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Jun 06 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / AspenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2021
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.92 mph
2,900 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Added in Marshall Gulch and did the loop clockwise so I would descend radio ridge near sunset, for the views. Windy for most of the hike, helping drive the Telegraph Fire. It was putting up a large pyrocumulus for most of the day.

Lots is burned, including 99% of the dog hair and the appropriately spaced reproduction from 20 years ago. Lots of the survivors from the last hot fire, too. My work from 7 years ago to the day, was in vain.

The bracken ferns smell nice, as they are growing. Decent hermit thrush activity in the gulch, but I left before dark so I don't know if whip-poor-whils are present.

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Good cold stream out of the pipe.
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Jun 04 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2021
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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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Noticeably drier but still very hot. Over 100, probably. Spotted a deer in the flat, which was unexpected. Don't know what they eat, since everything living is covered in spikes, thorns, or a cholla. Really pretty pink and orange clouds and rock faces of the Catalina around sunset.

My 20th time on this hike. I think this is my 3rd red dot for Pima County. I thought I would end up achieving this in the fall or later in the summer, but I have yet to start hiking Golden Gate Peak frequently, and I don't enjoy Pusch Peak the way I did 7 years ago, so I've been hiking Sombrero more frequently. Maricopa has Piestewa, Camelback, and Mormon Loop. Not sure which groups of hikes are better, but the air is cleaner here.
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Jun 02 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 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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May 31 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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Another shaded after 530 PM hike. Pretty nice. Early season storm clouds over the Catalinas turned a nice orange and pink with the sunset.
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May 29 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,933 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.82 mph
3,933 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Went to Florida Peak from Florida Canyon. The upper parts are nice, the lower not so nice. No one is over here, so that was nice. Warm going up, hot coming down. Trail and everything is super dry. The only water I saw was the pipe dripping 1/3 of the way up. I placed a rock to impound some water for wildlife.
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May 27 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 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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Actually really nice. Enjoyed an after 5:30 start and mostly shaded hiking. Quiet, no one else was out.
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May 24 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.34 mph
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No sheep today. Pretty quiet save for a few birds. I met a body in the rye, coming down as I was going up.
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May 19 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.42 mph
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Been avoiding Pusch due to the heavy use of the trail and it's rough condition thanks to all of that traffic which can now be found on it. It wasn't like this 7 years ago. I really wanted to get some local AEG in today, and so headed up after 4.

The trail is pretty loose and eroded. With the sand and lose gravel, the average person would probably do well to wait until after some substantial rain has fallen. Still, aside from a few spots, the worst is the lower half leading up to the flatiron.

While coming down and almost at the level of the flatiron, I was thinking to myself that with the increased use, sheep will probably be rare and hardly seen here these days. I would see them fairly often in 2014. Seconds after I thought that I head some brush crunching and looked over to see 2 ewes and a lamb. The lamb was doing a little suckling, too. Seems the trail isn't really bothering them. They went up a little and I continued down. I then spotted those 3 with their ram, right about where the trail heads out onto the iron. I spooked them a little more this time, as 1 ewe was heading down slope and when she saw or heard me she turned around violently knocking down some rocks. She ran up slope briefly, which was when I saw the other 3 including the ram. Most of the time, they're so well camouflaged that if they didn't move, I wouldn't see them.
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May 14 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Miller Peak via Miller CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,052 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.74 mph
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First time down in the Huachuca Mountains. I can finally die contented. This because after 7 years, I have managed to do what I never did when I lived in Marana before: make the drive to visit the other Sky Islands south of I-10 outside of the Tucson area.

Road in to the TH is in good shape except right at the beginning. The trail is also in good shape. There is no surface water, but you can hear it in the pipe in the canyon bottom, headed to a town nearby. Views to olde Mexico are enjoyable.

I can't be sure, but it seems like no one ever mentioned the orchard near the TH. Why? Anyway, this was a highlight of the trip for me, and even though I intend to hike other trails in the range, I also intend to return here to purchase fruit. Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Apriums, Cherries, and 30 varieties of apples are in the orchard. Some of my favorite varieties are to be found from Albemarle Pippin to Winesap. Must be a good spot for this sort of venture, as Winesap requires 800 chill hours. Unlike the ratty orchards in the Sierra Ancha and probably the Superstitions, this one is managed and actually produces on pretty nice trees.

