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Crystal Spring Trail #17
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Crystal Spring Trail #17Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,615 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.61 mph
1,615 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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I've been on the Crystal Spring trail at both ends, but this is the first time hiked it end to end. Started at the TH on Control Road, up and back, so I've done it twice now.

The first mile is in good shape. And the last mile before the Butterfly Trail junction. The middle mile and half is not so good. Overgrown in some spots, and a lot of down trees. Three that were a good 20 inches, and quite a few smaller ones. Most can be stepped or clambered over, but a few were more difficult. Broke off branches on a few to get through easier. There's also a spot where about 6 feet of the trail has collapsed.

It's worth the effort though. Good views out Alder Canyon. Some nice 'park' like areas good for a lunch break or maybe camping. With the recent rain many of the drainages were running. Didn't go down to the spring but I imagine it was running as well.

Only saw 3 people, 3 guys on bikes on the way back. We played leap frog for a while, but then I left them behind and didn't see them again until I was driving away. I think they got bogged down in the middle section.
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