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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2015
BiFrost
Hiking22.78 Miles 3,410 AEG
Hiking22.78 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   2.88 mph
3,410 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Back to the AZT this time starting in the town of Patagonia on the Temporal Gulch AZT #4. A friend dropped us off at the post office where the section starts and hiked the first 3 miles with us. The first 6 miles is on the well graded Temporal Gulch Road making for a fast track. Later in the hike our friend that dropped us off had gone back to town to grab some burritos and snacks then driving back up the road catching up with us at mile 8. Nice to have resupply delivered :D We took a decent break and enjoyed the scenery which starts to change around mile 7 with water flowing in the creek of Temporal Gulch. Our friend hiked another 1.5 miles with us before heading back and we continued on as the road gets rougher and steeper.

From mile 9 to 13 it's still on Temporal Gulch Road but the hiking is more like trail with narrowing canyons, water crossings, and great views of Wrightson. Eventually we made it to Walker Basin where the road ends and trail begins. It's also the steepest climb of the day about 900 feet to a saddle. We took another break on the saddle at 6500 feet. From the saddle the trail heads down to Bear Spring which is the beginning of the ditch built by mining operations in the early 1900's. What's left is an almost perfectly level trail that is now part of AZT and runs several miles of nice easy trail. After that the trail crosses several creeks and continues along more sections of the mining ditch before dropping into Gardner Canyon and the end of the section. Although the first 13 miles was road walking the scenery is worth the hike and the mining history along trail is interesting to see.
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Bear Spring

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large pool to filter from

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bear Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
the tank was full and clear

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tank at the spring was full

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about half full
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