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Saulsbury Trail #263Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking15.06 Miles 4,556 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   1.71 mph
4,556 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Started from the Saulsbury TH a little after 0700. The trail is in okay shape for the most part, but has a few areas of erosion from flooding. You have to pay attention in a few places to not lose the trail, but overall, was a pleasant hike uphill, with a good amount of early morning shade.

Once at the Crest Trail, we headed up the south side of Flys, and for once, the faint trail was easily visible to me. I like Flys, even though the views are limited, so we stopped at the summit for a break and snack before heading back down.

Once back on the Crest Trail, we headed south about a mile to the south side of South Flys. Took the south ridge north to the summit. All off trail, with lots of gopher holes, but not too much vegetation. Saw two white tailed deer. Quick stop at the summit, before retracing our steps down.

Continued south on the Crest Trail, then up to Chiricahua Peak. Short break before heading back down to the saddle. Went on the Crest Trail around the west slope of Chiricahua, then down Mormon Ridge Trail.

Mormon Ridge was a mixed bag. It was steep, narrow, and rocky in a lot of places and made for tiring hiking, even downhill. Some deadfall to contend with too. Other areas were slightly overgrown, and there were a few scree slopes to cross. Views were nice though, and some of the rock formations were neat. My least favorite trail of the day, but it wasn't terrible.

Once at the bottom, we walked the road back to the Saulsbury TH, finishing up around 1640. Saw no other people all day. Sunny, and slightly warm on Mormon Ridge, but generally nice temps otherwise. Good to see Matt again.
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