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Jan 17 2022
azdesertfather
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2022
azdesertfather
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,112 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.90 mph
1,112 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Dec 03 2021
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 03 2021
azdesertfather
Hike & Climb7.00 Miles 2,536 AEG
Hike & Climb7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.83 mph
2,536 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Third trip up. Beautiful day. Most of the elephants have been removed by the USFS, only a half dozen smaller, new ones left.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Nov 19 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney & Linda Vista Loop Trails, AZ 
Rooney & Linda Vista Loop Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking3.30 Miles 157 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.71 mph
157 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked from home to Linda Vista TH, did a part of the north loop then hiked home
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 17 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney & Linda Vista Loop Trails, AZ 
Rooney & Linda Vista Loop Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking3.10 Miles 177 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles      49 Mns   3.96 mph
177 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Walk to work
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
2 archives
Nov 13 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,221
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney & CDO Wash Trails, AZ 
Rooney & CDO Wash Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking5.80 Miles 479 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.82 mph
479 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 12 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
CDO Wash Trail, AZ 
CDO Wash Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking1.95 Miles 3 AEG
Hiking1.95 Miles      30 Mns   4.18 mph
3 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 05 2021
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ 
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking5.80 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.64 mph
600 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Nov 01 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
CDO Wash Trail, AZ 
CDO Wash Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking4.00 Miles 85 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.43 mph
85 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 29 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
CDO Wash Trail, AZ 
CDO Wash Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking4.00 Miles 85 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.43 mph
85 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 27 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
CDO Wash & Wash Access Trails, AZ 
CDO Wash & Wash Access Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking4.40 Miles 148 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   4.06 mph
148 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Walk to work
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Oct 23 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Jordan Hot Springs - GilaSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking7.19 Miles 604 AEG
Hiking7.19 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.61 mph
604 ft AEG      16 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked linked
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After hiking into the springs the day before, we woke up, taking our time to break camp as it was chilly outside (low 40s). After breaking camp and having breakfast and coffee, we took a few final photos at the hot springs then started hiking out. There were 4 enjoying the springs from Albuquerque, and enjoying it au naturale (seeing dudes like that, not the best way to start the day!).

There are about 18 river crossings, none of them were more than knee high, and they were pretty much all about 1ft deep. Colors were unbelievable! After hiking out, we did the hike to the cliff dwellings before heading home to Tucson.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Some of the best fall colors I've seen anywhere!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Jordon Hot Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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Oct 23 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Gila Cliff DwellingsSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking1.00 Miles 259 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      42 Mns   2.00 mph
259 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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One last little hike before returning to Tucson today. An incredible place to visit, walking through these cliff dwellings and going back in time 750 years. Pretty well preserved, definitely worth the time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 22 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Jordan Hot Springs - GilaSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking7.19 Miles 928 AEG
Hiking7.19 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.58 mph
928 ft AEG      1 Min Break35 LBS Pack
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Linked linked
Partners none no partners
On my bucket list for a long time, so glad to hike in with a special someone :D

Drove from Tucson in the morning, arrived there and ate lunch at the TJ Corral TH at 2pm then backpacked into the hot springs. Set up camp just above the hot springs, then put our swim clothes on to enjoy. Water was warm but certainly not hot. It was clean and clear with a constant flow. Even the floor of the pools was this nice pebble rock, rather than a bunch of mud or sand. We enjoyed the pools together through sunset, watching the sky change colors above our heads, then hiked back up to cook dinner and sleep. Talked there with a couple from Albuquerque, who had decided at the last minute to choose the Hot Springs over the Superstitions in Arizona.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Beautiful fall colors! Perfect time to see them. Incredible!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Jordon Hot Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Oct 19 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ 
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking3.20 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles      54 Mns   3.62 mph
180 ft AEG      1 Min Break3 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Walked home from work
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 09 2021
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking5.33 Miles 453 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.62 mph
453 ft AEG      2 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took a friend on a hike for her 50th birthday to go see the fall colors on the rim. Nice short walk.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Aspens turning, oaks starting also at this elevation.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 09 2021
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rim Lake Vista Trail #622Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking2.90 Miles 203 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.90 mph
203 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Enjoying some fall colors on the Rim this afternoon. Fall is coming!! :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
A few aspens around that area, they are turning. Oaks starting as well.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Sep 29 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ 
Rooney Wash - Linda Vista Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking6.50 Miles 361 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.45 mph
361 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Sep 23 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 849

