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Redfield Canyon to Swamp Springs Canyon
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2022-11-26  
2022-09-30  
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9 by photographer avatarGrangerGuy
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Redfield Canyon to Swamp Springs CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking4.00 Miles 830 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.33 mph
830 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I spent more time researching this trip than I did hiking it, not counting the hours it took to get there. I wanted to make sure I did not go on private land, either driving or walking, and since there are no trails, I scoped out a reasonable hike plan. There will be an HAZ guide when I am done today. Hope someday someone can extend the guide all they way up Swamp Springs Canyon to Jackson Cabin. That would make a great traverse of this wilderness.

This area was on my to-do list as one of the Arizona Wilderness Areas without much information available. The access path from trailhead down to the canyon was pretty easy to map from aerial photos, although I did get off a couple times, plus it was hidden at times in the tall grass. There are a few tiny cairns showing the way.

I didn’t have time to go as far up Swamp Spring Canyon as I wanted, as I had some errands to do in Tucson before I headed home to Phoenix, but it really was gorgeous and cool under the trees in the canyon compared to the heat at the top. I even had a breeze blowing in my face both going in and coming out.

At one point while walking along the bank, a rattler insistently warned me off. I couldn’t see him/her/them, but I did the valiant and respectful thing and stepped into the stream until well clear.

I’m not the fastest 4x4 driver in the world. It took me 1 ¾ hours each direction from N. Cascabel Road. The views along the road will make you stop for pictures, as I did, as you can see all the way from the Catalinas and Rincons to the Galurios, with big sky and canyons in between.
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