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mini location map2020-04-03
13 by photographer avatarBiFrost
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Saguaro NPE, AZ 
Saguaro NPE, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 03 2020
BiFrost
Backpack34.40 Miles 8,769 AEG
Backpack34.40 Miles3 Days         
8,769 ft AEG
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Great 3 days backpacking in the Rincons. Chumley got the permit for 2 nights at Happy Valley Campground and we had whole place to ourselves. Hiked in Friday morning setup quick camp around noon and then hit Rincon Peak Summit. Nice clear day for endless summit views so we had a late lunch break before heading back down to camp. Belinda came up a different route to Happy Valley so she met us at camp and was there when we arrived. Relaxed around camp for the night with some pleasant temps and a good camp fire!

Next day we all headed out on about an 18 mile day hike to Mica Mountain and loop of the top. We hit the highlight spots first passing Manhead. Then Mica Meadow in route to Reef Rock and the views on the backside. Then over to Mica Secondary where we had an early lunch and stayed awhile to enjoy the views. Quick stop at Mica Mountain because it was there and then over to Spud Rock which has the best views on the front Tucson side. Very windy so we didn’t hang out long and on to Manning Camp. Talked to park ranger for a minute, saw a few people in camp, and checked out the water feature. Last stop of the day was Devils Bathtub where we took a longer break and checked out some of the small pools there. Finished up the day hike around 530 with a solid 18 miles and a bit tired. Nice to have a great camp again all to ourselves.

Next morning it was quick 4.2 miles out to the vehicle. With Covid-19 seems everyone is going to the trailheads that are still open and this one was no exception. The parking lot was packed and I’ve never seen so many people on the Miller Creek Trail ever. Fortunately, most people were not up on the mountain where we spent most of the weekend :D

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Devils Bathtub Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Plenty of flow at the tub.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Manning Camp Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Big pool at Manning Camp.
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