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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.40 Miles 3,030 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.49 mph
3,030 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
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Wow, what an awesome hike that this one turned out to be!

I had never been to Basset Peak before, although it is reputed to be one of the best places in AZ for fall foliage. I saw a trip report from a Basset Peak hike that @joebartels and @JuanJaimeiii had done on Nov. 6. I checked out their photos, sent a link to the photos to Tracie, my favorite and intrepid hiking companion, and her response was: "When do we leave?" It is generally not too hard to convince her to go on a hike with me, and this time it was a piece of cake.

It is a fairly long drive to the TH from Phoenix, and you'll likely want to be in a 4WD vehicle for the last half mile or so to the TH. It was 9:45 AM when we started the hike, and we finished around 4:15 after going up to Basset Peak and taking probably 300+ photos between us along the way.

There was ab awesome and amazing display of color on the lower part of the trail; the red, orange, and yellow maple leaves were incredible. Many of the leaves were past their prime color, but there were LOTS of leaves at their peak.

The trail was a delight to hike on in the first half of the hike; however, the trail was overgrown quite a bit as we gained elevation. Once we got took the Basset Peak Trail from the East Divide Trail, the footing was a bit slippery in places. There were tons of switchbacks along most of the way, although it got a bit steep as we made our final ascent to the peak. The 360 degree views at the summit were outstanding!

This hike is a keeper in my book, and I hope to get there again next fall!
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Some of the leaves, especially those at higher elevations, were past their prime; however, there were LOTS of leaves at their peak color
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