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Saguaro NPE, AZ
mini location map2020-04-03
14 by photographer avatarchumley
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Saguaro NPE, AZ 
Saguaro NPE, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 03 2020
chumley
Backpack34.40 Miles 8,769 AEG
Backpack34.40 Miles3 Days         
8,769 ft AEG
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Had permits for this one long ago, and despite a few changes in plans, managed to pull it off. Despite being on my quaranteam, I still said no to carpooling, and Karl and I each drove separately. Got started by 9:30 and made HV in two hours flat. Not a lot of water ... but water in a lot of places the whole way up.

After setting up camp, we headed for the peak. Despite knowing how steep that last mile is, it's still brutal. We saw our only other person on the day about a mile below the summit. We hurried back to camp to meet up with Belinda who had hiked up via a different, much longer route.

Saturday we set out on an 18-mile lasso loop over to Manhead, Mica2ndary, Mica proper, Spud, Manning, Devils, and all the other things over there. I'd never been on this side, and truly enjoyed it. I'll have to come back and explore some more. There was an leo ranger quarantining at Manning, a couple camped there, and we hopscotched with another couple that was doing a loop up there. Other than that we saw another backpacking group from a distance but that was it for the day.

Sunday we made quick work of the hike down, passing two separate hikers who were headed for Rincon, and several other groups that had no chance of making it. The parking area had 12 vehicles :o and the drive out a fair amount of traffic.

The local rancher was building a new hiker gate at the trailhead and doing some work to try to prevent people from driving on closed roads. It'll be nice to see how it all turns out next time I'm here.
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