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Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking6.93 Miles 2,932 AEG
Hiking6.93 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   1.12 mph
2,932 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Three key takeaways: (1) Wear long pants, (2) bring gloves, and (3) if any of your footsteps lands on any flat surface, enjoy the moment, as it’s a rare occurrence on this hike.

We drove in through Coolidge, heading east on Hauser Road and then south on Brady Pump Road. There was a barbed wire gate and cattle guard at “Mulligan Road,” but just closed it behind us. The dirt road is fine for 2WD with any high clearance.

I enjoyed the hike but undersold its difficulty to my hiking companions. :sorry:

Someone made a flatiron comparison, but this easily kicks flatiron’s trash on the challenging scale.

We spent some time exploring the mine. We didn’t descend the rickety ladder at the back, but said hello to the resident bat.

The chute was as advertised—steep and slippery. Going up is one thing; coming down is another.

Views from the summit were very nice. Fun looking down on Picacho Peak from its namesake mountains.

We decided to skip South Newman, but the alternate descent from further on the ridge line looked to be less steep, so we ended up making a loop out of it anyway.

We dropped in from the ridgeline one drainage early (compared to the loop route we had downloaded). The descent was less loose and steep but pretty slow and tedious, picking a route down—particularly for my hiking partners. Almost stepping on a black tailed rattler made things a little spicy. The wind was strong at that time and his rattle was only half-hearted, so I didn’t see him until I literally was right on top of him. Thankfully, we were able to reestablish an appropriate social distancing without any unpleasantries being exchanged.

The last 1.5 back to the CAP (which you can see virtually throughout the hike) seemed to take forever.

Hit the drive through at the McDonalds in Coolidge on the return.

This one has been on my list for some time. And with the social distancing edicts, it definitely fit the bill. Didn’t see another soul the entire time.
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