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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.56 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles
1,470 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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johnlp
first visit to the pinalenos
two night car camp with john
drove up saturday morning, and were on the mountain by noon
checked out a few campgrounds, setting up at hospital flat
thought we might have trouble getting a site, but plenty were available in shannon and arcadia
this area has been on my wish list for some time
good timing for getting away from record temps in the valley
picked out a handful of hikes with some input from fellow haz members
started out on this loop around 4:00, taking the trail from shannon campground
good trail up with some nice views to the north
really liked the grassy aspen area near the top
a collection of antennas, a cabin and a fire tower at the summit
no one home, so we went up as high as we could before the locked gate
great views from the tower
took the road down to make the loop
drove down a few miles to hit ladybug peak from the saddle
cute little summit with good views but no ladybugs
headed back to camp
cooled off quickly once the sun went down, so we enjoyed the fire john built
very quiet night, brightly lit by the nearly full moon
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