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Sep 18 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Shady Lemmon Loop 2, AZ 
Shady Lemmon Loop 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2021
Jim_H
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.12 mph
2,650 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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A near repeat of a hike I did in June of 2015 just before I moved to Phoenix. This time it wasn't hot, and I came all the way down via the Aspen Trail. I forgot that was a bit longer than the Marshall Gulch. I was able to hear some Whip Por Whils as I was getting done, so that was nice. I only went to the gate, since Mount Lemmon isn't really much of one, these days.

Obvious signs of fall are starting. Lots of water everywhere.
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Sep 14 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
1,200 ft AEG
 
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The days are getting shorter, but it is still hot. That makes it hard to hike in the evening. I went out anyway and probably breathed in a lot of smoke, which wasn't great, but I did catch an incredibly deep red sunset near the "top", and it was way more comfortable than the last few times on this, or the summit, since it is drying out.
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Sep 11 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking12.25 Miles 4,061 AEG
Hiking12.25 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,061 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Same hike as 2 week ago, coming up and down #134 to Josephine Saddle. Baldy has become a bit like Humphrey when I lived in Phoenix; a default go to hike. I do think Humphrey is better.

Still a lot of water and very lush and green. A lot of butterflies or moths this time, too. Some cicadas in the lower elevations near the creek were enjoyable and remind me of Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona this time of year. Heard them near a creek in the Texas Hills last Saturday while headed to the Angle Orchard, so I think they're common in the middle elevation areas near water in September.

Seemed hot and humid, but no storms. Hazy or humid skies limited the visibility, however. I could barely see the Catalinas and the Pinalenos were not visible.
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Sep 06 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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Since I was out suffering in the swamp I thought I would head to the summit. It was ok.
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Sep 04 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.32 mph
1,030 ft AEG
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Drove back to the Angle Orchard for apples. Gala and El Star Apples are done, as are all of the peaches. People are already picking the Arkansas Black apples, and I got a few as well even if it is early. They are supposed to be ripe in October, but seemed okay. I found the 3 Winesap trees and while 2 were no where near ripe, one had a few ripe ones on it, unless it was a Johnathan. Either way, I believe I picked about 24 pounds of Winesap and Johnathan Apples.

Most of what the orchard is growing are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Arkansas Black, and then also scattered Fuji which will come in during early October. I'm hoping to get a fair number of Fuji, also

Anyway, after the apple picking and orchard touring, and an hour drive up to the top, I had plenty of time for Heliograph but not enough for High Peak, so I hike the loop. It was pleasantly cool and very humid or moist. I didn't hear many birds this time. No chick-a-dees and hermit thrushes. Is it fall? Maybe it was coincidence.

A small crew is doing some much needed work on the Arcadia Trail. They have removed the thicket to where the Noon Creek Ridge Trail used to join the Arcadia Trail. FYI: I was told the Noon Creek Ridge Trail is basically gone. I was told they intend to rebuild the washed out section of the Arcadia. Also, I was told they intend to tackle the overgrown Grant Creek Loop(s). I'm most excited about the Arcadia.
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Sep 02 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Scenic TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2021
Jim_H
Hiking1.20 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      20 Mns   3.60 mph
240 ft AEG
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Gnats were bad and the sun is setting earlier now that it is September. I was concerned over snakes in the weeds, too. Only went to the wash crossing and skipped heading up to 1200' on the Sombrero Trails.
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Aug 28 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2021
Jim_H
Hiking12.25 Miles 4,061 AEG
Hiking12.25 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.37 mph
4,061 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Lush, green, and lots of running water. Sounded like a trailhead in Colorado with the rushing creek. Fairly crowded, too, compared to the last time. Storms grew pretty fast and I "enoyed" a brief rain and hail storm between Baldy and Josephine Saddles. I liked the picture, as did a few others. I opted to take #134 both directions below Josephine.
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Aug 22 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.18 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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A late morning to mid-day hot and sunny hike which avoids the crowds, snakes, mosquitoes, and is about as pleasant as hiking to avoid those things sounds. There is a lot of overgrown exotic grass on the back side and south face, and the trail is getting covered over in spots.
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Aug 21 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs      2.13 mph
1,030 ft AEG
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I bought 64 lbs of peaches and apples at Angle Orchard and left there after 3 PM, so I wasn't going to hike High Peak again. I didn't have the time. Just as well, as that might be better for dry fall weather. It was sunny and cool, and overall pleasant, but the humidity is still disgusting.

