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Oct 11 2015
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Palmer Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
Sarae
Hiking4.50 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
750 ft AEG
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1st trip
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AZBeaver
AZWanderingBear
desertgirl
Oregon_Hiker
tibber
trekkin_gecko
writelots
Celebrated tibber's birthday this weekend and rounded out the good times with this quick hike. I hadn't done any hiking in this particular area before, so it was nice to see some new views. It was also great to meet some more HAZ'ers!
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Sep 19 2015
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Chiricahua Figure 8 Loop, AZ 
Chiricahua Figure 8 Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 19 2015
Sarae
Backpack13.31 Miles 4,000 AEG
Backpack13.31 Miles2 Days         
4,000 ft AEG
 
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Tyler and I decided to spend the last weekend of summer exploring some trails in the Chiricahua Mts that we haven't been on before and checking out the condition of an old favorite destination, Anita Park.

We drove down to Sycamore Campground on Friday evening and were treated to a very colorful sunset. Sycamore was pretty busy, the only site left was right next to the bathroom, but beggars can't be choosers, so we set up camp and ended up having a surprisingly peaceful night of sleep. The sound of the creek running next to the campsite probably helped out with that.

Saturday morning, we got ourselves organized and then headed up to the Mormon Canyon TH. We parked the Jeep and started up the trail. The morning was very muggy and we were soon laboring up the steep trail and feeling grateful that there were at least clouds to shade us. The trail was overgrown with grasses in many places, but not that difficult to follow. We made it about halfway up the canyon before those clouds started lowering and a mist joined us on the trail. We were still in good spirits, so up and up we continued. We only found a few downed trees across the trail, not too bad at all. By the time we got to the top, it was late morning, and a soft, constant rain was falling. We decided to continue up towards the junction with one of the legs of the Crest Trail (#270B). We stopped for lunch, putting up our tarp to shelter from the rain and the wind that was picking up. At this point I suppose we could have decided to head back down, because there were no indications that the rain would let up, but since there was no thunder or lightning, we decided to continue and hope for a break in the weather in the afternoon. It's a short hike from our lunch junction to Junction Saddle, where a few trails intersect. We headed off to check out Anita Park, fill up our water, and see if there were any safe places to hang after the fire. The sign for Anita Park is basically just a post right now, and the start of the trail is covered by knee high grasses. As we came over the small rise and viewed Anita Park, it didn't look good for hangers. We continued down to the spring, passing one promising group of trees, and filled up our water supply. The Anita Spring looked pretty nice with a stone reinforced pool and good flow. We hiked back up the steep trail to check out the one spot it looked like we could hang. As we were surveying the rain got a bit heavier, and so we decided to commit, even though it was a pretty windy spot. We quickly set up the tarp and snacked and dried off a bit waiting for the rain to let up so we could finish setting up our hammocks. We had no such luck, so we got our rain gear back on and hastily set up our hammocks in between shivering. Thank goodness we have a giant tarp and that hammocks are so comfy, because it ended up raining for the rest of the evening. We called it a night at around 7pm and woke up the first time at midnight to a totally clear sky and fantastic star gazing. The wind had also completely died down, so the rest of our night's sleep was very quiet and comfortable.

Sunday morning, in the beautiful sunny weather, we had a decision to make. I had originally wanted to do a loop past Monte Vista peak and down Morse Canyon, but because we were a bit worn out from the day before, we decided to shorten things up a bit and complete a figure 8 loop by going around Chiricahua Peak and ending with heading down Mormon Ridge Trail. We packed up and headed out pretty quickly and started our hike out. We decided to wait to fill up our water so we would have an excuse to check out Headquarters Spring. The hike from Anita Park to Ojo Agua Fria trail was really, really pleasant. There are flowers ALL OVER along the crest. Most are a yellow flower that look like they are in the daisy family, but other colors are scatter around, too. They all appear to be loving the extra light that is available because the trees are gone. We made our side trip to Headquarters Spring, which had a few cairns to show the way. The spring box is a metal tub and the water looks pretty good with a small bit of flow. After getting back to the junction it was a short walk to Aspen Saddle, where we picked up another leg of the Crest Trail (#270D). The beginning of this trail contours through an area cleared of trees and some of the tread was pretty loose. As soon as we got back into un-burnt trees, the trail was solid and enjoyable. We switch-backed down to Chiricahua Saddle and then back over to the junction with Mormon Ridge Trail. We ate our lunch looking out over Mormon Canyon and then made our way easily to the Mormon Canyon/Mormon Ridge junction. The Mormon Ridge trail is obscured by fallen trees here, but we bypassed the mess and found it without too much trouble. The trail condition was pretty good after about 1/4 mile. There are quite a few shrubs and grasses that you have to push through, but the footing was pretty steady and the switchbacks made it a relaxing hike to the trailhead. The Mormon Ridge TH on Turkey Creek Rd is about .75 miles from the Mormon Canyon TH so we had to hike up the road to finally get back to the Jeep.

