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Yetman Trail Loop, AZ
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Yetman Trail Loop, AZ 
Yetman Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
markthurman53
Hiking18.80 Miles 2,479 AEG
Hiking18.80 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   2.91 mph
2,479 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Another hike close to home, this time in the Tucson Mountain Park. I linked together a bunch of trails to form a loop. This is more of a Yetman Trail Meander than a loop. Got a late start (9:00) and hit the Yetman, Bowen, Hidden Canyon and Rock Wren Trails. Finished right at sunset. These are fairly easy trails used by both hikers and mountain bikers. On this trip I also ran into two archery hunters (deer season). The first archery hunter pointed out a buck and 4 doe way upon the slopes of Golden Gate Peak that he originally spotted with his binoculars. There were lots of other hikers, especially when you get close to some of the trail heads. On the Hidden Canyon trail which is probably the rockiest with a bit of elevation gain I ran into a young lady with her grand kids or great grand kids, she was 83 years old. Quite an accomplishment. Probably was staying at the Star Pass Resort. Toward the end of the day there were lots of mountain bikers on the Rock Wren Trail. Views from the trail aren't spectacular due to the low elevation and the fact that there was early morning fog in the lower valleys of Tucson and the haze never really burnt off completely. With the condition of the trails I was able to average 3 MPH moving on this trip, Of coarse this pace has a toll on the knees. Nothing serious but at the end of the day the knees weren't happy. The annoying part of hiking in this area is the constant sound of the commercial airlines flying overhead. An interesting observation was the chirping sound that the military jets made as they passed over. At first I thought it was someone making that sound but then I noticed it only occurred when the military aircraft were overhead. Not a continuous sound just one burst. I'm going to have to do a little research on this, probably is some kind of sonar device for altitude maybe. Also got to get a closer view of Cat Mountain that I want to hike, not sure if I want to hike across that ridge the north side looks more like a rock climb.

Not sure this will be a destination for me to do future hiking other than to hit a few more trails that I haven't been on. Seems to me to be just a little bubble of openness in an ocean of development. Nice area for day hiking if you live in the area and want to get out for a little exercise. Nice place to visit at sunset if the conditions are right.
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