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Apr 04 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 04 2021
PrestonSands
Mtn Biking11.10 Miles 1,290 AEG
Mtn Biking11.10 Miles
1,290 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Evening ride up to the end of Sabino Canyon road, along with a side hike up the switchbacks to watch the sunset from a nice promontory. Stopped for a bit to enjoy the water at an old favorite swimming spot. Wildlife included Canyon Tree Frogs, one skunk, and a couple of weirdos. Made a side ride over to Sabino Dam for some extra hill climbing. The old abandoned visitor center is still abandoned due to COVID. I hear it’s haunted now.
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Apr 03 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Juniper Flats MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
560 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Evening hike with Shauna while on a Bisbee day-trip. Explored the west and middle forks of the Juniper Flats roads for the first time. Did some off trail and came across an old corral and rock walls. Middle fork ends at a private property sign, behind which is a large backwoods mansion on a hill. Must be new, as satellite imagery doesn’t show it. Completed the outing with a hike up to the towers on Juniper Flats mountain itself.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 31 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Gates of Romero, AZ 
Gates of Romero, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.70 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   3.22 mph
340 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Up Sutherland Trail and then up Romero Creek to the mouth of Romero Canyon. Saw a large animal shelter between two huge boulders I had not seen before, while exploring off trail. Sycamores and burned ash trees along the creek are leafing out now. Headed back across Romero basin to Sutherland to complete the loop.
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Mar 29 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.40 Miles 295 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   3.68 mph
295 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Evening hike up Sutherland Trail and then up Sutherland Wash to the northern boundary of Catalina State Park. A good bit of horse traffic through here is evident. Saw no one in the wash section (yay solitude). Owls were hooting above the old Sutherland Ranch ruins. The dull gray sky unexpectedly gave way to pastel pinks and blues on the return hike, as the last light of day washed over the Pusch Ridge crest. Very peaceful.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 28 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
450 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Evening loop hike with Shauna and some friends who were in town.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 27 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bighorn Basin, AZ 
Bighorn Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.70 Miles 955 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.11 mph
955 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Afternoon hike from Catalina SP to the slick rock area in the big basin below Table and Bighorn Mountains. First time back on this route since the Bighorn Fire. Fire damage was minimal in the lower part of the basin. Cottonwood Tank was nearly dry and the slick rock destination was dry. There’s a new blue water pipe running down to Cottonwood Tank since the old plastic/pvc one appears to have melted in the wildfire. Wish I had a full day to weave through the cliffs to the northern base of Table Mountain or to the summit of Bighorn.
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Mar 26 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phone Line Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.30 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   3.06 mph
930 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 no routes
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
After work hike from Sabino overflow lot to Phone Line Link Trail to Phone Line Trail. Took a short break atop a huge flat boulder by the trail to admire my surroundings and watch the storm clouds roll in before heading back. Watched Mr and Mrs great horned owl exchange hoots and circle the cliffs above the creek. Beautiful evening.
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Mar 25 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Gates of Romero, AZ 
Gates of Romero, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.90 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   3.66 mph
380 ft AEG
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Evening hike up Sutherland Trail to the mouth of Romero Canyon. Rabbit sightings outnumbered humans. A bit of water in Romero Creek, with a brilliant sunset on the underside of the blanket of gloom-clouds.
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Mar 24 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
450 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Vibrant, cloudy-sky sunset with fresh snow on Lemmon while booking it down a deserted trail. Good stuff. Photo-worthy.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
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Mar 23 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Lower Javelina LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.30 Miles 489 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.25 mph
489 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was an evening after-work hike that exceeded my expectations. First time on this loop and second trip to the Tortolitas for me. Made a great alternative to the rain and wind in the Catalina foothills. Only one other hiker seen. A beautiful stormy evening in the desert.
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Mar 22 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Buster Canyon Loop - TucsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.95 mph
750 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work hike. Went halfway to the top on the north side of the loop. Great place to watch the sunset. The Bighorn Fire went through here but saguaro mortality wasn’t too bad. Caliandras (fairy duster plants) are coming back nicely in places. Recent hiker tracks and fairly easy to follow despite burn damage to the trail tread. I need to come back and complete the loop when I have more time and daylight.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 21 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking6.25 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.84 mph
1,290 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Up Alamo and then up Dead Horse Canyon. Hiked to where the trail and then the cairned route vanished at the 3800 contour. Saw a tiny bit of water trickling in the creek bottom up high. Spooked a whitetail deer and a squirrel. Saw the three boulder metates again and found an ancient, filled-in concrete spring box. Also found a free roll of barbed wire. About 50% burn damage in the canyon but still scenic. Made a hasty retreat from the canyon at sunset and finished by moonlight. Nice to have some wild and rugged country to explore so close to my house.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
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Mar 20 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
450 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A few other hikers out on the loop on a perfect afternoon. Noticed drone survey markers in the earth near the trail. Catalina SP might be mapping the trail to make it official like they had proposed, but I hope not.
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Mar 18 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rams loop, AZ 
Rams loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   4.00 mph
665 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work workout loop at sunset. Saw a solitary and stunted poppy starting to bloom in Rams Canyon.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 17 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
400 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work workout at Catalina State Park.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 16 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phone Line Link Trail #27ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.00 Miles 688 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   3.29 mph
688 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work hike from Sabino overflow lot to the top of Phone Line Link Trail. Watched the sunset for a bit before returning the same way. Sabino Creek looked perfect for a spring time wallow, but way too cold today. Did some owl-watching along the creek at dusk.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 14 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Dead Horse Canyon-Pusch Ridge, AZ 
Dead Horse Canyon-Pusch Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,011 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   3.06 mph
1,011 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Evening hike up to the slick rock falls and back. Great sunset. Lots of invasive weeds popping up in the burned creek bottom.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 13 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Hohokam loop, AZ 
Hohokam loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking3.70 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles
450 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Cold and windy as a winter storm was moving through. Got rained on and witnessed an awesome double rainbow in the first 5 minutes, while snow flurries danced over Pusch Ridge. Great sunset too. Did my usual workout loop.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 12 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 12 2021
PrestonSands
Mtn Biking9.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Mtn Biking9.00 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Evening bike ride up Sabino Canyon to the top. Water was still flowing in the canyon but it seems to be slowing down. Heard the usual great horned owls :) hooting away at the end of the road and conversed with one of the regulars I’ve seen many times. Locked up my bike and then hiked up the switchbacks to the first saddle for a good view of the canyon in both directions. The ride back down was chilly with the approaching storm. It always surprises me how many people walk Sabino road in the darkness that high up in the canyon.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
Mar 10 2021
PrestonSands
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 Guides 169
 Routes 148
 Photos 5,600
 Triplogs 1,437

43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rams loop, AZ 
Rams loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
665 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Counterclockwise loop starting in the wash. Saw two other folks out near Green Tank and was quite surprised.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
average hiking speed 2.9 mph
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