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6 by photographer avatarfearnestiv
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Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2015
fearnestiv
Hiking6.40 Miles 4,380 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
4,380 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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My first hike all the way up the canyon to the Pima Saddle. The weather was perfect, starting at 60 degrees and ending mid-70's with high cloud cover. I downloaded the GPX track from the HAZ site and was glad I had it (more later). The lower part of the trail is well used up to the second dam. The mortar holes in the rock from ancient native American inhabitants were very special. The trail goes by the second dam and I'm not sure I actually saw the first dam. Great flowers still around - asters, mallow, verbena, trailing four-o'clocks, etc. The trail was very steep from the second dam to the Saddle, and parts of the trail were pretty overgrown with grass making it hard to see. It was challenging to find the trail as it crossed the wash. Much of the upper trail seemed overgrown with low-lying branches and various sharp agave and desert spoon to avoid. I did pick up a few small wounds :) There are also some short washouts with loose gravel and some exposure. I did lose the trail on several occasions, and having downloaded the previous HAZ track was key to getting oriented. I would not recommend hiking the upper part of Pima Canyon alone unless you're very careful. I didn't see any one else on the trail in the upper canyon. I made sure I had good footing and having poles was also a big help. The last 1.5 miles is a steep grind. I was a little disappointed when I finally reached the Saddle. I guess I was expecting great views of Mount Lemmon and the north side of Pusch Ridge. The views back over Tucson to the south were actually more interesting to me. I think Mt. Kimball has much better features and views to the north, however, I was too wasted by the time I made the Saddle to get there. On my return, I lost the trail a couple of times and had to back track and refer to my previous track, but once I got to the second dam, the rest of the walk down was straightforward.
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