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Apr 06 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 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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42 male
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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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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
Jim_H
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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 Guides 61
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 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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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
Jim_H
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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42 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
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Golden Gate MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
Jim_H
Hiking2.01 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking2.01 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   1.61 mph
1,318 ft AEG
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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 20 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Prickly Poppy, AZ 
Prickly Poppy, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
Jim_H
Hiking2.25 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour      2.25 mph
25 ft 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 18 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
Jim_H
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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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 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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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 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
2,645 ft AEG
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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
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
Jim_H
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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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
2,645 ft 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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Feb 27 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
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In town selling the climbing gear and thought I would. It was OK. Was crowded, but there was also parking available at the base. I guess I am starting to get use to Marana (since I live quite a few miles from Tucson) hiking and the lack of crowds, generally.
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Feb 26 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 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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Whatever has been driving my sinuses crazy near my home was not present out here. Otherwise, a mild PM hike.
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Feb 24 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Ventana Canyon Trail #98Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2021
Jim_H
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
1,260 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Wasn't really feeling it. It was also windy. Just relaxed poolside, and then hiked down.

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Pools and small falls.
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Feb 21 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2021
Jim_H
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,885 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.89 mph
2,885 ft AEG
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A loop in the park on a crowded Sunday, for Tucson. Not Piestewa crowded, at all. Skipped Wasson and went on a counter clockwise loop using Hugh and King. Lots of snow birds.

Really, the most interesting thing I saw was 3 coyotes as I was leaving the parking lot headed home.
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Feb 19 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Gardner Canyon #143Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2021
Jim_H
Hiking11.19 Miles 3,685 AEG
Hiking11.19 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.00 mph
3,685 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Well, it seems like everyone these days is optimizing their metabolic rate or metabolic flexibility. So, getting with the times I was shirtless in the cool breeze on the summit. I was also fasting since a "lunch" yesterday around 3 PM, and a mistakenly eaten Lara bar around 6:30 PM. Felt fine while doing this. Brought regular food just in case, and ate none. Drank my usual water. Writing this I'm now at just over 24 hours fasting, but my roast will soon be done. Might be interested in building to 36 or 48 hours. I hear it gets really easy after 72 hours. Gotta get those ketones going.

Nice trail, and Wrightson was great as always. Snow was about as expected. Traction would be fine to have, but wasn't needed. I like the Apache Pine in the canyon down low, and there is a lot of ponderosa and Arizona pine reproduction up high. An aggressive individual with a goal of creating a healthier forest could make a big impact on the areas of dense reproduction with a hand saw and an eye for aesthetics.

I used Lee's September 10, 2016 stats.
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Feb 17 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 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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The few farm fields currently in use in Marana seem to be getting greener. I like this, as everything else is dead and brown these days. I hiked mostly with my shirt off, since I enjoy it far more on a sunny day like this one.
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