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6 triplogs
Mar 23 2021
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49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 23 2021
SJFL
Canyoneering7.50 Miles 824 AEG
Canyoneering7.50 Miles
824 ft AEG
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I drove a Forester in and decided to car camp just past the gate at Walnut Canyon. I actually made it to the top of the hill, approximately 1/10th of a mile from the TH, but the hill going down was very steep and rutted out. Didn't want to wager trying to get back up. I had a decent camp spot back toward the ranch gate... once I cleared out the cow pies.

The hike up White Canyon was wonderful. As someone else mentioned it feels somewhat intense for a solo. But with a lot of caution it seemed relatively safe. Of course the off chance possibility of moving "that tiny stone that was holding that enormous boulder in place" kept on running through my mind.

I got all the way to what is marked as "swim pool" on the posted route for this hike. There was water, but it was low enough that I couldn't figure out how someone could get over the boulder and continue onward. If anyone wants to chime in on that, I would be interested in case I ever return.

Up until that point, I was amazed at how often things seemed impassable... but something always revealed itself.

The variety of geology and landscapes along the way is amazing. At times I felt like I could have been in Aravaipa and then on the Esplanade of the North Rim and then back in one of the nearby canyons in Tucson.

Saw a few turtles along the way. I haven't made a positive ID, but I think they are mud turtles; which are somewhat rare.

I didn't think the cairns were necessary. And the register at the trailhead was loaded with profane opinions on that matter.
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Mar 19 2021
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49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
Off route, AZ 
Off route, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2021
SJFL
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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I decided to go straight into the wash that leads north out of the TH. The wash eventually narrows out and dead-ends at a beautiful pool (beautiful in shape, though not particularly inviting or potable) with a large vertical wall. Which forced me to back out a hundred feet and scramble up a steep hill to the ridge and eventually back onto the trail. After getting to the large tank around mile 1.5 (?) on the trail (which has been dry for the past couple years I have been there), I decided to again go over the ridge and back into the wash. The grasses are a little out of control in some parts. And I was surprised to come across a few junipers (I'm pretty sure they were junipers but didn't expect them so low).

As a note, there were some tiny pockets of water from last weeks rains. I doubt they'll be there for more than a few more days.

Otherwise, another beautiful day in the desert!
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Feb 22 2021
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49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
Plenty of Water But Burned, AZ 
Plenty of Water But Burned, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2021
SJFL
Hiking9.75 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles
2,800 ft AEG
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Started at Miles Trailhead. It was completely empty. Didn't see anyone for three days. But ran into some Coati near the junction of West Pinto and Spencer Springs.

The trail was fine up until the Oak Flat area. But from there in any direction--continuing on West Pinto or headed West/South/West on Spencer Springs--it was badly burned out and eroded. I only went a few miles up the Pinto, but there was some thick cat claw and a few spots that required a tiny bit of attention to avoid a fall.

The weather was perfect. And it was a worthwhile adventure. But it's a very distinct type of beauty that I don't think is for everyone.
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Dec 24 2020
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49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
Redflield Canyon, AZ 
Redflield Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2020
SJFL
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,266 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.26 mph
1,266 ft AEG
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I took the unmarked road that heads east from North Cascabel road and runs along the south side of Redfield Canyon toward the TH to the cliff house. That road is a bit rough for my Forester. It took me over an hour to get within a mile of the TH. Really sharp rock, very steep climbs (and descents), and generally bad road. Almost exactly a mile before the TH there was an obstacle that the Forester wasn't going to overcome. I parked it and walked the rest of the way. Hope this is helpful for others.

The TH to the proper trail is toward the west side of the "parking lot." But I went down an excuse of a trail that was all the way on the east side of the parking lot. Don't do that. Lots of scrambling and getting lost. Evidently a few animals met their end in the small narrows I was moving through. Eventually I found my way over to the proper trail which ushered me gently into the canyon.

When you get to the bottom, you have the option of going east, up canyon, or west, down canyon. I did both. The fall colors are amazing now. There is a trail that comes and goes. But since it's all in the canyon, things are pretty straightforward.

Never made it to the cabin because I was running out of daylight. But there were some beautiful (and rare) air ferns that were infesting several of the oaks. I gather this species is only present in Redfield Canyon and Sycamore Canyon down by the border. I have seen them in both places now, but this is the first time I have seen them become almost parasitic.

Otherwise, the trip back out was much easier once I knew where the proper trail was.

I probably won't attempt this again in my Forester. But when I finally get a vehicle that can handle it, there's no question I'll be dropping back in.
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Nov 22 2020
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 Triplogs 6

49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
Fireline Trail #118Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
SJFL
Hiking3.50 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
980 ft AEG
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On November 19, 2020, I did the Reavis Gap, Campaign Creek, Fireline loop out of Reavis Ranch. I'll focus on Fireline for this triplog.

To begin with, Campaign Creek was trashed by the fires of summer 2020. And any trail that once existed is barely noticeable; though some cattle have kept some semblance of a trail visible in a few spots. Either I blew past the trail sign for Fireline or it was never replaced after the fires. And going up Fireline out of Campaign Creek for the first 2/10ths of a mile was straight up the drainage; which was somewhat rough going. The trail was spotty for the next mile or so. It became more clear, though still trashed, all the way into Reavis Ranch. Not to mention, the burn was really bad all the way.
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Dec 08 2018
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49 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
Baboquivari - East ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 08 2018
SJFL
Hike & Climb6.11 Miles 3,430 AEG
Hike & Climb6.11 Miles
3,430 ft AEG
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The road to the trailhead is burly. I have a Forester and I felt I was pushing its limits. I wouldn't try any heroics. Also, it's important to note that there are two beige gates prior to getting to the final white gate. Just an FYI. The final gate let's you know you are about to get to the hiking trail.

Hiked it once before in 2013 or so. Either I selectively erased the memory of this trail or it has substantially changed from my first hike. While the terrain, canyon, and Baboquivari feature itself are stunning, the "trail" is a beast. I quote trail because it is mostly grown over and the cairns are toppled. The catclaw is bad to severe for the first half of the hike. Once you get to the switchbacks, the trail continues to be hard to follow. Because of fire damage, the soil is very loose and prone to giving out beneath your feet.

We made it to the saddle. Walked over to the west side; it is stunning in both directions. No other people on a Saturday.
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