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Coyote Peak - Coyote MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
chumley
Hiking10.63 Miles 4,260 AEG
Hiking10.63 Miles   8 Hrs   57 Mns   1.48 mph
4,260 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
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I had this on my list but was too lazy to put something together, so I mentioned it to Belinda and she took the bait. :) A few hours later there was a date planned, group invited, maps, routes, driving directions, and gear-checklist all ready to go! :y: Turned out to be a fun day with a great group. It was good to meet Scott, get a real hike with Amy, and to hike with everybody else again too.

This is an awesome old trail! Thanks to "hiking-legend Randy Webber" for putting this on my radar. :) The extensive trail construction is truly remarkable, even after countless years of neglect and natural decay. If the story is true that this trail was built by a rancher just so his wife could ride her horse to the summit, I would have liked to meet her! She must have been a helluva lady! :D

Since this hike is a bit challenging to follow in places here's a detailed recap:
0.0 / 3000 - Start on old road
1.6 / 3600 - Turn left to leave road and begin old single track
2.6 / 4800 - The trail cut disappears on the slope below the ridge
2.7 / 4900 - Reach the ridge. Pick up the trail again on the right side of the fence.
3.75 / 5750 - Trail levels out and meanders through some grasses and cat claw crossing a level ridge descending slightly to a saddle
3.9 / 5675 - From the lowest point on the ridge, this is another spot where the route mostly disappears. Descend directly south down the drainage from the saddle dropping nearly 100 feet before beginning the more westward traverse across the slope.
4.1 / 5600 - The trail cut returns and becomes easy to follow on the traverse
4.35 / 5600 - The trail traverses around the next ridge, dropping into a small basin. Here again, the trail cut is difficult to follow. It heads up the steep gully beginning first to the left, but quickly moving to the right side and staying up against the large boulders on the right.
4.5 / 5800 - Trail cut switchbacks become evident again halfway up the gully.
4.7 / 6050 - Just below the saddle at the top of the gully the trail cuts left and begins to head up toward the peak to the left. This area is tough to follow but the track takes you around the top of the peak on the shaded north side, counterintuitively dropping 20-30 feet at one point.
4.8 / 6200 - Reach an opening and level area west of the rocky peak. Continue west 0.1 miles to the edge of the cliff.
4.9 / 6200 - Head north as trail switchbacks up the slope through some dense shin daggers.
5.1 / 6400 - Reach the ridge and veer left. The trail cut stays on the north side below the boulders and rocky ridge.
5.25 / 6450 - Turn left toward the edge of the ridge and follow the more open terrain the final few hundred feet to the peak.
5.4 / 6529 - Summit block!
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