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Feb 08 2014
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
michellancholy
Hiking13.00 Miles
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   2.10 mph
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I was foolish enough not to read the hike description for La Milagrosa before starting this trek. My Green Trails map shows the trail head at the east end of Snyder Road, so I just headed there. Big mistake. Snyder becomes a private road with all sorts of No Trespassing signs. After much confusion and some driving around and some dirty looks from the neighbors, I decided I had better consult HikeAZ. Once I read up on where to find the parking/trail head - Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road - things were back on track.

We left one car at Avn de Suzenu and Horsehead Rd and headed up Catalina Hwy to Soldier Trail in the other. We got out of the car and headed straight up. We took a pit stop at Prison Camp and then headed east on the Molino Basin Trail. At Molino, there was a rather giant and obnoxious group of car campers making an unholy racket, so we passed on by as fast as we could.

The Bellota Ranch Trail starts on the other side of the highway from Molino Basin. For me, this was uncharted territory beyond this point. After a quick hill, we popped up and over the ridge and into the Reddington Pass area. We paused here for some lunch and some scenery.

After heading back downhill, we came upon a tank and a mostly dried up pond. We stopped to chat with a trail runner who had come up behind us and was doing the same Soldier Trail to Milagrosa traverse that we were. He trotted off while I was still getting some rocks out of my shoe. Continuing east past that, we came to a fork in the trail. It is unsigned, but one fork continues in a more northerly direction while the other heads more south. Upon a quick consultation of our map for some reassurance, we headed south. For the remainder of the trip we were presented with lovely and alternating views of Milagrosa Canyon and Agua Caliente Canyon.

At almost the end of the hike, there is an old, abandoned house that is pretty cool looking. Distracted by that, we went more south when we should have stayed westbound. Instead of coming out at the gate near Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road, we ended up back in that private area of Snyder Road. It was somewhat of a slog back to the car along the pavement. I think if we had done this trek in reverse, the whole trail head starting in a residential area, where do I park, where do I go thing would have been a lot easier to figure out.

Despite a few logistical issues, this was a great hike. I loved the views of Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons. We were already planning another hike for the area before we even finished this one.
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Apr 13 2013
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 13 2013
michellancholy
Run/Jog7.40 Miles 800 AEG
Run/Jog7.40 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   22 Secs5.14 mph
800 ft AEG
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This was my second year running in the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run. It was so nice to enjoy the canyon with my fellow runners and without those smelly, smelly trams. Proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Sabino Canyon.
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Mar 16 2013
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
michellancholy
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.10 mph
2,475 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Despite the fact that it was Saturday, we mostly had the trail to ourselves. It was tougher going past the saddle than I remember, but all in all a good workout and a fun hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few near the steps at the beginning of the trail head and then more abundant after when nearing the summit.
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Mar 06 2013
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2013
michellancholy
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.19 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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The trail was a little rough and muddy in places, but we did run into an SCA crew doing trail maintenance. It was way too cold and windy for this Tucsonan to hang out at the summit for very long.
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Apr 27 2012
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2012
michellancholy
Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   3.55 mph
600 ft AEG
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I took the Phone Line Trail into the canyon and then took the road back out. I started around 0700 and had shade until I reached the switchbacks at the end of the Phone Line Trail. I took a little rest at tram stop 9 to get all the rocks out of my shoes and then jogged out of the canyon on the road.

There weren't many wildflowers to speak of, but the cacti (I feel silly using this word) were starting to bloom. There were fewer lizards than I have seen on other recent hikes in the area but I did see several very cute, chubby squirrels.
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Apr 11 2012
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Seven Falls - Sabino Canyon Recreation AreaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2012
michellancholy
Hiking7.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   4.02 mph
700 ft AEG
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Started from the Bear Canyon parking lot around 5 pm. We passed a few people on their way out on our way in. We received a warning about a rattlesnake on the trail but the only snake we saw was farther in and was actually a giant king snake. We ran up the switchbacks after the falls and turned around at the stream crossing across the canyon from the falls. We had the canyon to ourselves on the way out. There was more water than expected but fewer wildflowers. Still, it was a beautiful evening for a trail run.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Apr 09 2012
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2012
michellancholy
Hiking7.40 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   4.93 mph
800 ft AEG
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Quick in and out in preparation for the Sabino Canyon Sunset run on the 14th.
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Mar 27 2012
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2012
michellancholy
Hiking12.60 Miles 1,916 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   3.20 mph
1,916 ft AEG
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Dec 22 2011
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2011
michellancholy
Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.40 mph
600 ft AEG
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Took the Phone Line Trail in and the road back out.
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Dec 18 2011
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2011
michellancholy
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.43 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Today was a good day for this hike. I started out in sun and ended with overcast skies. I love the dark, gloomy look of clouds over the Catalinas and this hike gave provided me with great views.