It was great to get back to the Chiricahuas. The damage from Horseshoe 2 fire was clearly devastating, but the area is still very beautiful and we didn't find it too difficult to navigate with our gps and good trail descriptions in hand.
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Tons of yellow, daisy-like flowers.

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The pool below the spring is clean and looks good.

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Metal tub is full and pretty clean.
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Jun 14 2014
Sarae
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 681
 Triplogs 92

40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Jordan Hot Springs Loop, AZ 
Jordan Hot Springs Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 14 2014
Sarae
Backpack18.73 Miles 2,617 AEG
Backpack18.73 Miles2 Days         
2,617 ft AEG
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ABC - Group
tibber
writelots
Had a crazy fun trip with my friends. Very impressive to see the changes wrought by nature. Sad in some ways, but still awe inspiring.
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May 31 2014
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Pueblo CreekSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Backpack avatar May 31 2014
Sarae
Backpack8.50 Miles 1,083 AEG
Backpack8.50 Miles2 Days         
1,083 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Exploring another area of the Blue Range. Tyler and I enjoyed this quick, easy trip. WS Mountain trail starts at Pueblo Park, follows Pueblo Creek into the wilderness, and continues on past the confluence where we stopped. The temps were a bit warm, so I'd think April/early May or Fall would be better. The hiking was easy, and the several water crossings we passed were dry at this time. Water showed up in pools occasionally along the trail and was running where we camped. Pueblo Park Campground was completely deserted, but it looks like a really nice basecamp. The hike we did could definitely be done as a dayhike. Two trucks of Forest Service firefighters did stop and chat with us as we were getting ready at the trailhead. They asked if we'd seen anyone else, how long we were planning to be out, and if we knew about the fire restrictions, then went on their way.
Flora
Flora
Deers Ears
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Apr 19 2014
Sarae
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 Photos 681
 Triplogs 92

40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2014
Sarae
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,160 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.11 mph
2,160 ft AEG   3 Hrs   50 Mns Break
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Finally got to Devil's Chasm. Total bonus that we got to go with some fun people! The trail was pretty gnarly once we reached the scramble to get up to the ruins, but it was a great time.
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Feb 09 2014
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ 
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2014
Sarae
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.50 mph
4,400 ft AEG
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This was a great day for a hike. The weather was perfect for all of that uphill, and we had great visibility.

Wendy put together a group of friends to make a shuttle hike out of the Finger Rock and Ventana trails. I had never completed the whole Finger Rock trail, and it is quite a bit of work, but not as bad as I had feared. The section between the junction of Finger Rock /Pima and the junction of Finger Rock /Ventana is by far a path less traveled except by bear apparently (lots of bear scat). The trail is much narrower and not perfectly clear in sections, there is grass and shrub overgrowth, and there seems to be some rerouting that is sometimes confusing. However, there were a decent number of cairns when we passed through, and it's totally doable for someone with good route finding skills. The Ventana trail on the way down was just as pretty as I remembered. However, I didn't have my camera with to capture the afternoon glow on the canyon walls. We took our time and enjoyed.
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Dec 09 2013
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 09 2013
Sarae
Backpack12.00 Miles
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
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Trip with ABC to see Aravaipa in the "Fall". Below normal temps and predicted rain/snow drove away many who had signed up, but we had a great time with those who manned up and joined us. The temps weren't actually that bad. We didn't have any water crossings that came up to my knee, so the water is pretty low. Everyone had appropriate gear, and we got a fire going to warm us up at camp. Probably didn't dip below 30 overnight as no one's water froze. We only got a few sprinkles on Sunday morning. Actually pretty darn perfect.
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Nov 30 2013
Sarae
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 Photos 681
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 30 2013
Sarae
Backpack18.60 Miles 2,824 AEG
Backpack18.60 Miles2 Days         
2,824 ft AEG
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ABC - Group
First time to Reavis and the trip was great. Perfect weather, flowing water in the creek at camp, and even a few apples (very few) still left to cook over the fire. Looking forward to going back next Fall.
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Oct 26 2013
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Ash Creek - GaliuroTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
Sarae
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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A quick car camping trip in the Galiuro Mts to check out Fall color and get out with our Jeep for the first time. We knew we were too early for the best color, but we still found some great patches of maples to enjoy.

