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Apr 04 2020
sparkspack
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 Routes 6
 Photos 15
 Triplogs 4

47 male
 Joined May 22 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Chinaman Trail #137Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
sparkspack
Hiking4.40 Miles 1,019 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
1,019 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Just a quick trip up the trail and back to get out of the house. Clear day and a fair amount of water that we have not seen before on prior trips that crossed the trail about half mile in and then again at about 2 miles in. The creek was flowing in the Casa Blanca drainage and the weather was great. In all this is a great trail to take new hikers and elementary age kids on but my teens still enjoyed it. The road in was dotted with more camping than I have ever seen in the past and the creek in Gardner was running strong. The last 2 miles may be tough, because the road crosses Gardner creek a few times, on a low clearance vehicle but not an issue for a Subaru or more capable. The tunnel that has signage had water in it as usual and we passed a father and son section hiking the AZT. nice trip not to far from Tucson.
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May 14 2016
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 Routes 6
 Photos 15
 Triplogs 4

47 male
 Joined May 22 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Roger's RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
sparkspack
Hiking3.62 Miles 1,129 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   1.75 mph
1,129 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Great hike to enjoy what may be the prettiest pine forest area in the Santa Rita Mountains. Instructions given by fricknaley are easy to follow although we GPS the route and show only 3.6 miles on the clean route. The pipeline section is steep as well as the final run up the creek before the turn off to roger's rock. The view was spectacular although the wind hazed up the sky in the distance. Age range in group was 8 to 42 and no significant complaining. This kids loved the running creek. Agree with the beg/interm rating :M2C: . GPS route uploaded as no previous gps track was on file.
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Along running creeks and shaded areas
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Jun 01 2013
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 Routes 6
 Photos 15
 Triplogs 4

47 male
 Joined May 22 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to WrightsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2013
sparkspack
Hiking2.58 Miles 1,705 AEG
Hiking2.58 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.05 mph
1,705 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Warm hike but worth the kids splash in the creek and only two other people sightings on the trail. We dropped a car at the top parking area thinking that the 3yr old and 1 yr old may have trouble on the return trip so it was a one way journey that was great! The 5 year old girls lead the way almost the whole time.

No snakes this time which we have seen the last few times we have hiked Madera Canyon. lots of lizards and giant water bugs.

Always amazed at the temperature difference in the canyon to the valley. Today 88 to 105 was the spread. Surprised to not see more people hiding from the heat in this great location.

But the hike ended with ice cold cantaloupe waiting in the van and the kids could not have been happier!
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May 25 2013
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 Routes 6
 Photos 15
 Triplogs 4

47 male
 Joined May 22 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Sonoita Creek Trail - Sonoita Creek SNATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
sparkspack
Hiking3.14 Miles 1,083 AEG
Hiking3.14 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   0.83 mph
1,083 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
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Short hike to the creek that was flowing but not very high. The ranger told us the creek was dry but that turned out to not be true. I assume there is a way for them to turn off the creek but this is the fourth time we have hiked the trail and there has been water in Winter, Spring and now Summer.

When the Ocatillo are in bloom or showing leaves this is an amazing hike! It is like hiking through a forest of bright green Ocoatillo. The kids love seeing dung beetles rolling their balls along the trail.

Hike was done with 17 people 9 adults and 8 children. 85 degrees and a breeze so the hike was great. The kids had a great time chasing crayfish and getting cool in the creek.
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average hiking speed 1.21 mph

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