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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
BiFrost
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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Cool trip to Bassett Peak in the Galiuros. We drove up Friday night and car camped near the TH. This hike was as advertised despite being somewhat an off year. The maples were awesome and the small patch of Aspens a sight to see in this canyon that has everything. We took our time hiking along the 6 miles to the summit enjoying all the fall foliage until the trail leaves the canyon. The great thing about this hike is it's really two hikes in one. Once out of the maples the views and terrain heading up to the summit were really surprising. Cool rock formations and fun trail as it reaches the ridge and then follows ridgeline to the base of the peak. From there the trail switchbacks up the last 1000 feet with the final short stretch following route to the top.

On top we took in the views which on this clear day were outstanding. We could see all the major sky islands 360 view so we were in no hurry to leave this summit. We enjoyed a summit brew and took what I think was about 45 minutes on top. On the way down we could see the plane crash site not far from trail but decided to save that side trip for another day. Going down went relatively quick but still stopping to take pics in the afternoon with the ever changing light on the maples. Back at camp we decided to take another night and relax around the fire instead of rushing back to Phx. Great way to end the day :)
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