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Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,315 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.21 mph
3,315 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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last minute suggestion from johnlp to hike elephant head today
this one has been on my list for a couple years now, and conditions seemed favorable
john invited jj along and we were off
set out a little after 8:00
followed a trail, then an old mining road
the hardest part of the hike was dropping down into chino canyon
it was steep and loose
up the other side was an easier grade with better footing
great views of elephant head at the ridgeline
the ridge leads to the base of the peak
a great scramble up the granite - just pure fun
one class four move toward the top
i didn't feel any exposure, except for the gusty winds blowing me off course occasionally
nice views from the summit of santa rita peaks and baboquivari
a lot of elephant debris within a circle of rocks
not in keeping with leave no trace, but neither is a summit register
kind of fun to look at what people have left
we didn't stay long, as we wanted to hit little elephant head on the return
a couple of downclimbs, but good footing on the descent
a 480 foot grind up from chino canyon, then back on the mining road to the little elephant head cutoff
surprisingly good trail on this one; thought it would be less traveled
an easier hike to the summit, also with good views and more wind gusts
had a quick snack and headed back
temps were fine, helped by a strong breeze and a little cloud cover at times
lp and jj have been up here before, and it was nice of them to be willing to do it again
stopped at bk tacos on the way home - yum
just a great day, and this combo is one i would certainly do again
in fact, at least four southern arizona peaks have now made my top 15 list, including rincon two weeks ago
wrightson and ajo are the other two
really like the sky island terrain
thanks for the hike, guys, and to jj for driving
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