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Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking4.93 Miles 2,702 AEG
Hiking4.93 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.63 mph
2,702 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I read in a triplog that this peak/hike was a must for lovers of desert peaks. That statement proved to be very correct. I have recently discovered that I am developing an affinity for desert peaks and this one further supported that recent development.

I used the official route and recent posted description for Newman Peak Trail to attack this rugged little summit. I did a little more research than usual for this somewhat spur of the moment selection, however, I should have did a little more, as this definitely proved to be a not very dog friendly hike. I was still able to get both dogs up, but do as I say and not as I did on this one and leave the dogs at home. Its downright treacherous for the four legged type in several spots, carrying and hoisting will be necessary, its very steep and there is enough cholla along the route to ruin any good dogs day. That being said, great peak and fun route! Its pretty amazing how one can see the cut of the trail in several spots from the moment you pull up. However, don't let that fool you too much, the trail is there and the trail is not there, if that make sense. Its easy enough to follow, as there are several examples of trail construction, a heavy tread and no shortages of cairns. However, some may still find it a little too rugged in spots and the route finding challenging, if it is not what they are accustomed to.

Getting to the trailhead may be more difficult for some than the trail. The drive in is a tad tricky, but the written directions were pretty spot on and downloading the drive-in-directions under alt-routes will take out any other guess work.
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