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Coyote Peak - Coyote MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking10.55 Miles 4,292 AEG
Hiking10.55 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   1.50 mph
4,292 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break
 
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I was invited on the hike to Coyote Peak, and even though this one hadn't even been on my radar, it seemed interesting, so I decided to join in. We got started around 8:00, to cool temps, but sunny skies. The first mile or so was a gradual uphill, and easy to follow. After that, it got steeper, and difficult to follow in a lot of places. At times, the original cut was clear, but would suddenly disappear, oftentimes at a switchback hidden by vegetation.

We stopped for a snack break at a saddle a couple of miles in. Up to this point, it had been fairly easy to avoid most of the sharp vegetation. After that saddle, it started to get trickier to avoid. After a while, it cleared up again, and we split into two groups for the last mile or so to the summit. Both groups seemed to be following sections of the original trail at different places. Near the top, we turned generally west-northwest and followed the north side of the ridge most of the way to the summit. There was still some remaining snow (mostly ice now) in the shaded spots.

At the summit, we took a long lunch break and signed the register which is in a box that is bolted to the rocks. The hike back down was fairly straightforward, as we were able to closely follow our track from the way up. The most difficult part of the descent was the slippery grass; there was no avoiding it, and it provided almost no traction. I skipped bringing my poles, and was regretting that decision on the way back down. That last easy mile, once we finally reached it, felt like a walk in the park. I started the hike with 3 liters of water, and had about 1/4 liter left when we finished. Definitely a long pants hike, and gaiters & long sleeved shirt were helpful too.

This was a fun peak, and I'm glad I was able to join in. It was nice to meet several new (to me) HAZ members and be able to put a few more faces to names.
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