Pretty decent short hike. Very cool and enjoyable compared to most others around Tucson, that is for sure. The Trail for this is in great shape, the road even better. This is clearly not being ignored by the FS.
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Aug 19 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
1,200 ft AEG
 
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Not sure how smart it is do do this close to dusk, which is about when I do it. 2 snakes in the weeds very close to the trail didn't like me being near them, and then after dusk the mosquitoes were horrible. The calling Por-whils were interesting, as were the infestation of caterpillars.
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Aug 15 2021
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2021
Jim_H
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,754 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.88 mph
1,754 ft AEG
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The trail out was ok, but I didn't care for the slope up to the peak. I hated it so much, I took a trail that did not appear on my map, and wound up in a McMansion nightmare to the east of the preserve. Someone spent a lot of money to build a private trail to the summit of Ridge Crest Trail and it seems to get next to no use. It was really eroded, but there are cairns.

I walked paved road back to the wash, and then took the wash to the lot. It added miles, I added 2. AEG is about the same. Whatever.

I saw 2 Desert Tortoises. One adult on the trail shortly before I left the trail for the slope to the summit, and a small 3 to 4 inch juvenile on the private trail.

With tortoises and disgusting humidity thanks to the 70 degree dew point I felt like I was back in Florida. I hated living in Florida.
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Aug 14 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.91 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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In the coming weeks the brittle bush will probably be flowering. Several already are. Lots of other summertime flowers, too.

Muddy, wet, and saturated. This lends itself to the running creek about 1/2 way to the saddle, and there are lots of clear pools with tadpoles in them. No mosquitoes, either.

With this mostly mundane hike, I crossed 10,000 miles logged on HikeArizona. I've always been more interested in AEG than miles, but I finally reached the 5 digit miles club. Exclusive.
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Aug 12 2021
Jim_H
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 Guides 61
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 Photos 8,538
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
1,200 ft AEG
 
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The desert is extremely green out here thanks to the really wet summer.
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Aug 07 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.40 Miles 4,043 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
4,043 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Everything is green and there were whip por whils near the parking lot.
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Aug 03 2021
Jim_H
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 Guides 61
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
1,200 ft AEG
 
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With limited time a non-summit hike up to the base of the cliff face makes a decent hike to stay in shape if I can stay motivated to do this.
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Jul 31 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.20 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.10 mph
485 ft AEG
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I went to the range to pick peaches at the Angle Orchard, which I highly recommend. The peaches are excellent.

This hike sucks. The overlook was ok, but the rest of it is so overgrown it reminds me of the Arcadia Trail. Tons of dead down material, too. I won't be back. Also, I removed every other wish hike I had for the range. High Peak was okay, since that is a wide open road and the summit of Mount Graham was enjoyably, but if the the half-assed trail fixes on the crumbling Arcadia is any indication, I won't be doing any other new hikes in post burn areas for a long time. Perhaps Heliograph from Shannon Camp, but that didn't burn that much in 2017.

Guess I will have to go to the orchard and figure out something else to do after.
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Jul 30 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2021
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Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.91 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Really bad erosion on the trail.
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Jul 28 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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Super humid. Probably how Pusch Peak was 7 years ago, but I liked it to some extent. Trail is pretty eroded from the heavy rain, but the most dangerous parts are the upper parts. Also, the desert around Sombrero is the greenest I have seen it, probably since when I was hiking Pusch often, 7 years ago.
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Jul 26 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Golden Gate Mountain, AZ 
Golden Gate Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2021
Jim_H
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.50 mph
1,318 ft AEG
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Not really the summer time replacement for Sombrero the way I thought it might be. Over grown, eroded, and super wet. Even trickling water on the trail. Not sure, but I probably won't be doing this the way I had been thinking.
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Jul 23 2021
Jim_H
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 Guides 61
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2021
Jim_H
Hiking1.75 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking1.75 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.40 mph
400 ft AEG
 
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I was going to hike Sombrero, but a storm rolled in so I cut it short looping back around through the cove to exit. The trail is in really bad shape and muddy after the rain. It acted like an erosion gully. Best to avoid until it dries out, I think.
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