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Mount Lemmon Snowplay, AZ
mini location map2022-01-03
22 by photographer avatarJim_H
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Mount Lemmon Snowplay, AZ 
Mount Lemmon Snowplay, AZ
 
Snowshoeing5.00 Miles 1,250 AEG
Snowshoeing5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.18 mph
1,250 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Last winter, in early February, it took Pima County a week to open the Catalina Highway. This time it took 2 days. So, even though I was thinking I was going to go to the Pinalenos to probably snowshoe Heliograph Peak, I didn't have to do that. Perhaps the snow would have been better quality and much fluffier at 10,000', but I don't know how the road would have been, and I wasn't able to tell how deep the snow was around Heliograph. Plus, it is 3 hours each way to get to the trailhead. Frankly, I am always tired after snowshoeing, so not driving home for 3 hours, and instead only driving for 90 minutes, is much nicer.

Drove to the ski area and found it overflowing. So, I parked at a pullout just down the road. I geared up, and dropped down the slope to the creek bottom, and hiked up to the Aspen Draw trail. I then followed a nice ski track to the top of the ridge, which was pretty convenient as it seems that everyone always physically forgets how hard snowshoeing really is. The views were great, and the snow was a lot better than last year, so I was able to hike to the actual summit of Mt Lemmon, and not just the spot outside the fencing which is falling down on itself, and I continued on to a nice loop using the Meadow Trail and last section of the Mount Lemmon Trail. I descend directly down slope for most of my return from Radio Ridge, which was great as hiking down in dense powder snow is the best way to snowshoe. I then drove home to my pulled pork shoulder which was in the oven for 7 hours. It was great.
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