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Jul 11 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Flagstaff night ride, AZ 
Flagstaff night ride, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Suburban street ride after arriving in Flagstaff, to get some sort of exercise after being in a vehicle most of the day. Nice and cool out, dark sky and stars.
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Jul 10 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.10 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles      54 Mns   3.44 mph
340 ft AEG
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Night hike after storm watching at Catalina State Park. I was on the wrong side of Pusch Ridge and missed the lightning show. Started hiking at 9:30 pm in glorious 78 degree post-storm weather and went clockwise on the loop. Felt like it would be a 3 rattlesnake hike but I only saw one. Saw a javelina, a rabbit, and a plethora of tarantulas. Not much human traffic on the loop since the last big rain it seems.
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Jul 09 2021
PrestonSands
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 Photos 5,617
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
CDO River Path ride, AZ 
CDO River Path ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jul 09 2021
PrestonSands
Road Biking14.50 Miles 300 AEG
Road Biking14.50 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Left my house at dusk and rode up the river path to all the main trailheads in Catalina SP, then back through my neighborhood for an extra hilly loop. Wretchedly hot even at dusk, like breathing from an open oven. Wet shirt helped.
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Jul 08 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Marshall Gulch Trail #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
1,290 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Evening hike after working remotely at 8000 feet. Went up Marshall Gulch and down the other side into Wilderness of Rocks for a mile or so. Both drainages had some light flowing water, a big difference since my last hike a few weeks prior in the powdery parched earth. Ran into one of my former interns doing some field work up there. Cool lightning show over Tucson on the drive down the mountain.
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Jul 06 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalinas, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalinas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 881 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
881 ft AEG
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Hiked up to see if the little tinaja had any water following the recent rains. It did, but scuzzy and full of gross things. Will probably suffice for the lions and the bighorn sheep. Great sunset. Saw a tortoise on the way up and way down.
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Jul 05 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 444 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
444 ft AEG
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Evening hike up Sutherland to the mouth of Romero Canyon to enjoy the sights and sounds of flowing water and a desert rejuvenated by ample rainfall. Saguaros were swollen, jatrophas and ocotillos leafy once again, and toads-a-hopping in the muddy water. Poked around the old Buster Bailey homestead area a bit, found a new mortar hole in a boulder. Great sunset.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Romero Canyon Light flow Light flow
Muddy with post-wildfire sediment.
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Jul 04 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Basin hill climb-Prescott, AZ 
Copper Basin hill climb-Prescott, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jul 04 2021
PrestonSands
Road Biking10.17 Miles 1,268 AEG
Road Biking10.17 Miles
1,268 ft AEG
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Morning bike ride from my parents’ house up every hilly road and side street off of upper Copper Basin Road in Prescott. Some seriously lung-taxing hills in this area. Cool and cloudy this morning, and friendly folks out walking. Made me miss my Prescott days of a decade ago. Great workout.
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Jul 03 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Flume Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.80 Miles 856 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.20 mph
856 ft AEG
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7 am start from Granite Dells Road trailhead. Crazy humidity had me pouring sweat the whole hike. Followed Flume Trail, which had been slightly re-routed since my last visit, bypassing a little bit of the creek section. Went to the bottom of the dam, then east on Over The Hill Trail. Continued on Lakeshore, Peavine, and Big Piney trails. Completed my loop with some additional Peavine, and then returned via Over The Hill and Flume trails. A number of folks were biking and hiking Peavine, but I only saw a few groups on the connecting trails. The Flume Trail and its network of Granite Dells trails are always enjoyable to me, and close to Prescott, too.
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Jul 01 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalinas, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalinas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.91 mph
1,370 ft AEG
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5 am start from Catalina SP, pleasantly cool and humid. Brilliant sunrise. Followed the climbers’ route up to the old dried out concrete spring trough at 3800 feet where I’d been before, then went a little further. Spotted a cardinal, hummingbirds, and a tarantula. Coral bean and agaves flowering in the scorched but still pretty canyon. Watched the morning sunlight cast across the face of Table Mountain, and then started back down. Would like to explore more of the upper canyon when time allows.
