username
X
password
register
for free!
help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
1, 2  Next
26 triplogs
login for filter options
Dec 03 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking10.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.94 mph
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A beautiful day. Hiked in from the parking lot and walked back the tram road.
_____________________
 
Dec 02 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
fity mile trail, AZ 
fity mile trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.38 mph
2,025 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A beautiful day
_____________________
  2 archives
Nov 21 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,355 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.76 mph
4,355 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A beautiful day for hiking. My partner and I hike a ways past the second dam. Autumn color abound. We saw lion tracks but no animal. There were a few pools of water visible below us. The second dam was dry.
_____________________
  2 archives
Nov 20 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.00 Miles 4,250 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.20 mph
4,250 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I thought I 'd try this trail out. I was accompanied by a buddy who has done the hike several times including the decent through Pima canyon. Our plan was to hike two hours in and then out. We passed the springs and got to the 4500 elevation before we turned. It was a beautiful day.
_____________________
 
Nov 17 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking8.00 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.18 mph
210 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I just went for a walk. I did the loop, including the spur to the Montrose pools, then back to the trail head . i picked up the nature loop trail and then headed off one one of the horse trails and followed it as it meandered along the west side of the Sutherland wash. It finally crossed over and I walked south until I hit the Sutherland trail and followed it back into the State park where I did the loop one more time.
_____________________
  1 archive
Nov 16 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.00 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.40 mph
555 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I started at the trail head and took the Jacob Cross cut trail N. where the loop trial and the cross cut trail separated I headed NE along the cross cut. I followed this trail almost to the end and then bushwhacked across a wash and up to a ridge running diagonal to the mesa upon which the state park sits. I followed this ridge to the fence separating the state and federal areas. I head S along the fence to the base of the Superstition ridge and then began to climb and climb and climb. I then followed along the base of the walls back toward the state park. I found several remnants of animal carcasses and some interesting piles of stone. Evidence of mining were prevalent. I descended and reconnected with the loop trail and followed it down to where it intersected with the cross cut trail and headed back into the park. It was nice to get off a trail and wack.
_____________________
 
Nov 15 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Black Mesa Trail #241Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.50 Miles
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.74 mph
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I got a late start. A beautiful afternoon. i followed the trail link form the parking lot and took the left fork. The other fork goes to the Dutchman trail. It is well marked. The connecting trail to #241 is a meandering gentle stroll. The black Mesa trail follows a ridge and eventually connects with the Dutchman. I went about half way and then returned due to darkness. A great hike in a great piece of wilderness.
_____________________
  1 archive
Nov 14 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Linda Vista Trail - LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking2.50 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.36 mph
450 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A nice little hike. I did the whole circumference loop. Beautiful views
_____________________
  1 archive
Nov 09 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.38 mph
1,060 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I and two companions started out early. The early morning sky was blue and orange. It was between 36 and 42 degrees at the trail head depending upon whose thermometer you believed( three hikers all swearing by their car thermometer). We all agreed it was chilly and we all started this hike with jackets on. The hike up was uneventful. There is water in the pools. As the morning progressed there were many more hikers. And the wind started blowing. We went a little beyond the pools following the trail to where it starts to break right and climb. The down hill was slow going due to the number of hikers.
_____________________
  4 archives
Nov 08 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking8.00 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.78 mph
210 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
You would think there wouldn't be 8 miles of trails in Catalina Park but today I found some and more. After doing the "loop" to warm up I did the nature trail and found a trail that headed N.E. 100 yards past the desert ecosystem descriptive marker. The trail appears to be a horse trail but there were a couple of boot prints so off I headed. The trail meanders through the the desert following the plateau for about a mile before turning south back towards Sutherland wash. From the mesa I could make out the Sutherland trail below and to the south and suspect this trail connects to it . There are a lot of horse trails off the main trails through the park. The one I was following had a lot of growth on it and it dipped into and up and through and feeder washes before joining the Canyon loop trail about a half a mile from the Sutherland trail head junction. The horse trail emerges at a marker that states "this is not a trail". This marker ostensibly directs hikers heading back to the trail head to stay on the main trail to the left. The feeder washes were really pretty with some of the tree showing fall. A beautiful day.
_____________________
 
