|Run/Jog||23.77 Miles|| 7 Hrs 18 Mns ||3.31 mph|
|4,816 ft AEG|| 7 Mns Break|
|Another one from the "retro" category... I'm a little undecided about how far back I want to log these adventures, but I do kind of want to make sure I document my quest to run the AZT. My trip down to the Huachucas didn't start with this goal in mind. I really just wanted to get down there and explore the area, maybe hit Miller Peak, Ramsey Canyon, whatever seemed worthwhile, but didn't have any intel on the area. A friend in Tucson made a suggestion, why not just do the first segment of the AZT?|
Since he was willing to join, and help shuttle, I went with his idea.
From Coronado National Monument, we ran down to the border (the nice thing about the out-and-back nature of this section is we didn't have to carry water because we would be back at the car in a few miles). I had always wanted to see the border monument. I knew about the...openness...of the border here. Stepping through the wire fence to cross back and forth from Mexico is a lot more fun than it should be. Before anybody complains about the lack of border security here, the ranger we were talking to on the way back assured us that nobody crosses here due to the fact that there is surveillance everywhere.
Back at the vehicle, we picked up our packs, started heading up the long, gradual climb into the high country. The views from the ridge are amazing.
Of course we did the little quarter-mile-or-so spur to the windy Miller Peak summit. Enjoyed an even more spectacular view, had a snack, and continued on. The next several miles were just up and down, crossing over the crest a couple of times.
The beginning of the descent down into Sunnyside Canyon was very welcome, and really a lot of fun. It's quite a nice little canyon (unfortunately the trail doesn't go through the old Sunnyside townsite, which I didn't learn existed until later - it has a fascinating history).
Not gonna lie, the last 4-5 miles into Parker Canyon Lake never seemed to end, but overall, it was a really good time, and it wasn't until after I was done that I decided I would try to run all the AZT Passages.