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Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2016
chumley
Hiking6.05 Miles 3,006 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   7 Hrs   36 Mns   0.99 mph
3,006 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
 
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Spent a few hours on the mountain today. Things started off with a javelina standing guard on the canal bridge. I was able to use human wits to outmaneuver him without having to fire a single shot! :)

The first two miles took over three hours. I think I cut down 20 palo verde trees. Whenever I lost the tread, I backtracked to find it, removed all the cairns that went off-route, re-cairned as necessary, and removed any vegetation that was in the tread.

I finally decided I had to put the tools back in my pack and just hike. The sun was warm and I had been working much harder than anticipated. Down to half a liter of water I decided I could survive the remaining 1700-foot climb and get back to the car. Of course, I got side tracked with trail work again. One of my goals for the day was to get rid of the only real patch of catclaw, which occurs at the dogleg left just at the base of the chute. It's like a highway now. :y:

There's still some work to be done, but I did manage to re-establish one of the switchbacks above the chute that had been lost to brush. The bypass was well worn but way too steep, so getting that one back will be helpful for future users.

There's still a bit of a mystery above the "direction rock". I never did find the old tread here and there are a bunch of cairns leading in different directions. I'd like to figure out the original and reestablish it next time.

More work to be done. Especially on the small desert scrub, but that stuff is easy to walk through and doesn't hurt. With just a few exceptions, most of the prickly stuff and the big obstacles are gone now. One more day out there should get it done!

* It's still free to park! :)
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