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Oct 04 2018
rvcarter
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73 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Diablo Canyon, NM 
Diablo Canyon, NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2018
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Hiking3.17 Miles 3 AEG
Hiking3.17 Miles
3 ft AEG
 
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This hike is short but spectacular, starting in a narrow canyon with vertical basalt walls and continuing along a sandy wash to the Rio Grande and back. The canyon is outstanding and several rock climbing routes have been created along the east-side cliff. Getting there means taking Camino la Tierra from the Santa Fe bypass NW of Santa Fe, then County Road #77 and Old Buckman Road to the upper trailhead. Road is in good shape and ok for low clearance vehicles. Parking area is large. Great moderate hike, but summer is probably too hot for it. Once you get out of the canyon, there is no shade. This hike was part of our hiking club outing to Santa Fe in early October. Note the track is one way, so the RT is 6+ miles. I forgot to start a track, so I reversed the in-bound track to show the first half, which descends to the river.
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Oct 03 2018
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 tucson, az
Cerre GrandeNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2018
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Hiking4.61 Miles 1,252 AEG
Hiking4.61 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.56 mph
1,252 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Cerre Grande is located in, and is the highest point in, the Bandelier National Monument west of Los Alamos. The large parking lot for the trailhead is at the junction of Rt. 4 and St. Peters Dome Road, FR 289. The trail is great and a lot of fun, but the sweeping views of the Valles Caldera, from the top are what make this hike a top choice. Not many people get out this far from Sante Fe, so no crowds. This hike was part of our hiking club outing to Sante Fe in early October. Great moderate hike. Even though the trail is not maintained, it’s in good shape.
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Oct 01 2018
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 tucson, az
Nambe LakeNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2018
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Hiking7.24 Miles 1,826 AEG
Hiking7.24 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   1.38 mph
1,826 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Nambe Lake is a pretty lake nestled under the cliff face of Lake Peak in the Pecos Wilderness. It's reached out of the Sante Fe Ski Basin parking lot via the well used Winsor Trail (#254) and a steep, very rocky access up toward Lake Peak. This last part is very steep class 2, but the 10,250 to 11,400 foot elevation range will be challenging for flatlanders who haven't acclimated. Try to go in the fall when the Aspens are turning color. Simply spectacular. Allow about 5 hours if you include a trip around the lake.
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Sep 17 2018
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Mt. Srd Dubrovnik - CroatiaEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2018
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Hiking2.40 Miles 1,248 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   1.71 mph
1,248 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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The mountain north of Dubrovnik, Croatia, reached by most tourists via a nifty and fast gondola from just above the old town walls, is hikable via a rocky trail with many switchbacks from Jadranska cesta (the closest street). The hike has about 1200 feet aeg, and is highly recommended because of the stunning views of Dubrovnik Old Town along the way. At the top is the gondola station, a restaurant, touristy shops, and the remains of a Napoleonic fortress built in 1810. The track will be helpful in finding the gondola station and the trailhead. I also posted the track all the way from the Stradun, because the signage is not very good to the gondola station or to the TH. The tourist guides warn against bushwhacking along the hillside because of unexploded ordnance from the 1990’s war. Honestly, reaching the top of Mt. Srd while visiting Dubrovnik, either by trail or gondola, is a must-do because of the unparalleled views of the city, Lokrum Island, and the Dalmatian Coast line.

Note that the gps track is one way, starts at an alley off the Stradun (a main thoroughfare in Old Town), goes up to the lower gondola stataion, up a series of streets to the actual trailhead, and then up to the top of Mt. Srd.
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Sep 12 2018
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 tucson, az
Zavratnica Cove - CroatiaEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2018
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Hiking2.25 Miles 122 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   1.85 mph
122 ft AEG
 
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Zavratnica Cove is a beautiful, protected cove just south of Jablanac, a small village at the foot of the Velebit Mountains. The cove is only 150 meters wide but 900 meters long, and reminds one of a fjord (but has other origins). The short walk along the Adriatic from Jablanac (which is a great lunch spot), is to die for. The clear water, rocky terrain, and few visitors made this a special, short, easy hike to an incredible (I know I’ve used that word a lot, but look at the pictures) natural feature. My track shows the start of the short hike to and around the cove.
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Sep 11 2018
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 tucson, az
Plitvice Lakes National Park - CroatiaEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2018
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Hiking10.36 Miles 1,068 AEG
Hiking10.36 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.68 mph
1,068 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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The associated meandering track shows a day's hiking and visiting of Plitvice (PLEET-veet-seh) N.P. in Croatia, which is (in Rick Steve's words) "one of Europe's most spectacular natural wonders." It is also one of Europe's most visited destinations. You won't get any privacy or solitude here, but that can't keep you from visiting this stunning place. The park has 16 lakes and countless waterfalls with absolutely clear water. Its location is not easy to get to from any of the major cities, but try to get there early to avoid the worst crowds, or start in mid afternoon. There are several hotels in the park, which will give you a head start. The track starts/ends in the parking lot and includes a ferry ride on one of the lakes to get to the north area.