It seemed pretty dry compared to previous years, but we saw a little bit of standing water when we got close to the upper spring. We didn't check the lower spring box. Instead of continuing up the trail to Bassett Peak, we decided to have some fun scrambling up the canyon past the upper spring and found some more nice patches of color. We also scrambled up a ridge to get some views looking down on the aspen. The weather was perfect-- super calm and very comfortable temps.

The hunters were out in full force, but there were still plenty of car camping spots available. Good times!
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Substantial, but still has a way to go before peaking.

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Apr 27 2013
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 27 2013
Sarae
Backpack14.23 Miles 4,538 AEG
Backpack14.23 Miles2 Days         
4,538 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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ABC - Group
Fun trip with a solid group of hikers. Camped at Catalina State Park the night before. Had a good time catching up with hiking buddies. Saturday, we made it to camp in time for a siesta, and then headed up to the pass to catch some golden afternoon light followed by a lovely sunset as we hightailed it back to camp for dinner. There was plenty of water in the stream. Temps were a little toasty. The pools were busy both days. Poison ivy seems to be spreading out more at Old Trail Camp. Still love this hike.
Fauna
Fauna
Canyon Tree Frog
Culture
Culture
Campsite Hammock
Named place
Named place
Romero Pass
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
penstemon, mariposa lily, prickly pear, fairy duster, claret cup, etc

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Lower flow for the pools.
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Mar 22 2013
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Rainbow Bridge via North TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Backpack avatar Mar 22 2013
Sarae
Backpack18.20 Miles 3,772 AEG
Backpack18.20 Miles3 Days         
3,772 ft AEG
 
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Phred lead us on a fantastic trip through the red rock canyons, around Navajo Mountain, and to Lake Powell, where a boat shuttle met us. It was a 2ish hour boat ride back to the marina.

Betty shuttled us to the North trailhead. Quite a rough road for a 14 passenger van, even tho it has high clearance. The narrow dips into washes were the worst, but Betty got us almost all the way to the TH and we walked roughly 3/4 of a mile to the start of the trail.

The views immediately started and there was never a point after that where we didn't have our cameras out. Apparently I had a setting wrong on my camera, but Tyler took some great pics.

1st night's camp in Surprise Canyon was next to a stream. There wasn't too much water flowing, but there were a couple of good sized pools near camp. The wind was pretty crazy during the day, but it died down enough at night for us to have a small fire. Temps were pretty chilly. There are a couple of trees to hammock from at this camp.

2nd night we decided to head all the way to Echo Camp. This was a fun place to camp with the amphitheater, history, and water source. We had a great night of games and laughs.

The last day we hiked the short distance to Rainbow Bridge, took a bunch of photos, explored in the stream under the bridge, and then continued on to the boat dock where our shuttle met us.

Just a really, really fantastic trip. I'd love to go back and do the South route.
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Feb 24 2013
Sarae
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 681
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle area wandering, AZ 
Oracle area wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2013
Sarae
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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writelots
Headed up AZT #12/Cody Trail #9 from the American Flag TH, then went northwest-ish on Oracle Ridge Trail #1 until we hit Cody Loop Rd. Turned right on Cody Loop Rd to S Wildcat Trail, which intersects the Cody Trail, which we took back to the cars. Not exactly what our plans were, but a good outing anyway. Also, it was cold and windy as pumpkin.
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Feb 16 2013
Sarae
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 Photos 681
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Canyon Lake TH to Peralta TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 16 2013
Sarae
Backpack16.10 Miles 3,500 AEG
Backpack16.10 Miles2 Days         
3,500 ft AEG
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Key exchange led with Fred. Perfect weekend for backpacking in the Supes. There was water everywhere. Night-time temps were perfect. Had a few newbies to the club and they were great. Camped at Charlebois. Water level was much lower than i expected with all of the winter rains and the water everywhere else. Still plenty there tho. The old stump that we usually hang from has finally given up it's hold in the earth and will dump an unsuspecting hammocker on their butt. :(
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Feb 03 2013
Sarae
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 681
 Triplogs 92

