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Ventana Canyon to Mt. Lemmon overnight, AZ
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Ventana Canyon to Mt. Lemmon overnight, AZ 
Ventana Canyon to Mt. Lemmon overnight, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
Hiking20.73 Miles 9,199 AEG
Hiking20.73 Miles   14 Hrs   37 Mns   1.42 mph
9,199 ft AEG
1st trip
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I have been wanting to do this hike for awhile, simply because it is in so close, but could not find anyone to go with me. I really did not want to sleep out there by myself, but I set a date anyway and went. I love Ventana canyon and developed new respect for it with a full pack on my back. I made it to the window in 5 hours which surprised me. Not far past the Window there is an amazing little area thick with Manzanita and surrounded by amazing rock formations. AZbackpacker called the trail down the backside a bushwack and that it was, that is when I realized I had forgotten my sleeves. It was amazing to hike Cathedral Rock in the dark, hiking in the dark is fun, sleeping alone out there not so much, one of my hangups. One glitch I had here was back tracking about 1/4 mile. If I stop on an incline I like to stand with my feet facing up to stretch. Well I forgot to turn around and it took me a good bit to realize it, heck everything was dark, I had no point of reference I was happy to see coming down towards Romero a fire was blazing and I heard laughter. True trail magic, three nice young guys invited me to stay in their campsite, my prayers were answered. What can I say, the rest of the hike was one incline after another, one great view after another. My future son-in-law texted me he had parked at Marshall Gulch, at first I was miffed because that took out the last incline. It only took about 2 seconds to realize what a dingle-berry I was and decided I was thrilled to cut the hike a bit short. There is still a good bit of water up there, I am from Washington state and still have not gotten used to dry creeks. I met my daughter and her boyfriend as they hiked up trail #3 to meet me and bring me home. The best part was they had a small brick of smoked cheese and a little glass of red wine for me to drink on the trip back to town, who would not want to do this again. Looking forward to hiking other trails up to Mt. Lemmon in the future, if you are interested, keep a look out.
Wish I knew how to edit out all of the times I got off trail.
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