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Feb 01 2021
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38 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Happy Valley FallsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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sami_hTriplogs 7
Hiking0.60 Miles 300 AEG
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Ran up here for a quick hike in the evening with a friend.

The first couple big wash crossings on the drive in were totally dry, but there was water in the last couple before the parking area. Falls flowing really nicely from the snowmelt, even a tiny bit of snow still up around them.
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May 17 2020
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38 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Cottonwood Saddle Trail #386 - WhetstonesTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
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Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.00 mph
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A friend and I hiked up the Guindani and Cottonwood Saddle trails to get out of the house and try out SIA's new Spring Seeker app to survey a few springs. Trails were in good shape. Cottonwood saddle was fainter, but still easy to follow. Water at a trough on the trail by Box Artesia Well (actually a hillslope spring piped down from above the trough). Went as far as Basin Spring, which is probably intermittent. We found a tiny pool of water about an inch deep there. Not one to count on for a drink!. A fair bit of water in Guindani canyon off and on though, a pleasant surprise! Probably sprinkled with springs here and there that aren't on the map. Poor pup got overheated the last mile back. I'll be more careful next time.

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Not sure of the exact flow rate, but the troughs were full/overflowing. Plenty of water!
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Nov 03 2018
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38 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Sycamore Trail #278Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Short version: Sycamore Canyon Trail between Lower Sycamore Spring and ??? is very overgrown and hard to impossible to find.

Long version:
Working for the Forest Service and Sky Island Alliance, we backpacked into Sonora Basin (the drainage between Rattlesnake and Sycamore) to validate water rights at an old dam/spring. We had permission to come in through Power's Hill, so we parked on Rattlesnake Mesa, and hiked in the last 3 miles of the road. We headed down Power's Hill, and turned off onto the Sycamore Trail about halfway down, at the sign (which is fallen over). Like last fall, there is a fair bit of catclaw mimosa to deal with on this trail. Rattlesnake Creek was running well. The trail is pretty easy to follow and decently cairned until Sycamore Canyon Spring (really, Lower Sycamore Spring). A fair bit of catclaw between Power's Hill and the Rattlesnake Creek crossing, but manageable. We camped up on the top of the hill (man, that's a steep hill!) between Rattlesnake and Sycamore - a sweet little spot for a few tents, with great views. The next day, we headed up Sycamore Canyon. The trail was mostly easy to find to the spring. Once you cross Sycamore Creek, go about 15' downstream, up on the other bank, and through the corral. Then climb the hill and continue up canyon. It's easy to lose the trail on the final approach to the spring, but by then you can see where you're aiming for anyway. After that, the trail is really hard to find. We alternated between following it, and shoving through catclaw in the general vicinity of where the trail should be. Lots more catclaw, one several minute stretch where I really wasn't on the trail, and I managed to lose the trail on the way back and came in too far below the spring. Anyhow, we only went about 3/4 mile past (south of) the spring. Once we came back down to the creek, we just went right up it until we reached a side drainage on the west side, where we bushwhacked up to a saddle that drops you into Sonora Basin. This was surprisingly easy. Headed down into the basin, found the dam, which must be fed by a nearly-perennial spring or groundwater. Beautiful pools below it, ash, dock, sedges, deergrass. Then back to camp. As you near the top of the hill to drop back into Sycamore Creek at the corral, it's so easy to keep going on a game trail. I've done this hike twice now, and missed the turn both times. Anyhow, we found our way back the right way eventually. Backpacked back out the next day (missed a fork near Power's Hill and came out a little below the trail sign), only had to hike up half the Hill (yay!), then back down the road, with another exciting bushwhack detour with full packs over to Grapevine Spring. What a pretty spot.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Ash in full swing.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Turpentine bush was all pretty yellow.

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This is upstream, at the Dam marked on the topo. The dam is filled with sediment, but there were large pools below it.

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Really running strong. Couldn't climb the first small waterfall to get to the main hanging garden, cause it was too wet.

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Aug 04 2018
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38 female
 Joined Sep 25 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Price Canyon Trail #224Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
sami_hTriplogs 7
Hiking5.00 Miles 3,160 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
3,160 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Four volunteers and I headed up Price Canyon to try to survey 3 springs - Price Spring, an unnamed spring about a mile past that, and Whipporwill Spring, about 3 miles from the trailhead (see chiricahuatrails.org). The road in was good to Price Canyon Ranch, and then got slowly worse after that. Still, it is passable to 2WD high clearance vehicles (a Honda CRV made it, and Forester probably could). The trail was pretty easy to follow and in good shape to Price Spring. There are a few stream crossings where it is a little tricky to find the way, and one short stretch in the stream. We made it to Price Spring in about 40 min. After that, the trail is pretty much gone. We found a few little stretches here and there, but I suspect a lot of it is either totally washed away or overgrown. A lot of big flows carrying a lot of gravel, cobbles, and boulders have come down Price Canyon. There are lots of both big and sapling cypress, and still a lot of shade in general. It took us about another hour or more to make it to the middle spring, about 2.25 or more miles from the trailhead. Since we started at noon, we just had time to survey this spring, scramble back down the drainage, and to survey Price Spring. We had to hike the last 3/4 mi in the dark, and lost the trail at one point for awhile. I could see absolutely no trace of trail upcanyon from that second spring, and the drainage was all stacked boulders. It would be extremely challenging to try to get further up the canyon. Probably doable, but very slow. There was good flow at Price Spring, and the creek was running near the second spring for quite a distance. We saw a bit of old migrant trash, but nothing recent. Not a bad place to hang out in August with the water and shade!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Both golden and Arizona columbine!

