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Aug 06 2017
MSimmons
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Canyon Trail #410Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2017
MSimmons
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.40 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Did the first part of Pontatoc Canyon and then bushwhacked to have a look down into "Linda Vista Canyon". Left the trail about 1.6 miles from the parking lot when it turns right and leads back into the upper part of Pontatoc Canyon. From there it was just a short bushwhack over to the ridge, but I met no shortage pokey fellows and did not emerge entirely unscathed. Still, it's always cool to get new views of familiar features!
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Aug 05 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2017
MSimmons
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Intended to make an evening of the Milagrosa/Agua Caliente Canyon loop, but ran into trouble finding the trail up the south side of AC Canyon. There'd clearly been some serious flow through there in recent days, and if there were cairns before they've washed away now. After some poking around we headed back the way we'd come. Should have spent five seconds studying the map beforehand cause the route really isn't tricky: once you get down to the bottom of the canyon, follow it west for about a thousand feet. Off to the left is a wash, and the trail goes up the west side of that - we spotted it on the way back from up on the ridge ](*,)

Still a great hike. Agua Caliente Canyon is awesome, and it was particularly nice around sunset. Because we missed our turn, we came upon an impressive basin/waterfall just beyond where we should have exited the canyon.

Also saw a Colorado River toad! Biggest frog or toad I've ever seen.
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Jul 19 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Campbell CliffsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2017
MSimmons
Hiking1.60 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   1 Hour      1.60 mph
850 ft AEG
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I've hiked the first mile or so of this trail a few times in the last couple weeks. For me, the location there at the end of Campbell Ave makes it a convenient thing to do in the evening...but it has pros and cons:

P: It's fun and challenging, with a good variety of terrain.

C: The first bit runs between two crummy old fences, and basically through some people's backyards - people whom I feel might not care to see some guy and his red hedgehog lurking by their property. But I guess it's an easement, and I haven't had any trouble.

P: For a short hike, it crams in a good deal of gain. Much of it is Pusch Peak grade.

C: It's scrappier than I might prefer in a "workout hike". I've yet to do it without misplacing a few steps or getting scratched by something. And once you get past the fences and start heading up the main hill, it's a good idea to take a moment at each cairn to scan for the next one - if you just plow forward, head down, you may get off-track.

P: There's a nice little turn-around spot at about 0.8 miles. You'll know it by a small stone wall where the trail meets a minor ridge. Off to the left is a good sittin' rock with a quality view of the valley (the new Mormon Temple stands out to me.)
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Jul 16 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Peak 6810 - Catalinas, AZ 
Peak 6810 - Catalinas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2017
MSimmons
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.14 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Started up from the north end of Bug Spring Trail and then bushwhacked up to Peak 6810. The route wasn't too treacherous but I wasn't feeling great and it kinda whooped me.

From the top I could see burnt areas over around Guthrie, as well as lines of fire retardant around upper Molino Canyon and Redington Pass. Just after leaving the trail (where it tops out along the ridge) I found a lot of recently cut trees and bushes. All the branches lay where they fell, and it wasn't clear to me what the purpose of that work was.
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Jul 08 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2017
MSimmons
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.89 mph
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Been a while since I'd hiked Ol' B in morning (left the lot around 6:30) and I'd forgotten how beautifully shaded that ascent is 8) . Big buzzy flies were a nuisance, but they kept us trucking, and had disappeared by Baldy Saddle.
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Jul 03 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Appalachian Trail - Kinsman Ridge, NH 
Appalachian Trail - Kinsman Ridge, NH
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2017
MSimmons
Hiking13.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.63 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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I was in New Hampshire around the Fourth for family stuff and took a day to hike a relatively remote chunk of the AT over several peaks in the White Mountains. Trademarks of the region were in good supply: singing creeks, mossy thickets, granite bluffs, lonely lakes, and in the distance, great waves of luxurious green treetops.
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Jun 25 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2017
MSimmons
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.78 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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Set out in the late afternoon and made it to Baldy Saddle around sunset. From there we watched the monsoons traverse the plain, bathed in dense, radiant red. The rain, wind, and lightning were getting intense, so we turned back without going to the top. This was a memorable one.
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Jun 24 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
La Luz TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2017
MSimmons
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Business in Albuquerque left me with a morning to kill, so I took the Sandia Peak Tram up to the top and meandered around up there. Hardly worth noting, except that it was my first hike in New Mexico and I'd totally recommend it.

