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Esperero Canyon loop, AZ
mini location map2019-03-09
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Esperero Canyon loop, AZ 
Esperero Canyon loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Mar 09 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog21.20 Miles 4,854 AEG
Run/Jog21.20 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   3.35 mph
4,854 ft AEG
 
1st trip
This route is one of the classic Tucson Trail Runners routes (although I didn't do it with TTR). Up Esperero Canyon trail, over Cathedral Rock trail, then all the way down Sabino Canyon to where you started. I attempted it about two weeks after the winter storm that dropped snow all the way down to the valley, so I was expecting flowing creeks and some snow at the higher elevations.

Esperero Canyon is a grind. A couple miles in, before you top out at the view down into the canyon (which had some nice waterfalls btw), passed through a swarm of bees... Unfortunately seems pretty typical for the lower elevations of the Catalinas. Bridal Veil was in top form, and I used the opportunity to refill my water.

This was my first time seeing Cathedral Rock trail, and it's not bad. Good views. Turns out the north side can be a tad sketchy with ice; there was hard snowpack a couple feet or more deep, on steep slope... Made for slow going, but I enjoyed the experience.

West Fork trail was in top form, with lots of water from Hutch's down. The crossing was thigh deep; no way to avoid getting wet there.

Coming down Sabino Canyon trail was a bit of a struggle. It was a long day. Definitely a loop I'd go back and do again.
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