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Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking20.50 Miles 5,970 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   2.35 mph
5,970 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Since I didn't know of any Irish people to hand out with on St Paddy's Day, I went with the Norwegian option. They drink beer too. After I managed to offend the donut lady at 5:30 in the morning (I don't think she ever likes me, I stop in there all the time), we made good time to the trailhead, starting our hike before 8:00. Great temps to start with, a little cool, but we quickly warmed up as we made our way uphill.

The walk through Happy Valley is one of my favorite parts of this hike, nice scenery, and a good reprieve before the uphill starts again. We ran into two hikers about a mile from the top, chatted with them for a moment, then I started my whining for that last mile. Chumley stayed far enough ahead to where he didn't have to hear most of it. Views from the summit were great, very clear day, but it was windy. After a few minutes up there, we retreated back down a little to eat lunch out of the wind.

Once back at Happy Valley, we looked at the campground, then decided to head over to the Happy Valley Lookout. I was originally told that it was an additional 900' of aeg, but was later informed that it was really more like 1100'. Either way, it wasn't bad, as that trail was in great shape, with lots of steps built in to the rocks. It was windy up there too, with no place to find escape from it. Sitting in the sun was the best choice to warm up, windbreakers were actually helpful for a couple of miles even though most of the day had been comfortable in just a short sleeved shirt.

The hike back down was easy and uneventful. There was plenty of water in the creeks and drainages on almost the entire hike, but that water will likely be mostly gone before too long. Great day, and a great hike, which felt easier than what the stats would imply. I posted my route, which was from Route Scout, but used Chumley's stats, since the Route Scout on his phone always seems to be more accurate than mine.
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