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Aug 04 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon Trail #5Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2014
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Hiking9.75 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.66 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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Classic top of the mountain loop - ominous clouds, but almost no rain or lightning all day, just nice cooler temps! Water was flowing in places along the Wilderness of Rock Trail.

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645746720887/
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Jul 27 2014
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46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge Trail #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2014
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Hiking8.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.13 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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Oracle Ridge - Catalina Camp - Red Ridge Loop. The Oracle Ridge Trail was great - ferns and flowers at the start and big views as usual. In just a spot or two the small Arizona Trail sections that bypass the road the trail was a little indistinct - but never hard to follow. On Catalina Camp I lost the wind an it was a bit hot. The real surprise for me was that when we arrived at the East Fork of the CDO there was flowing water! Red Ridge was just as steep as ever...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157646051060483/
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Jul 26 2014
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46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Green Mountain Trail #21Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2014
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Hiking5.21 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.21 Miles   2 Hrs      2.61 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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In an attempt to escape the heat and get a bit of training in I have done the Green Mountain (from the upper trailhead), Brush Corral and Brush Corral Shortcut Trail loop several times in the past few weeks. The Brush Corral Trail from Green Mountain to the Shortcut junction is beautiful and green right now - definitely the highlight! Easy enough to add more mileage as needed (trip to Maverick Spring, start from the bottom...) - and Point 6828 is pretty close to the trail and has a great tree to rest under just beyond the top!

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645996932691/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645996617121/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645839530452/
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Jul 13 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Green Mountain, AZ 
Green Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2014
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Hiking1.60 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Green Mountain is a short/steep hike away from the Upper Green Mountain Trailhead. Hike up from the trailhead to a small saddle - an obvious trail leaves towards the top of Green Mountain, the best/most used route quickly becomes hard to discern but mostly you are just trying to go 'up' - don't miss exploring some of the rocky ledges along the way to the top, these are the best views on this short hike. Towards the top the is a section of less steep hiking - kind of peaceful and mellow at the top is there is not a lot of noise from the highway...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645292492839/
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Jun 21 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Above the Ruins and Weathertop, AZ 
Above the Ruins and Weathertop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2014
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Hiking3.45 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   0.92 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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From the Molino Canyon Overlook (after a quick trash pickup) we took the Climber's trail up to the ridge to the southeast. We had both been on this trail before to climb at the Ruins - but today instead we hiked to the high point above the Ruins - Point 4773 - and then took a 'sometimes' trail over to Point 4831 above a climbing area (where we have never climbed) called Weathertop. The ridge was easy walking and the area/position were fun to visit - might be a nice day to start from Molino Basin, catch the ridge off of the Bellota Trail and then take it southwest past Weathertop all the way down into Molino Canyon and then loop back...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157644902128507/
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May 24 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Kings Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Wasson for July 4th! I was working hard to get to the top for the fireworks and there were definitely sections I was working too hard to enjoy some sections... But nice payoff watching fireworks from the top. Odd detail - I haven't ever seen fireworks from a peak/high point like this and was pretty surprised how small the big shows seem from up there!

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157645478145426/
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Apr 16 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Crystal Spring Trail #17Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2014
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.69 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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Started on the Butterfly trail and did an out and back on Crystal Spring - I really love the first mile or so of the Crystal Spring Trail from the junction with Butterfly - such lovely places to linger in the trees and then at the Keebler tree!

Some of the drainages were dry but Alder Canyon and some of the later drainages had water including the lovely fall/pools before the Control Road.

Most of the trail was brown, but a few spots are already getting a little lost in the Green - such a contrast to the last time I was on the trail and it was an absolute riot of green growth!

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157644083031534/
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Apr 10 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mint Spring Trail #20Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2014
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Hiking7.80 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.34 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Starting on the Mint Spring Trail always seems to start the day off right - once again pulled up to a nearly empty trailhead (at least 10 and probably way more cars at Marshall Gulch!!) and got started. Mostly the trail looks like winter but the Aspens are just starting to get some leaves and in places the green is starting to come out. There was water at Mint Spring in the box and a trickle below. Made a nice loop with Marshall Gulch (plenty of water) and the Aspen Trail (had forgotten about the great view from Aspen where you look across at both Brinkley and Thimble - love it!).

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643779869445/
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Apr 08 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 08 2014
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Run/Jog7.75 Miles 1,775 AEG
Run/Jog7.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.88 mph
1,775 ft AEG
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We started just before sunset - I don't think I have been up Wasson since last summer at night so it was actually fun do do some miles in the light, I think I was starting to forget what a few of the sections actually look like!

