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Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,614 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.78 mph
2,614 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
the main event
hiked the big loop from the campground, which added four miles
left our stuff set up in camp, and didn't have to worry about it unsecured in my truck
started the day with a huge breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon and sauteed onions :)
john's coffee was excellent, too
got going around 6:30 with the connector to the visitor's center, then up rhyolite canyon
a steady ascent to echo canyon trail
the grotto is a highlight and this is one of the best trails in the park
down and up ed riggs, which had quite a bit of fire damage
another ascent up mushroom rock, where they were doing some trail reconstruction due to flooding
out to inspiration point
the fire damage was quite noticeable from here, but many signs of regeneration
views were more expansive at the expense of the trees
stayed high on big balanced rock trail, exposed to full sun but with a good breeze
then the best part of the hike: heart of rocks
fun hoodoos and rock formations
took our time here for photos
descended the sarah deming trail and closed the loop, returning to camp down rhyolite canyon
lots of trails to link, lots of different views
pretty sobering changes from the 2011 fire
wish i had a few more good pictures from 2009 for comparison
a classic loop
got a little warm the last couple miles
had lunch at the campground, packed up and hit the road
took the alternate way back to phoenix through safford, san carlos reservation and globe
really didn't take much longer than i-10
enjoyed seeing the west side of the pinalenos
had a large helping of ice cream in safford :lol:
thanks for doing the driving, john, and for your company
it was a fun trip :)
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