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Oct 28 2007
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack31.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Over five days at the end of October and beginning of November, Zac Ribbing, the Trails Ranger for the Coronado Natl Forest, and I walked the Crest and Snowshed Trails plus the adjacent trails to all the springs and peaks. We carried loppers, a pruning saw and a D-handle saw and were able to cut back brush and remove logs along portions of the trails.

On October 28, we backpacked from the Long Park Trailhead to Snowshed Saddle. This is about five miles and took us 2 ½ hours. We set up a base camp in the saddle and worked down Snowshed toward Pine Park and out the Crest Trail toward Sentinel Peak on October 29-30. On October 30 we moved our base camp to Anita Park, about 2 ½ miles back toward the TH and an hour 15 minutes of hiking. We made Anita Park our base camp for Oct 30 - Nov 1 (Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!). From Anita Park, we walked trails to all the springs and peaks off the Crest Trail.

Weather was perfect with night time lows in the 30s and daytime highs in the 70s. Clear skies made it possible to see over 125 miles in all directions. The waning moon made for dark skies early and moonrise later at night.

Most of my account is of trail conditions because we plan to return in June 2008 with a crew to clear logs and open up the Snowshed Trail to Pine Park from the Crest.

The Crest Trail from Long Park to Juniper Saddle (over four miles) has two large trees across the trail but is otherwise clear of logs, brush, and has good tread. Since there are five (or six) yearlings that seem active along this stretch, they may have improved the tread. The Crest Trail from Juniper to the Price Canyon Trail (about 1 ½ miles) has a number of trees down but is otherwise in good shape. The rest of the Crest Trail out to the junction with the South Fork Trail (another 1 ½ miles) crosses significant areas burned during the 1994 fire and there are hundreds of trees (many of them under four inches in diameter) across the trail but the trail is easy to follow. We scouted the side trails to Chiricahua Peak, Ojo Agua Fria, Headquarters Spring, Anita Spring, and Booger Spring and found the trails easy to follow but with significant timber across all the trails. The trail around the back side of Flys Peak (east side ) to Bear Wallow Spring, the Centella Point Trail, and Tub Springs had only a few trees across the trail. The trail to Flys Peak has many logs across the trail.

Snowshed Trail from Juniper Spring to Deer Spring (about one mile) is in good shape but has one or two logs across the trail. From Deer Spring for about 1 ½ miles toward Pine Park, the trail is difficult to follow. One significant discovery was a switchback about 1/3 mile below (east of) Deer Spring where the trail crosses a large outcrop. Just past the rock, the trail drops about 40 feet in one long switchback. This is flagged and should make trail finding much easier through this area. We flagged, placed rocks on logs and cut and lopped brush to define and reestablish the trail over this segment. Past this, the trail is in good shape and easy to follow although there are several logs across the trail above Pine Park. For anyone coming up Snowshed Trail from Pine Park, follow the rocks and flagging; it is NOT easier to go cross country to the top of Snowshed Peak. The trail from Snowshed Saddle to Snowshed Peak is marked with rocks on logs through the lower portion near Snowshoe Saddle. Above this, the trail is significantly overgrown with aspen and has some downed trees.
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Jun 09 2007
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Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jun 09 2007
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Hiking10.00 Miles 500 AEG
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June 8-16, 2007: Sierra Club Service Trip (eight strong) cleared logs and improved Crest Trail from Long Park to Juniper Spring; Snowshed Trail from Juniper Spring to Deer Spring and Crest Trail to Monte Vista Peak except for a couple of ponderosas just below MV Peak.

Day hikes to Sentinel found many 10s of downed trees; day hike to Fly, Chiricahua and Booger Springs similarly found many trees across trails.
Forest Service crew in April 2007 cleared Crest Trail from Rustler to Cima Park and down Greenhouse to Herb Martyr.

Plans for 2008 are to find, blaze and reopen Snowshed from Deer Spring to Pine Park and Crest Trail to South Fork trail junction.

Good rains and snow the last couple of years have improved grass in burned areas out toward Sentinel.
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Mar 26 2007
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2007
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Early spring with lots of water in the creek but never had to wade.
Elevation gain is closer to 2000 feet to Horseshoe Ridge. Did this with the FS Trails Ranger to scout trail as one needing clearing (it does). Trail perfect from TH to Maple Camp and all logs off trail to four miles in from TH. Climb up to Ridge is steep with many logs across trail. Hard to find trail in some spots but it is a narrow valley pointing toward Sentinel Peak. From Horseshoe Saddle, we walked the trail along the ridge back to the Burro Springs trail. The trail was visible everywhere but heavily overgrown with netleaf oak on south facing slopes at 8000 ft, downed logs, etc - slow going. Great views of San Bernardino volcanic field to the southeast. Helipad at Horseshoe Saddle from fire in May 2006. Good trail back down to Maple Camp.
Note that last water is in South Fork so there are 4 - 5 miles without water.
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Mar 22 2007
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Snowshed & Greenhouse LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 22 2007
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Hiking16.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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This may have been a bit early in the spring to do this loop but the weather was good and there was plenty of daylight. The lower sun angle makes for different lighting on the low and high peaks - something to savor. There is one bad stretch on the trail above Pine Park and below Deer Spring where the trail is _gone_ so it helps to have a topo map and follow the contours. Past this stretch, The FS Trails Ranger has placed rocks on logs that cross the trail to make it a little easier to find but no easier to walk.
I reached Pine Park in two hours (three miles and 2000 ft gain) but it took three hours to cover the 2 1/2 miles to Deer Spring. Good views of the upper reaches of South Fork along the side of Snowshed.
From Ojo Agua Fria Saddle to Cima Park is only about two miles but very slow going in deep snow. Same story on the trail down Greenhouse to the point where the trail leaves Cima Creek and rises up the north side of the valley above the falls overlook.
Longish walk back to the TH and tired from picking through the logs and floundering through the snow.
Plans are to return to the bad stretch of Snowshed trail in late Oct 2007 with Trails Ranger to locate, mark and blaze a trail that we will work on with a trail crew in June 2008.
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