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Dec 13 2020
jajohnson11
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 Tucson, AZ
The Thumb from Campbell TrailheadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb6.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hike & Climb6.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.00 mph
3,300 ft AEG
Solo  • 5.2
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The Thumb is a landmark I have eyed in the Catalina Mountains for years. I'm running out of summits to do in the area- especially the fun ones with climbing involved! With the wife having friends over today for brunch I figured it was the perfect time to get out and do the Thumb.

The burn did not really affect anything until the Rosewood Saddle. After the Rosewood saddle, it was an easy class 3 scramble to gain the cliff bands. After the saddle pretty much everything was burned... including the shin daggers- so honestly it is more likely an easier approach than it used to be avoiding all the vegetation. Once you finish the climb to get onto the line to the Thumb, you will again pick up a faint trail that takes you right to the base of the chimney. From the base, it's about 30-40 of class 3 to get to the chimney. The actual chimney was great rock, and a fun little climb that is over before you know it. There is no summit register- I might do this again with my wife in a few weeks and if I do I will definitely take one up for the community.

I knew from jladderud's pictures that this was not something I wanted to down climb, and after having done it I definitely made the right choice bringing a rope to rappel the upper portion of the chimney. I removed all the old webbing and placed a new rap anchor for future parties. A 30m rope is sufficient for the technical portion, a 60m made it all the way to the base below the class 3 stuff.

Since I had the rope with me, I rapped the 3rd class section down by the saddle too. Nice tree to use for that one so no webbing needed.

All in all, a great day. A summit that gets very few visits, and provides amazing views of all the Pusch Wilderness Summits!

