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Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
air
Hiking23.50 Miles 5,364 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   9 Hrs      3.24 mph
5,364 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I've been mainly just running lately - a few hilly 5Ks for breakfast during the week + a long run at the river walk on the weekends. Approaching 100# lost. I haven't even done Blacketts in a while but mainly I felt like doing a long slow hike and I picked this since I have never been to TV peak or past the falls turnoff on Douglas Springs.

The grade of Douglas Springs to Cowhead Saddle is never steep and without any obstacles unless you count the nice stone steps but they can be a pain on the way down. Good to see some benefits of all the training and was able to keep a steady pace around cardio level HR for most of the trip. Cowhead Saddle to the peak was the most challenging though typical of any ridge trail. Catclaw and some overgrowth is present but I never had trouble seeing the trail unlike the situation on some trails in Pusch Ridge right now. This is probably because the vast majority of the grasses on the Douglas Spring trail are natives. Saw just 3 hikers all day and nobody after around the BVF junction. Really enjoyed the warm and dry conditions and spent lots of time on the summit and checking things out on the way down.
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