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Atascosa PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.60 mph
2,496 ft AEG
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Did this nice hike with Brian and Jim on a day where the high temp was supposed to be 61. It was roughly 2.6 miles to the top of the lookout and took us about 1.5 hours to reach this location. At the top were some antennas, solar panels, and a survey marker from 1935. We met an older couple from Colorado who were in their 80s and they made it all the way to the lookout and back, which ended up being roughly 5 miles roundtrip. We were impressed that they could still hike very well into their 80s. Probably very few people their age would have made it up there. But, proof that it can be done with the right conditioning. Although the trail did not appear to be maintained, it was fairly easy to follow from the trailhead to the top of the lookout.

After lunch, Brian, Jim and I headed North/Northeast down the steep rocky ridge from the Atascosa lookout. We needed to take the first section slow because it was quite steep. After we got to lower ground, the hike became easier. We saw some cairns and were able to follow the ridgeline North to Atascosa peak. Some light rock climbing was necessary to get to the top. There were a few places where we lost the cairns but after a few minutes of looking around we were able to find the best route. At the peak, there was a large rock pile with an ammo box containing a registry. We also saw hundreds of ladybugs on some tall grass right at the peak. There were some nice views all around as this seemed to be the highest point in the area.

Several years back, Brian and I hiked to the Ramanote Natural Arch which was quite memorable. We realized that it wasn't too far from where we were. We thought we saw the natural arch from the top, but were not sure. Someday soon, we will plan on hiking to Ramanote peak which was visible to the Northeast.
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