48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
CDO Wash & Wash Access Trails, AZ 
CDO Wash & Wash Access Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking8.70 Miles 302 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   4.18 mph
302 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Walk to/from work
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Sep 17 2021
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking8.62 Miles 2,592 AEG
Hiking8.62 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   1.91 mph
2,592 ft AEG      57 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Hiked with a friend, doing this loop counterclockwise and starting from the Oracle Ridge TH. My plan was to start at Red Ridge TH, but when I arrived there was a "CLOSED" sign ](*,) even though I carefully checked the USFS Catalina District website and they showed that both Red Ridge & Oracle Ridge trails were OPEN. I drove back to Palisades to speak to someone in that office, and her response was "yeah, I show that trail as open as well, but the Forest Services does a TERRIBLE job of communicating." She called someone at the Forest Service she knew in Sabino Canyon, who had the same response, so she said it was my call but to not worry about it, if the USFS really wanted it closed they should communicate it to the rangers and on the website. She also said that she has heard of the public up there taking the closure signs and moving them around to other trailheads? When I asked why, she said "I guess people are just being mischievous." : app :

To avoid further confusion I decided to start at Oracle Ridge TH, but there is no real parking at Oracle Ridge TH currently, it's now all marked off as "no parking". I spoke to someone a guy at the fire station, who told me to park in the small dirt space across from the fire station however, in one of the "no parking" areas and that it was fine.

I must say, that the crazy amounts of monsoon rain, the ground instability caused by the fires and the apparent fact that no one has done anything to maintain these trails, has definitely made these trails more challenging. Experienced hikers can generally keep up with the trail and a GPS helps at times when it seems to disappear, but you're basically hiking a ridge each way with an abandoned road at the bottom to connect them. The wildflowers, buffelgrass and other plants and weeds were THICK, and usually waist high but at times head high. You really have to be careful in it with your footing, as you can't easily see what you're stepping on, and if there is a critter in the weeds or if the ground is deteriorated under the weeds and unstable. At one point I did almost walk on a black rattlesnake, thankfully he shook his rattle one quick time to cause me to freeze until I figured out it was a rattler and where exactly he was.

I was also surprised to see the mining or excavating, whatever that was they were doing on Marble Peak. That peak is pretty torn up now, they have cut switchback roads all the way up it and even turned part of the Arizona Trail/Oracle Ridge Trail into parts of their highway. Noises from the excavating rang through the canyon between us as we passed by and you could see the heavy machinery doing their think up there.

Catalina Camp Trail was also choked out with waist and head-high growth, and at one spot there has been a washout that makes it a little challenge though not impossible to pass. What an amazing spot the camp cabin is! I walked up and took a peek around, even inside the cabin, and was surprised to see that it looks like it is still being used by someone, there was even a sleeping bag on the bed and other supplies along the edges of the cabin as if it has been recently used. I post pictures here of it. The chandelier in there is just priceless! :app: The creek was flowing well at the junction of Catalina Camp and Red Ridge, a few gallons per minute still and no stagnation. It was a very nice break spot.

Of the three trails, actually Red Ridge is by far in the best shape, which made me scratch my head again why that sign was at the trailhead. There was a small tree down over this trail just above the creek (where you pick up Red Ridge to go back up), and of course the closer you got to the top, the amount of wildflowers choked out even this trail in spots, but for the most part it was actually pretty decent and much easier to follow.

I really hope the Forestry Service finds away to put more time and attention into the Catalina trails. The more time passes, the worst shape they are getting into. I would suspect the Oracle Ridge Trail would be managed by an AZT trail steward, and I'm not sure why that's not happening right now, but so many of the USFS managed trails in the Catalinas just are closed and unattended, and having no one routinely walking on them is making a bad problem worse. There, that's my :SB: !
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
Trails overgrown with wildflowers and weeds, many places waist high and in places even head high.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Sep 11 2021
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Jammed Log Pools, AZ 
Jammed Log Pools, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
azdesertfather
Hiking1.70 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   1.26 mph
220 ft AEG      37 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Return trip to one of my fave hideaway spots. Lots of water, and evidence of lots more water in the past week or two that has receded.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
average hiking speed 2.36 mph
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