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Apr 18 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
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Hiking11.60 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   1.53 mph
4,600 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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A replacement for Nick and I doing CSP2ML, and it was more or less Okay. Pima is not in good shape and I can't recommend doing upper Pima Canyon at all after the fire. I was last in upper Pima Canyon in May of 2015. I much prefer Finger Rock, and after 6 years I more or less remember why. It was still overall good.
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Apr 14 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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Some trailhead improvements are underway at the dirt parking area. Lots of people must be using it. The trail seems to be getting too much use and the steep parts are getting loose. Pusch felt the same a few weeks ago, too, so options for similar "trails" are low.
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Apr 11 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles
1,600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Taking in a summit that was off my radar until James said he wanted to hike it. Not bad, but very dry right now and spring is only beginning. I didn't bother with any photos due to the overcast and gray. Views are good here, but you want a really good day to enjoy them.

Nice hike.

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Apr 08 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Greenery, AZ 
Greenery, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Apr 08 2021
Jim_H
Scenic Drive
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Between camping and hiking, and then after lunch, with the high winds and dust, I found it enjoyable to drive some of the farmland and see the color green. Like John Lithgow's character in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, I miss green. I'll take dams, lakes, and artificial made land over the canyons flooded by these projects, any day. The last 12 months have had so little rain the desert is the driest I have ever seen it, even in normally wet Tucson the desert is barren.

Not out here! The life giving Colorado sends it's little water and creates a spectacular oasis of exotic plants. Yes, a salt crust surrounds most fields, and who knows how long it will last, but for now, this is an paradise of life.
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Apr 08 2021
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Telegraph Pass - YumaSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2021
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
1,300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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After a very hot hike on Klothos the day before, I was sore and tired. Think less than 2 weeks ago Matt and I did Kimball in shorts with a high in the desert in the low 60s. No wonder I drank 2 liters for that entire hike. I could have used 3 for Klothos, and this!

Telegraph is interesting if nearby. Very popular, even mid-day. I found the trail going up from the gate, but most people choose the road. I took the road down. Lots of Elephant Trees here, which I like. Too bad it was dry this winter. It was near 100 and dry again, so they are turning yellow.

Nice views. Hot, but very solid.
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Apr 07 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Klothos Temple - Muggins Mtn WildernessSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Something different for me in SW Arizona. I liked the look of the area, and the scenery. I found the rock to be rotted and the slopes loose. I don't like that. It's an okay hike, but the solid granite south of the Gila River and I-8 is my preference. Being so close to the Marine base, there was a fair amount of air traffic. It was mostly at night while camping.

My fear was that since we jumped from the low 60s to over 90, that 100+ might suddenly become the daily high, and very soon. So, guessing that there were not going to be any mild low 80 degree highs I did this on a day I would rather not have, but with less wind than most other days. It may have been close to 100 out here, especially on the west facing slopes with the brown rock. It was still windy, and it seemed smokey, too. It didn't smell like agricultural smoke, more like wildfire. It made the views hazy.

It seemed hot to me when I was on Buck Peak in December. Klothos is probably best done in winter, as well. I prefer to be out here in spring, as winter camping is boring, but in a suddenly hellishly hot spring, this is not a good choice. At least I did it. Based on the rock here, I won't even consider Muggins.
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Apr 06 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 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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The weather is great for hiking, but the dust or some other haze is also up limiting visibility. Table Top west of Casa Grande was barely visible. None of the other distant ranges to the north were. Some ocotillo are blooming, as are some of the purple flowering cactus.

A bit too much AEG over the last 2 weeks and not enough rest. I need to do some easy hikes for a while before another big one.
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Apr 04 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
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Hiking11.10 Miles 4,940 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
4,940 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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A really gorgeous day for hiking in the front range. It is getting warm, but that is bringing out the green and the life. A lot more bird activity from top to bottom, this time. Lots of people out, too, but this is hardly a busy hike.

The trail is actually in good shape, which is a pleasant surprise. After the summit I continued on the Finger Rock trail down the north slope. The north slope is actually in good shape. Some runs of fire up hill, but overall the forest looks pretty good. It was overgrown on that north slope the last time I went through 5 years ago headed to Window Peak, and it is a little worse, but the fire activity here is nothing like Esperero around Window. I dropped further down than I expected, and was about to drop off into the really confusing ( as I recall) section that heads to the Esperero-Finger Rock-Venetana junction when I turned back. It added in some effort. At nearly 5,000', this is my biggest AEG hike for the year.
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Blue dicks? Some sort of blue flower in abundance, some poppies and lupines, and penstamon!
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Mar 31 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Window PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 31 2021
Jim_H
Hike & Climb13.60 Miles 4,650 AEG
Hike & Climb13.60 Miles   8 Hrs      1.88 mph
4,650 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Yesterday was a warm but perfect day to hike Window Peak, because it was calm. It was windy the day before, and it's very windy today( April 1) as I write this. Also, it had been just over 5 years [ Triplog ] since I was last up here, and it had been 10 months before that [ Triplog ] when I had last traveled all the way up Ventana Canyon. Being after the fire last June, I figured it might be worth hiking up again.

It is hard to tell, but it looks like Ventana Canyon Trail was already starting to fall apart and have problems before the fire. The Bighorn fire didn't help. You have to follow cairns in a few spots and erosion is increasing now, too. There is a conservation trail crew doing light work down lower, but nothing yet up high where it is needed.

