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Feb 19 2021
markthurman53
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Dog Canyon Trail, TX 
Dog Canyon Trail, TX
 
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Hiking5.30 Miles 108 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.32 mph
108 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Yesterday’s storm has passed leaving a blanket of snow over the park. We head back to Lubbock today but first we are going to hike to Dog Canyon. This trail is on the Northeast section of the park as you drive out. Dog Canyon can be seen about 2 miles from the road in a slot in the Santiago Mountains. I noticed this canyon on the way in a couple days ago and saw the trail sign and thought this looked like an interesting hike. I would try to do it on the way out. Most of the trail is along flat desert occupied by creosote brushes, the last half mile is in Dog Canyon. The trail is marked by cairns which helped out quite a bit with the snow concealing the trail. I was expecting to see the creek drop off as it passed through the narrow slot but nothing much interesting except a wash that goes through a pass. Still an interesting hike though. We extended the hike down the creek to make it a solid 5 mile round trip before heading back.

On this trip there was a couple inches of snow on the ground, deeper where it was piled up by the wind. The temperatures were hovering around 32 but the sun was out and no breeze to speak of. The Snow on the ground and on all the surrounding mountains made for a very scenic hike, even a few snowball fights. On the way back the temps rose a bit and the sun was melting some of the snow making the desert walking part very muddy. Where possible we stayed walking on the snow because the mud was slick and sticky.
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Feb 17 2021
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Santa Elena Trail, TX 
Santa Elena Trail, TX
 
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Hiking3.19 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.19 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.59 mph
500 ft AEG
 
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On our second day in Big Bend we started out on the southwest side of the park on the Santa Elena Canyon Trail. This is a short 4 mile round trip hike along the Rio Grande River where it exits from Mesa De Anguila . The Rio Grande is quite impressive here as it exits the mesa through a narrow canyon with sheer 1500 foot walls. This north-south trending mesa is the up thrust side of a horst and graben fault. The river will exit the park through another narrow canyon on the east side of the park through the other side of this horst and graben fault pair. I saw this canyon a few years ago while hiking in the Chisos Mountains and was determined that the next time I’m in this park to check it out.

The trailhead is at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive about 8 miles past Castolon. 100 yards from the trailhead you are on the river with Mexico on the other side. The trail heads upstream and climbs about 100 feet via a series of switchbacks. From here the river can be seen below. The trail continues upstream and gradually makes it down to the river again. There are gigantic house sized boulders alongside the river that came from the cliffs above that literally tower straight up above you. You can’t help but hope there isn’t an earthquake while you are in the canyon. The trail follows along the river until at about 2 miles in there is no place to go without a boat. The 1500 feet of limestone cliffs are quite impressive.

This is a fairly easy trail and like the window trail, worth doing if you are in this section of the park. At times when the river is running full the trail probably ends a half mile sooner. The GPS route for this hike is a little messed up because of the lack of satellite signal while in the canyon.
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Feb 17 2021
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Tuff Canyon Trail, TX 
Tuff Canyon Trail, TX
 
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Hiking1.98 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.98 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   1.67 mph
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On the way back from the Santa Elena Canyon Hike and a brief stop at the old town of Castalon we stopped for a short hike in Tuff Canyon. This is a 1 mile round trip hike through a canyon on Blue Creek that passes through a canyon of Volcanic Tuff. Not a real long trail but it is quite interesting where the creek cuts through the Tuff and forms a 50 to 100 foot narrow canyon. We weren’t satisfied with the trail that heads through Tuff Canyon so we continued up canyon. The Tuff slot was neat but the next section of the canyon with the black lava flow I thought was even better. There is no trail here but with a little bit of looking around you can find a way. Above the lava flow the canyon walls return to Tuff and the canyon widens a bit. Our first obstacle was a 20 foot water fall spanning the 50 yard canyon, no easy way to scale it. There was a way higher up on the west side of the creek that would allow you to get around the falls. Back down stream we found a way up to the route. Once above the falls we headed back up stream. The stream was wider and the Tuff Cliffs not as high, easy walking in the creek. Further up creek there was another falls like the previous one but there was no easy way to get above it. We did not want to backtrack and climb out of the wash to bypass it so we were ready to call this good and headed back.

