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Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2014
Mountain_Rat
Hiking21.25 Miles 4,613 AEG
Hiking21.25 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
4,613 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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I had several several objectives as I set off; Primarily, I just needed a day on the trail. Secondly I've been itchin' to try out my new Merrell boots. Third, to record the official Douglas Spring Trail, and finally, to try out the HAZ Track app on the trail.

I hit the trail at exactly 6:00. The sky was clear at this point and it was extremely humid. There were some heavy rains on this end of town the night before, with the runoff still flowing in the Reddington area. I was in no big hurry as I had the whole day and I've learned that this trail can be an evil one if you don't play the afternoon exposure just right. I set a steady, medium speed pace and just enjoyed the surroundings. I took my first of several breaks at the campground, then pushed up to Cow Head Saddle. Just before the saddle, it rained on me a bit, so I decided to stop off and break out the poncho. I set my pack, sunglasses and hat down on an old gnarly tree trunk while I dug out poncho. As I gathered my stuff back up, I found an unhappy (but thankfully lethargic) rattle snake under my hat. he hissed a little, but seemed reluctant to go defensive in the rain. With my new burst of energy, I dropped off the south side of the saddle on the final leg. After a bit of a break and change of socks, I started back. I stopped off for a quick visit with my grumpy little friend at the pass and I must say he was really unhappy to see me this time. As it was still pretty early, I tried to make a slow decent, but ended up at the campground way too early. Ideally, I would have passed through at 16:00 in order to reach the truck at dark. Fortunately, occasional cloud cover and an afternoon breeze made those last 6-1/2 miles tolerable.

In the end, all missions were accomplished; I spent a day in the mountains, I LOVE my new boots, I have the full Douglas Spring track and I recorded it using HAZ Tracks!!! I'd call that a pretty good day.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Douglas Camp Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
BIG pool. Heavy rains night before.
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