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Aug 17 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Apache Peak (Oracle ridge Catalinas), AZ 
Apache Peak (Oracle ridge Catalinas), AZ
 
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,566 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.73 mph
1,566 ft AEG
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It was incredibly humid when I started this hike. My original plan was to take the 4x4 road to the end and start hiking at the AZ trail. I'm glad that I decided to park further out because this road was getting progressively worse to drive, and I was worried about getting up a steep hill, even with 4 wheel drive. The AZ trail was surprisingly overgrown and grass was often 2 to 3 feet high which made it a little tedious. When I got in line with Apache peak, I started the bushwhack, and it was worse than I thought. It was very steep in some areas and the bush was so thick that I found myself crossing the ridge many times and taking routes on the East and West sides of the ridgeline. I was frustrated because at the peak, I tripped on some uneven ground which also contained some loose rocks and got cut by some sharp rocks on my left hand and right leg. Part of the problem was that grass was so damn overgrown it was hard to see the rocky ground and also hard to see what looked like a good sized hole on the peak. If you decide to hike this one, be extra careful especially on the peak because of the uneven terrain. I also found many large rocks that were loose and not stable. After my bushwhack down, about 10 minutes after reaching the Arizona trail, it started raining hard. I was stuck in a monsoon storm. The rain was quite refreshing but it was more intense than I would have preferred. The trail was so flooded on the way down, I found myself hiking in 6 inches of water at times. There were many channels of water pouring down and crossing over the 4x4 road. On my drive out, I had to cross about 4-5 fast moving streams. Luckily, the water was no more than a few inches deep in most areas. Even though I got rained out, I didn't regret doing this hike. I only wish I didn't trip on the damn rocky area at the peak. The thick grass was unavoidable this time of year.
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Aug 16 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Peak 4985 (West of Sycamore Basin Catalinas), AZ 
Peak 4985 (West of Sycamore Basin Catalinas), AZ
 
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,658 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
1,658 ft AEG
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Did this solo hike starting at the Gordon H. campground area. The gate was closed to enter the campground so I needed to walk the extra 1/4 mile to get over to the main trailhead. It really was very humid. I would have preferred this hike in the Spring or Fall. A little rain would have been nice but it didn't happen.
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Rose peak (near Rose canyon lake), AZ 
Rose peak (near Rose canyon lake), AZ
 
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,038 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.29 mph
1,038 ft AEG
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I've been to Rose canyon lake many times but never knew there was a nearby peak until this year. It's also possible to drive the road and park closer to the lake but I decided to make this hike a little longer and hike from the main road. The bushwhack from the main road to the lake was fairly easy. The terrain was rolling hills until the last big hill going down at the end. I followed the trail around the South side of the lake and just headed for the high point West of the lake. The bushwhack was a bit rough and I would have recommended wearing jeans. It's not possible to see the lake from the top but there are some nice views of Tucson and some of the surrounding high points. I didn't see a registry on top.
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Pistol Hill, AZ 
Pistol Hill, AZ
 
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.54 Miles 618 AEG
Hiking2.54 Miles   1 Hour      2.54 mph
618 ft AEG
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This was my first summit of this small mountain/hill. There was a very good trail leading up to Pistol Hill from due North of the summit along Pistol Hill road. I summited in 27 minutes and took my time going down as I saw 2 good sized desert tortoises in different areas. From the peak, there were some nice views of the Rincons and the city of Vail below.
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.48 Miles 404 AEG
Hiking2.48 Miles   1 Hour      2.48 mph
404 ft AEG
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Hiked from Shannon campground to just past the junction of the Heliograph trail. This is one of the best maintained trails in the Pinaleno mountain range. Someday I'd like to take this trail down to Arcadia campground which would be roughly 5 miles.
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Aug 07 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Round the Mountain Trail #302Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking0.80 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles   1 Hour      0.80 mph
240 ft AEG
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My original goal on this day was to hike to Trap peak via the Round the Mountain trail, but it didn't work out as planned.