This is another interesting hike that doesn’t take long. If you desire not to go down into the canyon you can walk the 100 yards to the overlook and just view the canyon from above. The only water in Blue Creek was in small pools in the rock. There were a few people on the lower portion of this hike but once to the lava flows there was no one.
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Mule Ears Spring Trail, TX 
Mule Ears Spring Trail, TX
 
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Hiking5.04 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking5.04 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.27 mph
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This was the last hike of our second day in Big Bend National Park. The Mule Ear Spring trail is a 3 mile one way trail of which we did 2.5 miles. The prominent feature is the rock outcrop called the mule Ear. I thought it looked like Batman’s hat. This reminded me of the Horns of dilemma in the Goldfield Mountains. This trail though does not go to the Mule Ear directly but just passes by to the north before heading down to the Smokey Canyon Trail. The trail does pass by Mule Ear Spring which does have a light flow with pooling water. There must be water there most of the year by the look of the vegetation.

There is some elevation gain to this hike, making it the most challenging of the day. Not a hard hike and the trail is in good condition. We were able to do a 2.5 mile per hour rate most of the way. This would be the last hike of the day and tomorrow we won’t be able to get any hiking done because of an incoming storm. We will be spending the day driving through the park checking out the Southeast section. I included a few photos of that drive and all the snow. This is the second large snow storm this winter season the first being 18 inches late last year. I will have to make it back here at the end of April, should be an excellent spring.

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Feb 16 2021
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Window Trail, TX 
Window Trail, TX
 
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Hiking5.25 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.97 mph
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With the snow and ice in Lubbock with highs around 10 degrees, Ginny and I decided to head down to Big Bend National Park for 4 days. Hopefully the weather will be more civil in Lubbock when we return. It took 6 hours to drive Big Bend on snowy and icy roads but eventually the weather improved until it was around 60 in the afternoon. When we got there we took the Window Trail in Chisos Basin.

I had been on this trail a couple years back and I thought it was worth seeing again. This is an easy 5 mile round trip hike down Oak Canyon, slight downhill on the way in and therefore uphill on the way back. The trail is well maintained with stairs built into the rock when the trail gets down into the narrows of the Oak Canyon. The Window Trail starts in the camping area below the lodge in Chisos Basin and follows the creek westward to the window. There are great views of Emery peak, the highest point in the park, Toll Mountain and Casa Grande Peak to the south and east. To the north is a high ridge with Vernon and Pulliam Peaks. The trail ends where the creek drops over a cliff. Not sure how far a drop because I wouldn’t go too close to the edge because of the super slippery rocks. There is a nice view toward the west of the park although it is a view like looking through a knot in wood because of the narrow canyon walls. This hike is a must do, not for its difficulty rating or breath taking views but for its great views of the surrounding mountains, strange rock formations and very interesting trail. This is a great first day hike because the park is in the middle of nowhere and you will probably arrive in the afternoon, this hike is a good way to end a day of driving.

Oak Creek was dry with the exception of a few frozen pools of water just before the end of the trail. The cacti were pretty healthy looking because of the snows of late last year (18 inches) unlike the parched desserts of Arizona this last year.
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Feb 07 2021
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Lubbock Lake Perimeter, TX 
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Hiking5.22 Miles 145 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.90 mph
145 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Went on a short hike around Lubbock Texas in Yellow House Canyon. Climbed what I called Lubbock Peak, about 6 feet high. The only thing higher were house tops and overpasses. Must of been pretty high up because thhere was an F-86 Sabre Jet flying in the background. This is about the 5th or 6ty time hiking in this park, the hiking picks are slim in Lubbock so I change this up each time I hike it. The creek was dry as it usually is with the exception of a light flow where it exits the park and enters Canyon Lake. The weather in Lubbock is going to be down right miserable for the next week with a HIGH of 13 degrees on Sunday so hiking will also be limmited by that. Sounds like I need a trip to Big Bend Texas.

