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15 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking11.52 Miles 2,860 AEG
Hiking11.52 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.84 mph
2,860 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Got started with Joe and Kelly around 0830. Cool temps and no breeze, but amazingly the three of us were in agreement that the weather felt nice.

Easy hiking for the first three miles or so. Trail was a little vague in places, but we stayed on track. Minimal fall color, but the little we did get was still nice. Apparently, the area is an Arizona white oak (or something like that) wonderland, and we all took pictures of the glory.

Once we passed the promised aspen grove, the trail turned and headed more steeply uphill, away from the creek. Kind of like a whole new hike—scrubby vegetation, steep rocky trail, neat rock formations. Walking up along the ridge was my favorite, with great views in all directions.

The switchbacks near the top had a few loose, narrow sections to grab your attention. And the final push to the summit was easier than anticipated. Took a nice snack break at the top, then headed back down. I took a more southerly route back down, I called it the stupid route, the peanut gallery questioned my directional abilities, but we still popped out on the trail in one piece.

Fairly easy hike back down. Trail was still vague in a few places. But the miles ticked by quickly. Only saw three other people, not far from the finish. Good to hike with Joe and Kelly again.

The road in is high clearance for the last mile or so, especially past the gate. There are places to park before the road gets bad.
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