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Mar 27 2013
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Manning Camp via Douglas SpringTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2013
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Hiking26.00 Miles 6,300 AEG
Hiking26.00 Miles   12 Hrs   55 Mns   2.29 mph
6,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was a long trail. Not too rough, just lllonnng. The grade averages only 10%, but it's really long. The weather was quit nice, 60 deg while I was at Manning resting. The air was pretty dusty, making for few decent pics. Coming down was not much easier than going up. Either way it was Really Long !!! :stretch:
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Mar 20 2013
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2013
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Hiking20.50 Miles 5,700 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   12 Hrs   5 Mns   2.07 mph
5,700 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
My first mistake was wearing new, not very broken in boots. The second was packing some overnight gear in case I felt like camping. It all amounted to a great workout though. The GPS took 3 spontaneous naps throughout the day, so I did my best with the mileage and the gain
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Mar 06 2013
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Catalina State Park to Hutch's Pool, AZ 
Catalina State Park to Hutch's Pool, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2013
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Hiking23.90 Miles 7,206 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles   13 Hrs   25 Mns   1.98 mph
7,206 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Didn't plan on goin so far. Just wanted to hike the day away. Started before light and finished after dark. Water everywhere starting at the sutherland wash. Didn't quite make it up to Hutch's Pool but the stream below it is flowing very strong and VERY COLD.
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Jan 02 2013
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2013
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Hiking10.23 Miles 5,075 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   9 Hrs   22 Mns   1.49 mph
5,075 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Wonderful hike on a perfect day with a great partner.
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Nov 29 2012
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Window Peak via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Nov 29 2012
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Hike & Climb15.65 Miles 7,044 AEG
Hike & Climb15.65 Miles   10 Hrs   56 Mns   1.62 mph
7,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Just found this one on the GPS. Excellent hike. My main goal was to bag the entire Finger Rock Trail then I couldn't resist the short trot to The Window from there. The Finger Rock vanishes not far from it's junction with the Pima Trail, showing itself once again a few hundred meters before meeting the Ventana & Esperero. Though little sign of a trail exists, it's a pretty easy bushwack if you keep an eye on the huge spires ahead. The initial 4 miles of the Finger Rock (both up and down) are brutal, while the rest of this trek are relaxing and breathtaking. This is one to put on your list.
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Nov 16 2012
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2012
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Hiking21.40 Miles 6,801 AEG
Hiking21.40 Miles   12 Hrs   43 Mns   1.76 mph
6,801 ft AEG      35 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
Plan A was to take the #8 then up the #5 to Lemmon Creek. With the temps being as good as they could get, I decided on plan B which would take me down the #6, finishing in the dark. Excellent hike. The #6 is a tough one to follow in some of the upper section, bringing you to a brutal downhill before flattening out for the last 3 or 4 miles. I can't imagine trying this in reverse, though some have.
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Aug 23 2012
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2012
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Hiking13.78 Miles 4,448 AEG
Hiking13.78 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.69 mph
4,448 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Excellent day in the canyon. Cool, cloudy, occasional drizzle. The stream was flowing like I haven't seen in years. Though I'm very familiar with this trail, the overgrowth made navigating the last two miles a bit difficult. The overall atmosphere just couldn't have been better. If you're looking for a quick 5mi to a leisurely 14mi with desert to forest scenery and running water the whole way, now would be a good time to do Romero.
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Aug 16 2012
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2012
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Hiking13.40 Miles 3,913 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   10 Hrs   20 Mns   1.44 mph
3,913 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break35 LBS Pack
 
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First training run of the season with a full pack. I've only done a few, pretty light hikes in the last couple of months so I didn't expect this to be too easy, but I really didn't think it would be as tough as it was. It was cool and cloudy, but extremely humid. I felt like I was breathing water all day.

I had a few contingency plans, the boldest of which was the entire trail. I fell out at Juniper Basin and felt lucky to have made it there. I know from experience that this is not the easiest trail. I guess in my excitement to get back in the saddle, I saddled up the wrong horse.

