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Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
555 ft AEG
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Started just before sunset at Camino de Oeste trailhead. Went south on Yetman, east on Bowen, up and around on Hidden Valley past Starr Pass resort, then back on Bowen and Yetman for a lasso loop. Saw a couple of deer and probably 10 others hiking. Missing my nightly rattlesnake hikes at Catalina State Park.
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Jun 21 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Vault Mine - Josephine Saddle LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,675 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.40 mph
2,675 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I started this hike with no particular destination in mind, just wanting to be in the cool high country. Hiking up Old Baldy, I stumbled onto a mid-sized black bear halfway to Josephine Saddle. The bear seemed unconcerned by my presence, so I took a few photos and then urged it on. The bear continued up the trail with me following behind at a distance, until a descending group finally sent it off trail, huffing in protest. I continued up Old Baldy trail a while past Josephine, then came back and turned onto Agua Caliente. Took a short break at the aspen corner before continuing on to Agua Caliente Saddle. Sunset sent me back down Vault Mine trail toward Madera Canyon. Almost back to the trailhead, a loud crash from a treetop caught my attention in the growing darkness, and I could just make out two big black paws gripping and then sliding down a big sycamore tree. Bear sighting number 2 for the day. A great afternoon indeed.
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Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 537 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.19 mph
537 ft AEG
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After work workout hike from the trailhead on Camino de Oeste. Started on Yetman, then up Bowen, past Starr Pass resort, up Hidden Canyon, then back on Bowen and Yetman. Saguaro fruit was ripe and falling all over the trails. Saw a few others out hiking, but not too crowded. Saw some nice new trail network map signs at the junctions. North end of Yetman looks to have had a very slight re-routing recently (maybe to avoid crossing private property). Essentially the same route as it used to be though. Very thankful to have the Tucson Mountains to hike in since the Catalinas are completely closed off right now due to the Bighorn Fire.
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Jun 15 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking3.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Evening hike with Shauna from Aspen Corner, north on the AZT, around Aspen Loop, and the lower end of Humphreys Peak Trail and back. My first time on this route, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful, tall aspens, bracken ferns, and some bristlecone pines mixed in with meadows and distant views. A little chilly in the sunset breeze which was super nice. Freshly dismembered ponderosa pines lay scattered across upper Hart Prairie, victims of a meadow restoration effort to remove pine encroachment. Great sunset, too.
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Jun 14 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
North Mingus Trail #105Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking10.75 Miles 1,892 AEG
Hiking10.75 Miles   5 Hrs      2.53 mph
1,892 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Following a night of camping at upper Little Yaeger trailhead, I started hiking from the upper North Mingus trailhead late morning. My first time on this trail in a few years, and everything was looking lush and green. A few new aspens were poking up from the old, dead aspen grove.

The temperature had risen considerably below the Viewpoint junction, where a couple of unseen hikers hooted loudly from the slopes above.

Leaving the shady comfort of the pines, I made a short side trip down to the old Pittsburgh-Jerome Mine, where some remediation work had turned the old mine shaft into a bottomless ventilation/bat portal tube. A rock dropped took 5-6 seconds to hit bottom.

I recalled hiking the unmarked side road on the southeast side of hill 6772 years ago, and thought it might connect with the Bug Hollow Trail. The road didn’t seem to be going the right direction, so I made a moderately bloody bushwhack up the south side of 6772 to access Bug Hollow. Moments later I passed a cairned route heading toward the side road I had been on. Will have to remember that route next time. (Joe, Bruce, is that cairned route the route that you took?)

Bug Hollow and Upper Mescal trails were smooth sailing and a welcome return of pines and shade. I was surprised to see the new 530 Trail, where I stopped for a short lunch break before following it to the highway summit parking area.

Next up was a mile of dust and passing cars while hiking Forest Road 104, and then a return to solitude at Butterfly Spring, where I started east along the ButterflyTrail and Mingus Inner Maze, with their confusing network of mountain-top trails to who-knows-where. A wrong turn here, and some off-trail there dumped me off onto the connector route I remembered, which I followed to the north edge of Mingus Mountain and the North Mingus Trail. A short walk south brought me back to the trailhead and some much anticipated cold water in the ice chest. A bit warm and with less water reserves than I prefer, but all in all a great loop hike. Next stop: Oak Creek.

