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Silver Bell Peak 4261
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Silver Bell Peak 4261Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking5.72 Miles 1,859 AEG
Hiking5.72 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   1.29 mph
1,859 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Since it is the jingle bell time of year I figured that this would be a good time to hike to the highpoint of the Silver Bell Mountains(elevation of 4,261 feet and prominence of 1,921 feet).

I turned off of Avra Valley Road onto a gas pipeline road and took it to N. Waterman Mountain Rd. I turned left on Waterman Mountain, went a short distance, and then took another dirt road for almost 3 miles and parked at a guzzler. I had my loppers with me, and did a bit of tree trimming along the last 3 miles. Pinstriping can now be avoided on that stretch.

We went out and back on the descent route of the track that @Mike_W posted. It went pretty well, and I thought that the ascent was easier than the descent. There was a lot of rock hopping in the wash, which slowed us down quite a bit.

There were a couple of steep sections on the hike: 1) getting out of the drainage and heading up to the upper guzzler, and 2) the final push to the summit. The ascent was better than the descent in these sections imho. There was a bit of scrambling, but nothing worse than class 2.

This hike won't make my hiking hall of fame, but there were nice views at the summit and it was nice to see the area. A highlight for me was the saddle where the upper guzzler was -- the views were great there and it was cool to see the guzzler.

We did not see any wildlife, but we came across a sheep horn in the wash on the way back.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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