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Chinaman Trail #137
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Chinaman Trail #137Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,019 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
1,019 ft AEG
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we were camping at camp site number 1 along gardner canyon road and i couldn't believe how few people were camped out there. the weather was perfect, save just a bit of wind. i looked at the map and discovered there was a little hiking trail from tunnel spring to bear spring - it didn't look too difficult, so we committed to doing that one (and we drove right to the trailhead). a lifetime ago i remember doing a hike with a meetup group that randy led - return to ditch mountain. i was kind of hoping to go up the mountain again to earn the peak beer that i packed, but bobby wasn't into it. the hike was perfect for us, since we hadn't been doing much recently - not too much elevation, so we made pretty good time on this one. i didn't actually see the bear spring, but we enjoyed a break at the creek, where i had a non-peak beer in the shadow of mount wrightson.
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Bear Spring Mount Wrightson
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saw a couple of cactus that were just about to pop: very upsetting that the claret cup and the rainbow cactus weren't showing yet. the new mexico thistle were out, and some scattered verbena.

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lots of water in the creek

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lots of clear water in the tank
There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
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