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Jan 15 2015
BrettVet
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 Photos 335
 Triplogs 48

69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Jan 15 2015
BrettVet
Horseback10.00 Miles 2,509 AEG
Horseback10.00 Miles1 Day         
2,509 ft AEG
 no routes
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue. They work with Pima County Sheriff’s department to haul hurt or lost hikes out of the mountains surrounding Tucson. The Sheriff’s department had a tryout for their elite Search and Rescue Division and needed a 185 lb. rescue dummy packed into the mountains so they could find it and haul it out on a stretcher. Previous attempts ended in frustration and I was volunteered by a friend. Apparently mule packing is becoming a lost art. I took it up when my arthris and AARP membership prevented me from doing any serious backpacking. The key to it is balance. Side to side and top to bottom and of course having a awesome pack mule ”Rosie.” Most of the "rescues" are hikers with twisted ankles or summer heat problems. A equine can carry them out a lot easier than a stretcher or helicopter. I must say we got some odd looks from passing hikers. Especially with the line of 15 deputies in uniform following close behind.
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Oct 05 2014
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Wildhorse Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2014
BrettVet
Hiking2.10 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
500 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Saw 5 rattlesnakes one 2 mile hike. Including two having sex in the middle of the trail.
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Apr 12 2014
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 Guides 15
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Aztec peak, AZ 
Aztec peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2014
BrettVet
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
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I found these poles below Aztec Peak. Does anyone know what they are there for?
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Mar 16 2014
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
University Falls TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
BrettVet
Hiking0.70 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles
190 ft AEG
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HAZ saves the day. We were visiting Portland and wanted to get in a day hike and we have done a lot of the city park type hikes. Up pops up the university falls hike on the website…great little hike even in the rain.. Thank you Keepmoving.
Named place
Named place
University Falls
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Feb 20 2013
BrettVet
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Cactus Forest Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2013
BrettVet
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
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It's snowing in Tucson. Could not help myself. I had had to skip out of work and take a snow hike. Went to the Broadway trail head of Saguaro National Park and took a short 2 mile hike in the snow. The pictures do not do it justice. Made it back to work to see a few more clients totally refreshed.
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Sep 10 2011
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 Guides 15
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Apache CabinSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Horseback avatar Sep 10 2011
BrettVet
Horseback23.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Horseback23.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.71 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Another great day in the Gila. I love this place. Cleared a bunch of deadfall on one of the most beautiful trails in the place. Temperatures in the 60's during the day and it only rained at night. I must be doing something right.
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Apache Spring
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Dec 10 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Dec 10 2010
BrettVet
Horseback16.50 Miles
Horseback16.50 Miles
 
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AZT is in great shape, Much better than I am. Water in twin tanks.
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Dec 07 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2010
BrettVet
Hiking6.70 Miles 508 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
508 ft AEG
 
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great day to be outside. The only problem was that I left my trail map of the Tucson Mountains on the kitchen counter and my GPS did not have that area topo loaded. I found the trail head and headed off and discovered in short order that it did not matter because none of the trails were signed anyhow. I talked to a few hikers on the trail and got some bearings and suggestions and it all worked out. I have lived in Tucson for over 30 years and had never been there. Pretty amazing that you can hike over a ridge and be away from a population of a million people.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Nov 26 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Hoover Dam and Bridge Walking TourNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2010
BrettVet
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Hiked the bridge and dam to escape my relatives over thanksgiving. Not sure what was worse, my relatives or hiking with 900 other people. It was outside and I didn't have to choke down one more bite of food. We drove across the bridge on the way to Vegas and missed it. Welcome to Nevada sign gave us a clue. Looks a lot more spectacular from the dam.
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Nov 22 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2010
BrettVet
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
 
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Great day to explore a new hike. Beautiful area. Had to do it now before Rosemont Mine engulfs the whole area.
Fauna
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Cow
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Oct 02 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Pecos Baldy LakeNortheast, NM
Northeast, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2010
BrettVet
Hiking45.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking45.00 Miles   3 Hrs      15.00 mph
2,000 ft AEG
 
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My friend and I have been planning this trip for years. We both loved camping and backpacking, but unfortunately the AARP membership also included bad knees and a hip that will not allow much hiking over a few miles. Riding mules is my answer to getting into the back country. I also sense a little animosity toward riders from the hiking community, so I am a little hesitant to post here. I hope that I share with you the love of the trail as much on the back of my mule as I did hiking and backpacking. I just hope that when I need Oxygen my mule won't be spooked by the hissing sound.