Nov 07 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking6.50 Miles 4,355 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.24 mph
4,355 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A beautiful day. Hiked to a little past the dam. The vegetation in the wash is still pretty thick.
_____________________
 
Nov 06 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
fifty mile trial, AZ 
fifty mile trial, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.20 mph
2,025 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A quick walk to the BLM fence.
_____________________
  2 archives
Oct 31 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.30 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.45 mph
210 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Still breaking in the boots. Did this trail and added the montrose pool and nature loop x2 to the mix. Thought I'd catch the sun rise but there was actually some over cast. Some of the trees in the wash are starting to turn, They should be really pretty in a week or so.
_____________________
 
Oct 29 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.35 mph
1,887 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
New Boots part Two:
I was accompanied on this hike by a friend Ken G. We proceeded from the trial along a well marked trail. About 1/4 mile in there is a sign in station, a metal box on a pole with a a paper roster. We duly noted our passing. The trail climbs and follows the canyon wall up towards a saddle where the trail intersects with the Kings Canyon trail and as trail to the summit of Wassom peak. There was a nice morning breeze as we ascended but it disappeared as the noon hour approached.
I was hiking in a new pair of boots. I had to stop several time to make lace adjustments. We stopped for a brief rest at the saddle and decided to leave the final assault to the summit for another day. We returned the same way. As the sun warmed up the afternoon the canyons became very hot. I'm glad I packed some extra water. This was a great hike with great views.
_____________________
 
Oct 28 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking4.50 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.16 mph
210 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
New Boots part one:
The hike from the previous weekend just about did in my boots. So new boots and the agony of new boot break in. I wear full leather boots and there really is no way to break them in, really in, except by walking in them. I needed a short hike of a couple of miles to "get the feel" of these new rides.
The Catalina St park is now in full "tourist season swing mode". There is an additional gift shop opened by the trail head parking lot next to the bathrooms. Also the State has filled in the run off ruts on several of the initial grades leading to three of trail heads. This is probably more to accommodate equestrians than hikers.
I headed up the Romero Canyon trail to the Montrose Pools and the then reversed completing the circuit back to the parking lot. It was almost sunset so I did the nature trail loop. I had a great view of the setting sun to the west and meet some folks from Canada walking a dog very slowly. They we're concerned about yet hopeful to see a snake.
I told them I hadn't seen a snake in several weeks. They actually seemed disappointed. The new boots said the hike was about over. I hustled back to the parking lot.
_____________________
 
Oct 25 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking10.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.94 mph
400 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This hike started out with good intentions. Uneventful very early morning start. The problem stated after connecting with the trail as it leaves the state park and enters the national forest. I did not realize it is hunting season. Hunters seemed to be everywhere having come up to the trail from the connecting spur through the BLM property. I only got up about a mile beyond the link and then decided to return via the fifty mile trail. I'm not sure whether the hunters can be in national forest but the fact is that there is no one to enforce them not being there. I heard a couple of shots and suddenly felt very self conscious as a potentially big target. I headed back down the trail crossing the big wash and coming back via the fifty mile trail. I've done this spur several times in the last few weeks and never found any litter. today I had half a bag, aluminum cans, spark plug, and snack packages. Did my good deed for the ecology today.
_____________________
 
