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Atascosa Lookout Trail #100Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,730 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.36 mph
1,730 ft AEG
 
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Two weeks ago today I started day one of my hike up to Mt. Olympus. A week ago today I spent my last day in Nis doing a short hike with my son. This morning I woke up less than a mile from the Mexican border in a cheap motel, recovering from the near deathmarch from the day before. But it was a cheap motel with a free hot breakfast, which is why booked that motel, and I took advantage of that before I left that morning, helping myself to two big plates of eggs, sausage, tater tots and refried beans, all covered with salsa.

On the way back from Sycamore Canyon the evening before, I spotted the signs for the Atascosa Lookout Trail. For some odd reason, these signs are faced to the south, so you can only see them if you're coming the other way from who knows where. As I passed the trailhead and looked up at the trail immediately climbing, it felt impossible that I would even attempt that hike in a mere 12 hours. But it's a wonder what some hydration, rest, and good meal at a Mexican steakhouse can do. And ibuprofen. Gotta has some Vitamin IB.

I had expected this hike to be the harder one of the two I did this weekend, this and Sycamore Canyon. But between the earlier start, higher elevation, and prehydration before the hike, it was actually much easier. Having an actual trail to follow helps quite a bit. Plus, the views all along this trail are spectacular, which I can't really say for Sycamore Canyon, to be kind. And as you ascend, the temperature gets cooler, and the breezes more often. It made everything about 1000 times more pleasant than the day before.

For some reason, I had thought this hike was more like 6 or 6.6 miles round trip. I think that might be if you include Atascosa Peak. Once at the lookout, I looked at the peak and the route to get there. I was kind of hoping that it would be the kind of route that's actually starting to turn into a trail, at least in spots. Like the way Battleship Mt. is turning into. No such luck. It looked pretty rugged. Not beyond my skill set, but beyond what I had planned for today. Especially with a couple fresh blisters from yesterday.

Spent some time at the top playing with the zoom on my camera at the rock formations and the faraway vistas. The views to the west and south go on forever, making for nice scenery that your imagination can run away with. The valleys on the east side looked nice as well. The pictures came out better on the way down with the lighting being different.

The views here are both beautiful and God forsaken at the same time. It's amazing to see so far, but the lack of green and rugged rock formations remind you of how rugged and unforgiving this area is.

Saw quite a few deer again along the road on the way in and out. One nearly jumped in front of my car on the way out. The only traffic on the road was early in the morning by the Border Patrol.
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