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Feb 22 2011

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75 male
 Joined Jan 03 2010
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2011
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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We followed a marked trail to the summit of Bushmaster Peak as entered by hiking member Samba in a link to the Gates Pass Trail. The trail just before the saddle that leads to Tower Peak is very narrow. The trail prior to reaching the top of Bushmaster Ridge is quite steep. It is not too bad climbing up but it is more difficult descending with the combination of being steep with a lot of loose rock. We had originally intended to top Bushmaster and then come back along the trail and hike to Tower Peak. We climbed to tseveral of the peaks at the top of Bushmaster Ridge and instead of returning to the trailhead by the marked trail we bushwacked down the South face of Bushmaster leaving the marked trail at the saddle below the peak ridge. This is a considerably shorter route down. It is not too steep but there is a lot of loose rock so one has to be careful to not slide. My Gps route was recorded by a Magellan meridian gps that indicated a W.A.A.S seting. The time indicated on the GPS is not correct. We started at 8:25 AM and reached the summit of Bushmaster in 1 hour and 47 minutes. It took about an hour to get back to the trailhead by the bushwack from the saddle.

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.

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