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Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2015
BiFrost
Hiking23.37 Miles 4,875 AEG
Hiking23.37 Miles   11 Hrs   14 Mns   2.37 mph
4,875 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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All AZT weekend starting with Huachuca Mtns section on Saturday. We drove up Friday night and car camped to get an earlier start. Hiking from Montezuma Pass TH we made the trek down to the border and checked out the obelisk monument on the fence line. After taking some pics we headed back up the hill to Montezuma Pass TH to start the main climb. Sign says 5.3 miles to Miller Peak from Montezuma Pass might be a little shorter but it's all up for sure. 6575 elevation at Montezuma up to 9466 on Miller Peak which is not mandatory for AZT but goes within 1/2 mile of the peak. So we hit the Miller summit and had lunch on top.

Lunch done we headed northbound on the Crest Trail which traverses between Miller and Carr Peaks. Eventually making it over to Bathtub Spring which was full and very clear water. Stopping briefly at the spring we continued on to Carr Peak turnoff and continuation of the Crest Trail. From here the trail drops several hundred feet as it makes it's way over to Bear Saddle. Once past Bear Saddle the trail starts to climb gradually over 2 miles back up to 8500 feet before topping out near Pat Scott Peak turnoff. However, from here it begins the real descent off the crest with an impressive series of switchbacks all the way down into Sunnyside Canyon. Trail follows the canyon for several miles with good water becoming more abundant as we continued down stream. Eventually the trail hops a shallow ridge over into Scotia Canyon which also had decent amounts of intermittent water flow. The trail finally exits Scotia as it crosses Montezuma Canyon Rd and the last 1 mile over to the end of AZT # 1 overlooking Parker Canyon Lake.

Overall the trail was in great shape. The switchbacks going up from Montezuma Pass to Miller Peak turnoff and the switchbacks going down into Sunnyside Canyon were very well constructed. Made the grade and climb seem less steep than it really was. Only section that might need some work is on the Crest Trail between Miller Peak and Carr Peak turnoffs about 2 miles. Thanks to our friend Scott for volunteering to make the shuttle dropping us off at Montezuma Pass with our vehicle at the other end.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
tub almost full with clear water
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