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Jan 30 2021
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La Milagrosa Canyon Loop, AZ 
La Milagrosa Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking4.65 Miles 944 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.29 mph
944 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I have wanted to check out the lower La Milagrosa Canyon for some time. My curiosity was peaked while hiking the La Milagrosa, Agua Caliente Loop hike. Rather than just walk up the creek from the junction with the Agua Caliente Creek I headed up the ridge between the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Creeks. From the ridge I could see the falls which are quite impressive even though they were dry. I was also able to see the route that would allow me to get to an area above the lower falls and the upper. Access to the creek above the upper falls doesn’t look possible (at least for the average hiker that doesn’t do rock climbing). Getting to the upper portion of this canyon can be from the creek using the La Milagrosa Ridge Trail. Rock climbers use lower La Milagrosa Canyon because of its cliffs and typically use the creek bed for access.

We started the hike from the La Milagrosa Trail head and continued to the Agua Caliente Creek. From the creek bed we went up La Milagrosa Canyon and soon found a user trail that leads up to the ridge between the two canyons. This is a fairly well defined route up to the ridge. There are some good views of both canyons from this ridge. From this peak the route further up the ridge is a little vague but quite doable. After about ¼ mile along this ridge you are above the falls and the route to the falls is visible. We saw a fairly easy route to an area above the first falls and below the second. Really neat area and would be even more interesting if there was water flowing. From the ridge it would be awesome if you were able to witness a flashflood coming down this canyon. From the falls to get above the choke point in the creek we headed back out and up along the hillside on the east side of the creek. This is totally off trail. Once above the choke point we head back into the creek and head down to the point above the choke point.

This was a fun hike and exceeded any expectations I had. The creek was dry with the exception of pools but hopefully with continued storms it will be running soon and at that point I want to come back again maybe this time just follow the creek bed up to the falls.


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Jan 27 2021
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Seven Falls, AZ 
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Hiking7.51 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   1.96 mph
1,367 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Ginny and I took a hike up to seven Falls to see if they were flowing after the snows this week. They were not flowing yet but there were some pools of water. Still a scenic hike. Not too many people on the trail but more than I'm use to seeing on my hikes. Masks were not the norm but every once in a while a few people would quick mask up when they saw us like I caught them with no cloths on. I have been hiking this trail since the early sixties but it has been at least 5 years since my last time and I have forgotten just what a nice hike this is, in spite of its popularity. Hopefully in the next week or so the creek will be flowing, mount Lemmon got quite a bit of snow and another storm is due this week.

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Some pooling of water at the falls.

dry Seven Falls - Catalina Dry Dry
Pooling of water but not flowing
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Squeeze Pen Garwood Loop, AZ 
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Hiking4.41 Miles 454 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.32 mph
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Short easy Peasy hike in Saguaro National Park. Great hike around sunset. The incoming storm made for beautiful scenery. The highlight of the hike was a crested saguaro. The recent rains seemed to give a little relief to the cactus but they need more. This next storm is expected to bring snow to the valley which will be a gig help.
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La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Loop, AZ 
La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking6.82 Miles 1,453 AEG
Hiking6.82 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.86 mph
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I went back to La Milagrosa Canyon after the last rain storm and before the next. This is a short 7 mile hike with a fair amount of AEG in a very scenic canyon. Hiked the La Milagrosa Trail and returned on the Agua Caliente Ridge Trail. There are a few more homes being built along the start of the La Milagrosa and the lower end of the Agua Caliente Trails. The trail has been rerouted along a few sections outside of the National Forest, probably due to these new homes. The La Milagrosa Trail offers some great views of La Milagrosa Canyon. There was water in La Milagrosa where it pooled in the rocks, didn’t look like the creek ran at all. It will take a good amount of rain for that.
We took the crossover Trail from the La Milagrosa Trail that drops down into Agua Caliente Creek and climbs the south side of the Canyon to the Agua Caliente Ridge Trail. Agua Caliente Creek was dry with water pooling on rocks. Explored a little downstream from where the trail crosses the creek to the water fall 100 yards downstream. This is a major obstacle if walking up Agua Caliente Creek, not impassable but a challenge. The return trip along Agua Caliente creek is quite scenic with great views down into Agua Caliente Creek. Weather was perfect for hiking and in the light breeze, even a little cool. I spotted a trail while on the La Milagrosa Trail that was going up the ridge between Agua Caliente and La Milagrosa Canyons that I will have to check out. Maybe after the next couple of storms come in early this week.
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Pistol Hill Road to Colossal Cav, AZ 
Pistol Hill Road to Colossal Cav, AZ
 