Good climb - terrific summit - and as if that wasn't enough workout my friends pushed the pace on the run down.

Two night shots from the summit - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/13738515574/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/13738159483/.
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Apr 05 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2014
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Hiking14.40 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.36 mph
4,700 ft AEG
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My friend Richard was running across the range from Molino Basin - a little more than I was up for so I decided to meet him at Romero Pass. Thankfully it wasn't too hot today!

Still decent flow in Romero - there were hikers on the trail but after the pools I didn't see anyone! The trail is quite nice and very reasonable to find as it climbs up to the saddle - quite a climb for sure - as I climbed higher there was flowing water in spots - but certainly not every time the trail came down to a drainage!

The pass was both inspiring - great views - and today a little wind swept and barren. We were incredibly lucky with the timing with Richard coming into view only a few minutes after I arrived at the pass! Passed him some water I brought up and we headed down meeting Alison on the way down - we took a nice break and then made the final push down.

First hike in months where I actually wished I had carried a bit more water - sure is heating up!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643495905773/
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Apr 03 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Butterfly Trail #16 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2014
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Hiking11.59 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking11.59 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.56 mph
3,600 ft AEG
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Started at the Upper Trailhead - it was a bit cooler than I thought it would be and I ended up switching into a long sleeve shirt and was still a bit chilly in spots without my jacket - even ended up finding a small patch of snow in one spot! The trail is not very grown over right now - the green plants are just starting to come in, sort of an early spring feel to the trail!

So... I thought I remembered most of this trail, but it turns out there was a section I had never done and I had certainly never done a full out to Bigelow and back - wow, harder than expected... Took the side trail to the bottom on Novio Falls (streaming but not roaring - from higher up it looked like maybe some anchor webbing on one of the logs in one of the pools, interesting to see), went to the wreckage, noted how much like a trail the top of Davis Spring appears from the junction and climb, climb, climbed to Bigelow... Definitely see the appeal of the car shuttle - but does seem a little more fun to leave the 2nd car at the Mount Bigelow Butterfly trailhead rather than the Bigelow Trailhead on the Highway (or the Palisade Ranger station - which also might be less attractive as a parking option now esp. because I think there is a fee to park there?).

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643463164155/
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Mar 26 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 26 2014
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Run/Jog9.70 Miles 2,100 AEG
Run/Jog9.70 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   3.51 mph
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An out and back from the Lower Bug Spring trailhead out to Bear Canyon, back over to Prison Camp and back. It was great to see the new signage with the AZT Logo marking this section of the AZT Wilderness Bypass - including nice signs all the way to Prison Camp!

Only saw a little water in the canyon east of Bear Canyon - not even totally sure if it was really a little flow or just left over from recent storms...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643045891623/
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Mar 25 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Golden Gate MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2014
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Hiking2.09 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking2.09 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   0.68 mph
1,318 ft AEG
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Great hike on an unexpectedly rainy/cloudy day - 1st time up. About .2 miles up the Yetman Trail we headed SW up in/along/near a drainage - this took us pretty close to the top - the terrain was pretty open and easy paths were reasonably easy to find. Clouds, rain and rainbows were all part of the fun on the way up!

We took a well worn cairned route on the way down - this cairned route intersects the Yetman Trail about .6 miles from the trailhead - it was fun to go up off-trail but might have used the cairned route both ways if we had know how established it was.

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157644284125474/
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Mar 12 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Knagge Trail #18Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 12 2014
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Backpack13.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Backpack13.00 Miles2 Days         
4,000 ft AEG
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For years I have looked down into the Peck Basin area and wondered about what it was like - I suppose the smartest way to explore the area would have been via the Davis Spring Trailhead on the north side of the range - but it seemed much more interesting to get there 'in the spirit of' the Knagge Trail!

I was dropped off at the bottom of the Incinerator Ridge Road - up the road, short section of Incinerator Ridge and then down the Knagge trail. The plants that were overgrowing the trail late last summer were largely brown and flat now and the trail was easier to follow.

At the end of the current existing trail I followed cairns along the ridge - but this trip I didn't waste any time trying to find the old trail, just looked for the easiest way down the ridge. As on previous trips the walking alternated between super easy grassy sections and never too terrible brush puzzles.

