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Jan 30 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Chimney Rock - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking2.30 Miles 191 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.30 mph
191 ft AEG
 
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Took Tanque Verde road in Tucson which runs into Redington road. Continued up the mountain. From the Tanque Verde Falls lower parking lot, I continued about 6.6 miles to a junction and made a left on Bellota Ranch HQ road. I followed this road going North for roughly 3 miles and parked off the road. I believe it's possible to drive all the way to Chimney rock, but it would have been too easy. Even though I have a 4x4, I don't believe I needed to use 4 wheel drive at any point. But, I believe a high clearance vehicle is necessary to drive this far up the road. Along the drive, there were a few gates to go through, and one more going East after the junction. From here it's a little over 1 mile of dirt road to get to Chimney rock. When approaching, it looked steep and difficult, but after arriving I saw a safe way to get up the West side without using ropes. There was a fence but no signs saying keep out, etc. So, I scaled the fence walked around chimney rock and confirmed that the safest way was up the West side, then climbed it. It probably only took about 5 minutes to climb. At the top there were metal rings for climbers and I would assume they climbed up the East side which was much steeper and even concave in some areas. This climb is really only for people who are experienced at climbing. It can be dangerous if you don't have some good climbing skills.
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Piety Hill - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking1.50 Miles 644 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
644 ft AEG
 
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Drove with Tim up Redington road to the Lower Tanque Verde Falls parking area. From here it was 14 more miles up Redington road to a parking area next to Piety Hill. We started at 1 pm and summited in about 30 minutes. Along the way, there were some ocotillo, a few prickly pear and I even saw a few pincushion cactuses. These are the cactuses that only grow a few inches high and have a top that looks like a barrel cactus without the fish hook type thorns. The thorns are thinner and smaller. Going up, we simply followed the ridgeline but needed to shift to a second ridge that was further North. On the top of the peak we saw some kind of antenna with a solar panel attached. Looking to the South we could see the snow covered Mica mountain. Maybe this year, I'll try to summit that one. There were 2 larger rock piles on the West side of the peak. We looked all around for a registry but could not find one. Luckily, I happened to be carrying an empty jar with me, so I left a new registry, placed right under a few rocks at the top of the rock pile. It was a pretty easy hike overall, not really a bushwhack because there were very few obstacles to go around.
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Jan 25 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Peak 4416 - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,887 ft AEG
 
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Chris and I had a late start and got to the trailhead around 12:40 pm. We met and chatted with 5 women hikers in a group and 2 different mountain bikers. We overshot the junction because my Samsung S10 phone was not showing our GPS location in the PeakBagger app. I had to do a hard reset and after turning it back on, we discovered that we overshot the junction by 1/4 mile, so had to backtrack a bit. I believe I had some kind of phone hardware failure, which was quite annoying. Hope this is not a problem again. Anyway, we were expecting to do a 0.4 mile bushwhack from the Wild Mustang trail to the summit but realized there was a good trail that went basically all the way to the top. Near the top there were a few cairns but not quite enough. We managed to lose the trail in a few areas, and just ended up doing some rock climbing to get to the summit. We summited just before 4 pm but we probably spent nearly an hour talking with the various people we encountered. We probably spent 30 minutes at the peak, signed a registry at the top, and then started heading down. We also saw a painted rock on the summit that was purposely left there by someone with a label of 'Green Valley Rocks'. On the way down we didn't see any other hikers or bikers and got down about 30 minutes after sunset. We decided to do a quick tour of the Ritz Carlton resort, dining area, heated pool, etc. What a wonderful looking resort. Someday I'd like to stay there. All in all, this was a great hike that I might want to repeat someday when I run out of other new stuff to do.
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Jan 19 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Empire Mtns HP 5588Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking2.00 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
950 ft AEG
 
