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Feb 06 2010
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Arizona TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Feb 06 2010
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Mtn Biking18.00 Miles
Mtn Biking18.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   7.20 mph
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Did the Pistol Hill to Three Bridges section this morning. Great weather for it, they're all set up it looked like (on the way back) for the AZT trail running race tomorrow.
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Jan 03 2010
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 03 2010
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Mtn Biking7.89 Miles 536 AEG
Mtn Biking7.89 Miles   1 Hour      7.89 mph
536 ft AEG
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quick mtb trip, saw a few hikers along the way.. weather was ideal. Did Saguaro Vista, Black Rock Loop, Sun Circle, Lost Arrow Trail, Homestead, Red Tail Ridge, Oxbow, and off via the Spine. Trails well packed now.
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Dec 27 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
1,775 ft AEG
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What a wonderful day for a Wasson hike.. Beautifully warm, even on the peak.. but man, I'm glad we started when we did, by the time we got back to the parking lot it was double parked. :o
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Dec 05 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.25 mph
2,475 ft AEG
 no routes
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Chilly start, but a beautiful day to hit the hill.
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Oct 19 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 19 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Backpack32.00 Miles 10,970 AEG
Backpack32.00 Miles3 Days         
10,970 ft AEG
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Went down South Kaibab on Thursday morning after being stuck waiting for the 'hiker express' until 6:30 when they gave up and had us jump on the blue bus to transfer to the green at Mather, last time I deal with that, next time I'll just walk to the Mather visitor center and catch the green line at 5am, and be at the trail head at 5:14 instead of 7:15. Saw a bull elk at the trail head though. Started down with really only a couple other groups that morning and I have to say it was a really pleasant hike. Too many stairs in general for my tastes, but I understand that they're needed with the pack traffic too. Stopped for a bit along the way and enjoyed the views the entire way down. Made it to the black bridge at about 10 and hung out at Boat Beach for a while, then found a campsite at BCG and hung out at Phantom Ranch for a while. Had pondered heading up to Phantom Canyon, but it was pleasant at the ranch and it was enjoyable just talking with random folks. Lots of R2R's and R2R2R trail runners on Friday. We were indeed visited by a ringtail and a skunk on Friday night, which was fun.. and somewhat smelly ;)

Saturday left at about 5 for Clear Creek, were rounding Sumner Butte at about dawn and ran into the only other people we saw on the trail on the way out. Clear Creek was likely the best hike of the weekend, the views are truly amazing the entire time (even though we got to view from Sumner Butte to BCG for the first time going back) and I would really like to go back and do that one again during the winter sometime. When we got back down to BCG we dropped packs and headed to the river and jumped in for a quick bit of refreshment, which was completely sublime and we had fun with the realization later while having a beer at the ranch that more than a few people had noticed out shenanigans :sl: Also saw a big horn while we were frolicking in the river, too bad there was no camera around at that point.

We broke camp and headed up Bright Angel at about 5 on Sunday. We very shortly found that we were walking through a herd of mulies as we turned onto Bright Angel after exiting the campground, which I've certainly never done before as I've never been around any deer that weren't completely afraid of people and while I know that these are essentially tame in that regard it never will cease to surprise me. I was happy that we only encountered mule trains twice, once at about Indian Garden (which was hauling supplies to the ranch) and the second above the 3mi rest house. We also didn't encounter too much traffic at all until past the 1.5mi rest house (I don't think we saw anyone until Indian Gardens at all save for two trail runners crossing us just past the hiker bridge). Once we did start to encounter traffic though it rapidly became somewhat annoying with the frequency of the interrupted forward progress. That being said, sometime Sunday morning clouds started to arrive overhead for the first time during the weekend, which was welcomed for the picture improvements.. even though we would have killed for them on Clear Creek the day before. Was still really, really nice to be in the shade the entire day (and with the creek running) pretty much.. with only the last few switchbacks in the sun. Probably finished up at around 10 as a guess.. given that we'd retrieved the car and were back at Mather campground looking for a shower at about 11. Not too bad since we stopped and took way too many pictures (I have probably about 500 to sort through once my Mac gets back from having it's logic board replaced) and took a long break just before the Tonto Trail intersection and up at the 1.5mi rest houses.

