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Jul 06 2019
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Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ 
Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
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Nice trek through upper Finger Rock Canyon. The start and end have some tight spots but that is what helps to keep it human free. Beehive not too far up from the mortar holes. Water holes are almost bone dry but we finally got some rain in Tucson later. Cicadas deafening. Saw two guys going up shortly after I regained the trial. Other than that only 1 other person and that was near the trailhead early on.
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Feb 22 2018
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Overflow Lot Esperero Shortcut, AZ 
Overflow Lot Esperero Shortcut, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2018
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Hiking0.93 Miles 477 AEG
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While out exploring I found this trail from the Sabino Canyon overflow lot/SARA area to Esperero between Bird and Rattlesnake canyons. There are some other trails in this area and highpoints that I checked out but got a clean track by reversing the return trip. Saves about 2 miles round trip on any hikes up Esperero or the Rattlesnake Peak route with the added bonuses no tram exhaust or pavement.
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Feb 12 2018
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Bear Canyon Road Course, AZ 
Bear Canyon Road Course, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Feb 12 2018
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Run/Jog4.45 Miles 505 AEG
Run/Jog4.45 Miles      41 Mns   6.51 mph
505 ft AEG
 
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This is a nice road course that mostly follows the bear canyon tramway ( I'm not sure if trams go to the LZ?)
The highlight is the helicopter landing zone and its worth it to go up there twice.
15 mph sustained southwest winds put a different perspective on the usually easy last stretch.
This was an E run but the hills were effectively adding speedwork/strides with GAP around 6 to 7.
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Jan 20 2018
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Tanque Verde Peak Shuttle, AZ 
Tanque Verde Peak Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
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Hiking23.00 Miles 5,263 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles
5,263 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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Great hike with Linda and Jane. The shutdown and forecasts of higher elevation snow made it a day of zero people encountered on the trail. Loved the overcast skies and cooler temps. The storm turned a bit nasty on the last couple of miles down the ridge.

Douglas Springs to the campground has been brushed since my last visit but parts of Douglas Springs to Cowhead Saddle are still in need of brushing but its still one of my favorite trails.
Tanque Verde Ridge trail from the saddle still has a bunch of catclaw in the trail.
First time for me going down towards Juniper basin from the peak and was surprised how brushy and hard to follow parts of that were. Linda always picked the right path. If I was alone I probably would have wandered off trail a few times.
I loved the forest in the Juniper basin area.

I like the view from Tanque Verde peak more than Rincon peak because there is not a gigantic cairn obstructing the 360 degree view.

The way we setup the shuttle with exit to the Old Spanish Trail trailhead via the road and Cactus Forest trail is the way to do this because the park roads always close at sundown.

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Jan 13 2018
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Pima Esperero Traverse, AZ 
Pima Esperero Traverse, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
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Hiking19.54 Miles 6,892 AEG
Hiking19.54 Miles
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My first time in upper Pima canyon trail and the Finger Rock trail between the saddle and Ventana junction. Jane led us on this SAHC hike and was nice to meet her and Cindy for the first time. Nice to see Michael again and sorry that Linda had flu symptoms. Cindy moved here from Phoenix and is quite the desert rat as she completed this hike with 48 oz. of water and even had some left at the end. A warm day for January and I finished 3 liters by the time we hit the window and finished off my 4th somewhere around Bridal Veil falls which was dry and I didn't bother going up for more water because it was shady in the canyon. Made it to Sabino Canyon before sunset. Upper Pima and the last stretch of finger rock trail are beautiful but have some tricky spots. Upper Esperero is very brushy in some places and I recommend taking a GPS track and trust there is a trail in the bushes and just plow through. Surprisingly, was able to go out hiking again early this morning at SNP with my wife and we had a nice time as we had the place to ourselves but wow did it get crowded a bit later - it is tourist season.
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Dec 29 2017
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Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ 
Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 29 2017
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Canyoneering1.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
Canyoneering1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
1,250 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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I've always liked to go non-technical canyoneering but lately disappointed at how some of the nicest canyons like Bird and Ventana are no longer possible to really enjoy due to massive amounts of fountain grass. When I was younger I had attempted to go up Finger Rock canyon from the spring and reached the 2nd box before I bailed to the trail in the 100 degree heat. A few months ago I saw some SAHC photos of upper Finger Rock canyon that were amazingly beautiful and so I put it on my list to check out.

NOTE: This off-trail area is part of the Pusch Ridge Bighorn Sheep Management Restricted area and closed from Jan 1st through April 30th.

Was feeling terrible on my way up to Linda Vista Saddle and as I reached the approach trail I thought to myself that I'd just go a bit down the approach trail and sit there for a while and then head back home. Went all the way down to the canyon and it was really nice down there and so I became inspired to do the canyon from the approach crossing all the way up to the trail at 6300 ft.

