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Nov 17 2019
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Doing what I Like, AZ 
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Previous day in the South Fork of Cave Creek, which has a lot of color right now and major trail reworking. I was recognized. Day before that I was in Ramsey Canyon a little, for some reason the Brown Canyon trail in/out kicked my butt. Lots of color in two days and lots of photos. I needed Desert Time.

Back to an old mine I had found some pleasing ore in an open adit in the past. Plenty of shafts and adits here. I sat in my little mine and worked the rock. Nothing like before but some nice stuff. Brought it into the sunlight for consideration. Drove the FJ out a really faded track, stopped before some rough stuff but saw the windmill. Grabbed a camera, some bottled tea; I had already changed into chaco sandals.

This is how it always starts. I am totally unprepared. I walked to the windmill area, tank dry, old corral but hints at more goings on. A new looking pipe ran up a cool looking little canyon. I followed it, getting stuck in my feet with catclaw for my efforts. Whoever put the pipe in musta been smoking some "C" because it went up and over and around, I finally wised up and stayed in the canyon bottom as long as I could see it. Around the corner a sycamore, a big one, then the small concrete lip, a vertical culvert and some standing water of the developed spring. Lots of bees and wasps occupied with water. I continued up the canyon, which was getting some interesting low rock walls with great geology and some fall colored bushes. As the canyon opened I saw the tailings pile. Of course I had no light and the adit was open with a nice flat floor. Some concrete and wood infrastructure here, a type of which I had not seen before, lots of rock work hidden in catclaw. I picked up some incredible quartz crystals. Anyway long walk back to the vehicle, and another place to return as there is also a hole in some limestone that looks good and I will just have to check. Although the fall places are great; this kind of little walk into the unknown is what I really love.
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Nov 16 2019
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Redemption-- the lovely trees of the canyon are making a comeback. Is it like it was before the fire?? No. It it beautiful-- yes. The TH location is near the cabins, in an unlovely area with a berm and a couple of porta-potties. It adds about 5-10 min depending on your pace to the old TH area, of which all signage, picnic tables etc is gone. They have put in an actual trail along the bank, but the old road is still quite walkable and really could be driven easily.
The sycamores were mostly done but still quite beautiful and lots of leaf litter. Cudos to the trail crews, some major rerouting in certain areas. Lots of cairns but not overdone IMO because of the roundabout way through some of the large debris areas. Of course some on the old trail tred that was not severely impacted. Some of my favorite maple trees putting on quite the show. Some of the trees are gone too. Quite heartening were all the little maple shoots starting to come up, some less than a foot to 3-4 feet, quite a few showing red leaves. I know some will not make it but awesome to see the come back. The stream channel has changed and deepened, some bedrock exposed that was not before. I did find some areas of great leaf litter and lots of color to take pictures of. Met Bill who I believe is on HAZ as Skyislandhiker. He was leading a small group. I did the usual of off the trail in the drainage then back down on the trail.
I am glad I chose to come back this year. Once again a quite worth while fall hike, and of course a nice place any time of year.
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Nov 10 2019
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
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After High Creek sortie, and a nice car camp, drove to TH to walk up Ash Creek a ways. Put this trip log with Bassett as I think some ( I do) find all these Ash creeks sometimes confusing. Anyhow on drive in saw some great herons at a cattle pond, 30 or so deer right over the hill from the hunter meadow and a rafter of turkeys almost in my camp.
I rudely woke up FOTG, Katie and said hello to Chumley and of course famous Blanco, et al. Ended up hiking with them a bit at the end.
Color is very good, reminds me of my first trip or two into this canyon. As I do left the trail, worked the drainages till I got tired of the scrambling, went up the House of Red ( sidedrainage all red maples), just got color overload. Checked out a large alcove up and out of the canyon, got some nice overviews of the drainage. Nothing exciting there, a very faded rancher or hiker glyph in the back. Huge, but not a level floor. Drainage off Bassett just loaded with color, might return just to do that. It would be a tough route up though. Lots of photos, almost overwhelming. This is the time to be here, some of the trees are done, but unless big wind should be good hopefully through next weekend.
