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Canelo Hills West - AZT #3
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Canelo Hills West - AZT #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2014
Sredfield
Hiking2.40 Miles
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Cott Tank Exclosure has been a troublesome spot on the AZT for some time. When we hiked it four years ago my hiking partner lost the trail there and others have reported similar issues. So it has been on my list of “to do’s” for a long time. Today we drove in from the south across Meadow Valley to within a mile of the spot and hiked in with tools, signs and stickers. There has been lots of use on this remote section of pretty trail; wonder what is going on out there so close to the border.

Once there the problem was quite evident. The trail goes straight as it leaves a two-track that is curving to the north just to the east of the gate. The old sign post was down (and they say 30 inches deep in concrete is over kill). If you were not looking you could easily turn north and be long gone.

Another problem is that the trail makes a sharp “V” at a junction just south of the water tank. A mistake would take you out to the south, the way we came and went today. I’m not a fan of the fiberglass sign posts but they are a necessary evil sometimes. We refreshed the AZT decals on the older existing signs, installed a new one near the junction, and replaced the down sign post with another fiberglass one. We also built cairns on either side of the wash.

This may not solve all navigational issues, after all there is a reason it’s called “lost,” but the route is much more visible now.

While there we saw a couple different sets of tracks. One we figured was mountain lion, the other maybe bear.
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The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
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