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Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,909 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   1.96 mph
1,909 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I arrived at the trailhead just after 9am. The trail starts off not too steep, but gets steeper as it approaches the saddle. The humidity was in overdrive, and I was almost immediately drenched in sweat.

From the saddle along the ridgeline the views are phenomenal. I saw two deer on the way up, but they were gone before I could get any pictures.

I went straight up to Coronado Peak and then headed down to the parking lots at Montezuma Pass. From up there, I could see a storm was rolling in from the NW. It seemed to get stronger the closer it got, and the thunder was booming, too.

I ate my lunch at a nice covered picnic table, hoping the storm would change direction or peter out. Neither happened. I started to head back down, hoping things wouldn't get too bad.

I really wanted to hike the Yaqui Ridge Trail down to the border and back. It would be nice to have this little section of the AZT done. Unfortunately, as I approached the junction, the thunder was more frequent, and the clouds behind me were catching up over the ridge and looked pretty menacing. I made the reluctant decision to head straight back to the car.

Then, of course, there was only one more thunder boom. It was kind of loud, but overall the storm activity on that side of the mountain seemed tamer. Murphy's Law strikes again. Most of the day there was sunlight all around me.

Saw 2 more deer as I was leaving the trailhead, got a picture that time.
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