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May 12 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   1.92 mph
1,481 ft AEG
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I had to go to the Safeway, so I thought I would do this before. Still dusty, lose, and steep, but now it is also hot, or warm. Everything here looks drought stressed, but of course the thorns look as good as ever.
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May 10 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.65 Miles 2,240 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
2,240 ft AEG
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I had not been up here in well over 6 years. I recall why I just stuck with Pusch, back in 2014. This isn't bad, it's just basically the same, especially above the trail. Lots of angry and pointy Tucson vegetation. Slightly different from Phoenix, in that it includes shin dagger and agave, as well as more of thorn shrubs. This is, of course, in addition to the usual Sonoran vegetation. Had I not lived in Flagstaff or Kayenta when I started to journey to Tucson a decade ago, I might not have cared for Tucson. Extended cold windy winter-springs are miserable, but angry vegetation isn't much better when it's 110.
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May 04 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2021
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.68 mph
4,400 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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First wind free, but also not too hot or cold day to hike this. It was actually a really pleasant day by Finger Rock and Kimball standards. That will change as the high approaches and perhaps reaches 100 later this week. The trail is already getting lose and sliding more up higher. It isn't dusty with ash, at least. I couldn't say that about upper Pima Canyon, last month. Finger rock is still in better shape than Pusch Peak, but that isn't saying much.

Overall, not much to say. The spring wildflowers are transitioning to the cactus up high. Birds are not like they were in the past, but are still better than I feared it would be. Saw 3 deer, near the saddle. That usually excites people. I noted how small Sombrero Peak appears from Kimball, which is amusing because it looks rather large from my balcony. Air quality was pretty good, as I could see 5024 and the Flatiron. It was rather dusty the last few days.

Unlike 6 to 7 years ago when I lived here before, I won't be hiking this with temperatures over 100, and probably not even much over 90. Given that, today runs a very high probability of being my last hike up this until fall. Can't say I didn't hike this a lot this spring. I am really hoping to hike in some more of the sky Islands like the Huachucas, and Pinalenos, this summer. I never went to the Huachuca Mountains when I lived in the Marana area in 2014-2015, and I look forward to changing that since after 5 and 1/2 years in Phoenix a 2 hour drive for a hike is practically nothing. I will miss the 30 minute drive to Finger Rock, however.
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Apr 25 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Buster Canyon Loop - TucsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
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Hiking5.19 Miles 2,047 AEG
Hiking5.19 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.22 mph
2,047 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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James suggested this, it was new for me, and he has an annual pass, so it was a fine hike for a Sunday before the wind picked up. It did end up being very windy on the summit, but not at all when just below it or for the rest of the hike.

Lots of burn changes. Most everything looks dry and barren now, but most oaks are fine. They just need summer rain. Most saguaro are gone. Grass is growing back for the next burn!

A decent hike, but one I won't be doing for a while. It is best done clockwise, primarily because the descent would be terrible to hike up. Great Pusch ridge views!

My first time back in the park since I drove in (for free) to enjoy the Pusch Ridge view on Thanksgiving Day of 2014. So, it was also a nice and new hike to crest over 100,000' of AEG for the year. This is the first time I have gone over 100,000' this early in the year, or April, since 2016. I did this in 2015 and 2016, and both of those years had me hiking a lot down in Tucson.
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Apr 23 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.73 mph
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Still fairly mild (didn't break 80 in my area) in the desert and the wind was way down from the last 2 days. It was, however, chilly on the summit. Lots more birds out, too. Not as busy as Sunday with Nick, but more than I remember from 2015. Wasn't feeling frisky, so I didn't continue down trail to the Esperero Trail.
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Apr 18 2021
Jim_H
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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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Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2021
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 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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Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,600 AEG
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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
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Telegraph Pass - YumaSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2021
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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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 08 2021
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Greenery, AZ 
Greenery, AZ
 
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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 07 2021
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Klothos Temple - Muggins Mtn WildernessSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
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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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