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Oct 29 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Copper Creek Rambling, AZ 
Copper Creek Rambling, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles      43 Mns   3.49 mph
100 ft AEG
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I'm a huge believer in walkable neighborhoods. Picked my new house based on my subdivision having two miles of trails that traverse it and then it has a connector trail to the trails next door to Naranja park. If I get creative I can put together almost 8 miles of hiking on about 90% dirt with the occasional foray onto the sidewalks to link everything.

For those that go on Trail 100 in Phoenix, my neighborhood trails resemble that section off of Seventh Street near the Pointe. Tree lined trails that zig zag through washes.

So nothing fancy today, just out plodding along with my dog in tow.
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Oct 22 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.53 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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In my opinion this is NW Tucson's Camelback and Pusch's Flatiron is the Piestewa. Got here super early and spent the first 20 minutes making my way up via headlamp. Evidence of newfound popularity is here, the trail is a bit more worn and all of the rocks that were hanging on by a thread a few weeks ago have been dislodged. What was once a decent place for a step up on the trail is now a loose, dusty bit of scree.

Still made it up in under 45 minutes, which was the goal. Then tip-toed down to play it safe.
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Oct 19 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.28 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Surprisingly crowded in the pre-dawn hours, parking lot was almost full at 5:30 AM.

Never knew why people wore hiking pants instead of shorts in good weather until I moved to Tucson. Got stabbed a few times this morning. As overgrown as stuff is this year, might already need to replace my pants due to snags, rips and tears fairly soon.
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Oct 15 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Alamo Spring Trail - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   3.16 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Nice overcast day with a bit of spitting rain here and there. Looks like this afternoon will be soggy.

Surprisingly overgrown, usually the local parks department does a better job of keeping it trimmed up.
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Oct 12 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.38 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Quick hike before work. The grass & weeds have appeared to reach their apex, but still concealing lots of cactus and other sharp plants. Must be the lull between folks prepping for Rim2Rim and the arrival of the first Snowbirds. Place was empty this morning despite absolutely perfect conditions.
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Oct 08 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.33 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Meh....overcast and windy.
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Sep 28 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.20 Miles 828 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      50 Mns   2.64 mph
828 ft AEG
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Did a quick overnight in Prescott for a meeting and was looking for a place to escape for an hour while my wife had a work call this morning. Pulled this up and it was only 10 minutes from my hotel downtown.

The hike up is paved and a tad bit steeper than maybe North Mountain. Seems to be Prescott's workout hike. Saw a dirt trail leading off the main trail at the saddle and explored my options to summit the peak. Got about 90% of the way up, but I was wearing my old Solomon's which I have relegated to dog walking duty. Didn't have the grip to get up a few rocks and didn't want to get up something I couldn't get back down. Scooted back down and completed the loop.

Not a bad trail if visiting Prescott and you need an hour to kill.
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Sep 24 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking3.23 Miles 1,843 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   2 Hrs      1.62 mph
1,843 ft AEG
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The plan was to hit the summit, but the overgrowth is so thick I ended up off course. Where the trail took a bend, the most obvious looking route ended up being a game trail. After floundering around trying to find an alternate route and getting cliffed out, decided to play it safe and retreat.

Lots of activity on the ridge to the north. Kept seeing the DPS helicopter making multiple passes and saw firefighters on the ground waving around. Asked a friend on SARA what was going on, but said that rescue was being done by the local fire department.
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Sep 14 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Getting cooler, but still pretty sticky this morning. Upshot is that the weeds have stopped growing and beginning to stay stomped down as people walk on them.
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Sep 07 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Did the first 20 minutes with a head lamp, added a couple of minutes to my time. The trail is back to the conditions we know and love with the added bonus of knee high weeds and out of control cactus. Did a little bit of scree skiing on the way back down.
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Sep 03 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,043 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
4,043 ft AEG
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Not a typical day on the mountain. Overcast to start and 40+ MPH winds to greet us at the Baldy Saddle that stuck with us all the way to the summit and back. Hiking in a cloud, so we could see about 50 feet in any direction from the top.

