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2022-12-27  
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Tortilla BenchmarkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,058 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.24 mph
1,058 ft AEG
 
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I summited 2 peaks in a loop on this beautiful day. The Tucson high temp was 78 but on these peaks it may have been a few degrees cooler, perhaps 72. The first one was the Tortilla BM and the second was Falcon BM. I did these peaks as a loop starting with Tortilla BM first.

The drive to get here was time consuming and a bit tricky. 4x4 and high clearance is required, especially for the last few miles along the powerline road also known as Hedgehog trail. I parked off the powerline road and headed South. Within a minute I saw some cattle and a water tank. The cattle ran away as they usually do. It was pretty easy to follow cattle trails to get to the first major saddle. When I got there I saw 2 or 3 cattle up there. They looked a bit surprised to see me there. One cow turned quickly and looked right at me. I took a few photos and then these cows decided I wasn't safe so they started heading down the West side of the slope. I continued South, then West, then eventually made it to the peak. The peak was rocky and I needed to explore around for the registry, which took my a few minutes to find. There were some great views of Owl Head Buttes from there looking Northwest, and I could see Picacho peak to the Northwest in the distance. The bushwhack was fairly easy because the cows made some nice trails most of the way up.

AEG = 1778 for both Tortilla BM and Falcon BM

Approximate Times:
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parking area to Tortilla BM: 1 hr 10 mins
Tortilla BM to Falcon BM: 1 hr 45 mins (45 minutes to wash, 1 hour to Falcon BM from there)
Falcon BM to parking area: 1 hr 30 mins (1 hr 5 mins to wash, 25 mins to parking area from there)
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Total roundtrip time = 4 hrs 25 mins
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Michael Williams
IT Professional
Rocky Point Vacation Rentals
Ocean Front Condo in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico
www.beachfrontmexico.info
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