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Nov 09 2019
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High Creek Trail #290Tucson, AZ
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Drove to the actual TH, did have to do 4 lo and locker for a section or two. Jeep handled it no problem. Had to drive over a downed small tree or two. The first maples are blood red, then a section of trees that were done early, then nice sections here and there. This canyon has some nice reds, orange but mostly golds. Must have been some wind as trees are down on this and in Ash creek. Some super stagnant water in the drainage as you turn to go uphill. I went to the East Divide but didn't feel like tackling Sunset so back down I went. Normally I don't see anyone here but did encounter some backpackers on their way to Holdout. Some elderly folks there ( check--look in the mirror). I bet they are retired!!
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Nov 07 2019
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Early, some nice vivid trees but not many and isolated. Creek great as usual. Didn't spend too much time, saw Randy and we talked for some time. I hope he had a good hike. The road is rutted but ok I think with just high clearance or a rental car. Need the pass to get on the Fort, I need to renew mine after Sat. Renewed some old plans for myself for Ash Creek/ Bassett area but after the fall photo run. Want to link that old trail to the ridgeline south of the peak, thinking it is the old way they had out of Jackson cabin. Hopefully can make that happen
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Nov 02 2019
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This was a great about one day total walking and photos; over 2 days camp for several reasons. The fall colors were ok, not the greatest but good leaf litter in the creek.
Special--encounter with a pretty good group of coati's, several young ones coming within a few feet of me. My pics will be not good but it was a great 5 min or less with them all around me in the brush, coming close to me several times and grunting as they tried to figure out what I was and rattling the leaves around.
Ice in Workman, I roamed up and down the creek bed, camping in Reynolds Sat nite, but the color there was not inspiring so I went back to Workman and from the farthest up non camping pull off took the creek to the base of the falls. Nice ice flows in the small falls in the creek. A big ice flow at the bottom of the falls. Took the rappellers' route out to the road and walked back to the FJ.
My first weekend post retirement. Feels pretty good, normal, weird, exhilarating, frightening, the door to my imagination is slowly opening. I have my 96 yo mom, who is needing me more, but I am lucky to have and still independent enough that I can do a lot of my things. I think I will need some time to get used to the time I will have, and as I have said, what my imagination, and likely a TOPO map, can come up with.
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Oct 25 2019
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A nice rock art panel in a great area for roaming around that I will return to. An old mining town that I was going to do a full disclosure write up on until my research reveals contradictory information as to the land ownership and access. A large current mining operation is in full swing nearby, and I apparently parked and walked for several hours taking photos of the old mining remains on mine property, in full view of their security; I was never challenged nor a note left on the Jeep. Anyway, late 1860's start to this major mine, and some of the mill site, covered shafts, a few open adits, and lots of building remains, only one building sort of standing and looks like a later addition, could even be more rancher associated. Wandering in the low pinon junipers revealed all sorts of little rock walls and interesting rock. Did not find the cemetery, which is supposed to need permission from the mine to access. If I go back I will do so in the FJ.
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I saw no one for 5 days. It was wonderful quiet, exploring some canyons that had been on my radar. The BLM/NPS are coy with some of the roads; they aren't on the Az BLM map numbered, but they are there and are given some description on the GCPNM website. Reminds me I need to call them for an update---anyhow-- old topo maps are great here because roads are there as are some points of interest that have also been removed from some newer mapping info. I had been on some of the roads driving and walking anyway. To access the one canyon I knew the lower roads were closed. But there was one I had seen in my other travels.

