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Jan 06 2017
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 Catalina, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb7.90 Miles 3,018 AEG
Hike & Climb7.90 Miles
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Roy Carter organized our Friday hike to summit both Little Elephant Head and Elephant head from the south approach. Inspired by a recent triplog by Grotto Girl. Spectacular hike with perfect conditions. We were pretty tuckered out at the end :)
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Jan 03 2017
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Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2017
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Hiking8.10 Miles 805 AEG
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The Saddlebrooke Hiking Club had our first club hike for 2017 on AZT Oracle Passage 13 to document the re-route completed last September, and to scout the trail for our upcoming club trail maintenance workday on January 18. The new 1.7 mile re-route avoids the hike on the rocky power line service road and adds about 0.5 miles to the overall distance of this passage from American Ranch trailhead to Old Tiger Mine Rd trailhead. There were several additional tracks recorded today and they are all in very close agreement on stats. Trail condition is excellent overall. There were 18 gallon plastic jugs of water stashed at the metal re-supply box in the next to the AZ Highway 77 culvert. This source is not apparent on the "water sources" list on either HAZ or the AZT Phone app. The re-supply box IS listed on the ATA site under water sources.
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Nov 17 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2016
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Hiking10.10 Miles 2,968 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles
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I wanted a good workout, and decided to take a second hike up Esperero Canyon. I first hiked up Esperero two years ago. I was thinking of going all the way to Cathedral Rocks trail, but stopped about a mile short as the trail leaves the dry creek bed. Was running a little short of time and I was a little slower going uphill than I anticipated. The grass is thick in Geronimo Meadow but dried and brown. Some nice fall colors in the riparian zone along the creek bed of the upper canyon. There is nothing in particular to see up the canyon as a destination in November. The creek bed is dry as a bone. Nevertheless it was a gorgeous day and the canyon had its own beauty. I love some of the old junipers that have survived fires and floods for many many years. I want to go back when the water is running and check out Bridal Veil Falls
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Leaves changing color in upper Esperero Canyon.

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Nov 12 2016
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Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
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Hiking12.60 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles
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Had not been up to Rice Peak. Randy Park led our group including Neil Christensen, Kent Naugle, and Rob SIms. We parked on Campo Bonito Road which was closer than American Flag or Cody Loop. Beautiful day to hike and great group. The trail is good, but much of the hiking is on Forest Service roads or ATV roads that are steep and rocky with lots of slippery pebbles underfoot. Like slalom skiing coming down :) . The view from the peak is beautiful with great vistas to the west including Biosphere II, Oracle and San Manuel to the north, and the Galliuro Mountains to the east. It was too windy to have lunch at the top, so we descended before lunch. We heard some rifle shots, as it is deer hunting season, and saw some camps with hunters along Campo Bonito Road.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Nov 09 2016
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Wild Mustang - Alamo Spring LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2016
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Hiking8.75 Miles 1,983 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.76 mph
1,983 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
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Was off the trail since July due to shoulder surgery. Still able to walk in neighborhood and use an elliptical trainer, but off the trail due to risk of fall and disrupting surgical work. Started hiking again two weeks ago and today I did my first real hike solo for 9+ miles through the beautiful Tortolita range. (I also needed to clear my head after elections returns :( ) Had a wonderful time, but re-learned once again that the best training for hiking --- is hiking! Legs were a little tired :) Took pic of interesting rock formation called Machu Picchu which looks like a massive wall, but all due to erosion and cracking of granite.
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May 31 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2016
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Hiking22.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
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Not sure how to post this because the Rim to Rim showed 44 miles! That must be Rim to Rim to Rim. Great two day hike but we were a little unlucky regarding weather. A BIG high pressure area was going to sit over AZ while we were in the canyon and temps would be 10 degrees above average. This was a factor in our plans for day two.
I brought a friend from Minnesota who is in great shape but had to break in some boots and do some stairs! Had difficulty getting accommodations at Phantom Ranch, but was able to get a Backcountry Permit for one night in the Bright Angel Campground. Very glad we decided to do in two days because:
1) We had plenty of time to check out Roaring Springs and Ribbon Falls on the way down because we didn't feel we were "on the clock."
Day one highlight was seeing a Crotalus organs abyssus (Grand Canyon rattlesnake) on the trail at Cottonwood Campground. The other dangerous thing we saw was a young male Homo sapien hiking with a 9mm Glock on his hip. The snakes weren't that bad :?
