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Carr PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2013
Hiking5.95 Miles 2,513 AEG
Hiking5.95 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   0.89 mph
2,513 ft AEG
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Heading up Carr Peak trail #107, from Ramsey CG, proved to be quite the obstacle course! The leg of the trail between the CG and the Pines was definitely the worse. The trail improved a bunch after clearing the Pines.
The fall colors were popping all about, and the Aspens had already dropped their foliage. The first encounter of critterdom was here, within the Manse Nita...a Black Tarantula. Amazingly, this would be the only non-bird encounter the whole way. Besides fellow hikers that is.
The air was crisp at 7 a.m., but the winds of the previous days had filled the area with dust. This was quite prevalent looking out towards surrounding mountains. They were visible, yet silhouetted and without detail. All along the horizon, the brilliant blues were skirted by a brownish-grey leaving little definition along the way.
As I ascended, it was obvious trail assessors had been there recently. The pink ribbons were along the trail nearly all the way up to the Aspen grove. Descriptions of trail conditions were written on them, as though to prove they were there.
Just beyond the Aspens, a cave, of sorts, was discovered on the trail's left side. The undergrowth and conditions made intense investigation unjustifiable, but observations of the rapid dissension and entrance into the mountain incurred the opinion that this was a type of exhaust for snow melt waters. Upon further travel up-trail, this theory was proved by a giant reservoir on the opposite side. There was no visible link to the exhaust, so I concluded the reservoir would seep through and slow the flow. Further investigation during the spring snow-melt will prove valuable in this matter.
Venturing on, the eastern most switchback became a final resting place before encountering the last steep leg of the summit trail. It also became our highest point of this venture, due to time constraints. This switchback exposed the views over to the Mule Mountains, and into Mexico towards San Jose Peak. The rock bluff of the summit was just beyond, but the victims of the '11 Monument Fire were standing in memorial, parched and black, attesting to the spots where they were once great shadow-casters. A faint scent of ash still lingered when near one of these mighty reminders.
With over two hundred photos taken, and a bit over four hours hike time passed, the summit was reachable, but not on this hike! The return took half the time.
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The Aspens were bare, with the brilliant yellows and oranges of the walnuts, oaks and junipers sprinkled about the mountain sides.
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