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Gila Valley South - GET #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking15.71 Miles 173 AEG
Hiking15.71 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   3.85 mph
173 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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OK, so this isn't a destination hike. Not one you put on your wish list to do. But if you are doing the GET, it's a means to an end! Nick and I didn't have a full day, so we decided to knock this shorter segment off today even though he hasn't done segments 5-10 and I'm still missing 8-10.

Very glad to see the road was in much better shape that has been reported in years past. Need high clearance to make it to Ash Creek TH, but I never had to put in in 4WD.

The whole segment was road. It starts out from the west at the base of the Pinalenos and is a little wooded, but you quickly drop and it's just a big, wide, dusty dirt road with trucks zooming up and down it. You then make it to railroad track, and follow next to it into to town, with the tracks on one side and paved road on the other. By the way, if you are through-hiking this one, it's nice in that you hike right past Wal-Mart. ;)

Today was hot. By the time we were done just after 1pm, it was already 103 degrees. Nick and I kept it in 4th gear the whole time, to try to bust this one out as quick as possible. As we drove back up to pick up the vehicle at Ash Creek TH, we could see the dark clouds building over the mountain, and by the time we were on 191 heading out of town the rains had started!

Definitely looking forward to getting segment 10 done, over the Pinalenos!

Thanks Nick, one more done! Good times :D
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