40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Bridal WreathTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2013
Sarae
Hiking5.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Quick trip with Tyler to get out of the house before heading over to a Super Bowl party. About a gallon a minute was coming over the "falls". Very tiny pool at the bottom. Met several people out on the trail. Weather was very nice with a clear sky. Jogged back to the TH.
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Jan 12 2013
Sarae
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 Guides 1
 Routes 9
 Photos 681
 Triplogs 92

40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 12 2013
Sarae
Backpack16.90 Miles 3,500 AEG
Backpack16.90 Miles2 Days         
3,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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ABC - Group
Led an ABC group around the mountain from Peralta TH on pretty much the coldest weekend I could have possibly, ever, ever, found. Brrr! But fun! Very good group. Camped at La Barge. Lots of water. Everyone's water froze so we had a slow morning while we thawed our drinking tubes by the fire. Still made it out in good time.

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Oct 28 2012
Sarae
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 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Oak Springs from Hardscrabble RdPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2012
Sarae
Hiking2.30 Miles 394 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
394 ft AEG
 
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Wendy and I had spent the weekend in Pine learning about being AZT stewards and trail maintenance in general, and we wanted to stretch our legs a bit and see some fall color before heading back down to Tucson. It was recommended that we check out this trail since we didn't have much time, and it was perfect. We saw maples as soon as we dropped into the canyon. The weather was perfect and we had the trail all to our selves. We didn't make it all the way to the spring, but the trail is a very quick, easy hike. We just spent too much time gawking at the leaves :)
A fun way to end a fun weekend.
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Oct 20 2012
Sarae
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40 female
 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
Sarae
Hiking11.80 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles
800 ft AEG
 
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ABC - Group
Trip with ABC to maintain our little portion of the AZT. Lovely Sonoran Desert, rock formations, beautiful weather, and great people. I won't mind going back for future maintenance trips.

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trough was dry, spring source had just a tiny little bit of water at the bottom
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Sep 01 2012
Sarae
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 Joined May 14 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Spud Rock Camp/Manning Camp Lollipop, AZ 
Spud Rock Camp/Manning Camp Lollipop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 01 2012
Sarae
Backpack21.11 Miles 5,609 AEG
Backpack21.11 Miles3 Days         
5,609 ft AEG
 
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Had a fantastic time on our first Rincons trip!

Saturday -- Got to Turkey Creek Trailhead at 5:30. Parked the Matrix, which did okay on the dirt roads, and said hi to the campers who had set up their compound at the th. We geared up, making sure we had packed all of our water for the dry camp at Spud Rock, and headed out on the trail around 6 to start the uphill climb. The morning light was fabulous and we made good time to the forest service trailhead at 1.5 miles, and then to the National Park border at 3 miles, and then the trail register. Then the real climbing started. We took our time heading up the exposed slopes, and made it to Mud Hole, which is nicely shaded, around 9:30am. The spring was dribbling a bit and there is a small pool that is mostly clogged with water plants. After fueling up, we continued up the slopes, gradually getting into cooler temps and piney woods. We arrived at Spud Rock Camp at around 1:30 and took a moment to locate the campsites and find the perfect set of trees for setting up both of our hammocks under one tarp, then quickly set up camp. Of course, nap time was soon to follow, but I couldn't sleep, so I took a walk around the campsites and checked out the spring, which was dry. We had set up at campsite #1, and it turned out to be closest to the toilets. Sites 2 and 3 were a bit further down slope and tucked in amongst large boulders. If we hadn't been so tired, I would have moved camp to one of those. I got back to camp and we made dinner, played some cards, and fell asleep by 7:30pm.

