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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9
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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 13 2016
Backpack22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
Backpack22.13 Miles2 Days         
6,551 ft AEG
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Headed out Sunday morning after a nice night between Redington Rd. and Italian Trap. I kept looking at the mountain and saying, "Oh come on, it's not that high." Ha! By the time we FINALLY reached the high point, my vocabulary had taken a turn for the worse! :lol: We found water all along - pockets, streams - no problems. On the way up, ran into the first of a total of 13 NOBO through-hikers and 1 other section hiker. Although going up the north side of the Rincons was STEEP, I think that my knees would have never tolerated going down that, so up was best. Took a nice break at Tanque Verde Canyon were the water was flowing, clear and cold. My hiking partner - out on her FIRST backpack ever - was glad to soak her feet in the icy water before doing a little blister management. And so we went up, and up, and up, and UP! Ran into patchy snow that crowded the trail at times but we were able to pass by. FINALLY hit the high point and trail junction - very pleased to be going down and into Manning Camp. :y: Chose the first camp site we found and called it home! Set up camp, enjoyed a trip to a SIT DOWN toilet! and then went to filter water. Tired and almost dusk, I completely walked by the water in the corrals. Went down to the water, got my shoes/socks wet - UGH - but got water and hooked up the filter since both of us were low and would need it for the morning. When we went to get more water in the morning to filter, realized that I had walked right past all that great water in the corrals last night! ](*,) Headed down and out - 16 miles +/- to the car west of the Quilter junction. Met 12 more NOBO through hikers. Plenty of water going down also -even just inside the park boundary. More wildflowers on the south side of the Rincons. Didn't see any big wildlife until driving back through Tucson when a javelina crossed the street! One though-hiker said that he had crossed a rattlesnake by the spring below Grass Shack but he was gone when we passed through. All the through-hikers were having a great time and loving the trail!!!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Desert lavender, brittle brush, several flowers I can't identify, bushes in bloom - the low section of Saguaro NP was BEAUTIFUL!!!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Grass Shack Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Manning Camp Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Quilter Trail - 1.35mi Water Crossing Light flow Light flow
No noticeable flow but LOTS of pockets of water.
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