2) It was BLAZING HOT in the Box and at Phantom Ranch hitting 102 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. We made a strategic error in picking our camp site which was right by Bright Angel Creek :) , but in the blazing sun until about 4 pm . :( We laid around all afternoon soaking in Bright Angel Creek and waiting for our Phantom Ranch steak dinners at 5pm. We inhaled our food, which was delicious, went back to camp and crashed by 8 pm with air temp about 85 degrees. Didn't really cool down until 10pm. However, between the hike and the big steak dinner, we fell asleep and woke up at 4am, broke camp, got our big family style breakfast at Phantom Ranch, also a big hit, and got on the trail by 5:40am. Because we could tell the temps were on the way up, we decided to just hike out and hit the Bright Angel Trail head by 11:15am. Between Milehouse 3 and Mile House 1.5 we saw a big buck bighorn sheep. He was too fast for me, and by the time my camera was out, he was gone.
We had a room reserved at Bright Angel Lodge :y: Had a nice dinner at the El Tovar dining room, and got up early Friday morning to take some sunrise pictures of the Grand Canyon, particularly of "The Battleship" which is such a prominent feature from the South Rim. Left by 8am to meet our wives in Sedona. Can't wait for my next trip to GC!!!
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May 27 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2016
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Hiking10.40 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles
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Joined Roy Carter, Neil Christensen, Sharon Simpson and Elisabeth Wheeler on a great hike from Madera Canyon up the Old Baldy trail to Mt. Wrightson Summit. The trail is always a little rockier and more steep than I remember, hence I have no problem coming back ;) The only other thing of note was that Roy left his Garmin on the roof of the car when we left the parking lot. Luckily, we encountered MountainRat coming down the trail on our way up, and he secured Roy's Garmin :y:

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May 24 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Mount Lemmon / Lemmon Rock LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2016
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Hiking8.60 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Beautiful hike today on Mount Lemmon. Hiked with Randy Park and Susan Hollis. Not sure what to call this loop. Left the Mount Lemmon Trailhead at Steward Observatory parking lot and headed down to Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail, then looped west on the Wilderness of Rocks Trail and returned on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 and Meadow Trail #5A. Beautiful breeze and scattered clouds. Temps in 60's and low 70's. Fair amount of haze in the air that obscured distant mountain ranges. Still some water running in the creeks.
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May 06 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
Hike & Climb7.40 Miles
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Joined fellow Saddlebrooke hikers for a memorable hike up Finger Rock Canyon and climber's trail to Finger Rock Guard and Finger Rock. Frank Earnest, Sharon Simpson and Ray Peale all scrambled up the Guard, and Roy Carter, Mike Wolter and Frank Brier scaled Finger Rock. Had perfect weather and no mishaps!
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Apr 30 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Sabino Canyon to Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2016
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Hiking20.00 Miles 4,945 AEG
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First hike from Catalina State Park to Sabino Canyon for me. We got the climbing out of the way by 10 am. I was joined by Elisabeth Wheeler and Ray Peale. We started hiking a little after 6 am and made it to the Sabino parking lot by 4:30 pm. Weather was great and we had some nice cloud cover and breeze in the afternoon as we hiked down Sabino Canyon and Phone Line trail. The highlight was a stop at Humble Pie in La Encentada for some great pizza and adult beverages.
The upper portion of the Romero Canyon trail is becoming overgrown and there was some poison ivy scattered around mostly near the wash crossings. There was water available at both the lower and upper camps in Romero Canyon, and lower down at Romero Springs/Pools. Lots of camping activity at Hutch's Pools which is probably typical for Saturday.
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Saw quite a variety of flowers. Most notable to me were some scarlet bugler, blossoms on New Mexico locust, and some blooms on manzanita. Scattered rose mallow, white mariposa lilies.
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Mar 25 2016
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 Catalina, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2016
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Hiking12.40 Miles 4,210 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   1.80 mph
4,210 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
 
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I read the description of the Old Baldy - Supertrail Loop with summit of Mt. Wrightson and decided to do it today. Downloaded Joe Bartels' track to my Oregon 450 showing 10.5 miles and 5800 ft. gain. I recorded my track and had 13.4 miles and about 4000 ft gain. Seems like huge discrepancy.
