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10 by photographer avatarThe_Dude
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2015
The_Dude
Hiking8.29 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking8.29 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   3.09 mph
1,650 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I was looking for something a little different today, and hopefully a bit cooler. Looks like I hit on both counts. After I finished up work in Tucson, I headed over to Oracle to start my hiking day by the American Flag Ranch TH. First off, the trail is in great shape and easy to navigate. There are numerous OHV roads that you cross, but lots of carsonite sign markers to help guide the way if there is any confusion. I made my way up to the Hijinks mine and looked around a bit, but all of the private property and no trespassing signs kept me from getting too involved. Got back to the trail and continued to the base of Apache peak where I found a nice Alligator Juniper for a shady break before heading back. I managed to spook a whitetail and her two little ones, they ran off too fast for me to get much of a photo. This hike has big time views in all directions, I have to imagine it only gets better the higher up you get. As it was, I could see a good view of the Bioshpere and mountains all around. Everything is so remarkably green out here right now! Pretty sure this hike would get a 5 if I ended up doing the whole thing.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few Fleabane Daisy here and there, and some of the barrels were showing good bloom. Very spotty at best.
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