From the secondary road to a tertiary road. This thing had all the look of a wildcat track put in by off roaders. The Jeep handled it well, washouts and all, and soon I car camped on the big fan wash of a interesting looking canyon in the distance. Not my goal one but it would do. A great star view night then the long walk in the braided wash. According to Topo this would be short. The fun part is would I be granted entrance or a big dryfall at the beginning?? I was granted entrance. Coming into the complicated end without tech climbing I saw a large natural window, I would suppose, in a large rock fin. That wasn't noted on the map. I almost made the climb to behind it, but was defeated by about a 12 foot vertical. Sometimes not having a partner sucks.

Boulder and talus traverse then out. Drove the Jeep on to the car camp on a broad low mesa in sight of the huge grand walled entrance of the target canyon. We had done a day hike loop of the middle of this long canyon years ago, but a single photo of the lower canyon on the web got me going. Now I was here.
Backpack on now and 2 days of water. Everything seemed very dry here, even cattle tanks were mostly dry, and the one spring I visited had more burro poop than surface water. Followed burro trails off the stair step mesas' into the huge wash. I camped slightly inside the canyon entrance on a ledge with red sand for a bed. Enough of a view of the grand walls of the canyon and sill large enough here for good stars.

A day and half of scrambling, exploring, problem solving around dry falls, photos, and sticking my head into the many holes in the limestone, old springs of the past now some short caves. That limestone was wicked sharp. Casualties include a tear in my pants I need to mend and one crushed fingertip when a rock rolled, will probably lose the nail.

Incredible light on the redwall, feeling so small, relaxing in some narrows, looking up at slices of sky, massive geological confusion in textures, pushing myself on the scrambles and climbs, planning yet another return after I ran out of gas on an upclimb.

I did a little local road exploring on the way out. The park has put in some route signs, but of course since these roads are not encouraged, tell little about what they take you to.

Another canyon, but first a car camp in a Joshua Tree forest area and some exploring there. This canyon I remembered from a previous trip, very intimidating with a slit like entrance and huge layercake limestone back drop. As I drove the remembered sight greeted me, my memory intact. Saddle up and another long approach hike, as the road was well out on the flats so to speak. This place very interesting, an old rancher camp on a knoll with lots of cans, the canyon started out with dryfalls I was able to climb around a couple but I did not like the exposure. So up on a long stable talus to the top, then a wonderful bench that I was able to take around. Lots of little cave like openings. Spent some time on that, went upcanyon to the head, a boulder hopping mania, then down till a 25 foot fall, would need a rope. The resulting slot looked short but very nice with awesome reflected light. Climb out, then reverse my route, I was so glad the talus was a walk down after all the hand and foot scrambling, mantling, stemming I had been doing the last few days.

Again, driving ( on most of these rough roads about 5 mph is it, either limestone or volcanic rock), a lovely abandoned homestead, a crazy road ( tested my sidewalls, my outer tire was just barely on the edge of the narrow shelf road), another great camp and wandering around. Repeat. Then onto some other things. People wonder why I keep coming here; because it keeps on giving.
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Up on the mountain saw at least 30+ deer in 7-8 groups. Aspen high up were turning but along the road not so much. Grove at CP flat is getting there but not at peak. Red maples can be found but you will have to work for them. Looks like the lower maples are still very green I'd say at least 1-2 more weeks.
Logging equipment on the mountain, slash piles in some areas and the road rough in places from logging trucks. Not too many people about, most of the camp areas I could see were empty.
Took a dirt road off the main highway to a granite boulder playground, just a great wander hike, then to home.
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I was on the mountain to see what the fall colors were doing, or not. I did not intend to hike this but I saw a lot of log slash piles near the TH, and put on the pack and went on down. What struck me initially were the huge views thru the burned trees, this trail was once an intimate forest experience with a trickling stream. No more. Looks like they followed most of the old tred on what trail maintenance was done. The upper part a mess with some of the old road torn away from flooding and a fair amount of log limbo to do. Marked with red flagging tape in the messed up parts. Down at the flat with the old debris, more of which has been revealed, the creek bed must be 30 YARDS wide at least. Quite shocking. Lots of little waterfalls. I decided to go on down via the old way, the trail in the canyon bottom past the horse or bypass trail. This trail was decommissioned even before the fire due to damage from flooding. Snippets of trail do remain, but I chose some borderline dicey traverses as it gets down to scoured rock pretty quickly. Some decent sized slide waterfalls in there. Helpful--low profile pack, shoes that keep grip when wet, and good pants to withstand butt sliding and crawling up/over/ under logs.
I did see and photograph a bit of the trail with the old grating to hold the soil for the tread. The other parts of the existing trail heavily overgrown of course. Once to the falls I did go down part way on the burgeoning off trail to get some shots but did not feel like getting to the bottom.
I have never hiked the bypass trail and went up it a little, it seemed to brush out, so I went back the way I came, picking some better lines to get through the granite and 8-10 foot high cut crumbly dirt banks.
I guess I was prepared seeing some of the previous photo sets, but this place was so changed it was quite disorienting. The rock, soil , tree floods just scoured this canyon. I would not recommend it until more trail maintenance is done unless you like rough areas especially below the flat.
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Wrapping up some loose ends. Needed to recover from the irritating process of migrating my desktops from Win 7 to 10, and the interruption of my photo stream processing that is just now recovering. Anyhow, decided to go to a mine, but had to skirt the private land. I opted for full stealth hiking mode, brown, green, grays for clothing and pack. No reflective material. Carried a map proving the land boundaries. I also timed the hike for the sun to be in the eyes of anyone observing from a nearby ranch.