I drove to the end of FS road 508 which appeared to be the ending point of the "Round the Mountain" trail. There was an old wooden sign here that was probably 100 years old. Within the first 20 feet, there were several downed trees which basically turned this hike into a ridiculous bushwhack. I did see several pink ribbons so I know I was in the vicinity of what used to be a trail. I was able to travel about 0.5 miles and navigation didn't get any better. I realized it wasn't worth going any further, so I turned around. I didn't quite make it to the canyon which was East of the trailhead. That night I stayed at Shannon campground. I met a camper there named Mike who had done trail maintenance in various areas. He told me many of the trails around this area have not been maintained in 20 or 30 years. The camp host Joe said he hiked 2 or 3 miles of the "Round the Mountain" trail starting from the Swift trail and it was better maintained for the first 2 miles, but became hard to follow and thick after about the first 2 or 3 miles. I suppose if I ever want to hike Trap peak, I'd need to find a better route, perhaps starting from Frye Mesa reservoir or somewhere in Frye canyon.
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Cunningham Loop Trail #316Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking5.12 Miles 401 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.18 mph
401 ft AEG
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Starting from the East side of the Grant Hill trailhead, I took FS road 4539 and 4541 doing basically a loop. My original plan was to take the old road all the way to the junction with the Mt Graham road, but this road was extremely overgrown at the highest elevations and was washed out completely in 3 or 4 different places. I needed to cross streams and climb steep eroded areas to get back onto the road. Overall, it was an enjoyable hike and I would have liked to complete the entire Cunningham loop, which I'll probably do another time.
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Aug 06 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Bear Canyon Trail #299Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking7.90 Miles 2,614 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.98 mph
2,614 ft AEG
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Starting from Ladybug saddle and hiking through Ladybug peak, the first 2 miles of this route were relatively easy to follow. Then, the trail became more overgrown and faint. I lost the trail a few times but then ended up finding it again. At the 3.75 mile mark, my plan was to get off the trail and bushwhack to the top of Maverick peak, which is the only way to get there. The brush was so dense, I gave up after 0.2 miles of trying to squeeze through. The brush was full of scrub oak, agave, and some kind of thorned weed which I didn't recognize.

As far as I can tell, the ONLY known ascent of Maverick mountain was from a guy named Mark Nichols in 1990. My understanding is these trails haven't been maintained in 25+ years and from the look of it, it often felt like 50 years!
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Ladybug Peak 8780Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking0.90 Miles 256 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      30 Mns   1.80 mph
256 ft AEG
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I hiked from Ladybug saddle to Ladybug peak in 14 minutes with Jacque, Alexa, and Jim caught up to us from Turkey Flat. Later I attempted a solo hike going to Maverick peak via the Bear Canyon trail #299 but didn't make it to the peak because the brush was so thick, so I decided it wasn't worth it this time. I did another triplog tied to the Bear Canyon trail for that one.
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Jul 26 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.71 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Incredibly humid day. Should have chosen something higher elevation. Saw a rattlesnake about 1/3 of the way down and it did not rattle when standing about 7 feet away from it.
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Jul 18 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Methuselah National Recreation TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking4.46 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Hiked this interesting area with Brian on the drive back from Mt Whitney area. We saw many ancient bristlecone pines that were as old as 4,700 years. The trail had a lot of up and down and felt like much more than 800 feet of AEG.
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Jul 16 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Meysan Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.11 Miles 677 AEG
Hiking2.11 Miles
677 ft AEG
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Whitney Portal + Meysan Lake exploration with Brian and Jim after eating the double burger and fries at Whitney portal. There were some nice cabins here, some for rent and some privately owned.
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Jul 15 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Whitney 14,505Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking18.00 Miles 6,462 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   16 Hrs      1.38 mph
6,462 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break16 LBS Pack
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Three of us did this incredible hike - Brian W, Jim H, and myself. Brian and I started around 5:40 AM and Jim started a bit later than us but caught up about an hour before iceberg lake. We ALL made it to the top of Whitney but we almost didn't make it. Wow, it was amazing, a bit crazy & at times dangerous. We took the mountaineer's route which I do not recommend because after getting to iceberg lake (elevation ~ 12,600 feet) there's a hike up to a notch which involved loose gravel and a VERY steep climb which was about 1 mile long and elevation gain of something like 1,500 feet in that single mile. About 2/3 of the way up, there was a hail storm. I put on my rain jacket and because of the steep angle it was impossible not to step on it as I was doing this very steep climb and within a few minutes my rain jacket was torn apart and flapping in the wind. At the top of the notch we got cover and waited for the hailstorm to stop. Then, there was a technical 400 foot climb to the summit, which took us about 45 minutes. The hail stopped and started again a few times during the final ascent. None of us experienced any headaches or elevation sickness despite the storm and difficult conditions at the top. I had a knit hat which helped keep me from shivering. Brian and Jim were shivering at the top which dropped as low as 40 F that day, around 5:30 pm. Because of the hail, we went into the stone shelter and waited there for at least 1 - 1.5 hours. We realized that the hail would not end therefore we decided that we were going to leave there at 5:30 pm regardless of weather conditions.