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Dripping beautifully at the hanging garden, and plenty of water flowing in the creek from groundwater source.
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Sep 30 2017
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38 female
 Joined Sep 25 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tortilla Trail #254Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 30 2017
sami_hTriplogs 7
Backpack8.50 Miles 1,560 AEG
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A couple SIA volunteers and I hiked in to Power's Garden to gather water rights data for the Forest Service at some springs and dams. It took us about 7.5 hours to go each way on the Tortilla Trail. We started at noon on Thursday and only made it to the saddle before you drop into Horse Canyon. There wasn't much water out there. We got lucky and found some in a small drainage right before the saddle. In retrospect, we really should have filled our water at Upper Sycamore Spring/Dam. After stopping by Horse Canyon Spring and Horse Canyon Dam, we made it to Power's Garden late the next morning, where we encountered a large and very unafraid black bear wandering up the creek to the main spring for water. There wasn't water in Rattlesnake Canyon until we got pretty close to the spring (about where the trail goes to the creek). We hiked out to Apache Dam and were shocked to find that it existed and was actually not totally full of sediment. We headed back for a rather restless night listening for bears. Friday, we headed back up the Tortilla Trail. We stopped at Upper Sycamore to gather data, refill on water, and eat lunch. We made it back to the truck by 4:30. The Tortilla Trail was in ok shape. It was there, but the tread was often very rocky and cobbly, and grasses and small shrubs covered it so that you had to look through them to see the tread. There were a couple washed out spots that weren't too hard to navigate. But overall, I'm really glad I had my phone's GPS and a map with the HAZ trails loaded on it to follow in several places. It definitely requires a bit of route-finding skill right now. It needs some work. Last October, we talked to some gentlemen who took 9 hours and a few falls to hike in and they thought the trail was in pretty rough shape. We only had to climb over one dead tree, though.

dry Horse Canyon Dry Dry
One tiny pool of water upstream of trail/canyon junction at small confluence.

dry Horse Canyon Tank Dry Dry
Totally dry on this visit. Filled with sediment.

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The small dugout pool was dry, the trough had only a little water in it, but the spring box had plenty of water and the big tank down the hill was full - it's apparently being diverted there right now for the cows.

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The dam is filled in. The tank had a little water. But there were some nice pools in the drainage below the tank to filter water. I'd estimate the flow rate was <1 liter/min. Fill up here if you're on this trail!
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Oct 23 2016
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38 female
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 Tucson, AZ
fall hike in Pinalenos, AZ 
fall hike in Pinalenos, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2016
sami_hTriplogs 7
Hiking7.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.27 mph
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Driving from Klondyke back to Tucson on the 15th, I noticed the Pinalenos were blanketed in gold from the aspens turning. My dog Dyna and I headed up this weekend to see what was left and enjoy the mountain before the road closes - hadn't been up there this year. Started the outer loop of the Grant Hill trail system around noon. It sprinkled/rained on us most of the time, with a little small hail at one point, but no thunder. It was still very pleasant. Sadly, most of the aspens in that area have already dropped their leaves, but I hiked on a blanket of yellow leaves instead. I did it counterclockwise, which I think turned out to be best. Not too steep going up that way. A very pleasant walk. The trail was in good shape and well signed.

Then we headed over to Moonshine Creek, taking the route as described in the hike description. A nice walk also, though the lovely meadow in the description is rather full of logs right now. And I scared myself getting out onto the rocky butte at the end - it's kind of exposed, and I wouldn't recommend taking a dog up there, at least not without a harness and leash. Dyna did great. The rest of the hike is fine for a dog, though. It is a nice vista, and Moonshine Falls are pretty cool. That trail is in pretty good shape, but at one point right before the creek crossing, a pair of loppers would be handy to use on a few sapling growing in the trail.

And back to Tucson.

Note: part of the outer loop of Grant Hill on the west side is not included in the official route.
Note: the cairn is missing on the Moonshine Creek 4x4 rd to turn back onto the trail.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
The aspen leaves are mostly fallen in the Grant Hill area, but there was some nice color on the drive in. The maples on the way up are quite yellow, with a few starting to turn red. If the leaves don't blow down, the next weekend or two might be great for them.

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Plenty of water in the creek where the Moonshine Creek Trail crosses it, and the falls are flowing.
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Oct 18 2013
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38 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Kings Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2013
sami_hTriplogs 7
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.87 mph
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Did a full moon hike with a group. Left right at dusk. Never needed the headlamp! A nice hike, great temps. Great way to spend a Friday evening.
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