Anyhow, we tried packing in everything but the kitchen sink to one spot and riding out from there and that involved way too much work. I decided that I would use my backpacking skills to design a lightweight progressive pack trip that involved a pack mule taking the stuff in my backpack. .,.,O.K. I had to include a full size folding chair because it makes camping out so much nicer. The rest was basic backpack gear plus a saw and shovel. I will get to those later.

We had planned to do a 50 miler, but plans change and we ended up doing 45 miles. The first night was to be at Pecos Baldy Lake, but because it was labor day weekend (crowded) and our mules were hot to trot we made it there in record time. We averaged 4 miles per hour, so we made it there in 2 hours and decide to go on to Tuchas Lake another 5 miles away. We climbed on to TrailRiders wall and rode down the spine of the mountain range. The views were magnificent and it was a good choice because we did not see a soul. Truchas Lake is a much prettier lake and we found a great campsite just beyond the lake. From here we climbed the Santa Barbara divide and followed another ridgeline to a mountaintop. Here we lost the trail and decided to take another route down because our choice was to follow the GPS along the blowing mountain ridgeline or drop into a pine forest and make our way to Pecos Falls. We decided the latter. One of the advantages of mules in the backcountry is that we keep trails from overgrowing and we pack a saw and clear trail of downed trees as we go. There were lots of downed trees after wew left the ridgeline as it looked like nobody had been on the trail for years. Once you get 20 miles from the trailhead, trail maintenance is a little sparse.

We camped below Pecos Falls( which is over rated as a waterfall) and ran into a young couple that was beyond lost. They asked how far it was to Pecos Baldy Lake from here and I had to tell them we had just come over 2 mountain ranges and no, you could not get there from here. I gave them my map, told them where to camp near Pecos falls and planned out the rest of there backpack trip . They had missed the first turn that had sent them in completely the wrong direction and it was too late to recover. We spent two nights here and did a day ride back up the ridgeline we were supposed to cross through meadows with herds of elk. . The next day we rode out through Betty's meadow with more spectacular scenery.

This is one of the more spectacular backpacks in the country with scenery, water and solitude. To blow my own horn a little, we cleared trail in the middle of nowhere and helped people salvage there backpack trip. . It does not get any better than this.
Flora
Flora
Engelmann Spruce
Fauna
Fauna
Porcupine
Culture
Culture
HAZ Rides
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Aug 06 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Lemmon Rock Trail #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2010
BrettVet
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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Quick hike from Mt Lemmon summit down to Lemmon Creek. The last time I did this hike was before the Aspen fire. Nice to see the baby Ponderosa coming back.
Flora
Flora
Yellow Columbine
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Jun 09 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Little Creek Trail #161Southwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2010
BrettVet
Hiking36.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking36.00 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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Packed in to little creek spring. Weather was perfected. day hikes to granite peak then into turkey creek. Next day went into McKenna Park. Thought about going all the way to White creek cabin, but too much dead fall and uphill.Little creek was a great campsite.