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Parked near the intersection of S. Hilton Ranch Rd and S. Red Cloud Mine Rd. Tim T. joined me on this hike which we both had in queue for quite some time but decided at the last minute we needed to bag this range high point. In the beginning 1/3 of the hike we had to hike through a lot of cat's claw bush. We were able to avoid the thorns for the most part by being careful about which route we followed. We followed a ridge up high and then hiked East to get to a saddle on the main ridge which extended to the top. Along the way there were some large slabs of rocks which made the bushwhack slightly easier. We had to dodge a lot of ocotillo and some prickly pear along the way. At the top of the false summit, we figured out that we still needed to hike another 1/4 mile or more to get to the peak. There were some ups and downs after this first false summit and we needed to take our time. We found that staying on or immediately below the ridgeline was the easiest and best way to get to the peak. At the summit we saw a tall antenna, a rock pile and a registry in the rock pile. Looking out at a nearby mountain to the Northeast we could see some other kind of communications device (National Weather Service antenna). Looking down to the East we saw some private property (part of Hilton Ranch). In the distance around us, we could see the snow capped Mt Wrightson and nearby high peaks, and further away, Mt Lemmon, and even Mt Graham.
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Young Benchmark - Santa RitasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking4.10 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.82 mph
540 ft AEG
 
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We parked near intersection of AZ trail and Gardner canyon road. Tim T. joined me on this hike after bagging the Empire Mountains high point. We would have driven down Gardner Canyon road further West but we noticed that Cave Creek was flowing pretty strong and it appeared to be over 1 foot deep in some places. Not knowing how soft the river bed was, I felt unsure if my capable 4x4 high clearance truck could make it through, so we decided to play it safe and park near the AZ trail. We started off hiking on the AZ trail going South and within about 2 minutes we reached Cave Creek. The water was moving quite fast and appeared to be at least 1 foot high in some places. Checking a few hundred feet down the stream we didn't see any better places to cross, so we forged across keeping our boots and socks dry. The water felt about 40 degrees and we didn't want to stay in for very long. We continued up the well-maintained AZ trail until we were due North of what we thought was the Young Benchmark. At this point the AZ trail continued West and we wanted to travel South. We did the easy bushwhack South to Santa Rita Rd and walked that going West for about 1/4 mile. Then we noticed the road was washed out by another stream to the South which we later realized was also Cave Creek. This creek does some twisting and turning and apparently even goes uphill for a bit. We noticed a sign somewhere that explained how this was possible which was quite hard to believe. After traveling East a few hundred feet, we found a rocky area where it was possible to cross the stream without getting wet. After crossing, we bushwhacked the rest of the way up the hill and to the top of the Young Benchmark. At the top we found a few survey markers from 1936, a rock pile with a registry and the intersection of a few dirt roads. From this location, we could see some of the snow covered peak in the distance including Mt Wrightson, and further out, Mt Lemmon, and Mt Graham. On the way down, we decided to minimize the bushwhack and stay on Santa Rita road for a longer time. At the place where the creek crossed the road, we had to bushwhack about 500 feet East to get to the rocky crossing where we were able to stay dry. After crossing, we followed the road for roughly 1/3 mile until we reached the junction of the Arizona trail. Then, we took the AZ trail back to the trailhead, forging across the cold fast moving creek one more time near the very end of the hike. The water was quite cold but it was a bit refreshing for the 10-15 seconds it took to cross the creek.
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Jan 12 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Wolcott Peak - 3327Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.76 mph
1,030 ft AEG
 
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I drove with Chris to the Ironwood National Monument and then drove about 1/4 mile South down the road. We decided to park and walk the road since it was a good road. We walked 0.94 miles of road and then saw a trail entrance from the road. The trail ended up being better than expected and took us all of the way to the saddle between Ragged Top and Wolcott peak. The trail crossed the wash 2 times on the way up to the saddle. At the saddle the trail continued toward Ragged Top but we found another branch on the Southwest side of the saddle, heading up Wolcott peak. The trail was faint in some places and we needed to guess the route at times, but kept zig zagging and climbing higher. There were a few steep areas which required hand grips. At the peak there was a registry under a few rocks. Some of the pages were damp from rain but we were able to sign the registry, seal it good, and put some rocks on top to keep it dry. Next, we carefully climbed back down to the saddle and took the trail back to the road and the road back to the vehicle. This was a great hike overall that I may decide to do again someday.

