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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
sirena
Hiking4.00 Miles 550 AEG
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Spent New Year's Eve in Oracle and went for a hike in the morning. I was just going to walk a little bit and see the work the SCC crew did. As much as I love this area, the Oracle Ridge passage had been a nasty little piece of trail.

I couldn't believe the difference!! Gone are the eroded steps with the silly rubber flapping things, pieces of trail have been rerouted, new water control features have been installed. The tread is wide and clear and looks better than it ever has.

The walking was so easy I decided to hike up to the High Jinks Ranch. I stopped in for a cup of tea with Dan and Laurel and got to pet their horses. If you're on the AZT, stop in there for a tour, it's an incredible historic ranch once owned by Buffalo Bill Cody. (Which is why this piece of the AZT is called the Cody Trail) They have a bed and breakfast that has amazing views of the San Pedro and Galiuros.

I hiked back down the hill to the The American Flag Trailhead. Lots of history here, it is where I got the idea to hike the AZT in 2007 and it is where I ended my hike in 2009. I'd originally planned a thru-hike, but the economy went to pumpkin and I had to adapt and section-hike the trail instead. This year, I finally get to hike the whole trail at once! Two and a half months of hiking, events, and interviews. It will be so interesting to see how the trail has evolved in five years. Can't wait!
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