The climb up Old Baldy from Josephine Saddle to Old Baldy Saddle got my attention. Lots of switchbacks and elevation gain. I was in the shade and it was cool, so I was glad I had a winter hat and gloves. Once I got to the Old Baldy Saddle I was in the sunlight and could strip down a little. Hike to the summit at that point is short. There was some haze in the air, so the views were not pristine, but sill very very impressive. I returned down the Supertrail, and the only thing I would note is that you're in the sunshine most of the time, so when temps are higher, it may make sense to ascend the Supertrail in the AM and come back down Old Baldy. One of the local hikers I met said that the fire on the east and south slopes of Wrightson occurred in 2005. As part of the new growth, there is a nasty little shrub along the Supertrail above Riley Saddle that is a miniature cat claw. Also quite a few downed trees across the trail. I was very thankful I had pretty heavy pants on for the hike, as this stuff is nasty, and involves about 1.5 miles of the Supertrail. Planning on using this hike for training in the summer.
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Feb 26 2016
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Patagonia Chile and Argentina, WW 
Patagonia Chile and Argentina, WW
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2016
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Wanted to let the HIKEAZ community know about my hiking trip to Patagonia from Jan 24 - Feb 6. This was the first international hiking trip I've done, and was organized and led by a well established company, Mountain Travel Sobek. The trip was called "Hiker's Patagonia" and started in Punta Arenas, Chile and ended in El Calafate, Argentina. The trip visited three distinct geographic areas - Torres del Paine National Park, the Perito Merino Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, and the Fitz Roy Massif, also in Los Glaciares National Park around the town of El Chalten, Argentina. In all there were about 8 days of hiking totaling just under 80 miles.
I took my Oregon 450 and gathered basic info about the hikes made during the trip

Hiking Summary - Hikers Patagonia, Mountain Travel Sobek
Jan 24 - Feb 5, 2016
Hike Name, Date, Miles Kilom, AEG Feet, AEG Meters
Lago Sarmiento 25/1/16 1.1 1.8 196.0 59.7
Mirador Los Torres 26/1/16 11.6 18.7 3866.0 1178.4
Refugio Los Cuernos 27/1/16 7.3 11.7 1376.0 419.4
Ref Los Cuernos to Ref Paine Grande 28/1/16 15.4 24.8 3537.0 1078.1
Ref Paine Grande to Lago Grey 29/1/16 7.4 11.9 1639.0 499.6
Entrada Parques Mirador El Chalten 1/2/16 1.0 1.6 408.0 124.4
Los Huemelos to Lago Diablo 2/2/16 9.1 14.6 1814.0 552.9
El Pilar Lago Los Tres El Chalten 3/2/16 13.1 21.1 3332.0 1015.6
Laguna Torre 3/3/16 12.0 19.3 1818.0 554.1

The hikes were not particularly hard, and the longest hike was 15.4 miles. The group was often divided to give hikers different mileage options. I elected to do the longer hikes, so the other group may have done 70 miles or so. None of the hikes are at altitude, and the most difficult hiking was crossing or climbing/descending moraine fields with large boulders. My kids called the trip "glamping" (glamorous camping) and all nights were spent under a roof with sheets and blankets, and the food and accommodations were good to great. The trails were busy, and in some places you realized this was the peak of the tourist season in one of the uniquely spectacular places on earth. The new flora and fauna were amazing. My first introduction to guanacos, small llamas that roam wild. There were rheas, which are relatives of the ostrich. Other birds included vulture type birds like the Andean condors and caracaras. The mountains were partially wooded by southern beech trees that almost looked like bonsai trees with perfectly horizontal canopies.
Each of the three areas has its own unique features, and they area each quite different. I particularly liked Torres del Paine.

The entire area is a mecca for climbers, and all of our guides were climbers and knew each of the peaks, many of the famous routes, and the history of first ascents. It was fascinating to listen to them talk. It is particularly awe inspiring to think of the climbers who first conquered Paine Grande, or the stark granite walls of Cerro Fitzroy and Cerro Torres. The latter is absolutely gorgeous. It was helpful to read about the area before the trip. One book I particularly liked was Gregory Crouch's "Enduring Patagonia" and the description of various summits made in the area by Crouch on various teams. Also Bruce Chitin's "In Patagonia" is a classic. My thanks to Mike Wolters for loaning me the books.

