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Mormon Canyon Trail #352Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2016
rwstorm
Hiking2.56 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking2.56 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.75 mph
850 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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After arriving back at the campground and washing all the grass seeds and pollen off my arms in the creek from the aborted Mormon Ridge hike :roll: , I plotted my next move. Originally I was going to do a Mormon Ridge-Mormon Canyon loop before heading home, so I decided I would go up Mormon Canyon awhile and see how motivated I was. :lol: I checked out an old road cut (I think) that angles up to the left from the old logging road along the creek near the campground. This just petered out up top, so I bushwhacked over to where I knew the Mormon Canyon trail would be. After that it was business as usual: pretty steep climb up to Mormon Spring and beyond to the wilderness boundary at the old sawmill site. Post 2011 Horseshoe II Fire flooding has really done a number on the the old road and trail in this canyon (as in many others as well), plus is was so overgrown in places you had to really look for things. The old sawmill site is a case in point. The trail goes around it, but in the past it was easy to see the level area where the ancient sawmill was located. Pretty rutted and overgrown now. Beyond this point the trail up to its junction with the Mormon Ridge trail always was somewhat challenging to follow with a lot of stream crossings, etc, made worse by light use and little maintenance. In spite of this, I have always liked it more than Mormon Ridge.

My motivation for the day ended at the old sawmill site, so after taking a break there I headed back down. There was lots of water as expected and Mormon Spring was spewing out many gallons per minute. :)

Video I shot earlier in the morning before the hikes in and around the abandoned part of the campground. Lots of good times were enjoyed there over the years. :D

https://youtu.be/e9 ... y2GI
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