AEG = 1,029 feet
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Cerro Prieto (Dark Hill)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking2.05 Miles 811 AEG
Hiking2.05 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.37 mph
811 ft AEG
 
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Drove with Chris M down Sasco road and went South on the dirt road leading to the East side of the peak. Parked off the dirt road and started hiking North and West. With a few minutes, we crossed a wash and kept heading toward the slope. When we got to the slope leading up we noticed a lot of rocks and they continued the entire way up. There didn't seem to be any way to avoid the rocks. Near the top the climb was a bit steeper but within a few minutes after the climbing section, we arrived. There was a cross at the top of the peak which was broken and needing repairs. We found a registry hidden in the pile of rocks. To the North we could see Picacho peak and to the Southwest we could see Ragged Top and Wolcott Peak. To the Northwest we could see the Sawtooth mountains in the distance. On the way down we hiked Southeast down the ridgeline and then hiked East down the side of the mountain. It was quite rocky but we kept a steady pace and made it down to the bottom within about 20 minutes. My GPS device somehow paused on the peak and I wasn't able to record the track on the way down. But the same route could also be used for the descent.

AEG = 811 feet (one way)
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Jan 07 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking7.33 Miles 1,859 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.33 mph
1,859 ft AEG
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Also known as Ridge Crest Peak, this hike was mostly trail. We took the Wild Burro trail to the Alamo Springs trail. Once we were directly West of the peak, we saw a low ridgeline leading us in that direction. We took that and then bushwhacked up until we hit a trail. We didn't expect to see a trail here and then realized this trail comes from Ruelas canyon and goes all the way to the top. At the top, we had some nice views of Mt Lemmon and we could see the snow cover up there. We found a registry at the far North end of the peak but it was a bit difficult to find. The last log entry was from 2014, over 9 years ago. We thought this might have been an old registry so we looked around for another one near another possible high point further South but couldn't find one. It's hard to believe nobody else found this log in so many years. On the way down we decided to take the trail further to the Southwest. At a certain point above the saddle, the trail continued South and East into Ruelas canyon. We saw some fancy homes down there. I'm not sure if there are any public trailheads from there but I'm guessing not. We got off the trail and started bushwhacking down to the saddle below, and then continued to bushwhack West until we intersected the Alamo Springs trail below. There were some nice views of the Ritz Carlton resort coming down the Western side of this mountain side. Once we got down to the bottom, we took the wash back to the trailhead.
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Jan 05 2023
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking0.50 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      30 Mns   1.00 mph
75 ft AEG
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Took Mike B out to Pima canyon for his first time ever. This was just meant to be a preview of the area. Because of lack of time, we only hiked a total of 0.5 miles. When there's more time, we'll go back and hike further into the canyon. The trail is much nicer than it was in the past because of maintenance crews.
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Diablo MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2023
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking3.63 Miles 1,488 AEG
Hiking3.63 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   0.95 mph
1,488 ft AEG
 
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Drove with Mike B to end of FS 4010. We parked and hiked to the lower saddle. We encountered some light rain and needed to wear rain jackets within the first 1/2 mile. From there climbed another 100 feet to the base of a cliff where Mike B wanted to rest (0.6 miles). I continued hiking up staying to the left of the cliffs. The rain stopped then started again but it was just a drizzle. I reached the top of the ridge after a total of 1.46 miles, then continued along the rocky ridge which had a lot of ups and downs. I reached the peak after a total of hiking 1.84 miles. There was a registry at the top under a rock pile which showed 3 summits including mine since december 2020. I was able to communicate with Mike B through walkie talkie every 30 minutes most of the time out there. I saw evidence of border crossers as I found multiple pairs of carpet shoes, discarded clothing and large bags. The carpet shoes tell me they are up to no good (criminal activity)...
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Dec 30 2022
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Saddleback Ridge to Point 5001Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking9.30 Miles 2,681 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   7 Hrs      1.33 mph
2,681 ft AEG
 
