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Ladybug Trail #329 - 5 members in 28 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 11 2010
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71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2010
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Hiking1.00 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
385 ft AEG
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juliachaos
This was the first of several short hikes we did in conjunction with camping in the Pinalenos. It is a pleasant way to start or end a visit to the upper reaches of these mountains.
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Sep 17 2008
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking4.20 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.10 mph
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Hiked from the Round The Mountain trailhead up the Ladybug Trail, almost to the ridge top, then back down. Bought a backpack full of apples at Angle Orchard on the hike back.
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Dec 02 2006
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.09 mph
3,560 ft AEG
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Fantastic day in the Pinalenos with Preston today. Our original plan was foiled...there was too much snow/ice on the Swift Trail to get up to the Dutch Henry Trailhead. So we made a spur of the moment decision to climb Ladybug Peak instead since the trailhead was nearby.

We unknowingly climbed up into a winter wonderland. Clear bright skies led us up into the higher elevations, and around 7000 feet or so we encountered our first patch of snow. There was more and more along the trail as we climbed to the peak. What an awesome experience. Footing was a little dicey on a couple of the switchbacks, but overall not too bad. This trail is a steep climb gaining well over 3500 feet in total. It's through pristine forest the whole way. From the summit the views are typically outstanding.

We flew down through the soft snow, marveling all along at the beauty of the snowy Pinalenos.

The day didn't work out as originally planned, but I don't know if it could have ended up any better. :D
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Dec 02 2006
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
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Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.00 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.09 mph
3,560 ft AEG
 
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fricknaley
A great hike in the snowy Pinalenos with Nick. After we freed my truck from the sand that I'd gotten it stuck in on the way to the Dutch Henry Trailhead :oops: , we made our way up the Swift Trail to begin our hike at Ladybug Saddle. Just past Arcadia campground, the road became a sheet of solid ice :o Definately not something you want to encounter on the Swift Trail! Plans changed, and we decided on the Ladybug Trail. We started hiking up the trail from Angle Orchard, unsure if we would have enough time to complete the hike. My post-sickness fatigue didn't slow us down too much, though. The second half of the hike was almost entirely in the snow :) , which varied in depth from 2 to 5 inches. The wind picked up as we reached Ladybug Peak, but it really didn't seem very cold up there. We made it down from the peak in 2.5 hours. Hiking in rugged, snow covered mountains was an awesome experience. Had a great time :D
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Nov 26 2006
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.25 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles      40 Mns   1.88 mph
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A brief afternoon visit to the top of Ladybug Peak after unsuccessful trail scouting near Turkey Flat. Hiked up from Ladybug Saddle. It was cold and windy up there, about 38 degrees. The sun goes down so early in winter!
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Sep 04 2006
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Hiking5.00 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.33 mph
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After being chased out of Shannon Campground by endless cold rain the day before, Bill, Susan, and I wanted to do a hike in the Pinalenos. The clouds looked truly evil, but we were determined. After parking a vehicle at the bottom, we drove to the Turkey Flat Trailhead, and began our hike. For most of the hike, we were in the clouds. Although we had little in the way of views, the Oregon-like hiking experience was awesome! There were wildflowers everywhere, having been brought out by a ridiculously wet monsoon season. Near the bottom of the trail, we exited the clouds, and the sun even came out a little. Even with limited visibility, this was a beautiful hike. :D
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Jul 23 2006
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 3,560 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
3,560 ft AEG
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A stop to stretch the legs on our way up the Swift Highway to Ash Creek. With Matt Bond, Andy Lee, Jan van der Meer (business visitor from the Netherlands) and "desert puppy" Skippy. Unbelievable that the high temperature on Mt Graham was only 71degreesF! Leaving the 115degreeF heat behind felt fantastic. We even got rained on to make our Dutch visitor feel at home...

We were quite surprised to be the only hikers on the trail today. Great place. We will be back soon for an overnight camp...

My GPS logged over 413 miles today. That's quite a few miles for a Sunday hike...
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Ladybug Trail #329Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog13.30 Miles 3,560 AEG
Run/Jog13.30 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   5.70 mph
3,560 ft AEG
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This trail is in the Pinaleno mountains near Safford and is about 6.3 miles long and rises over 4000 feet. One can go one way and get picked up from the highway or retrace your route back down. I went up the trail to the top at about 8600 feet and then down the highway nearly 7 miles back to the start. It has great views of high points in the Pinalenos and north to the peaks of Dos Cabezas. Some people drive up and hike down. I took 1:30 up and about 50 minutes down. There are plenty of trails to do in this area.
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