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Feb 13 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Pack Rat LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
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Hiking3.10 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.07 mph
330 ft AEG
 
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Feb 12 2021
Jim_H
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2021
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Hiking10.20 Miles 2,680 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.83 mph
2,680 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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A mostly in the morning hike to Amole Peak and Wasson. Pretty nice. I would hike the Huge Norris Trail again, but would skip Amole Peak.
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Feb 11 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.84 mph
4,400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Such a nice day it would have been a shame to waste it on just another Sombrero. Finger Rock is about the only front range trail which is open and I still have some enthusiasm to hike, which is why I did this. I think I wore this one out 6 years ago, and doing it 4 times in the last 3 months is probably more than I did it in the prior 4 years.

Just as well, as the trail is in pretty good shape as the snow is all melted aside from protected patches. The soil is still holding together well, but the burned areas are sunny enough that from April to June, which was my favorite time of year to hike this in the past, this trail may be in bad shape again. I know this isn't exactly a popular trail for HAZ members these days, even pre-Bighorn, but I would recommend hiking it in the next month or so if interested.

Nothing much new. I grow tired of the Pima County weirdos I seem to encounter here, and only here. Not sure why that is. I don't remember people being like this 5 or 6 years ago, down here.
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Feb 09 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2021
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
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1,481 ft AEG
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Afternoon stroll with James. Conversation included which brand of IPA is superior, whether or not vegan cheese is suitable for babies, if Canada will succeed from the Union, and how rain doesn't bruise when it hits the ground. Good times.
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Feb 07 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 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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Very late winter like, which is getting to be spring like. The sun is nicely getting higher in the sky, and days are getting longer. I like this. You can hardly tell that only 10 days ago there was cold rain with temperatures in the mid 30s. The Saguaro look a little better, but other than that, you can't really tell.
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Feb 05 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Lemmon Trail #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2021
Jim_H
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,200 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Tomorrow will be 10 years since I was last on Mount Whitney during my single day winter summit using the Mountaineer's Route, under just perfect conditions. To honor the occasion I did a little snowshoeing on Mt Lemmon. It doesn't really need repeating, but I'll never do something like I did 10 years ago, again. I'm over that.

I really wanted to use my repaired snowshoes since I spent a whopping $1.58 on some screws, washers, and nylon nuts to replace the missing parts from my 13 year old snowshoes. I did, on snow that was past it's prime, but still benefited from traction and the shoe size. So, I got my money's worth. Mount Lemmon isn't exactly the San Francisco Peaks, or even the Mogollon Rim, so the fact I was up here snowshoeing at all is something. It was 80 earlier this week in town!

I road walked from the Ski area with operating ski lifts and people skiing the slopes. I have never seen that here before, and I wonder how many times they have run in the last decade? Lots of new fire changes, but some might not even notice in a year or two.

It was cold and while the views were nice, I don't think I'll come back until it warms up, up here. Actually, I wonder how much I will come up here this summer. I have a few wishes; Catalina SP to Mt Lemmon (by shuttle if to be done), and Samaniengo Peak, but given that I live far enough away that it takes me over 90 minutes to get up here in light traffic, I would rather go to the Santa Ritas, Huachucas, or maybe the Pinalenos, instead. I mean, if not that much further.
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Jan 29 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Pack Rat LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2021
Jim_H
Hiking3.10 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.86 mph
330 ft AEG
 
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Weather was turning bad and I wasn't feeling fine for Sombrero. So, I tried the loops at the base as GPSed by Nick. T'was OK. Sort of a Fat Man Loop to the Elden of Sombrero.
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Jan 23 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 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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Jan 22 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2021
Jim_H
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.91 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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It rained, and the Tucson hills are moist. Still, barren looking, but at least it's rained. Lots of people out, too, which I think was due to it being a Friday afternoon.
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Jan 18 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Florida Canyon Trail #145Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
Jim_H
Hiking11.25 Miles 4,550 AEG
Hiking11.25 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.88 mph
4,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Exploring a new area and getting a new summit, even if most don't go to the top of Peak 8853. I did. It was actually a nice summit, and not windy today. Florida Canyon trail is not in it's peak season, but was still enjoyable. The upper parts with pine reproduction were my favorite. The crest was also pretty nice, and because I had made the saddle to the south of 8853 faster than expected, and because it didn't look too far, I went to the top. Glad I did.

This area feels almost like an entirely new range for me, since I have never been over here. I always stuck to Wrightson. Now, I might supplement Wrightson for Humphrey as long as I am down here since 4&1/2 hours is kinda far to go for Humphrey, but I would like to think I will also hike this and the Crest Trail again, even if only to this peak or the the next one south, PK 9146.
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Jan 16 2021
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
4,400 ft AEG      35 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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With the forecast for March like weather I needed something challenging to enjoy the day. Kimball it was. It was pretty good, too. Actually a little hot at the bottom, but nice. Not much to say about the hike, it is still Kimball. Branches and woody material killed by the fire is starting to lay over the trail. Hopefully there is some rain or snow on it over the next week.
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Jan 14 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 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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Hazy sunshine and a lot of air pollution visible, but seemed okay near me. Super bad towards Arizona City and "downtown" Tucson. I also think that it is probably unseasonably mild at 70. I'm not really minding.
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Jan 12 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
Jim_H
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.98 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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Wasson is higher than Estrella Peak yet feels lower due to the base valley being a lot higher. Despite this, the summit has Saguaro nearly to the top. I had forgot that I like hiking here, and it makes a nice easy hike compared to nearly vertical Catalina front range hikes. At 4800', it was still chilly, but it is probably nice up here when it is hot down low.