Some of the canyon burned hot, but this canyon has more intact or recoverable oak canopy so there will be shade, and more in the future. Unlike the forest in Finger Rock Canyon, it isn't burned over where you want it most.

The Area of Esperero around the peak is overgrown and dead. It was overgrown in the past, but after the fire almost all of it is dead and falling into what remains of the trail. I hated the Esperero Trail in 2015 [ Triplog ] when I used it for Window Peak, and while I'll never bother with that hike again, I wonder what it looks like. The overgrowth was only bad around Window Peak as I recall.

I was happy to be in the shade of the canyon for my trip down, and there were tree frogs in the lower pools. [ youtube video ]

Also, because I was there and I had been hoping to capture a hawk that was circling the peak screeching, I took a summit video. [ youtube video ]
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Mar 29 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
2,645 ft AEG
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A bit tired following Sombrero in the warm afternoon yesterday, so slightly slower than expected. Overall nice, even if overcast.

Trail conditions are pretty eroded and loose in a few spots, and that makes me question how often I will want to do this over the next few months before heat builds and I prefer other things. Sombrero is a bit easier!

I am 95% certain I saw a bobcat when almost back at the trailhead. With the houses nearby, I thought it was a house cat at first. I started to question if it was a bobcat due to the short bobbed tail, it's overall size and leaner appearance, and the conspicuous black pointed tips on it's ears. Unlike the mother with her 3 cubs that was screaming at Dawn and I in October, this one wasn't super obvious. I recall it having stripes, which is why I am 5% unsure. Overall, it seemed unfazed by me, and it went out into the desert once it got tired of staring back at me.
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Mar 28 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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A meetup with 1 taker. Good weather.
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Mar 26 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.50 mph
4,400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Out again, this time with Matt. Last week's weather was much nicer, but today ended up being pretty good, too, and it seemed like we got very lucky with the weather turning stormy again as we got back to the TH. At least it was the nicest day since last weekend. Matt was happy to see a chipmunk on the summit, and I gave him some date seeds. Everything is holding up well for the time being, so maybe I'll return in April after Window Peak.
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Mar 22 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.09 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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Ended up not being that windy by afternoon although it was only in the mid-60s. Maybe I'll get Window Peak eventually.
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Mar 20 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Prickly Poppy, AZ 
Prickly Poppy, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
Jim_H
Hiking2.25 Miles 25 AEG
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On Kinney RD south of the closed Olde Tucson Studios, the first road side pull-off is K14. There is a nice map near the TH, so I could see where I was headed. From here, I accessed a trail called the Prickly Poppy. No poppies to be found, but the dry desert was quiet on a mild Saturday afternoon and aside from mountain bikers these fairly level trails don't get much use. Enjoyable.

I walked a bit past a deep wash just south of the Caliche Flats trail and then back. It was nice. Probably better than the busy area around Gates Pass.
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Mar 20 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Golden Gate MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
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Hiking2.01 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking2.01 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.61 mph
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I have not been here in almost 6 years. After a scenic drive yesterday and a realization that I want my shoulder back to normal before I scramble on Bushmaster, I though this would be fun. It was Okay.
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Mar 18 2021
Jim_H
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.78 mph
4,400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Thanks to the dry February, I had pretty much written off Kimball this spring. The unexpected snow and rain last week was great news! The trail is stable and consolidated thanks to the moisture and is very easy to hike right now with no ash dust or sliding. There are even a few large snow patches up top.

The lower desert seems to be greening and responding to the recent rain, but it isn't exactly lush. Life is very absent this spring. Barely any wildlife up high in the burn area, only a few birds in the intact patches, and nothing at all in the barren middle. The desert is lacking compared to prior springs, but the last year has been very dry. I did hear a few hummingbirds, and there is a little trickling water up high. Shade is virtually absent for most of the hike now, so as spring gets warmer and the sun stronger, this isn't one I plan to beat to death the way I did in 2015. Fortunately, this hike should still be pretty good for the remainder of March. Not sure past April 1.

Everyone is upset about the lack of flowers, but there were a few in the desert. Nothing impressive, but there will be some brittle bush in the coming weeks thanks to the recent rain. Driving home on Orange Grove Rd and around the remnant orange grove just west of Oracle, I finally smelled citrus blossoms. They seem late this year, but they're probably a bit earlier in Phoenix compared to Tucson. I would say those are my favorite spring flower.
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Mar 15 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.09 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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While I suppose I may do this instead of Pusch come summer, after a few times up Pusch this isn't quite the same.
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Mar 13 2021
Jim_H
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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
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What I consider a rare snow hike up Pusch. The trail has had a lot of use just today, with at least 2 other sets of tracks, and another hiker arriving on the summit shortly after me. Great snowy view, too. Going down was treacherous. Not so much the snow, as that was mostly melted, but the clay was greasy and wet. Falling and hurting my left shoulder wasn't fun. Hopefully, it is healed by the end of the week.
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Mar 05 2021
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.61 mph
2,645 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Much better this time without that ferocious wind. No blowing dust, either. This might be a solid replacement for Kimball since that trail is in bad shape post Bighorn Fire, and I did beat that to death 6 years ago. Plus, this is shorter and sweeter.
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Mar 03 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2021
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
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Super windy with dust blowing to the NW off the farm fields west of the Tucson Mountains. It was hard to breathe from the strong winds on the summit. Lots of traffic on this, and the Pusch Flatiron, but the trail is in better shape than Finger Rock.
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