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Mount Kimball via Pima Canyon Trail
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Mount Kimball via Pima Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking13.82 Miles 5,567 AEG
Hiking13.82 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.63 mph
5,567 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The alarm went off at 4:30, but I just couldn't get vertical. By 7:30 I was on my feet, but still asleep. Shortly after 9 I awoke on the trail, already sweating and thinking I should get back to bed.

My original goal was to do the entire Pima trail at a relaxing pace. Now, 3 hours behind and groggy, I resolved to just do what I could do. I averaged a whopping 1.4 mph on the way up, taking countless, minute long breathers. That section from the spring to the pass nearly killed me. After a real break of a half an hour on Kimball, the time had come to turn back. I can't believe I made it to the peak. Just wasn't feelin it today. The trip back went better at a touch over 2 mph, making it back just before sunset.

There's a decent amount of water in the lower half of the canyon, but from Pima Spring to Kimball Peak I saw none.

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Decent flow from mile 1 to the lower dam. Pretty clear. Spotty showings up to Pima Spring. Nothing beyond Pima Spring.

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Running slow but pretty clear.
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