I also posted a video covering our time in Croatia on my Youtube channel, that includes the Plitvice visit: [ youtube video ] Look for "Croatia - minus Dubrovnik".

If you're in Croatia, this is a must visit.
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Sep 09 2018
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 tucson, az
Vintgar Gorge - aka Bled - SloveniaEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking2.68 Miles 207 AEG
Hiking2.68 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   1.71 mph
207 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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A made-for-tourists attraction NNW of Bled, Slovenia, but a spectacular one, is the Vintgar Gorge. The gorge was cut by the Radovna River and is unique in its hanging boardwalk-like pathway along the entire length, and the incredible clear rushing water over numerous falls, rapids, and erosion potholes. Only 1600 meters long, the out-and-back hike is highly recommended. My track will help you find the parking area; once in the gorge, you can’t get out. Rick Steves calls it the “poor man’s Plitvice”, but I think that’s unfair. It is a great, family-oriented easy hike to a fantastic natural phenomenon. Admittedly, Plitvice has lots of rushing water and waterfalls, but there is no distinct gorge like here. Make sure your camera has a charged-up battery before leaving the parking lot, because this place is tailor-made for multiple videos.
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Sep 09 2018
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 tucson, az
Slap Savica Waterfall - SloveniaEurope, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking1.33 Miles 418 AEG
Hiking1.33 Miles      35 Mns   2.28 mph
418 ft AEG
 
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While in Solvenia, we did a short 1.5 mile hike up to the Savica Waterfall (called Slap Savica in Slovenian), near Bohinj. Bohinj is located about 16 miles WSW of Bled. This magnificent waterfall is actually two in one, in the form of an “A”. The tallest is 78 meters and the shortest is 25 meters. The flows originate in the Triglav National Park from karst terrain. My track is a little screwy, but the up part is correct. Lots of cliffs along the trail likely affected the accuracy of my gps. The track should help you find the parking area, but you won’t need any help to stay on the well-used trail.
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Sep 02 2018
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 tucson, az
Pordoi Pass to Piz Boe, WW 
Pordoi Pass to Piz Boe, WW
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
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Hiking4.58 Miles 1,165 AEG
Hiking4.58 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   1.64 mph
1,165 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Our attempt to climb the 3,152-meter Piz Boe, which is highest point in the Dolomites’s Sella Group, was thwarted by an overnight snow which made the ascent too dangerous and difficult, for me anyway. I got within 150 meters of the top, but the trails were obscured with close to a foot of snow and visibility sucked, so I passed on trying for the peak. Anyway, we don’t like cold weather.

We chose the easy option to get to our starting point, which was to take the gondola from the Passo Pordoi (the bottom of the gondola) up to Sasso Pordoi (the top of the gondola). That cuts out a lot of elevation and is the civilized thing to do, especially if it’s raining/snowing, which it was, depending on elevation. The Sella Group (of mountains) is located between Selva and Corvara in northeast Italy, a truly spectacular setting with lots of mountains, waterfalls, valleys, and white cliffs. I will also posted my track from my hike two days earlier, aborted because of the rain, from the pass to near the Rifugio Forcella Pordoi (if I can find it). The world renowned Alta Via 2 goes right through here.
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Apr 13 2018
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 tucson, az
Saddleback Ridge to Point 5001Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2018
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Hiking2.60 Miles 2,283 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
2,283 ft AEG
 
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This is an outstanding hike, but involves significant class 3 rock scrambling at a few spots. Nothing technical. I've been to lots of high points in the Santa Catalinas but my group spent a lot of time at the top having lunch and looking at the gorgeous mountains, peaks, and valleys in every direction. One of the best out of Sabino Canyon, but not for everyone. Details are in the description, which covers only the off-trail portion.
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Apr 05 2018
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 tucson, az
Seven CataractsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Canyoneering3.06 Miles 428 AEG
Canyoneering3.06 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   0.54 mph
428 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Frank, David, and I did what has become an annual event, in at Windy Point and out at Seven Cataracts vista. Beautiful canyon and perfect day. A little more flowing water than some past outings, but nothing too wet. Avoided the big pool at the bottom of last drop. Good protection at each drop, but we fortified a couple with backup webbing. Frank bought new static ropes which helped. Seemed easier with static; we'd always used dynamic climbing ropes before. Only need one 200 footer for the middle two drops, but 1 and 4 require two 200's. I recommend you take extra webbing for the replacing any old setups. See my description for more details. [ Seven Cataracts ]
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Mar 30 2018
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 tucson, az
Chino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb7.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hike & Climb7.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
 
