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Aug 12 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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 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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 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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 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 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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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
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 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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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2021
Jim_H
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
Jim_H
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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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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Sombrero TrailsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2021
Jim_H
Hiking1.75 Miles 400 AEG
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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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Jul 19 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 19 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
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I guess you could say this was a 3 coyote, 5 javelina kind of hike, as those are the noteworthy sightings I had. 3 Coyotes were crossing Pima Farms Rd at the low crossing when I was driving to the trailhead, and 5 javelina were crossing the slope below the summit while I was descending. Not bad.
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Jul 17 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
High Peak Road #507Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2021
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.71 mph
1,775 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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I came mostly for peaches, and picked 29 pounds worth at Angle Orchard. The red haven peaches are in, and they are excellent. I probably over picked, but I can freeze them. Clouds were building on the drive over, and I considered just driving the mountain, but I opted to hike this anyway. I am glad that I did, as this was worth it, or it fit into my time slot very nicely. Lots of Hermit Thrushes in the forested sections, which was very enjoyable. Lots of Hermit Thrushes at the trailhead for Lady Bug Peak, too, where there was also a rain gauge with 1 and 3/4 inches of water in it.

This ended up being smaller than expected, which was fine. Everything was wet from heavy rain that must have fallen while I was picking peaches. I had only brief passing showers and no lightning. I have previously thought this area reminds me of Pennsylvania, and with the moisture it does, more so. The exception is the summit which reminded me of Navajo Mountain, but only a little. I was underneath of Hawk Mountain before I realized that I was losing altitude, and thinking that the GPS routes don't show this, I turned back to head to whatever summit was behind me, which ended up being Graham. This was easy to recognize from Todd's photos when he poached it.

There is some decent conifer reproduction up here, so in 50 years a nice forest will have returned, maybe. The views from an outcropping near the summit were interesting, and I wouldn't mind returning on a dry day, probably in Autumn, to enjoy it. An active monsoon season is not one that produces enjoyable hikes or views.

Overall, this hike is kind of underwhelming. I expected more, and it to be bigger. I guess Heliograph feels bigger because you start lower. Wide open burned areas are the exact opposite of squirrel habitat, and I didn't see any squirrels at all, so why this is restricted is just pure regulatory nonsense. Welcome to the United States of Bureaucratic Overreach. I modified the existing GPS route to gain my stats.
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Jul 15 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 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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Super humid, and there was an orgy of flying ants on the summit. There was a good rain here yesterday morning, so octotillo is greening up.
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Jul 11 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2021
Jim_H
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,043 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.19 mph
4,043 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I hesitate to use the green heart for this log, since I feel like I basically did this to stay in shape, but I don't really track that kind of hiking anymore. This was, however, exceedingly unpleasant with extreme humidity. It was swampy and Florida like at the trailhead and I never would have hiked if I didn't think I needed some exercise. It was rather warm, too. It was still nice on the summit, and I do enjoy a peak like Wrightson. Probably won't do this for a while, and I would like to hike from trailheads near or over 7,000' until summer is over.

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Jul 05 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.76 mph
2,180 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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A tortuously humid hike. It did rain over an inch late last week, but aside from the new ocotillo leaves, you wouldn't know. Actually, I would have enjoyed a rain on me, and especially my car on the drive home.
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Jul 03 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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Extremely humid and overcast. No rain here, yet.
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Jun 30 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   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.18 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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Lots of people out on this, and I suppose this was due to the storms around the area cooling things off.
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Jun 28 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
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1,481 ft AEG
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Even though it was hot at about 101, or so, I went for a 5:30 hike to round out June at over 20k'. Every month so far this year has had at least as many feet. Might be able to go again in a day or two as long as not stormy.
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Jun 26 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,489 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
3,489 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Most hikers will probably want to avoid the Arcadia Trail. I agree with, "MAP", the last 3/4 to 1 mile of trail before the junction with the Shannon Trail is really over grown. It's approaching impassable, and already is for a lot of people. It's heavy with NM Locust and wild rose, both of which have thorns, and also aspen and a current with flowers which create a tangle of stems leaning over the trail at chest and head height. At times it was more like a wall of vegetation than a trail. Bring Danny Trejo, who is Machete, and you might have an easier time. Still, with really cut legs and torn shorts, I got through.

It was nice to be back in the Pinalenos, since I have only ever hiked here one time. This was in 2015, just over 6 years ago, and right before I moved to Phoenix. I had driven up as far as Soldier Creek CG in 2005, but that was it. I planned to return 4 years ago, but the Frye Fire forced me to cancel and I went to Utah, where I had a great time.

