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May 28 2011
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59 male
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 tucosn, az
Mt Lemmon to Wilderness of Rocks Trl RT, AZ 
Mt Lemmon to Wilderness of Rocks Trl RT, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 28 2011
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,800 ft AEG
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Parked at the upper trail parking lot near the summit of Mt. Lemmon to begin this hike.

Walked down trail #5 for 0.4 miles to trail #12, then all the way to trail #44. Rested with a bite to eat and then back up the same route to the car.

The mileage and elevation info were plucked from the Green Trails Map of the Santa Catalina Mtns. (Map 2886S).
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Apr 24 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2011
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Apr 10 2011
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 tucosn, az
AZ TRAIL SURVEY, AZ 
AZ TRAIL SURVEY, AZ
 
Survey avatar Apr 10 2011
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Survey
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I thought this may of interest to some of the members/viewers but be warned, this will not likely be an exciting topic.

I volunteered with the AZ Trail Association in the early part of the year. I offered to survey a 30 mile segment between the Rincon and Santa Rita districts of the Coronado National Forest. The majority of the segment crosses State Trust Land and a survey is required, along with a legal description of the 15 foot trail easement. The AZ Trail Association was grateful for the offer as was Pima County Parks and Recreation.

This is an entirely volunteer effort with a 3 person team. As team leader, I'll be handling the actual field work and necessary research, as well as preparing the final survey drawings and legal descriptions. One of my good friends and long time surveying mentors has volunteered the use of his GPS equipment. Another Surveyor friend will be handling the post-processing of the GPS data.

We are utilizing a Trimble 4800 receiver. It is a survey grade L1/L2 receiver. It is a little on the large size by today's standards, but lightweight enough to carry comfortably in a Kelty frame pack. The goal is to locate the entire trail segment (obviously) as well as locate adequate Public Land Survey System (PLSS) cadastral monuments. The monuments were originally set in this area between 1875 and 1934. The monument types range from chiseled stones to iron pipes affixed with brass caps. From the viewpoint of a Land Surveyor, this project will be a lot of fun. Mixing hiking with searching for and collecting physical evidence is why many Surveyors have found a home in the profession.

The methodology will be a straight forward kinematic style survey. I occupy the PLSS corners with survey grade precision. This is a 'static' observation which entails mounting the receiver on a survey rod affixed with a tripod. The occupation times will be 10 minutes, recording data at a 5 second interval. The trail will be hiked using a 'roving' kinematic style. The receiver will be securely mounted in the backpack with the upper flap of the pack open. The recording interval will also be 5 seconds. The receiver will be recording data about every 20 feet at a hiking speed of 3 mph. I will also be able to collect additional data points as needed, utilizing a hand held computer interface (AKA; data collector).

I'll download the data daily and email it to the post processing team member. He will be utilizing Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) data from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to fix our data to the 1983 North American Datum (NAD 83). This is a horizontal datum that is pretty much the accepted survey datum used by Land Surveyors in the US. It is based on the WGS 80 ellipsoid model whereas GPS utilizes the WGS 84 ellipsoid. The two projections are very close which makes GPS easy to use when referencing NAD 83 datum. This is about the technical limits of this discussion. Those interested in learning more about the technical stuff can visit the NGS website.

The first day of the survey was last Sunday (4/10) and I focused on locating some of the easier to access PLSS corners and familiarizing myself with project access points. This weekend, I will continue locating PLSS corners and will hike a segment of the trail to see how the data set will process. I have broken the project into two portions; north and south with I-10 being the dividing line. I anticipate locating the majority of the PLSS corners in the southern portion first. Next I will hike the southern potion of the trail and will likely complete it on two separate days. After we are satisfied with our results, I'll move to the northern portion using the same procedure.

There will be adequate redundancy in the location of the PLSS corners by multiple occupations on different days, and/or comparing our corner locations with modern resurvey information found in the public records. I hope to acquire some recent aerial or satellite imagery to verify the actual trail alignment. If not, then the trail will be hiked twice on separate days for redundancy. To the laymen this may seem like overkill; for the Professional Surveyor, redundancy is a necessary part of any survey endeavor.

I'll post here from time to time and would like to include photos for those of you that are interested. I welcome comments and will do my best to answer all inquires. I don't anticipate needing any additional team members at this time. A big part of my motivation is doing the project with a minimal size team. In the world of land surveying, this would be considered a medium sized project.

Lastly; this was originally posted as a forum and HAZ admin requested it be moved to my triplogs.

Respectfully

Walkalot :D
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Mar 26 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Cookes Peak from 4WD THSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2011
walkalot
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,368 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
2,368 ft AEG
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I did the route from the 4WD trail head to the summit. The route description and trail head description is available with a Google search.

Steep route that includes a class II scramble near the summit. Chilly & windy, but worth the effort. :y:

UPDATE (4-4-11; revised AEG from 2600 and added the following): The route description I found through a Google Search (search: 'Cooke's Peak NM' read the climb.mountains.com by Gerry Roach)

Gerry's description to the 4WD trail head route is accurate, but you DON"T have to call the Hyatt Ranch. I did, and like most folks in rural NM, they were friendly. The road has been re-routed so no more locked gate. The mileage calls still seemed close enough to get me there.

I don't drive dirt roads like a 'Raped Ape' (hopefully; you don't either) and it took an hour once I left the pavement to get to the trail head. I have a 99 F-150 4WD and I don't recommend driving the last two miles, unless you have a high clearance vehicle at the very least. I didn't see another person the entire time I was off pavement.

