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Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
Al_HikesAZ
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   3 Hrs      2.35 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland. This will be one of my most memorable hikes.

On Christmas Eve & Christmas morning, the Cochise Stronghold Campground had 3-4” of snow and the trail at higher elevations had a little bit more. Christmas Day the temps got up into the mid-40s so the snow started to melt. Overnight it froze.

Campground: I got to the campground around 10:00 on the 26th and was greeted by snow/ice accumulations and the sound of running water from the ice melt. I had my ice scraper so I quickly got the campground squared away.
What a great day and what great memories. See my triplog about the campground.

The trail was a combination of slush, ice, and snow. Temperatures rose into the low 50’s during the day so there was a lot of melt and streams and trails were running with water. Snow was melting and falling out of the trees. This was a target rich environment for photos so I was often stopping to take photos. I was using my new Sony alpha6000. It will take some getting used to with the screen and the lenses. Layering was difficult. It was tough to get the right layers so I was often either too hot or too cold and had to stop and adjust. Not many people had hiked very far on the trail. In some places, I started to think that I wish I had my Kahtoola Microspikes for the ice. As I got closer to Half Moon Tank the trail I started wishing I had worn my Sorel snow boots and not my Lowa desert boots. Looking at the trail from the Dam to the Divide, I decided to turn back.
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Halfmoon Tank
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