The tram cabin was rather cramped and noisy, but the ride was quick and the views impressive. It was $2 to park and $25 for the tram (round trip).

There's a mess of well-worn trails up there, and I'm not entirely sure what I took. It was all very nice and foresty. Made my way to the top of the La Luz trail, and followed that down for about a half-mile, which was steep and fun.

I should add my drive from Tucson up to Albuquerque was great too. Rather than taking I-10 to I-25 like I've done in the past, I went north from Tucson, up through Globe, Pinetop-Lakeside, and the Malpais in New Mexico. It was a wonderful progression of landscapes, and the shortest 8-hour drive I've ever done.
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Jun 03 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Campbell CliffsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2017
MSimmons
Hiking4.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Pleased to have found this great little hike within 20 minutes of my place. Trail's a bit scrappy, but the route is remarkably well-cairned. I hiked it as far as Rosewood Saddle, from which the view of Pusch-Cleaver-Bighorn-Table is, to put it mildly, of high quality.
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May 29 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Ash Creek Trail #307Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2017
MSimmons
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.60 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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My first on Mt Graham. The road up is longer and freakier than the Lemmon road, but it's in really good shape (including the unpaved section) and a beautiful drive. We went down the Ash Creek Trail I'd guess four miles. Not a huge trip, but totally fulfilling: nice woodsy amble up top, outstanding views a little further on of Ash Creek Canyon and Gila Valley, and rich riparian stuff down in the canyon. Somewhat to my surprise we missed the falls, at least as I've seen them in photos (although at one point we did catch a great overhead glimpse of some falls or other). It looks like there's more one than one route through the upper part of the canyon? Or is there a side trail? Anyway, great day - definitely hope to come back and do the whole thing soon.
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May 07 2017
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Mazatzal Peak LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2017
MSimmons
Hiking15.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.14 mph
3,200 ft AEG
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My first hike in the Mazatzals (and the Phoenix area generally.) We did the loop clockwise, which I thought worked well cause the scenery got better and better as we progressed, totally negating the weariness I might have suffered in a less spectacular setting. By the time we made it down into Barnhardt Canyon I was like :o :o :o . The topographical features were on a scale more like what I've experienced in Colorado than what I'm accustomed to in Tucson. Can't believe it took me so long to git up there! Especially considering that the drive from home, at about 3 hours, really isn't too painful.

Only regret was neglecting to sunscreen the backs of my legs. Didn't think to do so cause it was cool, windy, and fairly cloudy, but I was sleeping on my stomach that night.
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Apr 29 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Airmen PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2017
MSimmons
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,809 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.14 mph
1,809 ft AEG
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Went with a friend this afternoon to try Airmen. We ended up following the drainage all the way to the ridgeline, which was steep, but not horrible in terms of footing or vegetation, and with good views whenever I remembered to turn around. The summit's very cool: broad and flat, with lots of neat little areas to check out. Unique views from up there of Hollin Basin, the two Guthries, Green Mountain, and the highway as it snakes through Molino Canyon.
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Apr 22 2017
MSimmons
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 Tucson, AZ
Guthrie MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
MSimmons
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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Late afternoon hike up Guthrie from Hitchcock campground. Hot and dusty on the way up, perfectly idyllic on the way down. The view from Guthrie of the highway as it winds up to Windy Point is picture perfect.

Noticed on CalTopo that a nearby peak is labeled "Guthrie Mnt" and that Guthrie is labeled with just an elevation. Cartographical error? Two Guthries? Or am I crazy?
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Apr 15 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Drexel Heights Bushwhack, AZ 
Drexel Heights Bushwhack, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
MSimmons
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
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Went with a buddy for an afternoon bushwhack over a line of four little peaks that pop up out of the Drexel Heights neighborhood south of Tucson. Got there by going south on Mission, then taking a right on West Nebraska and parking at the end. The first peak was one I've noticed from the highway: a tilted shark-fin thing, almost like something out of Dr. Seuss. Next, just to the northwest, is one identified on CalTopo as 3196. Continuing along the ridge are two more little guys, higher than the first two. Had some beers up top and enjoyed views of Cat, Golden Gate, and the city.
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Mar 19 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Molino Basin to Peak 5005, AZ 
Molino Basin to Peak 5005, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
MSimmons
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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From Molino Basin my buddy and I went east (south) along the Arizona Trail and then bushwhacked off to Peak 5005, one of the small peaks northeast of Agua Caliente Hill. Because five-oh-oh-five was annoying to pronounce, we started calling it Soos (rhymes with "moose") Mountain.