I read about the wash out in one of the logs from the 2018 group that did this, and decided to wait for that to be dealt with. It never was, and the solution is a half-assed one: a rope to make the climb down and up the washed out slope manageable. It can't be an Official FS solution the way they close trails for "danger" post fire, so I think this is another ignored trail with little hope of maintenance anytime soon.

Once past the wash out, the trail is pretty good. It gradually gets more covered with ferns and locust as you move higher, before you make the traverse around what I think is upper Noon Creek and encounter the terrible over grown conditions. I don't know if the upper Noon Creek Trail even exists anymore. There is no evidence of it near Arcadia.

Because I came here to hike this, I did. I still enjoyed my outing, I just would have enjoyed it more if my shorts didn't get torn. Same with my skin. I won't do this trail again until it gets attention, or burns. Which ever comes first. I don't have a preference. In it's current state, I won't hike it again. At least now I know why there are basically no logs for this, when compared to the 2 Heliograph options from the Shannon TH. I probably should have taken up the friendly offer to be driven down to Arcadia CG from the Shannon TH, as a camper from the Arcadia CG was on the summit. He had hiked from Shannon CG TH after he had given up on the Arcadia around the wash out, but I felt I had to hike down. Oh, well.

The good news is that there is a lot of solitude on this, and plenty of enjoyable birds. I heard fewer hummingbirds than in 2015, but the columbines and penstemons are still abundant. Hermit thrush were common around Heliograph, and in the lower trail around the campground. You can't hear much of anything besides a roaring diesel engine for the microwave towers on the summit, however. Oh! Lots and lots of bear scat, all over the trail. If this isn't a bear highway, it's a bear toilet. Some was fresh, too.

Finally, I'll have to return a few more times to this range before the road closes. While I do want to hike some of the shorter trails on top, since there are basically no longer ones, or no longer ones that come from lower down and a paved road. I "discovered" the Angle Orchard just off the Swift Trail slightly above the 5000' level. It's not new, I just didn't notice the sign in 2015 or 2005, unless the signs are new. Lots of apples and summer peaches.
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Jun 23 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 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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Remarkably cool at 90 and moist with some enjoyable cloud cover created relatively inviting late afternoon hiking. Light rain had come through earlier in the afternoon, and the moisture made it humid, but still nice. Lots of birds in the desert with fly catchers being the most enjoyable. Storm clouds with some rain over the Catalina, rainbows over the deserts and ranges in 2 spots. Nice way to do Sombrero, which is nice as even with me hiking this in the very low 100s a few weeks back, it turns out that wind dry spring was my least favorite time on this, and not the extreme heat in the evenings, or the early summer.
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Jun 20 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Coronado Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2021
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Hiking0.86 Miles 330 AEG
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Went to Miller canyon to pick apricots. Got 8 and 1/2 pounds. Ate about 4 pounds. Too hot to hike the Crest Trail to anywhere, so I did this before I made the scenic drive to Soniota.
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Jun 16 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Divide Peak, NV 
Divide Peak, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2021
Jim_H
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
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After my big hike I only gave myself 1 rest day. I really needed 2 days, and should have either come home to roast, or better yet gone to Utah for some R&R at Cedar Breaks, to come back to hike again, rested. Oh, well, live and learn. I planned on McFarland Peak, which is a solid interesting 10,700' summit. My legs were not having it, and by the time I made the Bonanza crest, uphill was painful. No way was I going to enjoy a 1000' gully scramble. I'm a little surprised I was as sore as I ended up being, as it wasn't a huge hike, but I think the steep slope had a lot to do with it. I'm not normally that sore after Kimball.

So, just past Divide Peak, I turned back and headed to the summit of Divide. It was enjoyable. Nice views of the Spring Mountain big boys.

Most of this is the lower Bristlecone Trail, and part of the Bonanza Trail. Those are nice, but fairly busy hikes. The bristlecone on the Bonanza is not as nice as the ones on the North Loop, but this area is probably drier, and more exposed, as well as lower. The Bristlecone trail is really mixed conifer, but there are some huge ponderosa pines.

I descended early and enjoyed diner at a picnic area in pinion pine, before a brief nap and a return drive to the valley oven where it was 117 today. Part of me wanted to go to Cedar Breaks, but the persistent Arizona Smoke was also in Utah, so maybe later this summer or more likely next year.
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