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South Mountain Pima-Corona-Dobbins Super Loop, AZ
mini location map2022-04-02
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South Mountain Pima-Corona-Dobbins Super Loop, AZ 
South Mountain Pima-Corona-Dobbins Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking21.29 Miles 3,877 AEG
Hiking21.29 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   3.53 mph
3,877 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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With Saturday wide open and my usual hiking partners unavailable this weekend, I decided to do a solo hike at South Mountain, a longer variation on a route that I typically choose. It was in the mid-60s and very comfortable when I started at ~6:30AM and was a lot less busy than I expected for a Saturday Morning at SoMo on a nice day.

I started up Marcos de Niza and and continued along Guadalupe Ridge...I didn't see too many people along that stretch except around Observation Point. From there, I headed into new territory and hiked down Corona de Loma East (Old Man Trail) and over to Corona de Loma Trailhead. Once I was down off the ridge, that part of the hike was flat and not particularly scenic, but there are a lot of nice houses in the neighborhoods over there.

I hiked back up onto the ridge and through Eagle Pass via Corona de Loma Trail...it was fairly steep, with a lot of switchbacks. I saw the waypoint for Chinese Wall on the route but didn't really notice it as I passed...I probably looked right at it and didn't think it looked very wall-like. I'm guessing South Mountain's Chinese wall isn't visible from space :). At Buena Vista Lookout, I headed west for a short out-and-back to Dobbins Lookout before returning and picking up Geronimo Trail and following that down into the residential neighborhoods and over to Mormon Trailhead.

I took a short break there before the final long ascent of the day. It as around noon by that point, and all the other hiker traffic on Mormon Trail was going down, so I didn't have to bother dodging two-way traffic on the way up. I connected with Mormon Loop Trail and then took Javelina and the Ridgeline Trail over to Pima Trail/Beacon Hill and back to the trailhead. It finished it off with a short out-and-back on National Trail since it was still early in the afternoon.

The afternoon got warm but not uncomfortably hot, in the mid-80s when I finished. I didn't see anything out of the ordinary today as far as wildlife, but there were plenty of blooming cacti and ocotillo. South Mountain doesn't offer the most interesting or overwhelmingly beautiful hiking, and certainly not an opportunity to get away from crowds, but it was nice to check out some new trails at my own pace on a solo hike.
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