My exploration of this canyon segment was the most memorable trek I've had in a really long time. Felt like I was in a dream and I didn't want it to ever end but I had an afternoon engagement. I'm sure someone did something more awesome and with more AEG and a tyrolean traverse but for me this was perfect and could have only been better if I saw some animals because surprisingly the canyon was virtually a deadzone that morning.

I never had a chance to meet imike but I think he would have also liked this trek.
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Dec 22 2017
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Rillito River Trail 5K, AZ 
Rillito River Trail 5K, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Dec 22 2017
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Run/Jog3.10 Miles
Run/Jog3.10 Miles      25 Mns   26 Secs7.31 mph
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Went to the river path to do a long run but as usual my Altra Escalante shoes are so much fun to run in that training plans got thrown to the wind and I ended up with a 5K PR.
Yeah I know the River Path is very slight downhill or maybe AEG of zero but whatever even the super fit 120-149 pound men who hold all the local trail running records have 5K PRs going down Sabino Canyon Road which is a much steeper downhill and in particular some parts are just perfect for top speed.

This is a joke and slow jogging, not running to anyone who is a serious runner but whatever I somehow got addicted to runners high and I don't care.
My goal is a 22 min. or lower 5K by next year and its going to take at least another 15 pounds lost and training.
Maybe at that point I'll try trail running but hopefully I can force myself to train smart and keep avoiding injury.
This whole week has been impulsive runs that I had no business even trying at my weight.

For a nice change all dogs were on a leash and saw a bunch of happy free dogs in the dog park by the river trail.
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Dec 16 2017
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 Tucson, Arizona
Saguaro National Park Loop, AZ 
Saguaro National Park Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Dec 16 2017
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Run/Jog10.50 Miles 674 AEG
Run/Jog10.50 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   6.43 mph
674 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
 
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Another distance milestone for me but mainly I just wanted to try this popular course in a beautiful setting - oh and see below but also just one time did not want to deal with loose dogs.
The road portion has hills and seemingly endless and it even feels that way when driving so no surprise there.

Shocked to not be sore after this as I didn't think I could even do 10 miles on flat pavement.
Totals hiking/running for the week are 35 miles and 6500 AEG and was a bloated 197# for this run.

Saw a deer and bunny on the road and no vehicles, cyclists, or anyone which is exceptional for a National Park.

Passed three runners on Cactus forest trail and its always stressful for me because any runner could just crank up pace and then I bothered them twice.

Encountered a loose dog on cactus forest trail and I let the owner know that was not allowed even on a leash.
Not afraid of dogs but the encounter with two loose dobermans in my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago was very intense and its almost every time when I go out running no matter where except maybe Sabino canyon I have to deal with loose dogs running at me and I stop while the owners leash them or not and also dogs without owners walking around the neighborhood and I have to somehow be dog expert and read them and I'm getting tired of it.
So many dogparks in Tucson and also the national park has options available for dogs:
https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/pets.htm
In the above link it mentions "Some people hike in national parks to avoid dogs" and that was another reason I went here.
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Dec 12 2017
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Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 12 2017
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Run/Jog7.50 Miles 744 AEG
Run/Jog7.50 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   6.34 mph
744 ft AEG
 
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Furthest distance running since I started in April plus first time completing this road course.
I took it really slow going up because I wanted to make sure I'd make it the whole way up.
39 up with a fierce headwind and 32 down.

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Dec 09 2017
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Ventana Esperero Loop, AZ 
Ventana Esperero Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
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Hiking16.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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My first hike with SAHC and it was led by Linda and Jamie - they are awesome!
Having completed this Linda Miller "A" hike, I think this gives me the golden ticket for just about anything and I'm preparing my body for the 29 mile Douglas Springs / Mica that will likely be offered again sometime.
I had a great time being out in these beautiful canyons and meeting new people.
Bridal veil falls is dry but I checked higher and the second pool up had some water.
Trails are visible and free of grass cover the whole way but Esperero from window saddle towards Esperero canyon continues to be reclaimed by mother nature and brushy.
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Nov 11 2017
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Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2017
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Hiking14.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
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The road is in really good condition.

Want to thank all veterans and active for their service and this was in my thoughts all day.
Was great that I had a chance to thank one personally on the summit.
A very young group of guys does a memorial hike every veterans day and was cool to take a picture of the whole group for them.
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Sep 24 2017
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Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
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Hiking23.50 Miles 5,364 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   9 Hrs      3.24 mph
5,364 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I've been mainly just running lately - a few hilly 5Ks for breakfast during the week + a long run at the river walk on the weekends. Approaching 100# lost. I haven't even done Blacketts in a while but mainly I felt like doing a long slow hike and I picked this since I have never been to TV peak or past the falls turnoff on Douglas Springs.