Water report: Butterfly Spring had about a quart per minute of slimy water flowing. Butterfly tank above had a big pool of stagnant but not too-nasty water.
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May 30 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Ferndell Trail #204Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking2.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
450 ft AEG
 
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John and his 2 boys and I hiked this easy trail while camping on Pinal Peak this weekend. We took Ferndell Trail east to the Pioneer/Squaw Spring trailhead, explored a rocky overlook with a metal ladder, then closed the loop by following the road back to our campsite. High clouds and a light breeze made a perfect antidote to the current furnace-like temps in the deserts.
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May 30 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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Afternoon adventure from our campsite on Pinal Peak: I hiked from upper Pinal Rec Area campground to Ferndell Trail, turned west, then followed Sixshooter Trail to the Telephone Trail junction. I was sweating going downhill in the humidity, so dunking my shirt into the cool creek water was just amazing. Turned onto Telephone Trail, and thoroughly roamed the area, looking for clues to the Bremen Sawmill site. Discoveries during my exploration: bees! (I turned and ran); an agitated Arizona black rattlesnake (almost stepped on); my missing tent stake; and some old rusty artifacts. Had to soak my shirt once more for the hike back up. Back at camp, the skies clouded over, the wind picked up, a few raindrops fell, and the sound of distant thunder delighted all of us in camp.
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May 03 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,855 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,855 ft AEG
 
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Following a 3 day backpacking trip with friends in the Pinals, I set off on one more adventure in Icehouse Canyon. Dropping down through the maples into the shady depths, I focused on off-trail exploration and identification of historic sites, primarily concerning the ice industry the canyon was named for.

I had seen the old ice ponds before, but attempted to count and map them on this trip, coming up with 5 total. Other historic sites explored included a possible cabin or bunkhouse, a collapsed mine, an ancient road to nowhere with enormous pines growing in it, a spring that was likely the source of the ice ponds’ water, and what I think may have been the location of the icehouse. Most intriguing was a very old, long abandoned, and very steep trail climbing out of the canyon toward Signal Peak. The US Military might have used some sort of trail to access their heliograph station on Signal Peak in the mid-1880’s. I’ll never know if this was it, but it was fun to consider.

Saw a number of interesting historic artifacts, such as broken beer bottle fragments and an old crosscut (or ice) saw, which I re-buried.

As I began my hike out, a familiar and unique hoot called out to me. I looked toward the source, and saw a Mexican Spotted Owl staring at me a short distance away. I hooted back, admired it for a few minutes, took a few awful photos of it in the deep shade, and then continued up the trail. Enjoyed an amazing sunset on the drive down, and some pretty good Mexican food from La Casita on the way home. I always enjoy time spent in the Pinals.
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May 01 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ 
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
PrestonSands
Backpack10.00 Miles 2,590 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
2,590 ft AEG
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jtaylor
Met up with John and Jason in Globe for a much anticipated backpacking trip in the Pinals, and then made the drive up to the summit, where we parked at upper Icehouse Canyon trailhead. Down Telephone Ridge we went, doing our best not to toboggan down the super steep route with heavy packs on. I had forgotten how steep this section of the route was.

Making a hard right onto the Telephone Trail itself from the ridge line, we hiked across exposed sunny hillsides and through massive manzanita tickets. Shady pines were a welcome sight. We set up our camp near the Telephone/Sixshooter junction. Soon hammocks and cold beverages were enjoyed, and the cool water of Sixshooter creek refreshed. The three of us took a late afternoon hike down Sixshooter Trail for a mile or so to watch the sunset, making our way back in the dark. Campfires were prohibited this spring, so we socialized around the golden glow of a small lantern.

The three of us spent much of day 2 exploring the surrounding area, following the creek, and noting the subtle historical artifacts that ties the area to the old Bremen Sawmill of the late 1800’s. Lots of history here, including gun-toting sawmill workers and the unfortunate incident of a man dawn in half in a sawmill accident. I tried to determine the exact location of the sawmill from an old photo I had with me, which proved tricky and inconclusive. Once again we made a hike out to the overlook at sunset, where hordes of flies drove us to near madness. Still though, it was a beautiful view! The return hike included hearing a spotted owl call from the trees. We sat around the lantern again that night, where I constructed a model of what the Icehouse Canyon ice house may have looked like for a project I’m working on. Some sort of large animal came crashing past our camp late that night. I told myself it was a deer.