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A great canyoneering experience in a little known or used location. Not easy to get to but the best ones never are. Just posted a description based on our recent outing. Take someone with canyoneering or climbing experience that can set safe natural anchors. The down climbing can be complicated and difficult because of the polished rock and wet shoes. I posted three tracks. One is of the canyon itself, which is fairly useless since there is no way to get out of the canyon once you're in it. The other two are of the entire loop; one is the original track and one is a considerably scrubbed version which should be fairly accurate. GPS satellite reception in the canyon is terrible because of the southern canyon walls. The pictures turned out pretty good.

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Mar 09 2018
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 tucson, az
Superstition Ridgeline, AZ 
Superstition Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
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Hiking11.63 Miles 4,123 AEG
Hiking11.63 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.29 mph
4,123 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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We did as a key exchange between Carney Spring TH and Lost Dutchman SP. Good groups, 3 going west and 4 going east. Got the last parking spot at Carney at around 8:30 a.m. on a Friday no less! Lots of people on the lower trails but very few along the ridge. I had my 2-13-2014 track and the official on my gps but still managed to get off trail before getting to Carney Spring, Bushwhacked back over to the trail since I didn't want to lose the elevation. I edited that mistake out of the track, but you might notice a very straight line as the track passes Carney Spring. That little boo boo added at least 1/2 mile to my distance.

I had forgotten all the bad parts of this hike, especially all the scrambling along some parts of the ridge. It seemed much harder than 4 years ago (couldn't be that I'm 4 years older). We got out of Siphon Draw just as the sun was going down.

This is a spectacular hike. Great views to the north and south, unbelievable rock formations, a great peak (which I did not climb). However, the hike is harder than it looks on paper. Count on the hike taking longer than a normal hike with these stats, and take an extra liter of water over what you would normally take. Once you commit to the ridge, there are no easy exits. Route finding is challenging. Not sure I would do this with just a map. Take a gps with a loaded track from HAZ, and know how to use it.
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Mar 06 2018
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 tucson, az
Gibbon MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2018
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Hiking4.91 Miles 1,517 AEG
Hiking4.91 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.42 mph
1,517 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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My buds wanted to do Gibbon Mtn, but nooooo, they didn't want to do the traditional hike out from Prison Camp. They wanted to do the bushwhack up from Seven Falls. They made it fine, and reported that the climb up the wash from Seven Falls was fine, but the last climb to summit on Gibbon was a little dicey, which I've learned is somewhere between "I'm worried" and "I'm too scared to move".

My job was to meet them on Gibbon and take them back to Sabino Canyon, so that's what my track shows. The hike out there from Prison Camp is fun and beautiful. Highly recommend it. Try to avoid my track coming down. We got in the gully coming down, but if you stay on the ridge and come down the arm, it's great.

Gibbons Peak is part of three peaks along a ridge. Really nice hiking out the ridge. The middle one is the highest by a few feet, but there is a signin jar on two of them.
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Feb 13 2018
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 tucson, az
Bear Canyon to Sycamore DamTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2018
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Hiking1.77 Miles 476 AEG
Hiking1.77 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   0.78 mph
476 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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While hiking on Bear Canyon #29 near Thimble Peak a couple of weeks ago, we looked down at the upper Bear Canyon and thought, let's do it. The all off-trail canyon between the upper crossing (the last place where #29 crossed Bear Creek) and Sycamore Dam is beautiful, full of large trees, huge boulders, wetlands, pools and flowing water, even after a long drought. There are a few areas that require class 3 scrambling, but the exposure is not bad except a few places, where climb arounds are necessary.

