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Canelo Hills West - AZT #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2015
BiFrost
Hiking16.73 Miles 1,272 AEG
Hiking16.73 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.61 mph
1,272 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Another night of car camping and setup for Canelo Hills West AZT # 3. All these sections were made possible by our friend Scott who volunteered to help with the shuttles each day. So Monday morning we drove into Patagonia leaving our vehicle there and he drove us back to the start of AZT #3 TH. First few miles of this section is probably the most scenic as it traverses Meadow Valley with nice views of San Rafael Valley to the south. However, the trail makes a turn to the west-northwest dropping into Red Rock Canyon about 3 miles in. At this point we passed through a gate and the cow activity was immediately apparent. Much of the picturesque grassy meadows known for the area were replaced with cow pies and the grass mostly gone. On the plus side we did see a huge rattlesnake near Down Under Tank on the road which AZT follows in Red Rock Canyon. The rattler barely moved or rattled with our presence and was warming itself in the morning sun. The trail continues down Red Rock Canyon passing Red Well Tank which had a stream of clear water coming out of a pipe. There was also intermittent water in the canyon between 5 and 8 miles. We passed Gate Spring area and looked around for it but never managed to locate the spring before taking our lunch break near a mesquite thicket.

After lunch we continued on through the mesquite thicket which was a very nice area. The cow activity seemed to drop off quite a bit after Red Well Tank from mile 9 on. The next several miles is rolling trail with cool stands of mesquite that had there new bright green spring leaves. Eventually the trail starts to climb up the final ascent to a saddle near the Sansimon mine. Once on the saddle we could see the Harshaw Road which is about 14 miles from the start. Made it down to the Harshaw Road and then the 2.5 miles of paved road walking into Patagonia. Grabbed some ice cream at the Ovens of Patagonia to finish off a great long weekend!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Red Bank Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
water coming out of a pipe near the top of the tank...clear water
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