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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
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Hiking1.80 Miles 103 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      42 Mns   2.57 mph
103 ft AEG
 
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First a big shout out to Guru for shuttling us. We have decided he should become an honorary member of the Arizona Trail Section Crew as he's helped out on some big shuttles and this one saved us an incredible amount of time. For this segment we were able to drop Shawn's truck near High Hinks Ranch where we had finished the top part of Passage 12 a few years back. We all put our stuff, including sleeping bags and packs into Guru's vehicle for the ride up to Summerhaven.

As we were driving alongside the mountain, the discussion was, which side of the mountains are we looking at as Ambika said the front side? Well how do we know that's the front side and how many sides are there to the mountain and where would we be hiking... which was the other side. And it depends on which side is the other side. Well you get the drift. This side thing developed into quite the conversation.


We stopped and had a nice lunch at the Eclectic Cafe before starting the drive up the mountain. We did pull over at one of the stops to take in the view and snap some pictures. We drove all the way to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead to verify the gate was open for vehicles and on the way back up to the Control Road we're looking out both sides but don't see a trail. When we unloaded at the Control Road and geared up, we asked Shawn where the trail was and he said we were on it. Well that wasn't what we expected at all.

So back down the highway we went and thru the town, altho we did make a pit stop at the Community Center restrooms. Since the burn the town has surely lost a lot of its charm that's for sure. Once past the town you are hiking next to Rose Creek for the rest of the hike. There was quite a bit of traffic on the road (human and vehicular) and we did encounter a thru hiker who was double-checking his GPS to verify the trail and we said, yep, this is it.

Once completed we headed up to the General Store and looked around. I bot some fudge, it is still as good as I remember. Shawn engaged a thru-hiker that was having issues with his water system. He sounded German.

We had a very disappointing dinner at the Sawmill Run Restaurant. It was bad in many different ways. Live and learn. Fortunately Guru had picked us up a couple giant cookies at the Cookie restaurant and those were pretty good. We made our way to the Palisades Ranger Cabin that Tracy had booked for our stay. Shawn started a fire in the pot belly stove but smoke was leaking everywhere so we had to open all the windows and doors and turn on the fans as it smoked the place up pretty good. In the guest book we later read, don't start the fire. So we put a sign on the stove for future users because apparently the rangers or whomever doesn't read their guest book. In fact, these guests were snowed in for a day as the plow had left the snow in the driveway and there was no shovel to dig out.

Guru made us some very spicy Moscow Mules that really he should re-title East Indian Mules, wowsza! But we sipped away and chit chatted for awhile before retiring for the evening.

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Day Two, the main part of the hike via Oracle Ridge to High Jinks Ranch is a separate triplog and photo set and videos.
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