Really nice hike, parked at a cattle tank and set off in rolling grass lands for some hills. Soon in great mesquite, oak groves the understory kept clear by cattle, really quite storybook walking in there in the early light. I kept to the edge of the foothills and on the forest according to the map. The mine was not much, some equipment, a deep shaft, but looked mostly reclaimed and I did not find an adit. I went back and strayed off my course, saw a nice cattle tank and a few forest boundary markers, illegible, and one sign on the ground.

Back to the mine adit I had found earlier, past the 5 lock gate, and it was a pretty nice long straight adit, but again nothing much going on, some bats and a few interesting mineralizations. Came out and went up and over and found the filled in shaft, this was a haulage tunnel for that. To the Jeep and home for the short day but good to get out as usual.
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I could find no information on this canyon on the Interwebs so I was pleased by that. It would get me to a destination I wanted. I even cheated and looked on GE, it looked very non impressive, which would be quite misleading as it turned out.
This place is in my top 5 of tough bushwacks, and I likely won't be repeating it. Other ways to get where I want to go. That said glad I did it, saw some country that probably hasn't seen much traffic in recent years.
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More rocks, water, catclaw, shindaggers, solitude, beauty above and underground, stormy skies. That about covers it.
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Time to test out the new old Toyota. It looked like such a cream puff I wouldn't doubt it had never been in 4wd. I had not checked on the old graveyard for the 10th Cav this year yet so down I went. Again near the site I found just loads of shards and worked pieces. I walked the general area, on top of a couple of little hills to look things over. I have decided that this area was a native american site first, maybe even had some low walls or structure, and when the young men of the buffalo soldiers were buried there in the early 1900's the large rocks that grace their graves likely came from that site. Small american flags were planted and my placards are still up and look good. The big flag is on it's side, the post broken, but still not touching the ground so I left it as it was.

I took a short loop road I had driven part of with Randy in our "lost" segment, a good test for the mostly stock vehicle. I drove out the loop which involved some 4 lo, the use of the rear locker and I played with the A trac setting with and without the locker. Some steep loose rutted hills. Since this vehicle is not lifted clearance was the main issue. The FJ took it all in stride with no problems. I looked over my next hike for this area, to another border monument, looks brushy and will have to follow the border barb wire fence it looks like to find it.
I glassed the area, usually those things are on some high point but I did not see it.

Out the road decided to hike along a little stream, to my delight despite dodging cow pies, and a surly bull, nice little rock riffles, running water, some old foundations, and a jump off I could see on my map not visible by the road. Some nice thin waterfalls and big sheets of slickrock. I was hiking in sandals and inappropriate bright clothing; at the border of some private land; so I did not get to the bottom. Might be worth trying to get down in there tomorrow if some rain.

Had a sort of weird encounter hiking, then driving out. Near the Toyota, just happened to glance over as I was leaving the wash and saw a pack laying in a clearing, some fresh trash and some boots and legs-- that started moving as I was moving away. Before I could see who it was I diverted to the car and approached cautiously then locked myself in. Driving out encountered a sheriff. I wanted to ask him what rancher had cows in the area --see photoset when I get it up--- as I was concerned about a cow I saw with her horn apparently growing into her head and causing problems for her eye. He asked me if I had seen anyone as he was going out regarding some lost people in the area. He said there were five illegals who had called border patrol, who had put up a helicopter but couldn't land near them. I thought how did they call -- Cartel Net?? I know this area pretty well and there is spotty mostly no cell service and no call stations that I knew of. He stated there would be another officer behind him. As I drove out I encountered no one all the way to Arivaca. A lone guy in a vehicle looking for 5 illegals?? Something just doesn't add up. I told him what I saw, and where I saw it, which would have been one guy unless the rest in hiding.
He did say they had a list of local landowners and when they got the current situation settled he would reach out to the rancher.