I did get off the correct trail on my descent, once I got near the fence he describes (only fence I saw and I had to admire the hearty souls who erected a fence in that location).

I recommend you pay close attention to the ridge as you ascend. Orient yourself at the first saddle as you ascend (particularly your relationship with the east face of the summit pyramid). From that first saddle, the trail traverses a steep slope towards a higher ridge to the south. Once on the higher ridge, you will cross through an opening in the fence. There are many faint but visible trails in this area and where I got confused on my descent. The route marked on a topo map in Gerry's description was very helpful, since I don't use GPS when I hike. Gerry's narrative of the route was also helpful. If you use GPS when you hike, I recommend you mark a few 'way points' on your ascent as you traverse the steep slope.

Once you get on the upper ridge, you begin to see more of the summit pyramid. The exposure was awesome and once I got to the base of the 5.2 pitch, it was obvious I had arrived, based on the narrative. The 5.2 pitch was fun and in my opinion, properly rated. It is an easy hike, so long as you are acclimated to steep ascents. If not, you may want to upgrade the rating and be prepared. Blackett's Ridge and the standard Pusch Peak route are going to work well if you need to train for this hike.
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Mar 20 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2011
walkalot
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
2,676 ft AEG
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Did this with a couple of friends. I was tired after my hike yesterday so it was good to hike with slower people.

Extremely windy on summit but a warm, pleasant day otherwise. Second consecutive day of lousy air quality with less than 20 mile visibility.
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Mar 19 2011
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 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Sabino Stop 9 to Palisades Vistor Center, AZ 
Sabino Stop 9 to Palisades Vistor Center, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2011
walkalot
Hiking11.30 Miles 4,360 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   5 Hrs      2.26 mph
4,360 ft AEG
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I took the Sabino shuttle to stop 9, to begin this hike.

2.6 miles on the Sabino Canyon Trail #23
1.2 miles on East Fork trail #24A
7.1 miles on Palisades Trail #99 (entire trail)
0.4 miles along dirt road to the Palisades Visitor Center where my ride was waiting for me.

The entire hike took 5 hours & 45 mins. I took off 45 mins for lunch and 3 snack breaks.

The elevation difference and mileages were taken from 'Green Trails' map #2886S of the Santa Catalina Mtns.

Treated my ride to dinner at a Mediterranean (Zayna) restaurant at the NE corner of Catalina Hwy & Tanque Verde road. They don't serve booze but they will provide a glass if you bring your own. I had a 'Bigfoot' barleywine and my ride had a 'Ranger' IPA from New Belgium brewing.
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Mar 12 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Window Traverse (Esperero-Ventana Cyn)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2011
walkalot
Hiking15.30 Miles 4,863 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   9 Hrs      1.70 mph
4,863 ft AEG
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We did this hike from Sabino to Ventana with a car at each end.

Esperero gets real steep past 'bridal veil falls'. Very little water in any of the drainages, but bridal veil falls were trickling and so were the maiden pools. Still some patches of snow left below the north facing vertical faces, above 6500'.

We both had sore feet (blisters & hot spots) after 12 miles. Once we got off the steep grade below maiden pools, Mary turned on the gas. As we boogied, the conversation was mostly about food and beer during the last 2 miles.

Changed into sandals and went directly to Risky Biz for Burgers & beer. I got home, showered and enjoyed an imperial IPA (medicinal purposes of course) before crawling into bed for 10 hours of sleep!
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Mar 07 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2011
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Hiking6.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.48 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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1hr 15 min each direction
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Mar 06 2011
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59 male
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 tucosn, az
Ventana Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2011
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Feb 28 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2011
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Hiking6.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs      3.00 mph
900 ft AEG
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Feb 26 2011
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59 male
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 tucosn, az
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2011
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Hiking6.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.67 mph
900 ft AEG
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Pahu
I hr 7 min to mortar rock (aka the dam site)

Hiked with pahu (old friend ~ new member). looking forward to more hiking with my old friend. :D
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Feb 13 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Hugh Norris TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2011
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,087 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.75 mph
2,087 ft AEG
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Feb 11 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2011
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Feb 06 2011
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59 male
 Joined Dec 05 2010
 tucosn, az
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2011
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Hiking6.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
900 ft AEG
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This is an old favorite; 3 miles to 'mortar rock' or as modern folk know it, the first dam(n) site. Beautiful day for a hike.
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Feb 05 2011
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2011
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.67 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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variation from normal this time. hiked to summit at a slow even pace, spent 20 min enjoying apples and began decent. took the spur trail to the lower saddle/peak and then took the old trail back to calle concordia and then north to the car.
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Jan 30 2011
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 tucosn, az
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2011
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Hiking12.60 Miles 1,916 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.52 mph
1,916 ft AEG
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first hike with a new friend i met on fitness singles. great hiking partner, easy and fun to talk with and hikes at a quick pace (impressive for such a short girl)
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Jan 29 2011
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 tucosn, az
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2011
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Started out in the morning for the first time as I usually do this after work.
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Jan 22 2011
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 tucosn, az
Alamo Springs/Wild Burro Can Loop, AZ 
Alamo Springs/Wild Burro Can Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,923 ft AEG
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Parked at the public dirt lot, hiked up wash trail to trail forks past the Ritz. Up the ridge to the east and northerly until we got to upper wild burro wash. Returned down wild burro wash. very nice and scenic trail and very few people for a Saturday.
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Jan 15 2011
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 tucosn, az
Ventana Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2011
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.86 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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first time I was able to do the final hill non-stop - trekking poles help!
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Jan 12 2011
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 tucosn, az
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2011
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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1 hr 20 min to summit.
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