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Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,646 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.82 mph
2,646 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Newman Peak had been on my radar screen for a while, and I decided to go do this one today.

I came in on the Houser Road-Brady Pump route. I used 4WD but I may not have needed it. I am pretty sure that a full size truck with 2WD would be Ok on the road, and perhaps an AWD SUV with good clearance. I sure would not try it with a sedan though. I bought a State Land Pass before going, so I was legal on the drive in!

This was a tough hike -- much more difficult than Flatiron, Picketpost, or Brown's Peak. We were able to pretty much stay on the trail -- such as it is -- all the way, but it took us a good bit of effort to spot cairns and look for the trail on the way. It was pretty much a class 2 hike all the way, but nothing worse than that imho.

It was a steep climb up and a steep descent back down, but I mostly enjoyed the hike. The descent was not as bad as I thought it might be, but we took our time and it was a bit of a grind. The scenery was great going up and coming back down.

I was glad to do this one -- it is a P2K peak as well as being the most prominent peak in Pinal County. I have now done the most prominent peak in 14 of Arizona's 15 counties, with only the elusive Black Mesa-Kayenta to go. Unfortunately it is currently under a COVID closure, but maybe it will reopen sometime in 2021.

This was a cool hike and I was glad to do it. I imagine that I am one of the few people to hike Newman Peak, but not to have hiked nearby Picacho Peak.
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