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Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 09 2015
Tough_Boots
Backpack25.50 Miles 5,946 AEG
Backpack25.50 Miles4 Days         
5,946 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Our canyon trip had to be canceled last minute so we bumped up our Powers Garden trip. Lily and I rode in on Friday with 9L and Claire. We started on the East Divide trail but found it soon disappeared shortly after the junction with the spur trail over to the Tortilla Trail. We could have fought our way through but I don't think any of us were too interested in that so we opted for the more pleasant experience and took the spur to the Tortilla and headed that way.

We had a nice hike in. We came across a herd of cranky cattle. Lily's pads have been a bit shop worn since our last two hikes so I had her boots on her-- of course she lost one early on and I never could find it. Luckily, its really just her rear pads she's had issues with so she really only needed two. We eventually reached Powers Garden to find a trail crew down there working. They were nearing the end of their week down there and looking forward to a week off before they return again.

I decided just to be safe that I would give Lily a pretty easy time for the two days down there. On Saturday, we stuck near camp while Claire and 9L went down to the mine. We spent some time exploring a bit both directions on the Powers Garden Trail. I also caught up on some reading while waiting for the big Saturday crew to arrive. There's nothing much better than reading Wallace Stegner next to a creek. The others turned up much later than expected and I learned that our way in was definitely the more pleasant option :D

On Sunday morning I decided to take a quick easy hike up the Field Canyon Trail. Its only 2.3 miles each way but I hadn't expected the quick 1,500 ft gain so Lily and I managed to get in a nice little workout. I ran into the trail crew boss and talked with him a bit on the way down. I invited him and his crew to come hang out in the evening and share a fire with us. They all showed up later-- great group of workers.

On Monday morning I tried to head out relatively early. I knew it would be a little warmer so I wanted to get Lily out between noon and 1. It was pretty pleasant until we got past Muddy Spring and then it got a bit toasty. I could tell Lily was getting a bit worn out with the heat and the pack and the boots which I'm sure are uncomfortable. Luckily a breeze and some clouds showed up for the last mile and a half and Lily recovered pretty well and we had a nice end of our hike.

This area is absolutely beautiful and quite rugged. I really enjoyed it. We ended up here at the perfect time. There's water everywhere right now and I have a feeling that's pretty uncommon. I hope I get the chance to explore more of this area. Some of it reminded me of the Mazzies and some of it reminded me of the eastern Supes but it was all very much its own place.
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