Sunday -- Got up bright and early. We were skimping on water, so we skipped coffee and had our breakfast that used the least water, Texas scramble breakfast burritos, yum! We quickly packed up camp and started up the Switchback Trail around 7:30am, where I almost stepped on the first rattlesnake of our trip. He was easily bypassed, and we made our way along the trails, settling in to Manning Camp around 9am. The cabin was deserted, so we got to work filtering water, setting up camp and checking out the surroundings. Around noon, we decided to try to explore some of the trails around Mica Mountain, even though the clouds had been forming since we had arrived at camp. Well, we got about half a mile down the trail before being pelted by quite large amounts of hail and then the lightning started. So, we turned around and ran back to camp, so at least we got that exercise in :) We waited out the storm and then spent the rest of the day around camp and scrambling down the nearby stream. We found some great spots with pools and small waterfalls to enjoy. We found some boulders a bit south of camp that have a good view of Rincon Peak, so we decided to cook and eat dinner there, and it was perfect. We saw our only other person as the day ended. He had come up from Douglas Springs and was pretty wiped out, so there wasn't much socializing.

Monday -- Tried to get up early... we are so bad at that. Cooked up a big breakfast to super-fuel up, and managed to hit the trail around 7am. We were feeling pretty good, so kept up a good pace. We passed Devil's Bathtub and it was running enough to have a nice falls. We also passed through several park areas that made us wish we could stay. Soon we got to the intersection with the East Slope Trail and followed it down to Turkey Creek Trail. The East Slope Trail actually provided me with another rattlesnake stepping opportunity :o , this one was a much closer call and I"m afraid I upset the poor snake. So, we quickly went our separate ways. Whew! As we dropped elevation, the temps got warmer of course, and we started moving slower. We eventually passed through a burnt area that I believe might have been the Fox Fire that happened back in June. The end of our hike came at 12pm, topped off with a free beer from the campers.

What a fun trip! We definitely need to get back up there and check out some more of the trails. I'm thinking in the Spring, when the water sources are more likely to be reliable.
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dry Deer Head Spring Dry Dry
soil was damp, but that's it

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water was filling up the tub at the top and trickling down to fill the large pool at the bottom

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There was a good flow and large pools in several locations along the stream

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dribbling a bit and there is a small pool that is mostly clogged with water plants

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Aug 11 2012
Sarae
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 Tucson, AZ
Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 11 2012
Sarae
Backpack12.00 Miles 2,843 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
2,843 ft AEG
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Managed a quick backpack to Walnut Spring with Tyler to check out the Samaniego Ridge. We haven't been out much lately, so we knew this was sure to kick our pumpkins a bit. Headed up the Catalina Hwy early on Sat. morning after some caffeine and Quiche at Le Buzz. Hit the trail by 8am and immediately enjoyed excellent views, tons and tons of wildflowers, and much cooler temps.

The hike to Walnut Spring went quickly. The spring was actually not as pretty as I was expecting with all the recent rain (can't believe I forgot to take a pic). I had known the tank would be skanky, but had thought the pool below the tank that is mentioned by multiple triplogs would be much nicer. It was better than the tank, but there was only a very slight trickle filling the pool, so it seemed a bit stagnant. Shovel Spring was better looking when we passed it, but we really wanted to stay on the ridge, so we decided to make do. We filtered the mosquito larve and other large bits out with a bandana, let my gravity filter do it's job, and then added chlorine tabs for extra insurance. The taste was still slightly yucky, but we managed.

We finished setting up camp around 11am. By then, clouds were starting to roll in, so we decided to nix our plan to try to bag the peak and instead took the best naps ever, snug in our hammocks. :D A series of pretty good storms rolled through with lots of rain and a bit of hail and LOTS of lightning. :scared: I was quite thankful that the cuben fiber tarp held up! It stopped storming by 4:30ish and we spent the rest of the evening soaking in the views of the Reef of Rocks and CDO below the ridge. There were so many different types of flowers to enjoy, too.

Sunday morning we headed back up the mountain. We didn't end up starting as early as we had wanted and the sun-exposed slopes were most certainly warmer than we had hoped for, but we made better time than we expected and were back at the top in time to have lunch on the patio of the Iron Door.

This was a great place to enjoy some much needed wilderness time. Next time we visit, I think we will either do a shuttle hike to Charouleau Gap, or do a loop with the Canada del Oro Trail.
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Good looking water in the tank.

