to the peak. we had already made it so far. however, when we made it to another bit of a peak, and we could see the destination, i decided that i'd had enough. i didn't want to go back down to the saddle in order to make it back up to china peak. i was getting slower and slower, and we were running out of daylight and i was running out of steam. i had a celebratory brew here, because for some reason i thought i had deserved it, before heading back down.

i felt like i had cheated death or something, so somehow we ended up going down the man-made scree on the way back to the slavin gulch trail. an uneventful hike out, and back to camp we went.

i do love this area for camping. the hiking will always be secondary here. someday i think i'll re-try the bagging of china peak, but i think i'll do it from more solid footing. perhaps the route that is posted here...
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