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Brian and I talked about doing this hike for quite some time. Today we finally decided to do it. We started off at the Sabino canyon parking area and walked East toward the junction of the Phone Line trail. Right before the trail junction, there was a bridge with flowing water going across. We decided to take off our boots & socks to cross which was a smart idea. The water was 1.5 feet deep and some places and we could feel the strength of the current. We continued up the Phone Line trail. On that trail we saw several joggers coming down. We hiked a total of 3.15 miles and then we decided to bushwhack up the to the top of the ridge above us. This ridge was beyond the end point of Blackett's ridge. We had our lunch at this point and enjoyed the great views of the city and surrounding area. After that we continued with a steady climb up the ridge to the high point, which was about another 1,000 feet of elevation gain from the saddle. At the peak, we found a registry next to a large rock pile. We had nice views of the Thimble and looking way down into Bear canyon we could see some hikers. On the way back, we decided to try something different and hike down the long ridge going down to Bear canyon. We were able to follow various game trails and there was really nothing too steep. We followed the ridge all the way down to very close to the bottom. Noticing that the Bear canyon trail was on the East side of the well-flowing stream, we stayed on the West side of the stream, at first trying to bushwhack across some canyons to get to the Bear canyon trail after crossing. The canyons got more and more brushy and so we decided to wing it and cross the cold stream just to make it to the Bear canyon trail. The stream was probably 15 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep where we crossed. This time we didn't take off our boots & socks because it was getting late and we didn't know how many crossings we had to do. After crossing, we picked up the trail and within about 5 minutes we ran into another stream crossing! This time it was 20-25 feet wide and 1.5 feet at the deepest part. After crossing again we were soaked but finally on dry ground and from this point we could just take the Bear canyon trail (also known as the East Fork trail, I believe) to the road. Looking back, I realized we may have been better off bushwhacking along the steep hillside West of the Bear canyon stream because it probably would have only taken us 10 more minutes to get to the Bear canyon trail on the West side of the stream and we could have avoided having to cross the stream TWICE in a span of 10 minutes. On a dryer day, crossing the stream may not have been a problem at all. Anyway, we took the road back and had to do one more stream crossing which was going back over the same stream we crossed earlier this day. This time we decided it made sense to take our boots off so we could stay relatively dry. We made it back to the parking area and decided to get some great Mexican food at Filiberto's, a long time family owned Mexican restaurant!!

AEG 2,681
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Dec 27 2022
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Tortilla BenchmarkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,058 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.24 mph
1,058 ft AEG
 
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part 1 of 2

I summited 2 peaks in a loop on this beautiful day. The Tucson high temp was 78 but on these peaks it may have been a few degrees cooler, perhaps 72. The first one was the Tortilla BM and the second was Falcon BM. I did these peaks as a loop starting with Tortilla BM first.

The drive to get here was time consuming and a bit tricky. 4x4 and high clearance is required, especially for the last few miles along the powerline road also known as Hedgehog trail. I parked off the powerline road and headed South. Within a minute I saw some cattle and a water tank. The cattle ran away as they usually do. It was pretty easy to follow cattle trails to get to the first major saddle. When I got there I saw 2 or 3 cattle up there. They looked a bit surprised to see me there. One cow turned quickly and looked right at me. I took a few photos and then these cows decided I wasn't safe so they started heading down the West side of the slope. I continued South, then West, then eventually made it to the peak. The peak was rocky and I needed to explore around for the registry, which took my a few minutes to find. There were some great views of Owl Head Buttes from there looking Northwest, and I could see Picacho peak to the Northwest in the distance. The bushwhack was fairly easy because the cows made some nice trails most of the way up.