Anyway, It took a little over 5 hrs up and a little over 4 hrs down. Certainly no record, but it felt great to put on more than a day pack after a long, eventless summer.

Now it's COCKTAIL HOUR!!!
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Jan 19 2012
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Turkey Creek Trail #34Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2012
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Hiking11.20 Miles 4,351 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.62 mph
4,351 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break38 LBS Pack
 
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Up to the Spud Rock campground to cache some supplies. Nice day on the sunny side of the mountain. Gotta do the cold parts next week.
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Jan 12 2012
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2012
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Hiking14.20 Miles 5,346 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.61 mph
5,346 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Pretty standard trip to the pass and back. Took a break at Old Trail Camp going up and back down, and a bit of a snooze at the saddle. Poked around a ways up the #5 before heading home. Very nice out with very little wind at the pass.
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Dec 28 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 28 2011
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Backpack14.20 Miles 5,346 AEG
Backpack14.20 Miles2 Days         
5,346 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
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The mountain had been calling for the last several days when one morning I went outside to take out the trash and could no longer resist. I quickly packed, heaped up the cat's food and water, and was on the road by 11:30. I made Old Trail Camp in pretty good time and set up for a cold night ( which turned out pretty warm ). The next a.m. I took a scramble up to Romero Pass. I poked around for quite a while up there, doing anything I could to avoid going back to town. Eventually, I had to bite the bullet. I went back down to the camp, packed it up and took a leisurely 4 hour stroll back down the canyon. This is probably my favorite trail. The TH is 15 minutes from home, there's always water, I very rarely see anyone above the pools, and there's such diversity in climate and landscape. I always feel a little saddened to leave this place.

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Dec 20 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Pima Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2011
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Hiking12.60 Miles 5,034 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   1.84 mph
5,034 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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The weather was nice at my house, so off I went, but the breeze ( and at times wind ) coming down Pima Canyon was COLD. I was on a mission to reach Kimball today, as I stopped short on my last try due to threatening weather. Armed only with a day pack, GPS, Camel and 1 gal of water my pack weighed out around 20 lbs. I hit the canyon at a brisk pace. Before pushing up to the saddle, I dropped my pack with extra water off at Pima Spring to lighten the load. From the spring, it took an hour or so to get to Kimball where I took a break from the wind behind some rocks, but the longer I sat, the colder I got, so back I went. I moved quite quickly back down into Pima. I collected my pack at the spring then headed further down the canyon to find a sunny spot out of the wind. I took a break wishing I had brought some food and not so much water (my GPS says almost an hour though it only felt like 15 minutes tops). Now reasonably rested, with the wind to my back, I cruised effortlessly out of the canyon.

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Dec 07 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 07 2011
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Backpack18.20 Miles 4,461 AEG
Backpack18.20 Miles2 Days         
4,461 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
With the weather outlook improving, I headed out with the intention of doing a night at Douglas Spring, over to Juniper for a second night then out the TV trail. I started the trail late in the morning when it was pretty pleasant out, but it went cold very quickly as the sun set.
Sunrise came late with a chilly wind and cloudy skies. Not sure of the weather, I altered my plan down to hitting Cow Head Saddle without my pack, turning around and heading back out the way I came. I made the saddle and back somewhere around noon. Though still cloudy, the weather had otherwise improved and I was regretting my change of plan.
Plan C, I'll stay at Douglas one more night and formulate plan D. That went out the window at about 14:00 when it started to drizzle. Not wanting to spend the next 18 hours in a tent, I packed it up and headed home. Wouldn't ya know the rain quit as soon as I got to the car.
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Nov 28 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 28 2011
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Backpack17.60 Miles 5,064 AEG
Backpack17.60 Miles2 Days         
5,064 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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Teri and Lynn wanted to do another outing before they left. Teri decided on Juniper Basin as she had been there before and loved it. So off we went up the TV Peak trail, cross winded the entire way. I was still hurtin' from our trip last week, so I dropped out at Juniper while the girls went up to TV Peak. While I felt a bit bad for bailing on the peak, I had the camp completely set for them by the time they got back.