Oct 23 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking8.20 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.40 mph
210 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I am a new hiker. One of my challenges has been to build both endurance, time on the trail and miles walked per hike. I hike here quite a bit because it is close to where I live. I have learned to use this trail, which is part of a complex, to work on my hiking skills. Most of the actual trail is sand about four to five inches deep. The trail gets a lot of equestrian action. I hike here several times a week and by doing the trail front to back and then reversing back to front it offers both diversity and exercise. While not difficult, it offers a lot.
I did the loop front to back and then back to front and then took the spur to the montrose pools and then returned to the parking area. From there I walked down to the Romero Ruins trail and walked the ruin loop. Coming back across the road form the ruin trail marker I picked up the bridal trail and followed it to the birding trail which connects with the one mile nature loop. Again, there is nothing really challenging in this walk but there is a enough trial to rack up some miles and exposure time. The surrounding beauty is stunning.
A question: I noticed coming out of the ruins another trail about 100 yards to the south with wooden steps leading to a trail. I did not see a connection that trail and wonder if anyone knows what that is or where it goes. The visitor center was closed. I know the area is an archeological site. is there another dig there?
_____________________
  2 archives
Oct 22 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Romero Ruins Interperative TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking5.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.06 mph
100 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I started this hike just to "see" the ruins. I pass the sign for them every time I head to other trail heads. I parked in the far lot and walked back down the road to the trail head and then did the loop. It was windy today and it felt nice. After the ruin loop I walked back to the parking lot and picked up the nature trail which is a mile +/- that rises up about to a small mesa and offers some rather remarkable views of the Cargodera canyon and the Catalina's.
After doing the loop, I descended back to the trail heads and did the canyon loop in reverse including a slight detour to the Montrose pools. The water that was there two weeks ago is all but gone except for one small pool.
This park is usually pretty quiet during the week and not a lot of hikers but today the lot was full with cars from several colder climate states. I saw several sets of flip flops and open toed sandals, oh well. A nice morning enjoying the breeze.
 Flora
 Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Saguaro
_____________________
 
Oct 21 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Fifty mile Trail, AZ 
Fifty mile Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking7.40 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.07 mph
400 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked this trail again but went further. The trail head is located at the Equestrian center at the Catlaina St park. The trail is a gradual rocky grade of several hundred feet over the first mile. The trail is used by off road cyclists and their tracks are evident. The trail follows a ridge line offering a great view off to the west of Oro valley and Catalina as it parallels oracle road and to the east the north face of the Catalina mountains. At a little over 2 miles from the trail head there is a barb wire fence and a gate on the trail separating BLM land from the park. Continuing along the trail, it follows gentle switch backs down to a wash where the 50 year trail intersects with a connecting spur to the Sutherland trail which starts about a half mile to the south. There are a lot of doves in this area.
I continued along the fifty year trail as it meanders through rolling land with scattered brush. The park brochure lists the trail as 7.4 miles one way. About a mile further the trail comes within several hundred yards of new homes. Development is creeping to the edge of the National Forest. Ironically nature is unfettered. I came across the skeletal remains of a cow(see the pic), an eerie reminder that predators are always around. The scattered homes and the sounds of gun shots carrying in the breeze from the Pima Pistol Club sort of only reinforce the changes occurring. As I gazed at the looming peaks to the south I could only wonder how long would it be until roof tops will be all that dot the horizon. I turned and headed back.
_____________________
  13 archives
Oct 19 2008
avatar

 Photos 88
 Triplogs 26

74 male
 Joined Oct 05 2008
 oro valley, az
Seven Falls - Sabino Canyon Recreation AreaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2008
tecdivrTriplogs 26
Hiking9.40 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.17 mph
700 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked   none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I read a review of this hike on this site and wasn't too excited about doing it. But the distance was right and I was curious. I started very early as the sun was coming up and the moon was still visible. Not a lot of of hikers yet.
I followed the hard surface road to the trail head and hiked above and beside the last of the asphalt that leads to the final tram stop. I'm not sure the trams are running here anymore. The trail follows the stream bed and is pretty straight forward. I only crossed the stream four times before reaching the ascent grade. There are several places along the stream where the trail disappears. A considerate hiker(s) have left stacked stone markers that are very useful negotiating the last stream crossing, If you ignore them there is some light scrambling to do.
The falls had water and were quite stunning. I continued up the # 29 trail after the Falls turn off and went about and another half a mile and another hundred feet up. By the time I turned around a quite a few hikers were coming up the trail. I found this to be interesting and fun hike.
_____________________
 
average hiking speed 1.86 mph
1, 2  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

helpcommentissue

end of page marker