I will include a few photographs but the reason for my posting is to encourage anyone with the resources, time and interest to investigate a hiking/trekking adventure in Patagonia. It was spectacular!!!
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Dec 31 2015
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Baby Jesus Golder Ranch Trailhead, AZ 
Baby Jesus Golder Ranch Trailhead, AZ
 
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Had not hiked the Baby Jesus Trail from the Golder Ranch Trailhead since last April. This was the first day over 60 degrees in a while, so I was eager to get out. My wife, Sarah, and I hiked to Baby Jesus rock, had lunch and returned. Saw some folks on horseback, single trackers on the 50 Year Trail, and met another couple from Saddlebrooke on the Baby Jesus trail as well. We were surprised at the overgrowth of the trail in the last mile to the BJ rock. Lots of stickers (small mesquite, cat claw, etc.) and many prickly pear that seemed to really extend into the trail. There were some cuttings on the ground, so there has been some trail maintenance in the last month or two. There are also some red plastic markers that have been strategically placed in the trees where the trail is confused by many cow tracks around the small creek crossings. This is a mixed use trail, so there has been quite a bit of cow activity on the trail as well. I need to bring my clippers and cut back some of the growth next time through. Signed in to the logbook in the cache box left by Tim Butler in 2013.
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The Window via VentanaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2015
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Hiking12.80 Miles 4,310 AEG
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Decided to hike up Ventana Canyon to the Window. Weather not ideal (cold and windy) but it was my "window" of opportunity for the next week. At 8 am, the ground was cold but not frozen at the trailhead. Abundant sunshine mid morning and uneventful hike to the saddle on Esperero Trail on the way to the Window. Wind was freezing cold and 20-25 mph from the north once I got on the ridge line. I put on every layer, jacket, gloves, wool hat and pressed on to the Window. Frozen puddles but no snow. It was so cold I ate my sandwich with gloves on, snapped a couple of photographs with my camera and headed down. (BTW, I bought some fancy heavy waterproof gloves for a hiking trip next month in South America which I tried today. They were a complete failure. Hopefully REI will swap them out (although they were on clearance, so I don't know). Once I got below the ridge line I as protected from the wind and hike down was much more comfortable. I guess I'm not won over by the beauty of Ventana Canyon compared with Bear, Sabino, Finger Rock, etc. The Window however is unique and there is more exploring to do up top on a warmer day!
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2015
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This hike was a quick introduction to the Peralta trail head and a short hike into the Superstition Wilderness from the south. There were five of us on a Saddlebrooke Hiking Club hike. Ideal weather with temps in the 50's and high over cast. Very busy trail today most likely due to school breaks and coming holidays. Very nice views of Weaver's Needle from Fremont Saddle and an overlook a short distance away.
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Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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This loop appealed to me because I was hiking alone and needed to get back to my car in the Sabino parking lot. I hadn't hiked Bear Canyon beyond Seven Falls. There was a natural loop hike going out Bear Canyon and circling back to Sabino Canyon on the topo map that would take be back to the Sabino parking lot. Started at 7:50 AM, and it was pretty cold with frozen ground, patches of ice on some puddles, lots of frost, and patchy snow at higher elevations on the north facing slopes. Although there had been recent rain, Bear Creek was not running high and was easy to cross. Ran into one runner and one hiker coming back down lower Bear Canyon. Seven Falls was still in the shadows as I headed past the falls and up the canyon. There was good water flow in the upper canyon, and beautiful small falls and pools that would be a great destination in themselves. There was not a huge elevation gain throughout the hike, and the switchbacks were really well laid out, so the incline was very manageable. Met a five person hiking group high up in Bear Canyon coming over from Prison Camp/Sycamore Canyon, and later, another couple coming from Sabino. Ran into a fork in the trail as I entered the Sabino Creek watershed and opted for the east side. Checking my Garmin, there are two options to get to East Fork, and this would be the best for the Sabino loop. The East Fork trail segment was very pretty with evidence of an old fire and many burned tree trunks. At noon there was still patchy ice in some spots in the shade! The trail descended by a series of switchbacks to the creek. Palisades and Box Camp trail signs branched off East Fork before reaching the Sabino Canyon Trail. Sabino Canyon is a gem and I'm always impressed by its beauty. As I came down to a perch just above the tram road turn-around, I hit the Phone Line Trail and headed along the southwest wall of the canyon. There are great views of the lower canyon and down into the city of Tucson. I was pretty tired by the time I passed Blackett's Ridge trail sign near the bottom, and I was very happy to get back to the Sabino parking lot and get my boots off. All in all a great hike, just over 17 miles. Taking my Aleve tonight ;)