AEG = 1778 for both Tortilla BM and Falcon BM

Approximate Times:
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parking area to Tortilla BM: 1 hr 10 mins
Tortilla BM to Falcon BM: 1 hr 45 mins (45 minutes to wash, 1 hour to Falcon BM from there)
Falcon BM to parking area: 1 hr 30 mins (1 hr 5 mins to wash, 25 mins to parking area from there)
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Total roundtrip time = 4 hrs 25 mins
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 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Falcon BenchmarkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,059 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.63 mph
1,059 ft AEG
 
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part 2 of 2

I summited 2 peaks in a loop on this beautiful day. The Tucson high temp was 78 but on these peaks it may have been a few degrees cooler, perhaps 72. The first one was the Tortilla BM and the second was Falcon BM. I did these peaks as a loop starting with Tortilla BM first.

The drive to get here was time consuming and a bit tricky. 4x4 and high clearance is required, especially for the last few miles along the powerline road also known as Hedgehog trail. After summitting Tortilla BM, I followed the ridgeline down South then East until I got to a wide open sandy wash. After crossing the wash, I continued Northeast until I reached a barbed wire fence. This fence seemed to be about halfway between the wash down below and the high ridgeline. I assumed this wash was to keep cattle from getting too far away. I didn't see any private property signs anywhere. I carefully slid under the fence and continued East to the high ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline, I continued Southeast, then East to get to the Falcon BM high point. I found a survey marker at the top along with a registry which I signed. This peak was not so rocky and covered a pretty large area. I saw a decent sized mesquite tree near the end of the ridge and expected the registry to be there but it was further to the East / further out on the ridgeline. From here I continued back the way I came but ended up hiking further North / Northwest down the ridge. Eventually I reached the wide sandy wash and followed that back to where I parked. I saw a few more cows near the tank and in the wash getting some shade.


AEG = 1778 for both Tortilla BM and Falcon BM

Approximate Times:
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parking area to Tortilla BM: 1 hr 10 mins
Tortilla BM to Falcon BM: 1 hr 45 mins (45 minutes to wash, 1 hour to Falcon BM from there)
Falcon BM to parking area: 1 hr 30 mins (1 hr 5 mins to wash, 25 mins to parking area from there)
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Total roundtrip time = 4 hrs 25 mins
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Dec 25 2022
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51 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Tortolita Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking9.30 Miles 502 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.48 mph
502 ft AEG
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Hiked this long but easy loop with Jim. It was my first time in this area. Most of the trail was pleasant as it was sandy and without much rock. We saw several cattle eating pieces of teddy bear chollas and it was a bit disturbing and difficult to watch. I can't imagine why they would not prefer eating grass or something without hundreds of thorns all over it. My Strava said we hiked 10.3 miles which is longer than the guide indicated. I suppose I'll load my route into this site and see if the stats match up.
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 Tucson, AZ
Ventana Peak - Sawtooth MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,387 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.47 mph
1,387 ft AEG
 
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Went with Brian and Jim to hike Ventana peak for the second time. There are some arrows painted in white that lead to a difficult and potentially dangerous climbing area. We decided to follow the arrows for the first section, then we walked West toward a large saddle. From there we went East toward the window or natural arch. We decided to summit and then stop to see the arch on the way down. The summit is only about 200 feet as the crow flies from the natural arch, but getting from the arch to the peak isn't so straight-forward. The easiest way from the arch is to hike West down the slope until you get to a large cactus. Then you will see a way to climb up going North and East. You will spiral your way to the top from here. Some sections will require some basic climbing. At the top there was a large ammo box with a few names. Brian summited in Feb 2022, and there was another 3 person group in November, and then our 3 person group today. So, this peak only gets a few hikers per year. It was a great adventure and we all love the peacefulness of this area. We did unfortunately see evidence of border crossers. A lot of cans were left behind and a lot of trash. Not sure how recent any of it is though.
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Dec 11 2022
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 Tucson, AZ
Silver Bell Peak 4261Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2022
Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking5.60 Miles 2,191 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.05 mph
2,191 ft AEG
 