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The tank itself is murky. The pool below the tank had a tiny amount of water flowing in, but was smelly. We filtered and added chlorine tabs and were fine.
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Jun 16 2012
Sarae
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 Tucson, AZ
CDT to Mimbres River Forks, NM 
CDT to Mimbres River Forks, NM
 
Backpack avatar Jun 16 2012
Sarae
Backpack18.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Backpack18.50 Miles3 Days         
3,000 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Had a fabulous time in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The whole canyon was very quiet except for the usual flight path noise above us. We camped at two great campsites along the watercourse. First camp was at the fork on Saturday night. Second camp was near Monument Canyon on Sunday night.

Drove over to Lake Roberts on Friday and had my delayed birthday dinner with Tyler at the local restaurant, which was surprisingly yummy. Stayed at the Lake Roberts Motel Friday night. Saturday morning, we ate our breakfast in the room and then packed up and headed to the trailhead. Took 150 aka Star Road to the CDT/Mimbres River trailhead. It was slow going, but not too bad. The final segment to the TH was a bit rocky, but the Matrix was a champ. Got to the trailhead and it was already getting hot, with clouds building around us.

We started down the trail, and about .25 miles in I remembered to turn on my GPS. It's the first time I have ever used it, so I was looking forward to the gaget-fest. We quickly made it to the intersection with connector trail and headed down into Corral Canyon. The cicadas were soooo loud! And it got super hot. The trail was very easy to follow all the way down to the Mimbres River.

We turned left at the River and headed up canyon. We were soon surrounded by oaks, willows, pine trees, and alders. There were a few dry stream crossings, but soon we started seeing water. All water crossings were easy to manage with lots of rocks available to keep our feet dry. Along this lower section we saw two turkey hens with chicks and a group of javalina. We soon passed by one large camping area past Monument Canyon that was occupied by horse packers. They had HUGE tents set up and their second string of horses were tethered along the trail. The rest of the crew were out on a trail-ride.

By now, the thunder that had been quietly keeping us company as the day progress was getting a little more threatening... so we hurried on to our camp at the north/south fork of the Mimbres. We found a good camp on a bench above the trail, and started setting up camp. Unfortunately, we didn't take the thunder seriously enough and ended up scrambling to get our tarp up while being pelted by pea-sized hail. We made decently short work of setting up the rest of our gear under the tarp and we waited out the rest of the storm with some enthusiastic snacking and appreciation for the rest of our dry gear.

The storm didn't last long and we were soon out and exploring the immediate area. There were a couple of trout pools not too far down the trail and the forest smelled great after the rain. The light was also lovely, and a little misty. We finally headed back to camp and made our dinner... tacos, yum! By the time we were done with dinner, we were ready to call it a night. It had cooled off rapidly during the storm and the temps were very comfortable all night.

Sunday morning, we woke up and decided over breakfast that we would move camp back down canyon near the mouth of Monument Canyon. We packed up and hiked the 2ish miles back the way we had come. There was a great camping spot with lots of logs for lounging on and immediate access to the water, so we quickly set up camp. It was only about 12 when we were done with camp set up and lunch, so we decided to do some off-trai exploring up Monument Canyon. It was about .25 of a mile from our camp. We started up the canyon and found a use trail in a few places that took us through a section of the canyon that had a little bit of water. Then we decided to head up to get a better view of some cliff rock formations. We scrambled up some boulders and snapped some pics before relaxing for a bit in the breeze. After sufficient lounging time, we headed back to camp and spent time checking out the aquatic life in the "river". It was only about 10 ft across and 6 inches deep, but there were lots of fun crawlies and even a baby trout to keep us company. We lounged a bit in the hammocks and then it was time for dinner. This time chicken pesto pasta... probably my favorite backpacking meal right now. After dinner, the temps dropped and the hammocks called to us. Sleep was easy to achieve with the sounds of the water and the occasional owl to serenade us.

Monday morning we knew we needed to get up early to avoid getting scorched on the way out... and we kinda did that. We made it out of camp by 7am. The way back to the connector trail up Corral Canyon seemed quite quick, but those last couple of miles out were pretty tough on us. We hadn't been out in a while, so the combination of exposure to the sun, highish temps (it got into the 80s), and elevation gain left us quite tired. But, we had a blast and were back to car by 10:30.

This was our first time to the Aldo, and we left with a good impression. I would love to explore more. We talked to some locals who seemed to think that Black Canyon was a gem, but it requires 4x4... so we know that that means. I've already started campaigning for a second vehicle... I think I'm wearing Tyler down :D
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