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2019-03-30  
Chooka8, AZ
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Chooka8, AZ 
Chooka8, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
chumley
Hiking13.91 Miles 4,232 AEG
Hiking13.91 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.35 mph
4,232 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Knocked two more uniques off my Huachuca list. Nice to get out on the west siiiiiide! Oversite is a great trail. I think Shawn told me once that the Douglas RD is really good with maintenance? Maybe I'm misremembering. Either way, tough to argue. These certainly don't get a lot of legitimate hiker use, and yet are very well maintained, with obvious trail maintenance as recently as last fall.

Ida reminded me of the trail up Babo. Similar terrain and flora. I was heading down later in the day and the mountain shaded me a bit. This wouldn't be as fun to ascend, and definitely not earlier in the day when the lower portions are exposed to the sun.

I did a loop down Wisconsin Canyon (which I learned apparently got it's name because the temperature dropped 20 degrees as soon I started down) and up Pat Scott. I was expecting more water in PS creek given the recent snow and overall wet winter, but it really wasn't any more than I had seen it previously.

Since JJ and and the doc had hit the alternate PS Peak last time they were here I decided to cover my bases as well. Glad I did. The views from up there far exceed those from the peak(s) under the text name on the map.

Got stopped by border patrol on the way down. After ribbing the poor guy a bit at my surprise that he was out of his truck and actually hiking on a trail, I answered a bunch of his questions and pointed him toward the only questionable things I had seen on my loop. After showing him the soles of my shoes, I continued on.

He must have lost a bet or something cause two other officers were at the bottom relaxing in their truck and waiting for him to radio down when he had had a chance to check out what he was investigating. They asked if I was the owner of the vehicle down the road with the, uh, art, on it. I confirmed. Lol.

I did the trailhead drive as a loop to figure out which is faster. No contest ... through SV and around the south side over Montezuma Pass was almost half an hour shorter than the dirt road to Parker Canyon Lake and Sonoita. Though that is one of the prettiest drives in the state. I also drove that 35mph road like Andretti at about 60, so it might technically be even longer than that. In review, get there by going around the east side through SV. Don't listen to Google, sometimes it really has no clue.
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