Probably will repeat this one!
Thanks jladderud for the info on the NW chimney. I would have not made it up to the summit without it!
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Nov 09 2020
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 Tucson, AZ
Baboquivari - East ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb12.11 Miles 3,830 AEG
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Baboquivari has been on my list as long as I've been hiking in the region. It has always loomed far in the distance, and I've known it to be a climber's summit and not a hiker's. I've spent the last year really getting into climbing and have tons of class 4 scrambles under my belt now as well, so figured I was ready for what challenges Baboquivari had to offer. I decided on the East Approach over the west since Mountain Project mentioned that the west side was closed! Unfortunately, my 2wd Tacoma was not up to the challenges of the loose dirt road (probably my lack of offroad driving experience actually!) So I had to park at Black Tank, about 3 miles shy of the Ranch. This added 6 miles to the day and 2 hours of hiking as well. I brought a 7.3mm 60m rope for the rappels, but solo'd the 3 climbing pitches.
Of all the climbing, I found the 2nd pitch to be the toughest, though obviously not the longest. Mountain Project calls this a 5.4 and I'd say that felt true, although most of it was class 4. Use your judgement, but if you can lead 5.7 trad I'd leave the gear at home for this one and just haul up the rope.
Beautiful summit. Very gracious to the Tohono O'odham for letting us enjoy this sacred ground.
Stoked to have this one off the list!
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Sep 05 2020
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Capitol Butte Southwest RidgeSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hike & Climb3.00 Miles 1,830 AEG
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I did this on my wedding day, while my wife was getting ready for our wedding over at Yavapai Point Vista on the other side of town later in the day. Bring plenty of water for this one, because there ain't no shade! Beautiful, fun summit. Probably goes at YDS class 2+ or 3. Route finding is more difficult than any of the scrambling you'll encounter.
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Jul 06 2020
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Dallas PeakSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Hike & Climb9.30 Miles 4,589 AEG
Hike & Climb9.30 Miles
4,589 ft AEG
Solo III  • 5.3
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Left Mill in the wee hours of the morning. Hiking by 4 am. Approach went quicker than expected and the approach was much easier and forgiving than Teakettle Peak a couple of days before. The crux still had snow at the base which made me a little uneasy soloing up in slippery approach shoes. The climb was short and had maybe one or two moves any more difficult than 4th class. A fall would not be good but I would say that it did not feel super exposed and anyone comfortable leading 5.7 trad can leave the rack at home for this one. A 60m rope will do just fine to rap off the summit block, which is a cool free hanging rap into the snow if it's still there.
Met an awesome guy on the summit who was doing EVERY CO CENTENNIAL in a month! An FKT by a longshot. After that, he headed to Wyoming to get the FKT on their 13ers, and then Montana to get the FKT on their 12ers. He's also doing the highpoint of every country in the world with his twin brother and his website can easily be found by searching "country highpoints" Needless to say, it was a joy getting to hike out with him! This was a fun one and proud I can say I've done the toughest CO Centennial!
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Jul 04 2020
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Teakettle MountainWest, CO
West, CO
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Hike & Climb4.50 Miles 3,999 AEG
Hike & Climb4.50 Miles
3,999 ft AEG
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Started at 3am at Yankee Boy Basin lower TH. The approach was a little confusing in the dark and did some probably unnecessary bushwacking by missing the good path. The scree field to gain the ridge containing Teakettle and Coffeepot was an absolute NIGHTMARE! Some of if not the worst scree I've ever encountered. Definitely use microspikes for this one. The climbing to gain the summit block was a blast, there is one exposed move that involves traversing over a bulge but other than that it the nerves were kept at bay. Rapped off the top and was chased down by a an early thunderstorm the whole way. I was soaked by the time I got back to the trailhead! Enjoyed some beer in Ouray afterwards on an interesting covid July 4th, with no fireworks :(
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Jul 01 2020
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Vestal PeakSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Hike & Climb28.60 Miles 6,924 AEG
Hike & Climb28.60 Miles
6,924 ft AEG
Solo  • 5.4 Quartzite Good
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Vestal Peak via Wham Ridge had been on my radar since I started visiting Colorado each summer to do 14ers. I used the Molas Lake TH approach which is correctly listed as 18.6 miles round trip. Well, after getting to Vestal Basin at 8pm to set up my tent, I realized I did not have my tent poles. I knew exactly where they must have fallen out of my pack, but the bad news was that was 5 trail miles back. And about 3000 feet of elevation down, including the rough approach after leaving the Colorado Trail. I wasn't about to be stopped, so I left all my gear, and decided to trail run the 10 miles round trip to go get them (and pray no one took them!) Not the way I wanted to start this trip, especially since I had been battling horrible IT band pain months before, and really hadn't built up my endurance to handle this many miles so fast.
I did Wham Ridge the next morning solo (rated as 5.4 and true to grade) and had a perfectly clear day so weather wasn't an issue. The scramble is awesome. The exposure was real and the adrenaline was too! This was truly a classic! Met some other climbers near the top and we crested and descended the 3rd class route on the back side of the peak together. All in all an amazing day in the Grenadiers. Such a beautiful, special place that I would love to get back to and probably will.
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Feb 21 2020
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 Tucson, AZ
Cheops PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking23.50 Miles 9,500 AEG
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2nd time up Utah Flats route and in the general area. The first time there were 4 of us and rain stopped us from making the summit. This time I was going for a solo day hike to bag both peaks. As usual beautiful descent down SK. Perfect, clear weather. Flew up Utah Flats and had the Plateau in sight pretty quick. Decided to hit the base of the plateau early instead of taking Utah flats route until parallel with the saddle. Although this saved distance, it probably didn't save any time. Made the Isis Cheops saddle in about 5 hours. The scramble up to the plateau was a fun one. The "crux" definitely was a little scary coming up / going down but very obvious and doable for this rookie climber. Amazing view at the top. Soaked it in for quite some time before heading down. Amazing that the two summits are only 100 or so feet apart if one can stomach the rotten class 5 ridge (which I've heard no one has?)
The traverse over to the pyramid was a nightmare. The gullies are ridiculously time and energy consumptive. That, and I'm currently not in my best hiking shape by any means during this home renovation time. Every muscle in my legs was starting to cramp on the way over. Made me a bit nervous about the hike out of the canyon...
The pyramid summit was pretty straightforward. Definitely not a walk up but not as bad as the plateau. After that it was a nice descent back to the river. Stopped and soaked my sore legs in BA creek and felt completely rejuvinated. Made it to the car at 9:30pm for an even 16 hour day. Happy to have these peaks bagged. Looking forward to coming back in March for some more summits. Have Isis, Vishnu, and Zoro on my radar. If anyone is interested let me know!
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Feb 21 2020
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 Tucson, AZ
Sinking ShipNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking1.35 Miles 438 AEG
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Did this the night before my Cheops combo day hike. Nice warm up. Fun little summit with some good scrambling.
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Dec 13 2019
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Cathedral Rock via Esperero TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking17.10 Miles 6,090 AEG
Hiking17.10 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
6,090 ft AEG
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Did this one solo on an absolutely perfect day. Beautiful weather and clear skies, no better place to be than this summit. 3rd time up there. Finally figured out the approach without having to bushwack. The rope has been replaced since the last time I was there so it's less than 4 years old :) Also the anchor is now legit. Proud to say I only needed it to get down since my climbing / scrambling skills have come a long way over the years :). Tons of water in esperrero canyon, beautifully clear and cold. I need to do this one more often. Always worth the effort.