Soon enough I was down into the South Fork of Edgar Canyon - the flowing water was amazing! Followed the canyon down - I believe I stumbled across the shelter mentioned in the Cowgill and Glendening Guide - around a few obstacles and eventually over a ridge in the Araster Spring canyon (note the naming is a little confusing - the Cowgill/Glendening Guide seems to call the canyon with Pictograph and Araster Springs Edgar Canyon - but the USGS 7.5' map labels Edgar one Canyon south...).

The Peck Basin and Araster Spring area were fun to see - but the have been well used by the local cattle making the area just a bit less attractive than I imagined - don't get me wrong, not as if there are 100s of cows in the area, but enough to leave alot of dung, make faint trails all over the place and trample thru quite a few areas.

I took the hillside and ridges and looped back towards Edgar, by sheer luck ending up at the Davis Spring and Knagge Trail junction sign! Decided to try camping up on the point above and ended up camping near Point 4863 - great views!

Roughly re-traced my steps back up - did go a little further up the South Fork of Edgar, even following a worn track and big cairns for a few minutes - quite a climb back to get picked up!

Not sure I would repeat this exact trip again - interesting but I think that the real gem in the area was South Edgar, worth more exploration I think - hard to forget the rushing crystal clear water!

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157642398825325/
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Mar 08 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
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Hiking6.11 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking6.11 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.81 mph
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Picked an interesting day to start at Sabino Canyon - the Music in the Canyon event was going on and there were apparently quite a few people attending that event! After parking at the overflow parking at the school we got started on Esperero - lovely day - and eventually arrived at the top of Cardiac Gap - windier than expected...

From Cardiac Gap we turned south and headed along the ridge out to Mount Miguel - we had not been to Mount Miguel before and enjoyed the ridge and short climb up (even on a first trip and, I'm sure, not always picking the best way it was really pretty easy travel and not too brushy at all). Took a minute to relax and to locate San Miguel at the top and then went down an obvious ridge back to the trail eventually finishing in the dark.

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157642085777253/
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Mar 05 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Guthrie MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2014
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Hiking8.45 Miles 2,880 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   1.77 mph
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Started at the Upper Green Mountain trailhead - out to Guthrie but today had time to follow the route on the hiking club map out to the starred high point on the ridge to the east! I followed cairns out to near 7162 but then they disappeared - the ridge narrows and gets more tangled as you head out to the small rocky highpoint... From the high point it seemed like Point 6925 would be a good guess for a fun extension to this hike so I followed the ridge (still a bit of a thrash) and was not disappointed by the views from 6925! Came back along the ridge and went down to Maverick Spring (nice ramble, big blanket of brown ferns, water in the box) before heading back up to the Upper Green Mountain Trailhead.

Really great to finally make it out the ridge near Guthrie but can't see myself repeating that anytime soon - Point 7162 might be the sweet spot with some good views but not nearly the amount of thrashing as getting out further on the ridge...

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157641936422595/
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Mar 01 2014
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 Triplogs 108

46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Sunset Trail #90 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2014
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Hiking3.20 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   2.67 mph
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Went up to enjoy the storm! Hoped that the clouds might break during my hike - no luck with that - but did get some good rain, hail and clouds. Nice day to enjoy the stormy weather on a SHORT hike - hard to imagine running the Old Pueblo 50 with this weather!

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157641731658754/
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Feb 27 2014
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46 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2014
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Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.43 mph
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Enjoyed the trail - love the short little section of ridge over to the end of trail sign! Couldn't see any water in the canyon from the trail... On the way back I made time to hike the obvious spur up to Point 4780 - pretty spot.

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157641638584274/
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Feb 27 2014
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46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Guthrie MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2014
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Hiking6.40 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.36 mph
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After hiking Babd Do'ag earlier in the day I parked at the Lower Green Mountain Trailhead and headed up to Guthrie - a bit of wind and a few clouds but mostly a beautiful day - always love the steep/short rocky section, for sure a highlight.

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157641638584264/
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Feb 22 2014
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46 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Cat MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
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Hiking4.90 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   1.11 mph
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Started at the Sarasota Trailhead and looped around the 'back' of Cat Mountain via the established trail before starting up - I suspect there might be a better way up to the top of the ridge than we found but we eventually hooked up with a great line of cairns that certainly saved us time to the top. Alone at the top we enjoyed the view and especially enjoyed watching a pair of Peregrine Falcons! We were surprised how steep the trail was heading down (west, we looped clockwise) but the cairns helped us and it was quite fun!! We watched the Sunset from the ridge, but probably didn't time things quite right since we had a bit of trouble figuring out where to exit the ridge and get back down to the trail - it was fine, but almost certainly looser/scratchier than it needed to be!

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157641425466274/
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