I was down there most of the day and saw no one. Most border crossers are going to be in the canyons to avoid being seen, get water and be in shade. Hold up in some mine tunnels. Probably the stupid coyote abandoned them and they were totally unprepared and lost, or who knows. It's the border, all bets are off.
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What is the quote from Forest Gump "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get"?
The pretty but boring looking green hills hide neat little canyons. Topo labeled mine activity near the head of this canyon, I had low expectations as was not a name mine but I had not been there. At first the canyon was rocky, wide and somewhat boring. Spring and water run off made for pools and soon the canyon deepened and larger trees, great grapevines, and some rock walls. It was nice. The rock hopping was tedious but worse was the mine was about 600 feet out of the bottom, and the way up was way steep. Funny note, I did not make it to the marked mine adits, this thing had a huge tailings pile and not even noted on the map! I had to go that one more turn in the canyon bottom---

This area had a bit more items left behind by illegals moving north. Once pretty little side canyon had a beautiful area of large trees and an established camp area, with items not too old left behind. I did not tarry here.

Clouds moved in for some grateful shade and thunder rumbled with light rain; I had been home no more than 30 minutes when the butt kicking storms moved in.
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Not sure where to go and what to do, just get in the Jeep and head south. Favorable forecast and the temps were in the 80's only but high humidity, great clouds, no rain as I drove out. Drove a road I usually avoid as goes right to the border on a ridgeline and has heavy surveillance and probable illegal usage. I parked possibly in Mexico several hundred yards from a border patrol monitoring station. I saw my goal and took off on brushy ridgelines on a short hike to get to another border monument. This one metal and hard to see, not that big and blended in with the terrain. Gorgeous views into Mexico and back toward the Atascosa range.

Some would say get a GPS so you know where you are; what would be the fun in that?? Anyway got back to Jeep and drove out and was not intercepted but I am sure I was glassed; if I had come back with like 10 other people that would have been one thing.
Drove on, stopped at a mining area. Another spot I misjudged where I thought a mine was and drove a nasty short section of road for nothing. Then hiked down into a drainage into an area I will call the mini slots, just a rise of slickrock with some running water from previous evenings' storm and pools. Some of the pools were deep and I enjoyed the short wander.
Yet another area drove a road to a locked gate with 5 locks on it and a sign "no motor vehicles" and depictions of several motorized vehicles. Didn't look like a forest service sign. Anything blocked off with 5 locks must be good so I took a camera and a water bottle. Not too far along took a really old well graded road barely visible now to an idyllic tank and found an open mine adit, didn't have a light. It won't take much to go back there, and more to explore with a pack on.