I'm certain at this point that the next trip will be almost entirely in the back country, although the corridor was fine, I really enjoy the less traveled trails and the plethora of possibilities in that canyon are calling
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Oct 10 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking12.40 Miles 4,210 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.48 mph
4,210 ft AEG
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Got up REALLY late and didn't leave Tucson till after 9. I feel like such a slacker. Got started at about 10 and made good time all day really. Saw plenty of deer, lots of lizards and got yelled at by a rattler. No water in any of the springs, but there was a doe drinking from the stream remnants on the way down. Weather was GORGEOUS, cloud cover almost all day and all. Really can not ask for anything more, especially since my last trip up was in mid July.
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Jul 26 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon Trail #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles      40 Mns   3.45 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Mt Lemmon Trail #5 to the lookout, then down to the 5A meadow trail back. Just because we wanted to eat up more time after Knagge
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Jul 26 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Knagge Trail #18Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.38 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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Went down to the cabin and back today, will have to go back.. with pants or at least tall gaiters :sl: GREAT views though in spots, especially the rocks just below and north of the cabin remains. Nice place to have a seat and take in a view for a while. I have to say, it was more like hiking game trails back home as a kid. In many spots it's hard to follow and has to be the wettest summer hike I've had in a while thanks to all the low growth. A great change up from the past couple weeks!
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Jul 19 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Vault Mine Trail #77Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking3.87 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking3.87 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.41 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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Finally hit "Very Steep Trail". Nice. Very nice indeed. Didn't see many people at all when we arrived, parking lot was again full when we left at about 9:30ish. Nicely shaded in the lower half, which was nice.
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Jul 12 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Hit the trail head around 6-6:30ish. Was pleasant all the way to Baldy Saddle, aside from the incessant flies about 1/2 mile past Josephine Saddle. The summit was completely calm, no wind and hazy views. Still a great hike though. Water at Bellow Springs, and someones been feeding the squirrels WAY too much :sl:
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Jun 14 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking5.50 Miles 4,210 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
4,210 ft AEG
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Just up to Josephine saddle and down thanks to time constraints that never became an issue in the first place :sl:
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May 02 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.21 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Quick trip up soldier trail and back this morning before it starts getting hot.
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Apr 24 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Arizona TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 24 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Backpack23.00 Miles
Backpack23.00 Miles2 Days         
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Left Friday afternoon figuring that coming down would be easier on my bad leg than going up.

Lemmon Rock Trail, Wilderness of Rocks and Mt Lemmon Trail all have some significant deadfall, much of it recent (still fresh enough to be sappy and have green needles). Lots of bushwacking opportunity if you so desire here ;) It's tempting to haul a misery whip through some sections if I can ever find one at a reasonable price. We camped on Wilderness of Rocks Friday night after really only making about 5 miles, but not really in a rush and finding a great campsite we were happy. Had water all the way down to the Mt Lemmon trail connection. After that, the next reliable site I believe is Hutch's, unless there's some further up the Cathedral trail than I wandered at lunch. Filled up at Hutch's and continued on, planning on making it to the saddle at the Bear Canyon intersection (the original plan was to come out Bear Canyon to the visitor center and be picked up there) if there was water available in West Fork. As we should have anticipated it was dry the entire length (there was some hope held out for up further up by Palisades trailhead) so we doubled back to the campsite about a half mile short of Hutch's (filled up at Sabino on the way), ate and crashed. Decided to just truck out Sabino/Phoneline in the morning since it'd stay in the shade most of the time we'd be on the trail. All in all though, despite being back to a more early summer-like water level, an excellent weekend with excellent weather. Wonder how the Rincon trip went :D
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Apr 19 2009
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51 male
 Joined Dec 20 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Bellota Trail #15Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.44 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Still water at the tanks and "the lake". The thistles are all over the place from Bellota road to Reddington.
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Apr 11 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.47 mph
2,475 ft AEG
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Was a nice, albeit somewhat wet (thank you umbrella) hike, until the last push where we were promptly hailed on mercilessly. Was a completely soaking wet hike from there all the way back down. Lots of thistle in bloom though along with the ocotillo. The clouds made many of the views even more spectacular.
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Mar 28 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
3,700 ft AEG
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I know, 1.5 miles or so short. lame.. literally :lol:
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Mar 20 2009
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 Tucson, AZ
Hutch's Pool via East Fork Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 20 2009
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Backpack20.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles
3,300 ft AEG
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 Flora
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Mar 08 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Green Mountain Trail #21Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   4 Hrs      1.95 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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was happy to beat the rain down
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Feb 21 2009
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 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,969 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   4 Hrs      2.33 mph
1,969 ft AEG
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I have to admit, this is a very nicely done trail. Lots of diversity and an amazing transformation once you cross over the ridge where the fire damage stops, then again when you find yourself in a pine forest. Lots of water and still some snow along the shaded areas today and a nice little waterfall ta boot. Very cool little hike indeed.
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Feb 07 2009
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51 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente Trail #140Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2009
dysfunctionTriplogs 40
Hiking5.38 Miles 3,199 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   4 Hrs      1.35 mph
3,199 ft AEG
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Went up to Agua Caliente Saddle today, the road to the trailhead definitely should be traversed by a high clearance vehicle at this point. Other than that this is a great trail with some awesome scenery (when you're out of the woods) but it's certainly steep. The description I don't believe to be accurate, unless you're including all the way to the Josephine Saddle. The GPS route is pretty much right on at just about 2.7 miles each way and an AEG of over 3000'. Wonderful day for it and definitely secluded.. what a wonderful trail for the day :D
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