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Hiking3.16 Miles 204 AEG
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Ginny got new hiking boots today and wanted to try them out. we only had an hour to get some hiking in today so I quit work on digging out a tree in my back yard and headed to a Portion of the Arizona Trail from Pistol Hill Road to Colossal Cave. Boy those new boots are something got the 3.2 mile round trip hike done it 1 hour. At one point I thought I saw smoke coming out from between her legs.

This trail is more like a highway no rocks to navigate and fairly level. With the storm coming it turned this rather mundane portion of the Arizona Trail into something quite scenic. The clouds were not quite on the mountain tops yet but the setting sun lit up the peaks. There was not quite enough break in the clouds for a great sunset, just gets a couple oohs and aahs. You could sense the cactus anticipating the rain, well at least I thought I could.
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Massacre Grounds Praying Hands, AZ 
Massacre Grounds Praying Hands, AZ
 
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Hiking7.07 Miles 1,485 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.57 mph
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On our last day at Apache Junction we headed to the Superstitions to First Water Road and the Crosscut Trail Head. We took the Massacre Grounds Trail then headed cross country to the Praying Hands area. This was actually the very first hike I did in the supes when Ray introduced me to the Superstitions three years ago. The weather was perfect for hiking and the skies clear for good views.

I had forgotten how much elevation gain was on this hike. After yesterdays hike I told Ginny we would do a fairly easy hike today. Guess I stretched the truth again. We saw more people along this hike than we saw the last two days, lots more. The Massacre Trail is well maintained making the continuous uphill climb a lot easier. There are great views overlooking the inner portion of the supes from along the ramp at the end of the trail. Saw another bald eagle on this hike and managed to get some photos. Massacre Falls was dry as expected.

On the return trip we headed cross country over to the Praying Hands. This was much easier than the last time I did this as the fire cleared away the brush. I didn’t notice them at first but about halfway into this section there are rock cairns marking the way. These cairns will take you directly to the Praying Hands area though they get a bit confusing toward the end with all the different routes. There were lots of people on the trail along the Praying Hands, from a distance they looked like a bunch of ants. Very scenic area. We returned to the Crosscut Trail Head via the Treasure Loop and Jacobs Crosscut Trail.
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Horse with No Name Loop, AZ 
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Hiking9.84 Miles 1,208 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   1.65 mph
1,208 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
On our second day at Apache Junction I took Ginny into the Heart of the Goldfield Mountains (If not the heart, damn close). I really liked the Horse With No Name Trail for its rock formations. We started out on the Javelina Mine Trail and then took the Cottonwood Spring trail to Cottonwood Spring in Cottonwood Creek. From there we took the Horse With No Name Trail (CCW). Rather than do the whole trail we went up over the hill and made a right in the wash to the other end of the Horse With No Name Trail (I have seen this shown as the north end of the Three Lesser Peaks Route). Once back in Cottonwood Creek we took the Anniversary Arch Rote to Anniversary Arch then headed back to our start point on the Rough and Ready Trail. This is a nice 10 mile loop with a good sampling of the Goldfield Mountains.