Was windy one day and as we approached a cluster of small oak trees a black bear leaped up about 10 feet away and we both stared at each there for a nanosecond. He obvously was napping and did not hear or smell us coming. Then he took off at a full run, crashing through the brush. I learned several things in that nanosecond. First if he charged instead of running there is no way you could get a gun out fast enough to shoot him. My camera was close by and I couldn't even get a picture off. Secondly there is no way to do anything you read in the textbooks other than crap yourself and hope you taste bad.
Flora
Flora
Quaking Aspen
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Mar 06 2010
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
50 Year - Baby Jesus LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2010
BrettVet
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Stared out on the 50 year trail at the end of Goulder Ranch RD in Catalina. Wanted to avoid the long hike to the Baby Jesus trail.The Baby Jesus trail was spectacular. Great grove of saguaros lots of views. .Then took the Sutherland trail to the 5 year trail to make a loop out of it. If I had to do it again I would have hiked to the end of Baby Jesus and turned around and hiked back. The trip would have been much better. Less ankle twisting rocks.
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Sep 13 2009
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 Guides 15
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
pecos Baldy, NM 
pecos Baldy, NM
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2009
BrettVet
Hiking20.00 Miles
Hiking20.00 Miles
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We had always heard that the Pecos Wilderness was on of the great places to hike, so when the thermometer hit 108 we were outta here to the cool 8500 ft elevation. It proved to be a great decision with a lush green COOL alpine forest with to numerous to count wildflowers. The high point of the trip was a hike to Pecos Baldy Lake at about 11,500 ft where we encounter a herd of big horn sheep. I had heard that there was a herd there, but I had no idea that they were as tame as they were. We were sneaking around trying to get pictures and finally realized that they weren't going to charge us but damn near let us pet them. I have to say it was of the strangest wildlife encounters that I have ever had.
Fauna
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Bighorn Sheep
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Sep 13 2009
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Pecos Baldy LakeNortheast, NM
Northeast, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2009
BrettVet
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
 
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I had always heard that the Pecos Wilderness was on of the great places to hike, so when the thermometer hit 108 we were outta here to the cool 8500 ft elevation. It proved to be a great decision with a lush green COOL alpine forest with to numerous to count wildflowers. The high point of the trip was a hike to Pecos Baldy Lake at about 11,500 ft where we encounter a herd of big horn sheep. I had heard that there was a herd there, but I had no idea that they were as tame as they were. We were sneaking around trying to get pictures and finally realized that they weren't going to charge us but pumpkin near let us pet them. I have to say it was of the strangest wildlife encounters that I have ever had
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Mar 25 2009
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Mar 25 2009
BrettVet
Horseback7.40 Miles 1,854 AEG
Horseback7.40 Miles
1,854 ft AEG
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Slavin Gultch trail is one of the hidden jewels of southern Arizona. Great trail great weather with great friends. A little hard to get to along 10 miles of washboard roads . About 6 mile in I asked " Does anybody have to pee?" we couldn't get out of the truck fast enough. Apparently I was not alone. The scenery was awesome in both directions. I just wish it connected to the Middlemarch trail and didn't dead end at the mine.
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Mar 05 2009
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Green Mountain Trail #21Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Mar 05 2009
BrettVet
Horseback7.80 Miles 1,300 AEG
Horseback7.80 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
 
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Started at upper trail head. Trail drops down the backside through some ill marked intersections.Very little snow left.
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Feb 08 2009
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Chivo FallsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Feb 08 2009
BrettVet
Horseback15.00 Miles
Horseback15.00 Miles
 
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Started at the AZT trail head on Reddington Road . Too the AZT south to the Italian Springs Trail head then found the Tanque Verde creek connector trail behind and through a set of corrals to the jeep road to Chiva falls. Picnicked by a stream and made a loop out of it by following a FS road out to Reddington RD.The connector trail is on a few maps but in pretty bad shape.
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Jan 14 2009
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69 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa / Agua Caliente Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Jan 14 2009
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Horseback6.15 Miles 970 AEG
Horseback6.15 Miles
970 ft AEG
 
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I love this trail. GPS starts from neighborhood behind Agua Caliente Park and intersects trailhead just after the rock house. Walking down Horsehead lane is faster and easier. The GPS route leaves the trail about a mile from the end and goes to my secret backpack spot. Solitude year round stream in a clump of trees. It is an old hunters camp and we are slowly packing out tons of junk, but plan on leaving the picnic table and pot bellied stove! You can also access this trail from Molino Basin on the Mt Lemmon Highway by taking the Belota Ranch AZT east about three miles to a pile of rocks near a stream bed and going right. If you prefer going downhill this is the ticket.
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