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Red Hills, AZ 
Red Hills, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking2.35 Miles 741 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   1.53 mph
741 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Day 1 – Hike 1
The last time I hiked for 7 consecutive days was in March of this year during my epic Chiricahua excursion, which proved to be some of the most amazing moments of my life. Having used a grand total of four, 2016 Vacations days in ways it was actually intended to be used, [i.e. leisure], I’ve been fried beyond imagination to say the least, and it’s taken a toll on me in more ways than one. With 11 consecutive days off from work, it’s about damn time to pull off another ‘Chiricahua Special’ [aka some epic, off-trail peak-bagging adventures].

While the cold weather caused me to resort to Plan B, [i.e. summits topping out below 5,000’], Day 1 most definitely did not disappoint. In addition to the exceptionally beautiful desert scenery of the Tucson Mountains, it was extremely motivating to have surpassed the Day 1 stats of my Chiricahua trip, [which are the one listed 2nd]:

    Total Distance: 13.01 miles [vs. 12.57 miles]
    Total Time (w/ breaks): 6:12:24 hrs. [vs. 6:21:54 hrs.]
    Total Peaks Bagged: *6 [vs. 4]
    *Which include:
    Hike 1: Red Hills South Summit, Red Hills North Summit, & UN 3107
    Hike 2: UN 3633, Amole Peak, & Apache Peak


While the main hike of the day was Hike #2, [Amole Peak & Apache Peak, executed in lasso loop style], I figured that after an 80-90 minute drive, [which included passing by the back side of the super-fun looking Golden Gate Mtn], a short, off-trail ‘warm-up’ was very much in order. Red Hills presented the perfect opportunity. With the Southern summit located just 0.25 air miles from N. Kinney Rd., [and the Northern summit about 0.25 miles beyond that], I was preparing to knock off these small, 3,100’+ peaks in 30-40 minutes and be on my way to Hike #2.

Let’s just say, for such a short hike, [under 2.35 miles RT], this one proved to be a total gem! With very beautiful views to enjoy throughout, coupled with a very fun horseshoe-shaped ridgeline to cruise along for most of the way, what I thought was going to be a dull 30-40 minute warm-up proved to be a mini-adventure of nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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LET’S GO BRANDON! :y:
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