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Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2014
johnlp
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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Juan Jaimeiii invited me to join him for an overnighter hiking to the peak in the morning. I have hiked the AZT through the Rincons, so I knew this would be a very nice hike at worst.

After having to return to my house to get my pack (thought I had everything for once) and searching the east valley for firewood we hit I-10 towards our destination via exit 297. The road in is mostly dirt/gravel and is in passenger car shape. Similar to Peralta Road after it has been graded.

We ran into some cows driving in that didn't want to get out of the road. It took a couple minutes and a butchers knife to convince them to move along. By now it was dark but we had no trouble finding the trailhead and a place to car camp.

We got a nice fire going, set up camp, and I had some micro refreshments. It was a warm night for mid-February, but still got nippy by morning at 4200 ft. Breakfast served, camp broken down, fresh roasted and brewed Brazilian coffee in us, and we were ready to roll.

The hike is varied and scenic pretty much the whole way to Rincon Peak. Running water through large oaks and blooming manzanita, gives way to grassy hills, and eventually junipers then pines. We saw 8-10 other hikers all day.

Views from the summit are spectacular like most sky island peaks. It's fun to try to name the distant landmarks. JJ checked out the summit register, I had a snack, then we were off to retrace our steps back down the mountain.

Awesome hike! Like Nick, I think this one edges out Wrightson. Thanks for driving and the tasty Mexican dinner John. You rock and so does HAZ! :)
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