Other than that fairly uneventful. Bumped into another friend out on the trail that had just spooked a bear near Baldy Saddle. Didn't know who they were, but found out later that we passed by a couple from Green Valley that was doing their 602nd trip to Mt Wrightson.
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Aug 31 2022
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 Triplogs 785

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.42 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Quick out and back before work. Learned my lesson and wore pants this week. The knee high grass from two weeks ago is almost chest high in spots now. Place is getting busy, by 5:30 AM there were already 4 cars in the parking lot.
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Aug 27 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
 Hiking avatar Aug 27 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
 Hiking5.60 Miles 1,450 AEG
 Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.92 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Still pretty muggy outside, but it's beginning to cool off in the mornings around here. Realized that I've never simply gone to the pools and back. Just did a quick zip up and down so I could get cracking at house chores early.

Water is flowing pretty well and even a heavily used trail like this one is getting overgrown in parts. The trails around Tucson are chock full of overgrown weeds and shrubs. Might have to pull out my hiking pants for anything I do in the near future.
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Aug 17 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Another quick training loop before work on NW Tucson's version of Piestewa. Sort of surprised that even though I got there pre-dawn on a Wednesday there was already one other party that had beat me to it. By 6:45 when I was done, both parking lots were full and overflow parking on the side of the road was tapped out as well.

Since last week, the ankle high grass is now knee high and despite knowing the trail very well, got off course a couple of times. The trail leading to the Pusch Peak turn off is pretty clear, but once on the trail to the summit it's choked with weeds. This week got nailed by a hidden Prickly Pear and spent the rest of the day pulling random needles out of my leg.
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Aug 13 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.19 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Had to get back home early this morning, so the mileage is from the gate at the edge of the park and not from from where I normally park on the other side of Sanctuary Cove. Low 70's but muggy this morning.

Really wish there was an occasional ranger or two around here on the weekends. There was fresh dog poop on two parts of the trail and a couple of women scooping up as many rocks as they could hold and bringing them back to the car. When I gently reminded them that they were in a National Park they had the audacity to claim that a ranger had already been around and given them permission to remove them.
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Aug 10 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.42 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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The first 100 yards of the trail are currently sitting in the parking lot and beyond that it is getting quite overgrown. Especially from the turn off up to the Flatiron. In some spots the trail can't be seen under all the weeds. Plus it covers up all the poky plants quite nicely and I drew blood about three times.

The upshot is the loose scree and rocks are firmly in place and easier to climb up and down right now.

Did see a double rainbow from the Flatiron, that was a nice perk this morning.
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Aug 06 2022
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55 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.66 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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With all of the rain, it is swampy and almost tropical back here. About the greenest I've ever seen the lower portions of the Catalina's. Just went to the dam and back and the water was flowing. Had to do about a half dozen or so stream crossings.
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Jul 30 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.29 mph
1,637 ft AEG
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Quick swampy hike up Sombrero. Uneventful and chatted with a group up on the top for a few minutes.

Did notice a series of freshly painted blue rectangles leading from the saddle all the way up to the top of the peak. They were too well done to be the work of an amateur. Does anyone know if the NPS does this on potentially sketchy trails?
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Jul 23 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.49 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Hot and muggy and feeling tired on this one. We got the edge of the big storm that hammered the other side of town. Woke up at 3 AM with howling wind and half my backyard moving from one end of the yard to the other. Luckily nothing ended up in my neighbor's yard. Kept an eye on the radar it said everything should subside at 5:15 AM, so I got ready to head out the door then and was at the trail by 5:25.

Uneventful hike, just not used to seeing this hike turn into a mini-Piestewa for Oro Valley. Trail was fairly crowded and bumped into one guy that had a dog off leash despite three signs at the parking lot telling you that dogs are banned. Said he didn't care and that it's a free country, nothing will happen to him.
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Jul 16 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 785
Hiking2.70 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.49 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Coming off the busiest 6 month period of my adult life, along with post-hiking blues after my Grand Canyon R3 I simply haven't been motivated to do much. Came close to getting back out there in June and then caught Covid. Finally motivated myself to kick me out the door to at least get in an hour long hike.

Arrived early for Tucson at 5:30 AM and snagged the final parking spot in the primary lot. Pusch Peak is now a lot more popular than it was four years ago when the place would be empty at this time. Got out of the car and caught and passed all the parties that had left 5-10 minutes before me, so nice to see I still had some fitness left over.

Trail is in pretty decent shape, the summer rains have washed the thin veneer of dust off the rocks so footing up and downhill is a little more confident. Felt good to get out, even if only for an hour.
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