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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
chumley
Hiking13.70 Miles 3,246 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   2.44 mph
3,246 ft AEG   1 Hour   51 Mns Break
 
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Top 5! Wow, Bassett is an incredible peak and the trail is amazing. The views from the south end of the Galiuro Wilderness are as good as anywhere. You can truly see EVERY single sky island from here. Just amazing!

Of course we timed our trip to try and catch some colors and we weren't disappointed. I can see how this canyon could provide some amazing autumn colors, and while this year has been less than optimal as far as colors go across the state, we were not disappointed with this.

The aspens at upper Ash are the most unique, out-of-place trees I've ever seen. At one point I took a photo that included an agave, manzanita, fir, aspen, maple, juniper, chaparral, and probably a few other things I didn't identify. The diversity is truly unbelievable.

The wreckage from the plane crash deserves extra exploring, but we saved it for the next trip.

The weather was ideal, and we were surprised to find a peaceful canyon with no crowds. The first person we encountered saw us approach and looked at me and said "Chumley"! Always nice to meet fellow hazzers out on the trails. It was nice to meet Roger! :)

We also ran into Letty as we were about to head home and spent a few minutes chatting. Good to see her again too!

In the wildlife sighting department, we saw a Goulds Turkey. i swear it had to be over 50 lbs and stood 3 feet tall. It was enormous! Bright orange neck, and a distinctive, loud call. A real treat to see him gobble through our campsite!

Drove there via the Klondyke Road and arrived in 3:30 hrs. On the return trip we went through Tucson and managed it in 3:15. Depending on weather, I think the dirt road is a more pleasant trip and the slightly longer time is worth not having to deal with Tucson. :)
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Near peak for this year. Depending on storms this week, next weekend will also be great.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lower Ash Spring Dripping Dripping
Just some water in the spring box. No sign of flow. Plenty of water in the creek though.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Upper Ash Spring Dripping Dripping
Water in the spring box and some small pools, but otherwise the upper canyon was dry. Some sections of flowing water downstream
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