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Jun 30 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
CDO river path ride, AZ 
CDO river path ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 30 2021
PrestonSands
Road Biking13.20 Miles 254 AEG
Road Biking13.20 Miles
254 ft AEG
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Set off on the Canada del Oro river path at dusk from my house on a pleasant post-monsoon rain evening. Rode up into Catalina State Park and then back through my neighborhood for an extra loop. Saw two diamondback rattlesnakes parked in the middle of the river path (avoided making them into reptilian speed bumps) and half a dozen or so Colorado river toads in the Park.
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Jun 29 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalina, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon-Catalina, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.20 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.12 mph
930 ft AEG
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Evening hike up the old Dead Horse. Made it a ways past Buster’s Barbeque and stopped to watch the sunset below peak 4262. Ragged clouds but no rain. Saw one cottontail bunny.
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Jun 28 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bighorn Mountain - NW Approach - Pusch RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.80 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   3.10 mph
660 ft AEG
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Just a foothills loop using this route, not up to Bighorn Mountain. Started at Catalina State Park, made my way across Canada del Oro wash, and then went up the canyon above Rams Field neighborhood. Enjoyed the sunset from the rim of Green Tank, then dropped into the Pirate Fault zone where I met an agitated tiger rattlesnake. The snake wanted nothing to do with me and whipped itself into a bush. Took the old Rams Field Runway (road to nowhere) back down and discovered that the owner of the first 500 feet of the runway, “La Reserve”, had put up a threatening no trespassing/police will be called/no fun is allowed sign at the bottom where it meets Rams Field neighborhood. Rude. Guess I won’t be hiking the runway anymore. :( Headed back across Canada del Oro flats in the dark and saw the biggest (bark?) scorpion I’ve ever seen, as big around as a baseball, and looking pretty pumped up on steroids.
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Jun 26 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Meadow Trail #5ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,224 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
1,224 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
My original intention was to hike the top of Aspen Trail into Wilderness of Rocks, but, not seeing any closed signs or indications of it being so, I started following Meadow Trail. Was Meadow closed further in? Did the Forest Service re-open it? I don’t know, but lots of hikers, some climbers, and no closed signs to be seen along my entire hike.

Meadow Trail looked largely unscathed to me. Except for a few torches trees here and there, the top of the mountain looked to be mostly ground fire. Very little evidence of fire on the western-end switchbacks.

I kept going on Mount Lemmon Trail, which had mosaic burn between Meadow and Sutherland Trail junction. Sporadic torching observed in places. The post-Aspen Fire aspens burned, but already have 3 foot tall replacements coming up in their ruin. The bracken ferns are coming in strong and carpet the open areas. Most of the pines at Sutherland junction are wiped out, which is where I turned around. More mosaic burn along upper Sutherland and upper Canada del Oro from what I could see, with quite a few surviving pines.

I took the same route back, except for an off-trail side trip to the west side of Lemmon itself. More mosaic burn here, and nice to see one of my favorite spots still has living tree cover. Did one quick lap to the top of Radio Ridge at the end, and then headed home.

Not as bad as I feared as far as fire damage goes along the route I took. Still rough to see, but it looks like recovery is already under way in many places.
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Jun 24 2021
PrestonSands
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 Photos 5,617
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
CDO river path ride, AZ 
CDO river path ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 24 2021
PrestonSands
Road Biking13.24 Miles 240 AEG
Road Biking13.24 Miles
240 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Sunset/dusk ride from my house up to the end of the road at Catalina State Park, then up to the horse corrals, and finally back on the CDO river path. Ran over a sprinting rodent or something as I passed QT. Stopped to see what it was that I ran over and saw the bobcat that was chasing said rodent. I guess that’s why it was sprinting. Crazy! Did a couple of loops on the hills in my neighborhood for the finale.