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Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking6.40 Miles 4,380 AEG
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My first hike all the way up the canyon to the Pima Saddle. The weather was perfect, starting at 60 degrees and ending mid-70's with high cloud cover. I downloaded the GPX track from the HAZ site and was glad I had it (more later). The lower part of the trail is well used up to the second dam. The mortar holes in the rock from ancient native American inhabitants were very special. The trail goes by the second dam and I'm not sure I actually saw the first dam. Great flowers still around - asters, mallow, verbena, trailing four-o'clocks, etc. The trail was very steep from the second dam to the Saddle, and parts of the trail were pretty overgrown with grass making it hard to see. It was challenging to find the trail as it crossed the wash. Much of the upper trail seemed overgrown with low-lying branches and various sharp agave and desert spoon to avoid. I did pick up a few small wounds :) There are also some short washouts with loose gravel and some exposure. I did lose the trail on several occasions, and having downloaded the previous HAZ track was key to getting oriented. I would not recommend hiking the upper part of Pima Canyon alone unless you're very careful. I didn't see any one else on the trail in the upper canyon. I made sure I had good footing and having poles was also a big help. The last 1.5 miles is a steep grind. I was a little disappointed when I finally reached the Saddle. I guess I was expecting great views of Mount Lemmon and the north side of Pusch Ridge. The views back over Tucson to the south were actually more interesting to me. I think Mt. Kimball has much better features and views to the north, however, I was too wasted by the time I made the Saddle to get there. On my return, I lost the trail a couple of times and had to back track and refer to my previous track, but once I got to the second dam, the rest of the walk down was straightforward.
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Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.90 Miles 1,880 AEG
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Joined the Saddlebrooke Hiking Club on this hike. Short hike, but the cables and chains make it interesting. Nice views from the top.
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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This is a little different track from previous post, avoiding the rock chute on the west all of the canyon.
The trail takes off from the Linda Vista trailhead. Take the left trail from the trail head, which splits off to the right after a short distance. You'll be on the south side of the wash as you ascend to the end of the Linda Vista loop, where you'll encounter a sign that states the trail is not maintained. Follow this trail which turns south and ascends the canyon along the west wall. You'll come to a junction of the trail about 0.1 mi beyond the sign. I took the right trail going up, and climbed the little rock chute near the saddle above the west side of the canyon. Coming back down I realized that there is a more direct route by following the trail to the left along the wash.
The trail ascends the canyon, crossing the wash from west to east, and then climbs steeply the entire way up to the summit of Pusch Peak. There are a number of false trails near the summit, but the main trail is pretty easy to follow. The views from the top are great, although it was a little hazy for me. You get a great view of Bighorn Mountain but it blocks the view of Table Mountain. You can see Mount Lemmon in the distance. Just south of Bighorn is a great view of Mount Kimball, and to the south you're looking right down Pima Canyon. Return by the same route. It is slow going because of the grade.
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Romero Pass, AZ 
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Hiking14.45 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   2.07 mph
4,070 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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The first part of the trail to Romero Pools is a popular hike from Catalina State Park trailhead. Beyond the pools, there are numerous false trails along Romero Creek. I hiked up the north side of the creek for awhile, and as the canyon narrowed crossed over to the south and picked up the upper canyon trail. It later crossed back to the north side and began to ascend through a series of switchbacks that were fairly steep for a while. The trail was in excellent shape. The last portion of the trail moves through the wash/creek and past two distinct campground areas. There were sufficient cairns to find the trail eventually coming to a short steep series of switchbacks to Romero Pass. The day I hiked was after several days of rain, and the grass along the upper trail was lush, soaking my pants. Waterproof Lowa boots were fine. Returned the same path and grabbed a waypoint where I crossed creek just above Romero Pools to make it easier to find next time. Previous posts said there was a cairn marking the crossing that I likely missed.
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average hiking speed 1.88 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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