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Coyote Peak - Coyote Mountains
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Coyote Peak - Coyote MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
Pivo
Hiking10.43 Miles 4,224 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   9 Hrs   6 Mns   1.31 mph
4,224 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break23 LBS Pack
 
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This area is quite beautiful and seldom visited.Too bad, if more hikers were to hit this really beautifully constructed trail, it would help beat back the overgrown condition it's in currently.

Not the most difficult hike I have done, not nearly as bad as reported in other trip reports I have seen. Yeah, it's over 10 miles and 4000' AEG with lots of sun exposure, overgrown in most areas, this all adds up to make the hike more fun and interesting. I really enjoyed the route finding exercise; we kept thinking how would a trail built for horses be laid out, when we lost the trail bed. While it may be tempting to power up the slope and bushwack, I encourage you to work on your sleuthing skills. This not only helps develop your route finding skill set, it also helps beat back the overgrowth and can provide even better and more complete GPS tracks for others.

On the final push, we broke into two groups, Belinda and I were committed to keep on the trail to develop a better GPS track. We were not completely successful, but did our best. We broke ranks when we lost the trail and went bouldering on a cool rock formation.

Recommended gear: Long pants, Long sleeves, gaiters, gloves, shoes/ boots that are not of the fabric mesh type materials (helps with keeping grasses and other plant debris out of you boots) poles for the descent were mentioned more than once coming down the steep, grass slick slopes. I normally prefer light weight approach shoes for hiking, however these turned out to be a little slick and slippery on the long grass. Something with a deeper lugs on the sole would have been much better.

Even though the temperature was a mild 75 or so, the amount of water consumption surprised some in the group. Some were caught a little short. Recommend 4 liters to be safe.

Post hike food from Taqueria Pico de Gallo, and drinks at Saint Charles Tavern.
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Belinda did see an Indian Paintbrush in full bloom.
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