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Jun 23 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
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 Photos 5,617
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rams loop, AZ 
Rams loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.20 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.71 mph
700 ft AEG
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An 85 degree June afternoon with a rainbow?! Yes please! Did a counterclockwise loop starting at the entrance gate. The soil was moist and so was the air from the afternoon’s most welcome rain. Green Tank was dry as expected. Loads of drying fruit on the saguaros. Heard a cardinal and a western screech owl. No other human or animal encounters. Beautiful evening!
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Jun 22 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
610 ft AEG
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Cool (for June) at only 95, with clouds and a dozen rain drops thrown in. Saguaro fruit is falling and drying on the ground.
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Jun 21 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.30 Miles 365 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
365 ft AEG
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Finally a cool day at only 105 degrees, so back to relative normal hiking in my “backyard” at Catalina State Park. Counterclockwise loop as usual. Saw one other guy and his dog out hiking the loop. Finished by moonlight.
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Jun 20 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
CDO midnight ride, AZ 
CDO midnight ride, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 20 2021
PrestonSands
Road Biking10.00 Miles 150 AEG
Road Biking10.00 Miles
150 ft AEG
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Start time 11:30 pm on the Canada del Oro bike path near my house. No one else to be seen. Wildlife sightings: 6 kangaroo rats and one great horned owl that flew very close to my head. Still uncomfortably warm at midnight, even with a wet shirt. I’d prefer to hike but bike riding works fine too.
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Jun 19 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,255 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.62 mph
3,255 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I was looking to do something new on top of Lemmon, and this hike had a couple of segments I had not done before. Started early afternoon in upper Sabino Canyon at the edge of Summerhaven in 85 degree temps. Much better than 150 in Tucson or whatever it was. Still sweated heavily in the warmth and brisk pace. Followed the old road past the water tanks and the Endor shield bunker to Aspen Draw Trail. Took that up to the top and then made a hard left to follow the Radio Ridge route back down to Carter Canyon road. Radio Ridge was new to me and a winner with sections of old forest along with big views. Decided to swing by the Mount Lemmon store to grab some more cold water for the exposed sections ahead. Had a beverage break in the shade there and then went back up the road to the north Mint Spring trailhead. Followed Mint Spring Trail south through some nice aspens and then into Marshall Gulch, where a sea of bracken ferns contrasted nicely with the fire damage. Mint Spring itself had a small hidden pool of scuzzy water and some spearmint growing in it. Smelled wonderful (the spearmint anyway). Continued west to Marshall Saddle, where I chatted with a dad and his boys for a few. Went north on a section of Aspen Trail I had never hiked before. Nice to see some old forest patches here. Pretty toasty and a good workout on the climb back up to Radio Ridge, where a horny toad greeted me. Dropped back down Aspen Draw Trail again, admiring the gigantic old growth firs (a couple of hugs were given). Followed upper Sabino Canyon road back to my truck, and then headed home. Great loop hike, good workout, wonderful scenery, and one I’ll definitely do again. This hike is a winner.
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Jun 17 2021
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Parker Canyon Lake, AZ 
Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jun 17 2021
PrestonSands
Kayak3.00 Miles
Kayak3.00 Miles
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With our Aravaipa permit voided due to the Pinnacle Fire in the Santa Teresa Mountains, Shauna and I went down to Parker Canyon Lake for the day with the tandem kayak. Few people, warm temps, and refreshing swim time in the lake. The lake was down maybe 10 feet from full elevation. Saw a dozen or more deer grazing along the north shore of the lake, and some wading in the shallows. Bullfrogs were calling in that area too. Forgot to do my mudman or seaweed monster pic as is my tradition, maybe next time. Happy hour at sunset by the lakeshore afterward. Fun day.
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