The trail between the Rough and Ready Trail and Frankie Goes to Hollywood is called the Willow Springs Connector Trail but the trail between Frankie and Cottonwood Spring is not named as far as I can tell. I am calling both these trails the Cottonwood Spring Trail. Not sure how the trail got named the Willow Spring Connector because it does connect to the Willow Spring Trail. Yes, I know I wrote the official guide for the Willow Spring Connector Trail but I got that name from somewhere.

There was water in Cottonwood Creek at Cottonwood Spring, disappears about 100 yards downstream. This would be the only water seen on this hike. We only saw 4 people on horseback around Anniversary Arch and Cottonwood Spring. We heard one say as we passed them “how did those people get way back in here, by helicopter?”. Probably out of state tourist, the other person was on her cell phone. I guess there is no law about texting and riding a horse. This is an ideal hike to take someone on that has a little experience with hiking to show them what the Goldfield Mountains are like.
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Horns of Dilemma, AZ 
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Hiking3.12 Miles 652 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   1.45 mph
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Ginny and I spent three days in Apache Junction to do a little hiking. The first day we arrived around noon and planned a short hike to the Horns of Dilemma. I saw this hike posted from the New Year Day hike and thought it might be interesting. I have been watching the reruns of the old Doctor Who series from the 60's and this sounded like one of their episodes. I almost expected to see a couple of Daleks up there. The weather was to be in the mid 70's so it was perfect weather. There was a slight breeze which was nice because 70 degree weather can still be a bit warm in the sun. This would be Ginny's first hike in the Goldfields and the first time with full sun, the first hike she did was last January to Fremont saddle and it was damp and foggy. Couldn't even see Weavers Needle from the saddle.

I was expecting that this would be a hike without a trail just rock cairns to guide the way but I guess it is traveled enough that there is actually a trail. Actually there are two, one follows to the south side of the creek and the other more in the creek. Both have the same start and end sections. We did one in and the other back. Got to the horns but didn't climb up to the saddle between the horns. From the north side it actually isn't to hard to climb the rock up to the saddle but I'm not the rock scrambler I use to be. On the return trip I noticed that there is probably a route up from the Southeast side. I was content not going up, I figured the view won't be significantly better from 10 feet higher up. I turned into such a weenie as I've gotten older, or maybe I've gotten smarter.

The desert was really dry so as expected no water to report. I think I even saw a couple cactus trying to steel my canteen. There was a bald eagle sightings on this trip to the supes. I wasn't sure if that is what they were but Ginny said they were so when I got back home I looked up information about them being in the superstitions and sure enough they are. Looks a lot like a buzzard, of which that's all they are (glorified buzzard) but much larger with different coloring. On some of the other hikes I got photos of them though not spectacular photos.
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Sunset Arch, AZ 
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Hiking1.21 Miles 388 AEG
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On the first day of our three day Apache Junction trip we hiked to Sunset Arch. Of course we had to wait till just before sunset to do this hike. I have done this hike before and was quite impressed by the display the setting sun put on, this trip was no different. We were fortunate enough to have a light overcast sky with a break at the horizon which made the sunset spectacular. We arrived at the arch about 20 minutes before sunset so we waited around for the show to begin. It was spectacular again.

There is no trail to this arch so it is completely a bushwhack. No cairns to guide the way, so just go uphill toward the arch. We headed to the saddle to the north of the arch and the arch is about 200 yards from that. There are great sunset views to the East over the Superstitions from the saddle. Once the sun put on its show we headed back down. You want to be able to get down before it gets dark because the terrain is very rocky and unforgiving. I will be glad when the area gets some moisture because the saguaros are looking a bit thin, very different from when I was here a year or so ago.
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Tunnel Spring Trail, AZ 
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Hiking7.53 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.07 mph
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Ginny and I did a portion of the Arizona Trail along the Chinaman Trail. We started at Tunnel Spring in Gardner Canyon and hiked to Bear Spring in Big Casa Blanca Canyon, returning the way we came. This is a nice level hike with the exception of the very first part where you hike up over a hill as you leave Garner canyon and hike to the tunnel, about 100 feet. The next bit of climb is to Bear Spring which is about another 100 feet. All along the trail are views to to East of the Whetstone, Mustang and Chiricahua Mountains. To the west looming high up are Mount Wrightson and Josephine Peak. Big Casa Blanca Canyon where the canal ends is quite impressive with the large rock outcrops on the south side of the canyon. Bear Spring is about a quarter mile up trail from where the Chinaman Trail crosses Big Casa Blanca Creek and the canal ends, There is a sign posted along the trail. The spring box is about 30 yards downhill from the trail, follow the user path to the spring. There was about a quart per minute flow into the tank. The only other water seen along the trail was in the tunnel at the start of the hike and at the trail head in Gardner Canyon.