We began the hike out on the morning of day 3, sweating as we ascended the steep Sixshooter route. We completed our loop route on the Pinal Peak Road, where we parted ways at the Icehouse trailhead. I ditched my backpack for a daypack, and readied it for an afternoon adventure into Icehouse Canyon below.

It was a wonderful time with close, lifelong friends in beautiful mountain country. I couldn’t ask for more.
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Jan 10 2020
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,178 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break
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After work hike from Catalina State Park to the Cargodera Spring area. Cargodera, Romero, and Sutherland creeks were flowing well. Lots of poppies sprouting along the trail.
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Dec 31 2019
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Table Mountain - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
2,360 ft AEG
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Table Mountain northwest ridge: point 4579’

Hiked from Ram’s Field neighborhood on Oracle Road up the northwest ridge of Table Mountain. I followed a cairned climber’s route up to point 4579’, then turned south to follow the top of the shelf cliffs below Table Mountain’s northwestern face, where I halted my ascent at 4700’ due to time constraints. Great views from point 4579 of Table Mountain’s massive cliff walls, and the savagely rugged pinnacles of upper Alamo Canyon. I just love this part of Pusch Ridge. I was surprised to find a few tiny Hohokam (?) pottery sherds up so high on the mountain side. A memorable and enjoyable hike, with Table Mountain’s cliffs turning bright orange on the sunset descent.
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Dec 30 2019
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking11.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles
3,000 ft AEG
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Great hike with Jason. Met up at my house in Oro Valley and carpooled to Sabino trailhead. Only saw a handful of other hikers on the way up. Lots of water and waterfalls to be seen in Esperero Canyon from our ridge top lunch spot. Had a close encounter with a few deer as we crossed the mountainside. We reached the snow line in Geronimo Meadow, and forded the roaring creek a few times on the way to the north end of Geronimo Meadow valley, where snow blanketed the forest floor. The afternoon was growing late, so we started back down in the soft light of high “gloom clouds”, enjoying a splash of color from sunset in an otherwise drab sky below Mt Miguel. Darkness brought chilly temps, and the last couple of miles to Sabino Road seemed endless. Always great to hike with Jason, wish we had these opportunities more often.
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Dec 07 2019
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Alamo Canyon-Ram's Gate loop, AZ 
Alamo Canyon-Ram's Gate loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 788 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.00 mph
788 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did this as an easy clockwise loop using Alamo Canyon, the Pirate Fault corridor, Ram’s Gate canyon, and Canada del Oro floodplain. Sightings include a desert tortoise, Hohokam pottery sherds, grinding/mortar holes, and not a single petroglyph. Backyard desert hiking at its finest.
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Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.37 mph
1,137 ft AEG
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Started from Saguaro picnic area at Lost Dutchman State Park, and went east up Treasure Loop. The sun was setting as I passed Praying Hands onto the north slope of Superstition Mountain, coloring the hills below with a brilliant red-orange hue. Made the turn at hill 3039 and dropped down to the foothills, pushing on into the growing darkness. Returned via Jacob’s Crosscut, never needing to use my headlamp. Great hike! The soil is saturated on the north slopes, so there might be a good wildflower (or weed) season in the spring.
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Nov 08 2019
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,375 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.70 mph
3,375 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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"Rice Peak via Peppersaucy"