Around 5:30 pm, we left the stone house and it was still hailing pretty hard. Hail was "pea sized" and sometimes larger. Before leaving, we signed the log, paused for 2 minutes to get a few quick photos up there and took off. There was an inch of "ice pellets" on the ground which looked just like snow. From this point we had 11 miles of good trail to get to the bottom. The top 3 miles was covered in snow but it was relatively easy to follow the trail down. After 3 miles we got out of the snow zone and the path was clear of any snow. We eventually got to the famous 99 switchbacks and went down. We counted all switchbacks and there really was 99. Then we were at Consultation lake and from this point we had 6.5 miles left to get to the bottom. We kept going, taking only short breaks, once or twice to filter spring water when we were low. We finally got to the Whitney Portal trailhead at 1:19 AM !! It was such a long and tiring day but we all made it safe. My phone battery was dead 3 minutes after I reached the peak but I was able to get some nice pics and videos all the way up. One of our friends, Brian, still had a working camera. I regret not taking my camera and relying on just the smart phone. A smart phone is quite dumb when it's out of battery!! Anyway, Brian was able to get photos of all of us at the peak and several other photos and videos after summiting. It was an adventure I'll never forget!! If we do it again, we would probably just use the MAIN trail, even though it would be 22 miles. Our route up and down was probably around 18 miles. I exported our GPS track from Strava and Hike Arizona.com measured our AEG at 6,462 and route up at 6.99 miles.

Timeline:
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05:30a parked the car (8,333 feet elevation)
05:35a started hiking (8,333 feet elevation)
05:59a reached 1 mile in distance (8,708 feet elevation, previous mile in 24 minutes)
06:00a switched to the Mountaineer's route (8,723 feet elevation and 1.03 miles)
06:45a reached 2 miles (9,682 feet elevation, previous mile in 46 minutes)
07:32a reached Lower Boy scout lake (10,344 feet elevation). This was at 2.6 miles.
08:06a reached 3 miles (10,554 feet elevation, previous mile in 1 hr 21 minutes)
08:45a got a little off track but was able to see Thor falls up close (11,121 feet elevation, 3.44 miles)
09:16a reached the main section of the trail and met up with Jim (11,211 feet elevation, 3.82 miles)
09:29a reached Upper Boy Scout lake (11,313 feet elevation, 3.94 miles)
09:33a reached 4 miles (11,381 feet elevation, previous mile in 1 hr 27 minutes)
10:33a reached 5 miles (12,407 feet elevation, previous mile in 1 hr)
11:19a reached Iceberg Lake (12,650 feet elevation, 5.41 miles). took a long break.
11:48a left Iceberg Lake, heading up to notch (12,797 feet elevation, 5.51 miles)
12:43p reached 6 miles (13,474 feet elevation, previous 1/2 mile in 55 minutes!)
01:10p ** HAIL STORM STARTED at this point **
02:08p reached notch (14,135 feet elevation, 6.49 miles). Took 2 hr 20 minutes to get to notch during hailstorm!! Took a break, tried to get shelter during hailstorm.
02:38p started final 400' rock climb (14,158 feet elevation, 6.57 miles)
03:15p reached summit of Mt Whitney! (14,505 feet elevation, 6.99 miles). Hail was still falling during this time. We got shelter in the stone house and waited.
05:30p left summit even though hail was still coming down. Needed to get to safety regardless of weather.
(phone was dead so could not track GPS/progress)
01:19a finally made it to Whitney Portal!
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Jul 14 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Cottonwood Spring Nature TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
250 ft AEG
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Did a short 2 mile hike with Brian and Jim in this area the day before hiking Mt Whitney to the top!
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Jul 13 2022
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 Tucson, AZ
Alabama Hills Natural ArchSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking1.10 Miles 130 AEG
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130 ft AEG
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Toured the Alabama Hills area and saw the Mobius arch, and some other interesting rock formations
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Jul 09 2022
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50 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking3.30 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.00 mph
389 ft AEG
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I was misled on the first 1/4 mile of this trail because of some large fallen trees. That made the faint road appear to turn to the right when I did not. After reaching what appeared to be a dead end, I needed to bushwhack UP. Eventually, I hit the same road again but I didn't know it was the same road until going back down again. Once on the road it was easy to follow, however, there were so many fallen trees crossing the road. That slowed me down a bit. This trail needs some serious maintenance. Near the end of the road, I was able to bushwhack UP and toward the peak. There were a lot of aspen trees at the top which were fairly easy to squeeze through. Eventually, I reached a clearing which was the peak. I didn't see a registry here but instead an open grassy field. On the way down, I tried to go around the aspen trees from the other side of the peak. Once I got on the old road, I decided to stay on it all the way to the bottom. Then, I found the confusing junction about 1/4 mile or less from the trailhead.
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Jul 09 2022
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 Tucson, AZ
Ladybug Peak from Turkey Flat THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,882 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   1.97 mph
1,882 ft AEG
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Note: Stats are for Turkey Flat TH to Lady Bug peak to Lady Bug saddle and back. Sign distances were way off!