Quiet out here, and it felt like I was in the Estrella in a lot of ways. No urban sounds as you can get on SoMo, and even on some Catalina summits. Only a few jets, which is far less than Piestewa at a similar time of day. Sunny, clean cool air. It's an urban hike, but not quite so. Very nice.
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Jan 10 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 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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Sombrero is quickly becoming a favorite local beater hill, and not without reason. It's close, and it is similar to a lot of beaters I liked over the last 6 years. Just no crowds. Warm enough to enjoy the top without a shirt, the hike was pretty mild overall when compared to yesterday on Kimball.

Air quality was greatly improved from yesterday. The Estrella, 4Peaks, and 5024 to 5057 were all visible.
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Jan 09 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.63 mph
4,400 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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After throwing my hat into the ring on Sombrero yesterday, I correctly felt that I would be able to do a big hike after being sick for a week. Tired, and lower energy, but more or less was fine.

Cold and fairly windy, but hardly very wintry. Looked really gray to the north and west; dust or low level haze. The trail is still busy, but dry and in good shape. No snow anywhere, and no evidence of rain at all since whatever meager precipitation came in summer.

I forget how high this mountain is sometimes. Perhaps it would be better to start doing more hikes in the Tucson Mountains, like Wasson. I mean, it is January, right?
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Jan 08 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 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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Dec 31 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,481 AEG
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1,481 ft AEG
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Gloomy and not at all what I like for hiking, but I wanted to get out once more for 2020. I realized that in addition to the 4-Peaks and Flatiron/5024, the Seven Mile Range and southern end of the Estrella Range is visible from the summit. I only realized this today after seeing the Estrella from I-8 last week while headed to the Cabeza Prieta. Makes sense, since the Catalina can easily be seen from things like Montezuma Peak, but I didn't know you could see some of these things from the Tucson Mountains.

Let's hope it is a Happy New Year.
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Dec 30 2020
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 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
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During the first month or two of the year I stopped religiously recording workout hikes. I know, I know, it was blasphemy. I estimated somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000' of AEG were lost to the ether of space time, never to truly matter in the grand scheme of the internet.

Well, all that aside, Pusch puts me over 200,000' of AEG for the year. It would have been tragic if this had not occurred. Probably not.

Not as fast as last time, but I am still recovering from Table on Monday. Actually, I didn't even pay attention to the time, so I have no idea. Let's say 30 minutes up, and 20 down. You don't believe me? What!? shocking. I am shocked.

Pusch is good. I enjoyed it.
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Dec 28 2020
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Table Mountain - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2020
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Hiking9.10 Miles 3,875 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.19 mph
3,875 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Matt and I had been thinking of Table for more than a year. Today was Teddy Bear pick-nick day, so we hiked it. Not the usual rough gully approach as written, but up the SW slope on a ridge. Post fire this is a very pleasant and stable alternative. Stable is not aptly used to describe the gully, or wasn't when I last did it 6 years ago.

The fire has improved the travel and removed a lot of grass and shin dagger. Not too bad near the top with the P-J, either. The fireplace is destroyed, but the tank remains lower down. A matt of gray clouds came over the Catalina when we were up there, so the photos were not very nice. It cleared out by the time we were on Bighorn, which Matt insisted on tagging. Frankly, this Bighorn is a one and I'm good, as Table or Pusch are much nicer summits, and it not really comfortable up there. We didn't even think about the Cleaver due to time. For some reason, this Bighorn doesn't appear to have a page or description, so I can't add it in!
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Dec 26 2020
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Buck PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.48 mph
1,750 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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My long awaited winter trip to the Barry Goldwater. I've been looking forward to returning since April. Roads are in excellent shape with only deep sand in a few spots, otherwise easy access. Being over the Christmas Holiday Weekend, there was no Military activity.

Buck was similar to Cabeza HP last year around this time. I camped at the same spot, but arrived at 8 PM. I also left right after the hike. Long winter nights are boring to just sit alone out here. The hiking on 708 was easy, I probably wouldn't return around the mountain again, but that was okay once. However, I wanted shade as it was hot today and I wanted to see what Buck Tank looked like. It was dry.

Personally, if only a peak bagger, return to the south or attempt from the F-10 area.

The desert is dry, very dry. Nothing like last winter here, or a week ago in the Rainbow Valley. I do not believe there has been measurable rain since March. The sand here is rather coarse, so there is no serious dust issue. There was very little life as a result of the drought. Only a few birds in the desert, woodpeckers I think, a hummingbird which buzzed me on the ridge, and some ravens over the valley I saw from the peak. I did spot one Bighorn Ram as it ran away from me up and over a small ridge on my way to the McMillan Mine. He seemed to be alone.

McMillan Mine was nothing that excites me. Smelled dusty and there was a lot of animal scat at the entrance. A sign from the refuge has it "closed", but there is no barrier. The shaft is about 4 feet high, so I had no interest in entering.

Buck Peak Tank was a place I hoped might have water for animals. It was bone dry. 8 feet deep and empty. I wonder if it was last spring after the abundant rains? There are what look like very impressive granite cliffs located high above the tank which would be interesting to explore, but I didn't have time.

Because of the short days, the long drive, the all day hiking, and the vast distances to get here, the trip felt rushed, but I enjoyed myself. I do wish there was another tap the same as there is a Tule Well, but this isn't on the Camino. Last, I went in a waxing moon nearing full status, so the stars were not great. Normally, there are plenty. It was not cold at night, though.

For those inclined to youtoob: [ youtube video ]

dry Buck Peak Tank Dry Dry
Completely empty.
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