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Azt #11 & #12, AZ
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Azt #11 & #12, AZ 
Azt #11 & #12, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2021
trekkin_gecko
Backpack34.00 Miles 7,521 AEG
Backpack34.00 Miles2 Days         
7,521 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
these two passages have been on the list, partly because john would now be finished with 1-19
i love the sky island terrain, and most of the trails would be new to me
drove to gordon hirabayashi and got going around 0700 saturday morning
a nice downhill to begin, with the realization that we had a lot of elevation gain ahead of us
stopped at hutch's pool to filter and snack, then headed up west fork
john flushed out a nice sized coatimundi somewhere along here
there was a little bit of poison ivy on this section
a moderate grade on good trail until romero pass
good views, but a lot of burned area and very windy there
mount lemmon trail is steep - a challenge all the way to wilderness of rocks
we had planned to camp right at 15 miles, but someone was in the best spot so we went on
found a good campsite near lemmon creek around 1500 and set up
i read, john napped, we filtered water, cooked dinner and were in our tents before dark :lol:
a lot of aeg saturday
up early sunday, coffee and breakfast while breaking camp
usually our second day is shorter - not this time
set out around 0700 again with an uphill to marshall gulch
nice downhill, then the walk through summerhaven (where nothing was open) to the start of oracle ridge
it was extremely windy sunday, with gusts pushing us sideways and blowing up dust and soot
this section was badly burned, and the trail was rocky
that, and a lot of up and down along the ridgeline made for slower going
passed by rice peak, and didn't go up due to time constraints
no water along here either, and we carried extra from camp
the tank was pretty green, but we filtered a liter anyway
the last three miles of this stretch is on the very smooth cody trail, gradually downhill
finished up just before 1500, about an 18 mile day
john's wife janie was waiting for us, and shuttled us back to my car
a big shout out and thank you to janie for making this combo possible
the shuttle is very time consuming, driving all the way around mt. lemmon
another two sections, making 15 for me in just the past year :)
i have a few gaps to fill in on the southern passages
i've enjoyed tagging along with john on these
random thoughts:
hard to describe how much of the santa catalinas burned in the bighorn fire last year
probably 30 of our 34 miles were burned to some degree
always good to practice backpacking
i would have traded my book for a chair
cinched up my quilt correctly and was toasty warm all night
it's nice to have a light pack but there are trade offs
we want to start doing some longer trips
great trip with john again - thank you
good times!
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