Drove on and lots of mud holes on the road, so is raining near the border, still green but weeds now going to seed so starting to brown up. At least some place is getting the welcome moisture.
Such a favorite place, and great exploration when I don't want to go far.
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The road ends and then the pack goes on and the route finding starts. The canyon far below and a break in the cliffs announced by two piles of bear poop, the way on down. At the bottom a pool awaits. I had been in this canyon before years ago, but times passes and I wanted to finish this large system.
I went upcanyon, mainly because it looked interesting and I could not remember the details. For sure didn't go in this way.
Rock hopping galore, lots of grapevines, poison ivy, etc. The canyon mostly dry but some slickrock and pools in a few sections. Stopper pourover with pool and scenic log. Out and up, one airy step over on a thin ledge with a good 40 feet of exposure, but great handholds. Back in and on up the canyon, a familiar short tight slickrock section with step down pools. The canyon becoming shallower, I went up and out, and cross countried back to the car. You think you have come a long way but of course had not, I am slow with bouldery canyon bottoms and wanting to take pictures.
Drove to car camp, had a stealth hike in mind but was defeated by the presence of other campers. Will wait until I am retired and can come here during the week.
Back down the road. Really weird a great road, rocky, but you could take a rental car on it. Then it just ends, in a broad turn around and a almost unreadable sign of the road end. A quad track went on down, I decided to not take the Toyota on it. Walked down and decided it would be good for the next day.
Early down the quad trail. Ended on a bench with the canyon still pretty far below. Walked along the cliff edge and an old built trail went down on a nice traverse. Now I was at the end of the canyon I had been in the day before, before it runs into Cherry Creek, here just a brushy treed gully. I walk upcanyon, the growth here very thick, with beautiful benches graced with towering pines reaching for the sun. Gentle discreet pools, a little running water. The elk trails very good here, helped a lot on the journey. Again the canyon dry and bouldery, water gone underground. Interesting where there were pools obvious major animal traffic. The canyon was quiet, no sign of man, no trash, footprints or old fire rings.
As the walls started getting lower and it was getting brushier I turned around. I now only have a short part to finish this canyon out, and I know how to get to that. The only bummer was the drive home, due to a traffic problem it ended up with me taking over 6 hours to get back, but sometimes that is the price of admission.
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Border Recon, AZ 
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Had an off trail destination, but I did not get out of the house in a timely manner so just drove and explored short distances out of the Jeep. An old favorite I did not hike, low water, although the area green the pools not impressive. Onto another area, a tough short section of road I had not driven, steep and loose, a challenge with 4wd and then my favorite; narrow track cut into a cliff face, hoping I would not meet border patrol as no place to turn around and not much backing up safely potential. Got to the desired tank but this area is complicated and I will have to be careful here when I try this hike not to get turned around. In my mind the road was headed in a good direction but in fact when it turned past the tank was going in the opposite from where I needed to go. Will come back with a map and a better plan. Found some old adobe ruins melting away and that area kept me occupied for a while. A lot of history in this area, no matter how many times I come down here see something new.
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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Hoped for rain, raging creeks sheeting off the rock faces, high drama. Gray, cool humid, sprinkling, generally dull light. Went to the mine and waded in some tunnels. As I left it started raining more but the most rain generally right out of Tucson. Looks like got a nice slow rain at my house which my plants appreciated I am sure.
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As I walked up the old road in the canyon the humidity wrapped around me. The road faded away, jumbles of rock, some trash from the illegal crossers', nothing real recent. The canyon beautiful with oak and sycamore draping it's bottom and a few old rock walls hinting at the past. At first I felt a bit creeped out, like something or someone was watching me. The bottom was dry, I round a corner and the wonderful sound of rushing water, a small pour over and pool. Easily passed. Now little pools and gentle running water, makes things better immediately. The canyon starts to canyon up, some small falls to scramble up. Finally I have to do a go round at a 12 footer vertical and wet. I am wondering where the border is. I had casually looked at the map at home and didn't have anything with me.

Finally an old silted in dam, a landmark, the border not far away. I had a destination near here. Finally the border fence, no signs, but it had to be it, and getting out of the canyon here not easy, a little cliff climbing.
The fence here is cut. I walk onto the other side; the canyon crests out not too far away. No one around and I check it out, traverse back toward my side, on a sunny hill side aiming toward a tall white sentinel far above me. It's hot but I slug it out. The old monument has the plaque on the US side in English and the Mexican side in Spanish. Announcing the treaty in 1882 according to the plaque. I take a break in the slight shade of a small tree here, views everywhere and the canyon far below me.

I raise my sun umbrella. I take partly the ridgeline back on a good trail. I am getting too hot, I want the cool pools below. I come off the ridgeline and traverse into a small canyon to the main. This turns out to be fun with some little drop offs to slide down and some little pools to sit in and cool off. At the last pour over someone's drug bale had a blow out and sits ruined in the sun, all the greenery inside brown and moldy.

At one of the last pools I drop my pack , lay in it, and get back to the car just getting dry from my thorough wetting. The hazy skies are clouding up and the rain is dropping in spots. I get some windshield wiper action on the interstate, but that is about it.
Hard hike today but I got several things done, the old monument, the high point on the US side of this little range. Some international free range hiking. No encounters of any kind. Just lots of birds singing. My kind of hike.
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