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Hiked with Brian to this peak that we talked about hiking for years now, but finally found the time to go. The high temp today was 72. It probably will be the warmest day from now until early Feb. We parked near a guzzler that was fenced in and used for wildlife but not cattle. We thought the cattle probably had their own ponds/tanks in various areas. On the way up, we stayed North of the ridgeline and then after hiking a total of about 1.7 miles decided to hike up to the ridgeline since we were getting closer to it. Once on the ridgeline we didn't realize how far away the peak was, but realized it was another 0.6 miles of hiking along the rocky ridge to get to the peak. It was slow going because of the rock but the brush wasn't too bad the entire way. On the way up we saw a hawk, at least one squirrel, a few grasshoppers, and one deer within the first mile. That was about it in terms of wildlife. During the hike, Brian found what looked like an old Indian arrowhead. There were some great views of the Silverbell mine down below and of some nearby peaks such as Ragged Top and Waterman. We were able to see Picacho peak in the distance which looked so different than when passing it on the highway. On the way down, we decided to hike down to a guzzler which was a pretty impressive structure for being so high up. It looked like it was used to capture rainwater and channel it into a small trough for drinking. From the guzzler, we then followed the canyon down to the East which didn't have a lot of brush. There were some rocky areas which we needed to climb down/around, but overall it was an enjoyable canyon. It did seem like this canyon was never going to end because we were moving quite fast and the canyon kept going on and on. Eventually we got out of the canyon and realized we were less than 1/4 mile from the guzzler. We found some nice animal trails that led us back to the main road. All in all the bushwhack really wasn't bad. There wasn't much cat's claw. But, we did see areas of teddy bear cholla, ocotillo, and some thorny bushes which were fairly easy to go around. This hike involved some rock climbing which we found to be enjoyable and not dangerous with the proper technique.
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Nov 26 2022
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Waterman PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 201
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,240 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.03 mph
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Met up with Dave W and decided we needed something relatively short since we were starting in the middle of the afternoon. I was expecting a bushwhack on this one, but was surprised to find out it was a good trail the entire way to the top. This was the perfect selection based on the amount of time we had before sunset. We took our time and spent at least 30 minutes at the peak. At the top was an antenna, a solar panel, and several rock piles. I searched fairly thoroughly for a registry but did not find one. I thought there would be some kind of registry at the top, but was pretty confident that one did not exist. If I hike this again, I could place one.

At the top there were nice views of Silverbell peak, Newman peak, and others nearby. Ragged top was mostly visible and behind what we thought was Silverbell peak. Picacho peak was in the foreground and looked tiny in comparison to Newman peak. All in all, it was a great hike and I would do it again.

At about 1/4 mile from the top there was a memorial for Loren Leonberger, a helicopter pilot who died attempting to land at a mining site in January 2011.
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Nov 25 2022
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Devil's Cashbox - Peak 5012Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2022
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Hiking2.36 Miles 917 AEG
Hiking2.36 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.52 mph
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For this peak, also known as Devil's Cashbox, I'm sure there are better routes that could have been taken. I started off taking the 4x4 bike trail (FS 4077) for roughly the first 0.5 miles. Then, I started bushwhacking Southwest up the slope. I saw two cattle which ran away from me as I got closer. There were some cattle trails that went 2/3 of the way up this slope which made this steep ascent easier. As I got closer to the rocky cliff, the brush got thicker. Then, when I got all the way up to the cliff face, I could see that the climb appeared too vertical and too exposed. So, then I hiked West along the cliff face to get around the cliff section. The next step would have been to hike South/Southeast to the saddle but looking up at the steep cliffs, I thought it may be best to stay low and hike to a break in the rocky cliff down lower. From that point, it was fairly easy to follow the ridge up to the top. From the peak, there were some nice views of the Whipple Observatory area to the West. I could also see all of the major peaks in the Santa Ritas, except for Mt Wrightson, since it was hidden behind Mt Hopkins. On the way down, I thought I could save a lot of time by bushwhacking South and East, but I believe it would have been a much easier hike down going West/Southwest. On my route down, there were some very steep rocky sections and I just needed to take my time. When I got down near the bottom, I could see the canyon and there appeared to be a steep drop for the final 50 feet of elevation change. I had to spider crawl near the bottom. I just took my time and finally made it down to the remote-looking and beautiful canyon. Once there, I hiked up the canyon, alongside the road, and then climbed up to the road. The bushwhack was tougher on this route than I expected. If I hiked this again, I would have stayed lower on my descent up and probably would have ascended up the West side or North side and probably would have returned that same way.
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Nov 19 2022
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Atascosa PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.60 mph
2,496 ft AEG
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Did this nice hike with Brian and Jim on a day where the high temp was supposed to be 61. It was roughly 2.6 miles to the top of the lookout and took us about 1.5 hours to reach this location. At the top were some antennas, solar panels, and a survey marker from 1935. We met an older couple from Colorado who were in their 80s and they made it all the way to the lookout and back, which ended up being roughly 5 miles roundtrip. We were impressed that they could still hike very well into their 80s. Probably very few people their age would have made it up there. But, proof that it can be done with the right conditioning. Although the trail did not appear to be maintained, it was fairly easy to follow from the trailhead to the top of the lookout.