The road conditions to the trail Head were good, reachable by any high clearance vehicle. There was one other couple at the trail head doing the same trail we were doing. It is archery deer season so there were other vehicles along the Gardner Canyon Road.

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Trough was full of good clean water.

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Coming from pipe alongside the trough in Gardner Canyon.
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 Tucson, Arizona
Greaterville Kentucky Camp, AZ 
Greaterville Kentucky Camp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2021
markthurman53
Hiking5.13 Miles 683 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.35 mph
683 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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This was another late day short hike along a section of the Arizona Trail #5 from the Greaterville area to Kentucky Camp. I chose this hike to give Ginny a sample of southern Arizona rolling oak grasslands along with a sample of 1870's mining. I have hiked this area from the 1980s and never get tired of it. We started the hike at the Morning Star Mine near the site of the town of Greaterville and hiked along the Arizona Trail to Kentucky Camp. We returned the way we came.

A lot has changed here over the last 40 years. The road to Greaterville and the Morning Star Mine has been repositioned to no longer go along the creek upstream of the Greaterville site and the road conditions have improved. The Morning Star mine shack is no longer there and the mines have been sealed off with metal cages. Still a scenic hike though even if it is along a forest road. The drought of the last few years has left the area looking a bit dry. They have done a nice job of restoring historic Kentucky Camp.
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Jan 02 2021
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Wildhorse Tanks Trail, AZ 
Wildhorse Tanks Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
markthurman53
Hiking4.54 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.11 mph
530 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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mamakatt22
I have been a little under the weather for the last week and the lack of hiking hasn't helped so Ginny and I got out for another short hike in Saguaro National Park just before sunset. The Wild Horse Trail or Wild Horse Canyon Trail is one of my favorite hikes in the park that doesn't involve climbing up the front range of the Rincon Mountains but also doesn't stay on the flatlands of the park. Kind of like the three bears, not top steep not too flat but just right.

The tanks at the end of the trail are quite impressive but on this trip the Tanks had water in the pools but it was pretty stagnant, enough for the local wildlife. There was an impressive saguaro at the tanks. I'm not going to say it was the largest I've seen but it could possibly have the most arms I've ever seen, between 20 and 30. The sunset on the return trip finished off the hike. This is a good hike to take visitors that are from out of state to show them a taste of Arizona.

dry Wild Horse Canyon Dry Dry
Water in tanks in upper canyon.
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 Tucson, Arizona
Ridgeview Loop, AZ 
Ridgeview Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
markthurman53
Hiking3.40 Miles 644 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   2 Hrs      1.70 mph
644 ft AEG
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mamakatt22
Short hike in Saguaro National Park around sunset on the last day of the year. Another great hike and with the clouds the sunset was once again stupendous.
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Dec 09 2020
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 Tucson, Arizona
Ridge View Loop, AZ 
Ridge View Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2020
markthurman53
Hiking3.52 Miles 429 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   1.58 mph
429 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Ginny got her new pack today and at the last minute ask me where are we hiking today. I will be back to the land of flat for a week or so, so one more hike would be good. I searched google Earth for the trails I did that are close to home and decided on the Ridgeview Trail in Saguaro National Park. Nice doing this trail in late afternoon and finishing at sunset. Sure hope this storm brings some rain because the cactus are in need of it. There were a few pockets of water in the unnamed creek but without rain in the next few days they will be dry. The incoming clouds from the promised storm made for some nice sunset photos.
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