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5 by photographer avatarJuanJaimeiii
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Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking14.44 Miles 4,742 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.56 mph
4,742 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Well Dr. Frick has been singing the Rincon Praises for some time now. I am super fond of Mt. Wrightson and the Frickster says both Window Peak and Rincon Peak are better. That's a tall order in my book so I had to go see for myself.

I hit up JohnLP to see if he was up to make the trip and sure enough he was in. We headed out of town Saturday afternoon. Made a Taco stop in Tucson and then made our way to the Miller Creek Trailhead. There we found a perfect place to park and it even came equipped with a fire ring. In no time John had a fire blazing and I set up for a night in Hotel Del Cherokee. He made his bed spot near by testing out some Tyvek as a base.

This morning we got up at day break. John made coffee and I packed things up. We were on the trail by 8:00am and it was brisk. A little over a mile into the hike we hit the SNP borderline and strangely enough outside temperature seemed to jump 10 degrees as we started to gain elevation. The hike and the surrounding area is beautiful the whole way up. The trail is easy to follow although we passed one junction that had an Arizona Trail sign on it. Pretty sure the AZT no longer goes anywhere near the area we were in.

The final push to the top was a steep one and we spotted a few light patches of snow. Up top there is a Forest Service Register. It showed 9 visitors were there on Valentines Day.

The summit views were spectacular. We spent 10 or 15 minutes soaking it in and then headed back down. All in all I give this hike a double thumbs up.

For me personally Mount Wrightson has an edge but it's like a pair of shoes. Sometimes one pair just feels a little better. Great hike and great company.
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