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Shady Lemmon Loop, AZ
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Shady Lemmon Loop, AZ 
Shady Lemmon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2015
Jim_H
Hiking9.56 Miles 2,371 AEG
Hiking9.56 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.76 mph
2,371 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
First, it's my generic hike, so I can name it whatever I want. It was shady for most of the hike, as I started late enough that mountain shadows cover much of the upper elevation burn areas. Trees did much of the rest, and I tolerated the sun crossing the Mint Springs burned area.

I headed up the mountain in cross town traffic (foothills) with out the A/C on becuase I don't really like it. That, the continued 90s for most of the Catalina HWY, and the altitude probably made me tired for a lot of the hike, but I opted to avoid the sun exposed slopes (done that, it's stupid) in the WOR, the Lemmon Rock Trail, and so on, and stuck with cooler, and shady trails. Actually, it wasn't that cool when I started at 2:30, but it was really nice after 6 PM on top and coming down. Up Marshall Gulch, over on the Mint, through the village, and to the Aspen Draw, which is very nice, with lots of big old doug-firs in the draw and on the slopes. Packs of the same thrill seeking MT Bikers were coming down, but they stopped when they could. I didn't care, since I could hear them and get off trail faster than they could, and I was going slow and stopping to look at the big trees. Sierra Nevada big.

Tagged Mount Lemmon for the first time since 2011 and hiked slowly down the Radio Ridge and Aspen trail back to Marshall Gulch. Heard a few, but not very many, whippoorwills in the gulch and arrived back at my car a little after 830. A woman was in the bed of a pickup with a dog asking about her male friend who went for a 15 mile run at 5 PM and had not returned when I pulled out at 845. Maybe we'll hear about that as another SARS operation? Good hike.
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