At some point over night, the wind died off and we emerged to a rather pleasant day. I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to hit the peak before we packed out. The girls decided they would join me rather than wait. With the peak behind me now, we packed our bags and tootled down the trail.
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Nov 23 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Miller Creek Trail #28Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 23 2011
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Backpack31.20 Miles 8,188 AEG
Backpack31.20 Miles3 Days         
8,188 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
Friends in town who wanted to hit the Rincons

Day 1) Breezy but warm. I'm out of shape at this point, trying to keep up with Lynn and Teri up the Miller Creek trail. We dropped our packs at HV camp, headed up to Rincon Peak and back down to the camp to call it a day.

Day 2) NICE day. We headed out to Manning Camp via Devil's Bathtub, took some time to rest, then headed up the Fire Loop trail/s to Spud Rock, Mica and Reef Rock. I had not been to Mica or Spud Rock before. The Spud Rock views are unbelievable. Mica Mountain, though quite pretty, doesn't offer much for views. After our stop at Reef Rock, we headed down to Spud Rock Camp to settle in. I was beat by this point, but Lynn and Teri still had energy to explore the area. We started getting spurts of rain in the early evening, and the sky opened up a few times through the night (of course it always sounds worse when you're in a tent).

Day 3) It was quite a bit colder and pretty windy with not much for sun shine. Now worried about the threat of more rain, we hurriedly packed and headed out down the Turkey Creek trail. We made it back to the car by early afternoon just before the next round of rain hit.
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Sep 09 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2011
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Hiking10.80 Miles 3,956 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.66 mph
3,956 ft AEG      50 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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Training run up to the pass and back with 35 lb pack. I had planned to go to Kimball, but the weather wasn't looking too good to the east from the pass, so I cut it short. Pretty good hike for me though as I've not been very active lately.
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Sep 01 2011
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2011
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Hiking12.60 Miles 2,251 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.76 mph
2,251 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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A.M. training hike to the CG. Had lunch and messed around for a bit, then headed back. There had been quite a bit of thunder at our backs and upon arrival back at the car, I would swear that I saw smoke somewhere nearish the TV Ridge trail about 1/2 way to Juniper Basin. We reported it and went on our way.
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Aug 19 2011
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2011
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Hiking11.26 Miles 3,578 AEG
Hiking11.26 Miles   9 Hrs   12 Mns   1.63 mph
3,578 ft AEG   2 Hrs   18 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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The weather couldn't have been better. It was cloudy all day, the temps were low to mid 80s, the air was misty, and the stream was roaring due to the previous nights rain. I was in no hurry today. I winged this one on an impulse with nothing else to do. This would be a training run with my new pack at a full 35lb load out, though I was most likely returning home tonight.
I made the trip up hiking the first hour, playing around the pools the second hour, then pushing to the Old Trail Camp the third hour. There I sat at 09:15 having achieved my goal for the day with no further plans. Then it occurred to me that I had a rare opportunity to do some exploring as I haven't done for decades. It seems like there's never time to play around when I go hiking. Well, long story short, I took a bit of a break then headed out at around 10:00. I snapped 68 pics, dropped the pack several times to scale boulders, played in the water a time or three, ate lunch twice, chatted with people along the lower trail, making it back to CSP at around 3:30. 5-1/2 hrs is no speed record for 5 mi downhill, but I was able to soak up so much that I had missed on trips before.
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Aug 14 2011
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2011
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,870 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   1.89 mph
1,870 ft AEG      18 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Please bear with me as I'm posting for the first time. I dragged my sister out at 05:30 on a cloudy Sunday morning to show her the way to the Romero Pools and to check the water situation there. I'm happy to say that the water is actually trickling it's way through the canyon again. It's reasonably green considering the lack of rain this year. The Old Trail Camp a couple of miles further up the trail is one of my favorite weekend getaways. It looks like it could be a great year for fall backpacking.
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