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Hope Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2018
Hiking7.80 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
755 ft AEG
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In Tucson with the twister (Twin + Sister) and decided to do the “Twin” Saguaro National Park(s). Thursday a quick hike near Signal Hill (West) and Friday, Hope Camp (East).

This triplog is only for the East-side of SNP.- Hope Camp Trail.

Snow on all the surrounding mountain tops, brisk air and warm sun made for a great hiking day anywhere near Tucson. Hope Camp was chosen because it appeared to have good sun exposure for this cold day and some things to see along the way. Popular with equestrians and cyclists, it sees plenty of visitors but not overwhelmingly so. Sedan accessible but the dirt road is a bit rutted for the last 3/4 mile.

This trail is mostly wide, flat and very exposed. No routing issues and plenty of signage for added trails. Some deer track and one antelope jackrabbit for mammal wildlife sightings and a few scorpions and centipedes under rocks. A couple of muddy water spots in the trail from the rain but nothing which required much navigation.

My twister is amazed at the intersects of the Arizona Trail we find on our outings. We may just have to do the entire AZT so we can connect all the random dots.

We gathered some seasonal hope at Hope Camp and then returned the same way.

We added the Ridge View Trail which is a superb add if you have the time. The sign says .8 but it is further if you take it all the way back to the end, past the saddle view of Rincon Peak.

The snow made the views special, but this Trailhead has something for everyone. A stop at Saguaro Corners for a bite before heading north.

And finally, a word of hope from Emily to warm us all at this chilly end of 2018.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
-Emily Dickinson

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