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Table Mountain - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2014
BobP
Hiking9.95 Miles 4,345 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles
4,345 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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First up Big Horn Mountain...The most annoying thing was my pants getting soaked from recent rains and the tall grass. Bad beer rocks added to the annoyance factor. The weather was perfect if you like lows of 30's and highs of 60's.

The tall grass hide every species of cactus that I know of but it really wasn't that bad. Maybe a 1.5 out of 5 on the bad factor. Pretty enjoyable actually. The views from Big were nice and setting the Table was even better but not from the summit. The outcropping below the summit had the best views of the day. I took my shirt off on Big but warmed by the fireplace on Table.

The descent off Table was easy and I contoured to the Cleaver Saddle. I wasn't sure which way to go and choose the right to hit the saddle between Cleaver and Pusch. The beginning was unfriendly but then it was just a lovely jaunt. The climb up Cleaver was anti climatic. I was expecting some fun scrambling but it a just a ramp up after one little climb.

I took a different route back and stumbled upon an old grow site. There were a few spots that were annoying but again not too bad.

I pusched one deer and only saw humans when I was a half mile from the TH.

Not a day hike for beginners but I'd call it mostly off-trail and not a bushwhack. Opinions may vary.

Sidenote...several years ago Joe posted a BOBP loses his mancard on HAZ. I thought everyone on HAZ could see it but he wrote the code so only I could see it. We joked about mancards but after Skeleton Cave we made a pact that neither of us could have our mancard revoked unless someone else did that monster of a day hike. No one haz... so Joe's card is still in hand even if he wasn't my pepa today.

Hit my 55 new summit of the year today.
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Peak 4910 - The Cleaver Pusch Ridge
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