Also- if anyone knows anything about peak 6060 near the esperero trail please dm me! Looks like a great time.
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Oct 19 2019
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 Tucson, AZ
Four Peaks Mother LodePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.30 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles
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Did this in October of last year and am just getting around to posting a trip report. What an awesome adventure! Maybe one of the funnest hikes AZ has to offer outside of the Grand Canyon. My buddy Trevor and I wore Gaiters for this one. My last attempt of this earlier in 2019 saw my wife Stephanie and I run into TWO black rattlers, the first of which Stephanie almost stepped on and caused her to take a nasty four foot spill. The climbing can be kept to class 4, but beware all the loose rock as usual for off trail peaks. Take the helmet, bring your gloves, and wear pants! 4/4 stars for this one. If I do it next time I'll be sure to try Pete's backwards Z ramp to spice things up a bit!
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Mar 19 2019
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Temporal Gulch Trail #595Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking6.10 Miles 2,369 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
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To call this overgrown is the understatement of the year! Extreme overgrowth. Took this is an alternate on my 150 mile AZT section hike. It took a full day and a half to make 17 miles because of the overgrowth here and the massive snow on the north / east slopes coming off Baldy. Beautiful and well worth the effort. Just remember, it is overgrown!
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Jan 03 2019
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Bren MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.80 Miles 1,609 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles
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My girlfriend and I went right up the west side from Gates Pass TH. You can see the route from the parking lot. Pretty easy. Would recommend trekking poles to help combat the scree. No scrambling required, all XC hiking. There is an option to scramble up to the summit which we did but it wasn't necessary. Beautiful views from this peak. Shorter but more difficult (maybe?) than Golden Gate. Next in the area will be Tower / Bushmaster. Enjoy the Tucson Mountains while the weather is great!
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Dec 30 2018
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Rattlesnake PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 4,290 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.43 mph
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Wanted to bag one more Catalina peak before the new year and Rattlesnake seemed the perfect choice!
Not too difficult until the final ridge. Wish I would have read the triplog better because I followed the final ridge the whole way up instead of dropping down and had some difficult PUD's that were completely unnecessary. Didn't make the same mistake coming back though which saved quite a bit of time and energy.
Also decided to go right over the summit of peak 5085 on the way up. There did not seem to be a safe way off this mini summit so I backtracked a hundred feet or so and got back to business.
The summit: wow. Just wow. One of my favorite views in the Catalinas so far. Up close views of cathedral, window and Kimball were the best. Snow all around, which made some of the approach to the summit a little more difficult than without. Almost slipped on some ice at one point!
There were two summit registers: a jar from the SAHC 2014 summit which was hidden under a rock. And an ammo can put up recently on the high point next to some Cairns. I took the liberty of consolidating these registers :)
Next in the area will definitely be McCragg Falls.
Thanks as always for the tracks HAZ.
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Dec 19 2018
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Peak 5110 - Pusch Ridge WildernessTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   7 Hrs      1.19 mph
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My buddy Matt was in town still and after he enjoyed a cross country scramble two weeks previously up to peak 5430 we decided we had to do this one. It looks impossible from the front but from 5430 you can see a possible route up the back (like elephant head!)
Luckily rvcarter mentioned that his friend Frank had done the peak many times and without tech gear so we knew it was possible. Flew up to Romero pools and and at the upper pools we took a nice break and enjoyed the scenery. We met another hiker here who was coming back from a Mt. Lemmon day hike attempt and visiting from out of town. Told him what we were doing and he seemed interested so as I always do I invited him to join us. Shockingly he said yes!

