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Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking16.78 Miles 3,297 AEG
Hiking16.78 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   3.03 mph
3,297 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
last minute plans to check out the tortolitas
we had discussed doing so on our way back from wasson peak last week
we chose the shorter of the two super loop tracks posted
only and hour and a half from the valley, got going around 0630 or so from the very nice wild burro trailhead
there is a good trail map available to the kiosk
wild burro (rather than just taking the wash) to the point where all the trails converge and set out on upper javelina
fun trail, enjoyable ascent, good views once up high
next was wild mustang - thought the west end was better than the east
back on wild burro trail, dropped down to the windmill and dam area
took a short break and headed up the gentle switchbacks on the loop trail
best views of the day from the ridgeline trail, although this and the loop trail revealed quite a bit of burn area
took a longer snack break at an overlook, with views of the santa catalinas, santa ritas, wasson peak and baboquivari
returned on alamo springs trail, which was my favorite of the day, even with some additional elevation gain
all of the trails were in beautiful shape
you could look around without watching your footing every minute
an interesting range and very pleasant hiking
the loop gave us a good overview of the area, and the chance to hit most of the trails
route scout mileage seemed a little high compared to some other tracks
glad we did this one, john - nice to see some new territory
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