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Black Hills - AZT #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
tibber
Hiking11.38 Miles 1,933 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.55 mph
1,933 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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Northbound Grant Wash to Freeman Road ...and so it continues. We got to see another beautiful sunrise before our wonderful breakfast at the High Jinks. Today we would head back out to Camp Grant Wash. It was windy again and overcast but this didn't dampen our spirits.

Up out of the wash we went where we got to do some road walking. For some reason I thot we would have a steeper climb on this leg but it never materialized. Got to learn to read those elevation profiles better. The road walking is always a nice chance to visit with each other as when you're in a group like this, you switch between people to hike with. Of course, much of it you hike alone too as you get widely spaced from the group depending on your hiking speed or in my case, my photo/moving taking ;) .

The desert was interesting here too; I think somewhat caused by the overcast sky. The temps once again were just about right for this second day. Eventually we reach Beehive Well and Tank which we had fun exploring around. We continue in Putnam Wash for a bit before climbing out and around and up to another ridge line. We would go down and up a couple times hitting various ridges before descending down near Antelope Tank for our lunch break.

The views always seemed to be great as you could see quite a distance to the mountain ranges but especially by this time the Pinals. Now we are also getting closer to Antelope Peak which seemed like a giant anthill early yesterday. There is this one section of cholla forest that is spectacular as you walk on the trail between the tall chollas :DANCE: . There are other cholla and cactus sections that we've walked thru previous but this one was the jewel. The sun came out for awhile so that helped too.

As we hiked away from the cholla forest and even closer to Antelope Peak we could see Karl on the first rise as he hiked up to bag the peak : rambo : . We, however, would continue on rather than trying the peak as it was much steeper than it looked as you got closer; plus it has a false summit. Not too far from here you reach a road that runs thru the scrub brush. Once again, it was time to do some cleaning so we picked up cans and bottles. Now how many cans do you think Shawn could stab with his pole? I have a picture to post with the answer.

We wanted to take a little break before completing the last couple miles but it was windy and there really wasn't a place to get out of the chilly wind so we just kept going. We arrived at some sort of scale that seemed in the middle of nowhere. At first glance it looked like a cattle guard but it wasn't. It looked very out of place for where it was located :-k . After buzzing about that for a bit we continued our way to the Trailhead and one more gate. It was here that Karl caught up with us.

We reached our destination at Freeman Road where Shawn checked out the water cache box; I can't remember the verdict. We sat a bit enjoying the sun that had come out before piling into Karl's vehicle for our ride back to Camp Grant Wash to retrieve Ambika's vehicle. It was an interesting drive from Freeman Road to see more of the lay of the land. Our last stop would be http://nonnamarias.com/ for chianti and some yummy pasta before retiring at the High Jinks Ranch.

Here are two videos of the hike from Camp Grant Wash to Freeman Road:
Part One - [ youtube video ]
Part Two - [ youtube video ] ...
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Antelope Tank Beehive Well
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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