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Sabino Canyon Trail #23Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
tibber
Hiking2.65 Miles 859 AEG
Hiking2.65 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.87 mph
859 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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how to get to the AZT 11 to 10? Easy: Sabino to Molino. We met up at Molino parking and picked up Shawn and Tracy and then headed for Sabino Recreation area to get our tickets for the tram. The parking lot was almost completely full. We actually had to wait for someone to leave. We gathered our gear and walked up to the Tram stop where we waited until our leave time of 9AM. It was a nice and informative drive up to the TH.

We, along with quite a few others, switch-backed our way up for a bit before we finally were heading mostly northish. The flowers were already impressive and pretty much stayed that way for the rest of the hike. Thus why I split this hike in two reports. I have lots of flora pictures and I wanted to contribute to the HAZ flora data base... at least that's my story. It is amazing how high you get above the canyon. You gradually veer up for quite some time until leveling off and before you know it, you're heading downhill to the canyon below.

As many of you know the Gneiss (and not pronounced niece like I thot) rock is indeed impressive. And to hear the water running from so far below is pretty cool as well. However, we were constantly stopping for flora pictures. Ambika had counted some 37 different flora in the first mile; we were having a blast. Shawn and Tracy stayed ahead for the most part, occasionally looking back to see if we were still hiking :lol: .

We passed a couple backpackers heading to Hutch's Pool. The gal seemed to be struggling a bit. We also encountered a group of day hikers going to Hutch's Pool but when we told them how far they had come and had yet to go, they decided it would probably be best to turn back now. We reached the intersection of the AZT and now it was time to head ESE. And that is another trip report.

As I said there was lots of flora and thus, a couple videos. I also added some commentary I found on some of the flora in the photoset. I, of course did my share of zooming into the canyon below to try and catch some cascades of water. It's rugged looking down there though but I'm sure, based on past HAZ reports, there are some pools people can hike to. (I realized the photos are all behind by 12 hours, this new camera doesn't seem to keep good time as I'm sure I reset it last time I used it).

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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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