The mountains were calling, so I happily ditched work on a Friday afternoon for something more important (hike time!). I parked amid amber-leaved sycamores near the springs in upper Peppersauce Wash and began hiking up a nameless side canyon I had hiked a week before. Passing the Three C Ranch Mine, I started hiking up Forest Road 4475 toward Rice Peak. Very green and woodsy in this area, reminiscent of the Mazatzals I thought. The road grew steadily steeper, more slippery, and scenic. On the northeast ridge I rounded the "back-through" switch back (the Chumley route? :o ), happy I had not decided to drive this road. The north slope of Rice Peak had a few pines and a pretty ravine with a dried out spring trough and a bit of fall color. Reaching the crest of Oracle Ridge, I turned south to follow Forest Road 4483/the Arizona Trail route, enjoying the incredible views around me as I sweated up the mountainside. The road reached a ridiculous level of steepness as I reached the summit of Rice Peak, where I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the view and layer-up in the chilly, roaring wind. Descending the summit cone, I explored a bit more of Oracle Ridge before turning around to head back. I butt-surfed a time or two on the steep road on the way down, and stopped to explore the Three C Ranch Mine's tunnels as sunset arrived. My findings in the incline shafts included a rotted, half-eaten deer carcass, mud, and sketchy looking, possibly caved-in routes beyond the main entry level. Another tunnel held bats and a covering of small, crusty sulfur crystals. The last stretch down the nameless side canyon held a surprise deer encounter and the sweet blended smell of sycamore and wood smoke from a hunting camp. Ended the day by meeting my wife for Mexican food in Catalina, a great way to end an afternoon's adventure.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Oct 26 2019
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,344 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,344 ft AEG
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Arriving in the Pinal Mountains, I drove up to Pioneer Pass, with the ghost town of Pioneer as my destination. Never having been down the south side of the Pinals, I rolled down the window to ask about road conditions from a trio parked at the Pioneer Trailhead. We instantly recognized each other: it was Joe, Bruce, and Karl :) ! Excited, I parked and we caught up for a bit before heading off in different directions. Great to see you guys! I descended the surprisingly well maintained FR 112 toward Pioneer Basin, and found a parking/turnaround spot on the hillside. Setting off on foot, I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the site of Pioneer, a short-lived town that sprang up in 1882 around a few silver mines. The mines (mostly collapsed) are still there, but every trace of the town is gone, except for a few rock walls and rusty iron pipes buried in the area’s heavy growth of chaparral and cat claw thickets. There is a ranch house (posted private property) and a corral at the site of the old stamp mill, but little else to see. Nice to check this spot off of my list. As sunset arrived, I parted ways with the town’s moo-ing residents, and started back up the hill, taking a side excursion to an old chimney I had seen earlier. Back at my truck after dark, I voyaged north to Globe for the Ghosts of Globe tour, to continue the ghost-themed weekend.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Jul 15 2018
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Sunset Trail #90 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.20 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
372 ft AEG
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Swampy afternoon on a trail swamped with hikers. Started at the east trailhead, went west to Sabino Creek, admired all of the water pouring off of the cliffs and side drainages, and then hiked back to our start point.
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Jun 28 2018
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy BasinSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
2,400 ft AEG
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My wife dropped me off en-route to Ouray on the nice portion of Yankee Boy Basin Road, and I managed to hitchhike a bit further. Thanks Mick! Loads of flowers under a very warm and sunny sky as I walked up the road portion. The scree slope on the way to the saddle was not as bad as I had remembered, mostly because I stuck to the boulders on the west side. Watched rockfall from the southwest ridge from hikers; looked a bit sketchy where they were at. Their dislodged boulders looked like bombs going off as they hit a snow patch below.

Felt great to get out of the wind going up the almost snow-free Lavender Col/standard route. Ran into a few others coming down in that area. The V-notch was more intimidating than I had remembered. I had read online that the bottom step had rolled off the mountain or something in recent years. I’m not a climber, class 3 is my comfort limit, so I ended up wedging a new rock step into a strategic spot halfway up the V-notch for my own peace of mind. Much better after that. Made the summit a few minutes later, and had the place to myself.

As I descended, smoke from the 416 Fire changed direction and began to envelop the entire area, turning the sun deep orange, and at one point, blocking it out entirely. An invisible marmot whistled at me from Blue Lakes Trail, and the wind nearly knocked me down a few times. Enjoyed shooting some wildflower photos along the road through Yankee Boy. Struck up a conversation with a fellow hiker on the road, and hitched a ride a second time back to my waiting wife at the Imogene Pass junction. Had dinner in Ouray and spent some time soaking in the hot springs there. Great day, and great to visit old Sneffleupagus again!
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May 14 2018
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Jud Wiebe TrailWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar May 14 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,544 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,544 ft AEG
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After work hike, going clockwise. A few flowers were out, aspens just starting to leaf out, and trail was totally dry. Cornet Creek was raging with snowmelt. Passed a jogger while walking with my normal Bigfoot stride. Great hike, only saw a few other people.
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Mar 14 2018
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Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2018
PrestonSands
Hiking1.50 Miles 1,010 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
1,010 ft AEG
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Sunset hike on the way home from a BLM conference in Phoenix. Made it to the saddle in time for a great sunset. Got a few nice sunset photos while trying to stay upright in a very strong wind.
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