Right where you leave the road to get on the Phone Line Trail, the creek was flowing over the roadway to the point where I witnessed several people turn around rather than trying to cross along the edge of the bridge where you have to hop from one little turret thingy to the next. The water wasn't flowing over those, though, so it didn't seem any more hazardous than a natural creek crossing.
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Jun 09 2011
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2011
michellancholy
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   3.77 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Jogged/hiked up the Marshall Trail and then ran back down the Aspen Trail. We had to get in one last hike before the mountain closed indefinitely due to extreme fire conditions. I don't know how much hiking Arizona anyone is going to be doing this summer. It is so sad.
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Mar 08 2011
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2011
michellancholy
Hiking11.30 Miles 4,306 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.62 mph
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We did a Finger Rock to Ventana Canyon traverse. Beautiful day. There was still a little snow on the backside of the mountain after the saddle when heading over to Ventana Canyon. We had the trail all to ourselves until Maiden Pools.
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Feb 16 2011
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2011
michellancholy
Hiking12.30 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   9 Hrs   12 Mns   1.34 mph
4,600 ft AEG
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We started in Pima Canyon around 0730 and had the trail almost completely to ourselves. We stopped at Pima Saddle for some lunch and a break for my legs. Then it was onwards to Mt Kimball. We spent some time looking for the toad, but were unable to locate him. Also, there were a couple of places just before Mt Kimball where we lost the trail and had to back track about 100 yards. Upon arriving at the junction for Mt Kimball, we found the cairns had been knocked down, so I sat in the shade like a bum and rested while Rob repaired them. After a quick jaunt to the top of Mt Kimball, we headed back down. And then down some more. I don't think I have ever been happier to see a cottonwood tree than when I saw the one that marks the end of the downhill portion of the Finger Rock Trail. That last mile or so to the parking lot was the only time in hours and hours that we saw anyone else on the trail.
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Dec 23 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2010
michellancholy
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.05 mph
2,475 ft AEG
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We did the first 3 miles up to the junction with the forest road in an hour and 11 minutes. We probably should have paced ourselves a little better because it gets steep fast after the junction. We didn't linger at the summit as it was windy and we were in danger of running out of daylight, but the views were good and it was nice to have a slightly different perspective of the Catalinas then what you normally see.
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Nov 11 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon Trail #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2010
michellancholy
Hiking1.30 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles      37 Mns   2.11 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Quick jaunt to the fire lookout and back.
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Nov 11 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Incinerator Ridge to Leopold PointTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2010
michellancholy
Hiking1.30 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles      53 Mns   1.47 mph
300 ft AEG
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Nov 09 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2010
michellancholy
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.29 mph
800 ft AEG
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Took the old dirt road east from the visitor's center to the Lower Sabino picnic area. Hit the creek there, walked up it bit and then crossed over to the road. Followed the roadway to the end and then back out. Ran the last 1/2 mile to the visitor's center.
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Sep 11 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Sycamore Reservoir Trail #39Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2010
michellancholy
Hiking4.00 Miles 821 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
821 ft AEG
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The weather is still a little hot for this hike and its lack of shade, but I still had a good time. Lots of people on the trail. It was the first time I had been on the mountain on the weekend in a really long time.
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Sep 09 2010
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37 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Bridal WreathTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2010
michellancholy
Hiking5.60 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.45 mph
800 ft AEG
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This was a night hike that started later than we anticipated, about 2100 hours. We had excellent views of the city lights and saw way too many rattlesnakes. This hike reminded me what a joy it is to end a hike not drenched in sweat. I can't wait for winter!
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Aug 25 2010
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37 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Well Road TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2010
michellancholy
Hiking6.00 Miles 160 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.93 mph
160 ft AEG
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The road was a nice, easy hike. We started around 8:30 and the wind kept the heat from being unbearable.

Regarding the road itself and the numerous side trails, I don't think that anything we encountered out there was signed and I can't say that our maps turned out to be much help either.
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