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Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2006
keepmoving
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.80 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Although the hike description says its 2.6 miles one way, the signs at the trails say its actually 3.2 from the lower trailhead to the upper trailhead. Started at the upper trailhead this time and worked my way down to where the trail intersects the creek.

Followed the creek and explored the area I discovered last time, then wandered farther down and came to a small waterfall that I could not climb down. Looked around and noticed a small opening in the rock and was able to look down to the bottom about 15 feet below. Found a second larger opening just above the first that had a section of rope lying next to it. Traced the rope to its source to find out it wasn't tied to anything but was actually wedged in-between some rocks. Gave it a few hard tugs to reassure myself it would support my weight, and lowered myself through the larger opening. Explored this new lower section for a short time only to discover that you reach another steep section of rock that you would need another section of rope to drop down, or would have to retrace your steps to the top and find an alternative way down.

The climb back out is more challenging than the way down, I ended up climbing up to the narrow opening and wriggling my way out. The problem with getting yourself out is not so much the size of the hole, but the angle at which you approach it at which makes straighten out your body and climbing out of the hole a little challenging.
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