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Cottonwood Mountain Trail #66 - Santa TeresasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking8.13 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.13 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   1.68 mph
2,300 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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The road is high clearance 4wd to the third gate, after that, don’t bother. Expect to get some pinstripes. Cool temps to start. The road/trail heads over to the creekbed and generally either stays in the creek, or up on the left bank. Eventually, the trail turns up to the left away from the creek and heads uphill. Faint in places, but generally easy to follow. I was glad I wore pants and not shorts because there was some thorny vegetation along and in the trail.

As the trail gets higher, it switchbacks up the slope before topping out. At that point, we turned left and headed off trail along the ridge. Generally easy off trail, with some manzanita to push through. There were more cairns than I was expecting to see, but as long as you follow the ridge, you’ll stay on track. The cairns kept us mostly on the left side of the ridge. Nice views in all directions from the top, with plenty of rocks to sit on for a break. Despite being surrounded by desert, it was interesting to see a nice stand of pines on the north side of the summit.

Retraced our steps back down, taking a slightly easier route through the section of manzanita. Definitely warm as we headed downhill, but a nice breeze at times helped. Nice trail in a quiet area with plenty of solitude, good to do something new.
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