Had a great time the 3 of us bagging this peak. Summit was amazing and well worth it. Not going to be at this peak nearly as many times as Frank but I might go back. Next up in the area will be peaks 6001 and golder dome.
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Dec 08 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland Ridge - Peak 5430Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 3,747 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.41 mph
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Couldn't have asked for better weather than we had today. The peaks on west side of the Catalina's have always been on my radar and have enjoyed hiking every one of them. After a failed attempt at Golder Dome last weekend (only ran out of daylight, made it to the saddle and turned around.) Decided to give this one a go with my buddy who was in town. Flew up the trail and made it to the XC junction in about 45 minutes. The going through the canyon was beautiful! So much water and fun climbs and maneuvers to get up and down all the rocks. We decided to head up to the saddle near 5430 near the same point of rvcarter's down route. This was the longest section of the hike. The usual for Catalina mountain XC ie shin daggers, bushwacking, tumbling rocks, crumbly rocks etc. At the saddle we had the first bump to get over which had some dense bushwacking. Amazing views the whole time up here. After that was a short decent to the final saddle. Left the trekking poles there (which was probably a mistake since we had to go out of our way to come back for them.) We scaled along the NORTH SIDE to get up to the summit which was definitely NOT the easiest route. It required a very tight chimney, and what easily could have been the higher limit of class 3 scrambling. The summit was amazing! Enjoyed being the 3rd and 4th hikers to summit this mandatory peak for any avid Tucson Hiker. Amazing views of Cathedral, Pusch, Big Horn, Table, Kimball, 57910 etc. Also great view of Golder Dome and its saddle where I was last weekend. Enjoyed the hike down. All in all a great day of hiking and would love to do 6001 in the near future- which will have to wait until Golder Dome has been done. I also got some ideas for other peaks in the area... Hope to do my first write up here soon. As always, thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Feb 11 2018
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
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This has been on my radar for quite some time, and it did not disappoint! Route finding was minimal minus some of the climbing sections. There are 2 maneuvers that might be class 4. Exposure minimal. All in all a great hike. Happy to have checked this one off the list.
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Dec 28 2017
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Thimble PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,375 AEG
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Clear sailing until the summit. Fun little climb up the chimney. The chain ladder is a bit sketchy but made for a fun ascent. This would be a fun one to do again!
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Nov 19 2017
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Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb8.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
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I saw the write up for this awhile back and had to give it a go before the restriction starts, decided I'd make today that day. Hustled up to Buster in an hour and twenty minutes, this was my third time up here and the view never ceases to amaze. The trail leading up to Buster was very easy to follow, most of the grass has died off or been re-flattened that others were talking about.
After Buster is where it got fun. On the first part of the ridge I saw 2 big horn sheep! This was my 2nd time seeing them in the Catalina's but never this close. I tried to follow them to get some pictures but it seemed they escaped me near one of the many flat areas of the ridge climb. The route was really wasn't that bad except in two areas. I had Mountain Rat's tracks in my gps but didn't need them most of the way- it was pretty straight forward, just follow the ridge! Where it did get tough though was very near the peak(s) just before 5791. The vegetation was dense and I ended up going between them rather than over the South peak. This made a very sketchy route over to 5791. White summit register was there, amazing to see a register with such little names :) Unparalleled views of the Pusch wilderness area. Close ups of Cathedral and Window Peak. Amazing views of Leviathan and Wilderness domes as well. Made it worth the effort to get up there!
Made sure to go up and over the ridge the whole way on the way back instead of between the two peaks closest 5791 made it an easy return. Decided to go up and over Buster again rather than the loop down near Buster Spring.
All in all another great hike in the Catalina's!
Thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Oct 22 2017
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Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.60 mph
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Drove out at night and car camped with the gf. Beautiful stars out there! It's basically pick your route until the gully going up the south side. Very loose footing the whole way. Endless possibilities to get cholla stuck in your leg so be sure to check your feet! Last scramble to the summit is the most fun, but we also managed to make the way down consist of some climbing too. No bighorn but did see a desert tortoise. Worth while summit that's been on the radar forever, probably won't be back out there though!
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Oct 11 2017
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Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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2,000 ft AEG
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Been on my radar for quite some time. Had a couple of days off so I decided I'd go bag it, and why not make an overnight out of it? Started hiking about 4:30 and made it to the junction of the CDO shortcut trail and the Samaniego Ridge trail where I cowboy camped. Got up early and wow, to say that this trail is overgrown is an understatement. Many sections I literally had to just barrel through the vegetation, which is all plants with thorns! Route finding wasn't too difficult until the last quarter or mile or so to the base of the summit, not sure if I was on the trail for any of that section, but I honestly don't think it would've mattered. From the base of the summit the footpath to get up there I thought was quite obvious. That started near an old fire ring and headed left. Followed the cairned route up and it was honestly a nice break from the so called trail I had just come from (wasn't this supposed to be the off trail part!) Needless to say, amazing, fun, rock covered summit. Great views of the front range peaks, cathedral, window, table, pusch, kimball, bighorn. Awesome views of Lemmon, reef of rocks behind. If the trail wasn't completely overgrown I will definitely be back.

Took the CDO shortcut trail on the way back, not sure the distances are any different than the trail that goes over the ridge. There was quite a bit of wildlife as well, a very slow to leave animal was near my campsite. I'm suspicious it was a bear but obviously can't be certain. Multiple deer sightings in the AM, bear scat in two places along the ridge, and also a skunk! Near the base of the peak, glad it wasn't in the overgrown section so I could see it. All in all a great trip and a very worthwhile summit!
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