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Baby Jesus Upper Trail - Catalina Mountains
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2017-10-26  
2017-10-26  
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Cherry Tank and Baby Jesus loop, AZ 
Cherry Tank and Baby Jesus loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2017
markthurman53
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,284 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.62 mph
2,284 ft AEG      58 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Started early in the morning before sunrise to finish up some more of the trails on the west side of Samaniego ridge near Golder Ranch. Used the Middle Gate trail to hook up to the Cherry Tank Trail (I have also heard this referred to as the Hidden Valley Trail). The lower Cherry Tank Trail has two access points from the Middle Gate Trail, I started in on the trail furthest North and returned via the Southern route. I hiked up to where I hiked a couple days before at the junction with the Cowboy Slickrock Trail and returned. I really like this hike up the upper reaches of Sutherland Creek, The Massive rock out crops impresses me every time I see them (even though it has only been twice now). On returning to just a couple hundred feet from the Middle Gate Trail I took an unnamed trail (which I am now calling the Baby Jesus Upper Trail) 2.4 miles south to the Baby Jesus Trail on Baby Jesus Ridge. For an unnamed trail it is in better condition than many of the other trails in this area. Fairly easy going along this trail as it crosses a few streams coming down off of Samaniego Ridge. At 1.3 miles in there is a cement trough at a place called Cement Dam Tank and Spring. There was water in the trough and for this to occur this late in the year I would have to assume this is a permanent spring. From here it is about 1.2 miles to the Baby Jesus Trail which I continued south on to Cargoden Canyon and the Sutherland Trail. The Baby Jesus trail is in good condition for its entirety with a little bit of confusion about 1 mile from the end point on the Sutherland Trail. There are side trails that want to take you off the ridge that the trail follows and if you aren't careful you will find yourself on one of these. A GPS is helpful here. Just south of Baby Jesus Ridge is another Spring called Wooden Trough Spring and it had water also. The trail passes by a cement trough along the trail. The actual spring is up the hill to the east and I am not sure if there is an actual wooden trough there or not. On the return trip to the start point on the lower Baby Jesus Trail there are some very large Saguaros with many large arms. Not necessarily the largest I have seen but definitely the most I have seen in one area. Of the trails I have been on in this area the Baby Jesus set and the Cherry Tank trail have the most to offer.
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Saguaro
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Wooden Trough Spring
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