We started at Sabino Canyon and exited at Prison Camp where we had dropped a car. Mike and Frank climbed Seven Falls, which was very dry except for a few pools, and pronounced it pretty easy. However, if you knew them, you'd still wonder about the difficulty. Take your time and enjoy this special canyon. Look at the description I just posted for more details.
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Feb 02 2018
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Bear Canyon Trail #29Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
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Hiking13.97 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking13.97 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.33 mph
1,644 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Pretty big group today on a key-exchange hike between Prison Camp to Sabino Canyon Visitor Center (by way of Bear Canyon Trail #29). Seven went up (4000+ feet aeg) and four went down for the 1644 feet aeg shown above. The entire trail is easy to follow and in great shape.
The stats include a detour to climb Thimble Peak. The first time we did this spur out to the Thimble, there was a very faint trail. Now, it's very well beaten in. Outstanding day to hike; slightly overcast and moderate temps. Surprisingly, there was some flowing water and several substantial pools in Bear Canyon. Only a few pools at Seven Falls. The only bad part about this hike is the 1.5 mile + walk along the road to get out to Bear. Didn't see many people until we reached the area below Seven Falls.
Great day out in a fantastic canyon.
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Jan 26 2018
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McFall CragsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,356 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
3,356 ft AEG
 
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See the description I just posted. This is our latest escapade flirting with McFall Crags. Five (Frank, Mike, Steve, and Frank) of us did the loop using the tram to get as far up the canyon as we could. The steep climb hasn't changed much, except that the grass may have gotten longer. The trip down Rattlesnake Canyon is HARD. Deceptively difficult. I had some thigh cramping for the first time since the Rim to Rim crossing a few years back. There has to be an easier way to get to that magnificent peak. We'll keep looking, and report here.
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Jan 19 2018
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Palisade Trail #99Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2018
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,191 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.16 mph
1,191 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Our hike took place over Palisade Trail #99 and East Fork Trail #39. We had 13 strong hikers, 7 going uphill to Organization Ridge (about 4200 feet aeg) and 6 coming downhill to Prison Camp (thus the low aeg for my track). The trail was in unexpectedly excellent condition and easy to follow. Someone has spent some quality time clearing vegetation and setting up cairns.

I should note that the road access to the Organization Ridge TH is closed off for the winter season. There is plenty of parking space near the exit off Catalina Hwy, and the hike in/out is only about 1/3 mile and not very steep. Just follow the road past the Scout Camp and the Group Camping area.

Surprisingly, there was a good bit of water at Mud Spring; the trough was partially full of stagnant water, and there was flow below the tank. Also, good water pools below Sycamore Dam.

The veiws on the Palisade Trail are outstanding, and best going downhill. Thimble, Blacketts Ridge, Sabino Canyon, Rattlesnake Peak, and Cathedral Peak are visible much of the way. There are several overlook points into upper Pine Canyon (got to try that canyoneering style sometime), however, at one of them, I got buzzed pretty heavily by a guard bee. Don't linger at that point.

Beautiful day for a hike in southern AZ. Didn't see anyone else on the Palisades Trail. Good day out with my hiking buds.
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Jan 05 2018
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Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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We hadn't done Bug Springs trail in a long time and never the spring itself. Started at the Prison Camp parking just off Catalina Hwy, semi bushwhacked up the canyon to the spring (no water, although some in pools about half way up), then cut up to the main trail. We followed the very nice trail up to the point where it looks down on the Hwy near General Hitchcock CG and turned around. I don't think many people include the drop down to the hwy in this hike.

I had noticed a "trail" down the drainage on my GPS basemap and we decided to see where it went. It was probably the old trail up (since the new one ascends gradually), but it is wildly inaccurate. Don't follow the line on the map, but just follow the drainage (and my track) and it eventually rejoins the trail. There is some really nice and relatively easy boulder hopping along the way down, along with forgiving vegetation.

Beautiful day out and decent workout.
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Dec 29 2017
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Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,981 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.15 mph
1,981 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Full disclosure: I didn't make it to Prominent Point, but my goal was to go only about half way in the first place. Didn't quite get halfway, but my two hiking buddies went all the way. The main reason for posting this is to recognize their accomplishment. Despite getting a 10:00 a.m. start, they made it all the way up along my previous track, then bushwhacked down to the Pima Canyon Trail, intersecting at about about the 2nd dam. The last two hours were in darkness. Neither of them have a GPS, but they love off trail stuff. They saw a possible drop-off point at about 12S 508531, 3580456 and went almost directly west to the 2nd dam. They described this way as difficult but at least shorter than the shindagger slugfest back down to the canyon below Rosewood Point, which is the traditional way up.

If you're interested in more details, I can put you in touch with them. All in all, the hike to the top is more of a one-and-done because it's not much fun. There are some good views from the point I turned around, but.... who needs the pain. I must be mellowing.

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