After lunch, Brian, Jim and I headed North/Northeast down the steep rocky ridge from the Atascosa lookout. We needed to take the first section slow because it was quite steep. After we got to lower ground, the hike became easier. We saw some cairns and were able to follow the ridgeline North to Atascosa peak. Some light rock climbing was necessary to get to the top. There were a few places where we lost the cairns but after a few minutes of looking around we were able to find the best route. At the peak, there was a large rock pile with an ammo box containing a registry. We also saw hundreds of ladybugs on some tall grass right at the peak. There were some nice views all around as this seemed to be the highest point in the area.

Several years back, Brian and I hiked to the Ramanote Natural Arch which was quite memorable. We realized that it wasn't too far from where we were. We thought we saw the natural arch from the top, but were not sure. Someday soon, we will plan on hiking to Ramanote peak which was visible to the Northeast.
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Nov 16 2022
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Yoas Mountain - Coronado NFTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2022
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
2,133 ft AEG
 
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I got to the Elephant head bike trail trailhead and started hiking at 9:40 am. At exactly the 1 mile mark, I got to a trail junction. The upper trail is the Quantrell Mine trail and the lower trail I believe is the Chino Basin trail. I followed the Chino basin trail, which is an old 4x4 road. I took this road down hill and after hiking a total of 1.7 miles I got to a sign that marked the Elephant Head Mill Site. The sign referenced some old adobe walls and I looked around very carefully but didn't see any walls or adobe structures here. About 7 or 8 years ago, I remember seeing the walls when I hiked in this area before. I'm interested in knowing what happened to those walls. Anyway, after hiking a total of 2.7 miles, I turned left on a road junction and followed that for about 500 feet. After that my bushwhack started. I bushwhacked up about 50 feet in elevation so I could see my destination better. From here I was able to see Yoas mountain. I continued Southwest and ran into an area with a lot of catclaw bush and ocotillo. I then realized it would be easier to head down to the wash to my right which appeared to be clear and easier to walk. Once at the wash I was able to make better time. I followed the wash for about 500 feet then started climbing up to Yoas mountain. I had to go around a lot of ocotillo but this side of the mountain didn't seem to have much catclaw. Once I got to the high point, it was simply a matter of following the curved ridge around to Yoas peak. At the peak, there were some great views of both Elephant Head, to the Northeast, and Little Elephant Head, to the Southeast. I found a registry at the top which I signed. The last person to sign before me appeared to be Paul C. in July of 2019. On the way down, I think I found a better route where I stayed in the canyon longer and avoided a lot of catclaw bush. On one branch of the canyon, I came up to a big drop off that I needed to hike around. But, the photos and views from that point were very nice. Once I made it back down to the road, it was an easy hike back. But, before heading back, I did some exploration further down the Chino Basin trail and on FS 4073.

Thank you to whoever did the trail maintenance on the Elephant head bike trail. This trail appears to be much better than it was in early October.

My AEG was 2133 but hiking only to Yoas roundtrip will be roughly 1923 AEG.
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