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Hope Camp Loop, AZ
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Hope Camp Loop, AZ 
Hope Camp Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2019
markthurman53
Hiking9.70 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   3.05 mph
900 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Started out with plans to hike China Peak in the Dragoons. Drove a little ways up the road to China Peak, Temperature in the sun was 32 degrees but when I got out of the jeep the wind was really blowing. I was still in fall clothing and I decided I wasn't going to do this. The view was great from where I parked so I took a couple of photos of Tombstone and the Huachuca Mountains and proceeded back down. Surprised I could hold the camera steady, Colder than a well diggers ....you know what.

I headed back to Tucson and decided to do a more local hike in Saguaro National Park. Decided on the Hope Camp with a return on the Ruiz and Coyote Wash Trails. The wind was still blowing but the temps were a more civilized lower 50's. The Hope Camp Trail is an easy two track with a little climb in the middle to get the heart rate up. New gates are installed at the Comino Loma Alta Trail head and at the East end at the Park Boundary. This is also a small section of the Arizona Trail, From the East end to the Quilter Trail. There was spotty water in creek near Deer Camp

Returned via the Ruiz and Coyote Wash Trails. The Ruiz is a ridge trail and in very good condition. You can actually site see while walking without worrying about walking off trail, tripping on rocks or running into something. Coyote Wash Trail is as would be expected a trail that follows in a Wash/Creek. I called this Coyote Wash but not sure that is the name of this wash. Good condition and appears to be used by horses. This trail at the southern end connects to the Ruiz Trail and on the Northern end terminates at the Road along the Hope Camp Trail. There are some interesting rock formations along the creek and evidence of earlier inhabitants, probably Hohokam. The creek along this trail was dry.

I will have to return to the Dragoons when the weather is a bit more civilized to get to China and Cochise Peak.
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