The grade of Douglas Springs to Cowhead Saddle is never steep and without any obstacles unless you count the nice stone steps but they can be a pain on the way down. Good to see some benefits of all the training and was able to keep a steady pace around cardio level HR for most of the trip. Cowhead Saddle to the peak was the most challenging though typical of any ridge trail. Catclaw and some overgrowth is present but I never had trouble seeing the trail unlike the situation on some trails in Pusch Ridge right now. This is probably because the vast majority of the grasses on the Douglas Spring trail are natives. Saw just 3 hikers all day and nobody after around the BVF junction. Really enjoyed the warm and dry conditions and spent lots of time on the summit and checking things out on the way down.
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Feb 26 2017
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Peak 6865 - CatalinasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
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Hiking9.00 Miles 4,250 AEG
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I see this peak often so wanted to check it out for a while.
I've turned around on a few other attempts from different routes mainly because I'm a careful person regardless if I have a tracking device or not.
I think all the majestical things to see on the way up this route made this trip way more fun than I expected.

Light snow was on and off most of the day but nothing stuck, and even this attempt at a mini blizzard failed https://vimeo.com/2059...
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Dec 30 2016
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Point 6237 - Ventana Esperero TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2016
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Hiking8.90 Miles 3,700 AEG
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Tucson and its trails have been really crowded lately but solitude and adventure are not far at all.
This trip featured an alternate descent that I put together based on some previous exploring in the area.
I went down the NW side of the summit tower and followed the east cliff face, to some nice slabs and finally joining the Esperero trail at Geronimo Meadow.
It worked out pretty well - I packed a bushwhack shirt but never felt the need to bust it out.

Off trail to the peak is 3000 ft. in less than 2 miles with a few lower grade sections here and there that are beautiful spots.
The amount and diversity of native plants on the route is a nice change from what is typically encountered at these elevations.
There are many animal trails to follow on the way up and different ways to reach the peak from the end of the approach ridge depending on your scrambling ability.
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Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Haven't been to the Bowen house since college so checked it out with my wife and it was really nice to see again.
The area is beautiful and I had to scramble up the nearby hill.
Then we went and watched the sunset at Gates Pass.
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Oct 23 2016
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Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Volunteer avatar Oct 23 2016
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Volunteer6.90 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Hiked up to the 5k ft. level of the Tanque Verde Ridge trail and mapped/pulled weeds on the way down as a volunteer for the national park.
Beautiful day and really encouraging to see we are winning against Buffelgrass on this trail segment (was able to remove all encountered) but also the previously worked larger patches are doing amazingly well, preventing the large infestations you might find in some other places around Tucson.

There are orientation sessions this friday and saturday at Saguaro National Park for new volunteers.
Please check the Saguaro National Park facebook for details if interested.

The trail does have a few sections still snowed over by Lehmann Lovegrass but not quite as thick or as long in duration as some trails in Pusch Ridge.
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Window PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb15.30 Miles 5,050 AEG
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First time up window peak.
Thank you to Jim_H for the nice photos and tips that made the peak ascent easy.
Highlight of the trip was the spectacular airshow by about 35 ravens that came in from the west and then circled and played above window peak with acrobatics around the peak.
https://vimeo.com/1857...

Went up Ventana and down Esperero.
Lost the trail more than a few times due to the non-native Lehmann Lovegrass covering the Ventana canyon trail starting around Maiden Pools and also in a few spots on Esperero going down before you hit the creek and then the entire stretch between the creek and Cardiac Gap.
Apparently not just me because some of the wrong turns unfortunately looking more like the trail than the trail itself, you just end up in a spot that doesn't make sense (cliff, pile of boulders, furious looking vegetation)
Not recommended at all or if you do feel you have to go bring a stick and wear pants.
Esperero from Cardiac Gap down is now much better than it was a month ago and I flew down that section.

First time at Bridal Veil falls and the water really helped.
Total water for the day was 6 liters thanks to the one I picked up at the falls.
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Sep 17 2016
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Little KimballTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.10 Miles 4,700 AEG
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Bobcat sighting in the wash before the spring.
Met a gentleman in the Air Force from Kansas City who hiked Pusch Peak the day before or very recently.
We hiked from the saddle to the summit and then I showed him the Kimball balcony.
Did not see a single chipmunk on Kimball.

A high-altitude balloon was in the sky all day.

Felt strong all the way up and all the Blacketts training is paying off.
Not even sore afterwards so I guess an attempt at a speed hike is on the horizon in a few months.
Wasn't initially planning on it, but I decided to checkout Little Kimball on the way down.
Little Kimball is a very beautiful place and I will be back to explore more of it particularly the east side.

I'm also going to try going down to Pontatoc on the return trip next time.
Finger rock, between around 6100 and 4000 (with the exception of the stretch from the finger rock climbing route junction to just after the linda vista junction), in addition to being rugged and throwing in many boulders to negotiate, has countless small up sections on the way down.
These variations help on the ascent, but on the way down the tediousness really gets to me: 6'1 (standing on back paws) and 29 BMI might have something to do with it.
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Aug 24 2016
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Roger's RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Went to Roger's rock with my wife and it was a beautiful day.
Thank you to fricknaley for initially sharing this description.
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Point 6237 - Ventana Esperero TraverseTucson, AZ
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