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Mount BallardTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2009
PrestonSands
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,360 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
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Having never hiked in the Mule Mountains (and not knowing of any trails at all in those mountains, for that matter) I was anxious to explore. After working in Bowie, Willcox, and Sierra Vista (love that town!) earlier in the day, I arrived in Bisbee late on a cloudy Veteran's Day afternoon. Once the ordeal of finding a gas station in Bisbee was over, I went to Mule Pass, with map in hand and the hope of summiting Mount Ballard, despite it already being 4:20 pm. Greeted by a private property sign, I was discouraged at first, but I skirted the private land through a short 'n' nasty bushwhack, and ended up right where I needed to be on the ridge to Ballard. To my surprise, there was a decent path making a beeline for the summit. There was ample evidence of previous hikers, both legal and illegal, on the way up. The hike was a bit easier than I would have guessed, and I reached the summit at sunset. I took a few photos in the fading light, sent a "wish you were here" text to a friend, signed the register, then quickly headed off of the mountain. I actually broke out the flashlight half way down, and made it back to Mule Pass at 6:20 pm. I recommend starting earlier than I did, though. Afterwards, I made a detour to do some night photos in Bisbee, then made the long drive home through Tombstone. A very fun day it was! :D
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