Starting around Noon the trail was hotter than I expected. The switchbacks were steep at times and then I noticed after about a mile, there was a big drop and climb again which made this harder than I originally expected. The area immediately below the peak was very nice and shady in some places. It looked like someone tried to build a lean-to nearby. There were some nice views at the peak but it was a small peak and not a lot of space to walk around. I spent more time on the area below the peak because it was so nice. After that I decided to hike down to Ladybug saddle. I was disappointed with Ladybug saddle because it's not really a saddle worth going to - it's simply the trailhead from a road higher up. The mileages listed on the signs must be wrong. The sign said 0.3 miles from Turkey Flat to the Ladybug trail junction. My GPS measured that at 0.7 miles instead. The sign at the trailhead also said that the Ladybug saddle was 1.5 miles away. My GPS measured nearly 3 miles from Turkey Flat to Ladybug saddle.

It started raining about 10 minutes after I passed the trail junction going to the peak on the way down. Then, it rained for about 20 minutes and stopped. It was nice to get to test out my rain gear!

I'm glad I didn't hike this from Angle Orchard as I first planned. It would have been way to hot and way too long! Sad to see that the Angle orchard was sold out within the first 2 hours on Friday and not even open on Saturday.
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Jul 08 2022
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 Tucson, AZ
Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.30 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   1.92 mph
540 ft AEG
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Overall this was an easy hike. The trail went all the way to the top of the peak, however, there were A LOT of fallen trees blocking the trail. I remember a particular area where there were 6-8 fallen trees in a span of something like 20 feet. This trail needs some serious maintenance. It was sad to see all of the burned areas near the top. Ironically, this peak has a fire lookout tower on top. Based on all of the burned areas, it seems that this lookout tower didn't help so much? Anyway, all in all, it was a good hike that I would recommend.
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Merrill Peak 9288Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking2.30 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.84 mph
603 ft AEG
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I started at the Riggs lake parking area and walked to the campgrounds. I didn't see any labeled trailhead so I just started climbing from that point. On the way up, the bushwhack was steep and messy. I found a better way down and that's the route I'd recommend for both directions. On the way up and down I saw a turkey that ran away from me very quickly both times. It was so fast, I could not even get a photo! There are some nice views of the lake from the top of this peak. There were some burned areas on the peak. Nice views to the West also. The trees are very green around the lake.
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 Tucson, AZ
Grand View PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 177
Hiking1.85 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.85 Miles   2 Hrs      0.93 mph
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
It appears that the marker for this peak was incorrectly placed at another high point on peakpagger.com. The topo map shows an X at 9,618 feet and a label for Grand View peak which was a bit further out than what the map showed. Anyway, I hiked to that point and found the actual registry.

It was a total bushwhack getting up to this peak, but it wasn't a really difficult bushwhack. The peak was very nice with a lot of shady areas and trees. I don't know why this peak is called Grand View. There were so many trees all around the peak that it was not possible to see many views. I was able to see Hawk peak, I believe. This is the peak with the tower and some kind of building and isn't too far from Graham peak. I found a registry and signed it. I noticed that only 2 groups of hikers signed the log since 2015. Both groups were the SAHC. Once in 2015 and again in 2020.

Strava crapped out and discarded my GPS track. I'm really getting tired of this, Strava!! Fix your app!!

I loaded my planned route since that was all I had.
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Michael Williams
IT Professional
Rocky Point Vacation Rentals
Ocean Front Condo in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico
www.beachfrontmexico.info
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average hiking speed 1.86 mph
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