The first leg, from the highway to the point at which we left the trial, was easy and beautiful. With its distinct green slope, our destination was prominent for much of this stretch. After about four miles, just past the turnoff to Bellota Ranch, the trail crosses a wash, which was where our bushwhack began. I posted a map with our route up drawn in red and our route down drawn in blue (respect the MS Paint skills!) Both routes were thick with shin daggers and other wonders of the desert, but the blue route, although less direct, was also less bushy/brambly. Honestly though they were both pretty rough, and if I do this again I'll be looking into an approach from the south, thank you very much.

That being said, the summit was really cool. Great views of Redington Pass, the Rincons, Agua Caliente, and Bassett Peak. Also spotted Chimney Rock. Because we'd found no cairns or anything on the way up, I was a bit surprised to find a summit log up there. Since 2003, five or six parties had signed it. After about 15 minutes, we experienced a very serious moment: a swarm of bees welling up out of no where. We got out of there, heads down, but as suddenly as they'd appeared, they were gone. We were nicely beat up by the time we made it back to the Arizona Trail, and the hike back up to the saddle overlooking Molino Basin whooped me thoroughly.
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Mar 12 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
MSimmons
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,212 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
2,212 ft AEG
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Nice afternoon/evening hike along Milagrosa Ridge and then east along the Arizona Trail for a bit. It was hot and tough at first, but leisurely and idyllic later on. I enjoyed seeing the small peaks northeast of Agua Caliente Hill, like 5005, which sports a remarkably green north slope.
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Feb 26 2017
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Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
MSimmons
Hiking20.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   1.48 mph
7,500 ft AEG
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Got a very early start up Esperero and met @jrousoshammond at Bridalveil Falls in time for coffee (he'd camped there Saturday night on his way from Pima to Sabino.) We set out for Cathedral around 8:30.

From Cathedral Saddle to the summit area was slow-going. Steep, ice-patchy, brushy, at times nerve-racking. It was also snowing on and off. There were cairns to follow, but I get the sense they mark more than one route. Directions for the route we ended up using are basically: (1) go straight up the little ridge from the saddle - there's a trail for this much; (2) when the trail fizzles and the ridge levels out, head to the next little ridge over to your right; (3) make for the line of cliffs which extends to the south of the summit rock; (4) meet the cliffs and take a right, following them northward; (5) as the cliffs come to an end, take a left to head up to the summit area.

Lots of neat formations to check out up there. The rope up to the very top was intact, but I wasn't comfortable going up. Still got great views of Pusch Ridge, Romero Canyon, Sabino Basin, and plenty more.

The the north leg of Cathedral Rock Trail was easy to follow, but steep and thorny. It was a relief to land down in West Fork, which must be the most lovely riparian area in the Catalinas. By the time we left the forest it was, in stark contrast to conditions up top, warm and sunny. The heavy flow made for one tedious crossing near Hutch's Pool, but other than that we were able to book it through West Fork and Sabino Canyon, and made it to the road *just* in time to catch the last tram back to the visitor's center :pray: .
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Feb 05 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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A prickly and occasionally precarious bushwhack through great, craggy ravines. Every bit as cool (and nasty) as it looks.

I was worried we might have trouble getting in on the dirt roads, but they were in decent shape, and we were able to drive right up to the mountain in my buddy's little Toyota. From there we just aimed for the saddles, and didn't have any trouble finding the route.

Actually hiking it however was not so easy. It's steep, scrappy, and mined with chollas, and the last leg, between the third saddle and the summit, is an exposed scramble, littered with all sorts of loose rock :scared: . I only made it halfway up that part - no shame, I hope, in playing it safe up there. My buddy was more comfortable, so I encouraged him to summit without me, and he banged out the that last 50 yards or so with what appeared to be little trouble.

The route down the Northern Gully was steep and brushy, but straightforward and relatively firm underfoot. There were a good number of dry waterfalls that required the old buttscoot. On the whole, I'd say it was my toughest bushwhack to date (and made tougher by some overzealous hanging out the night before :doh: ). But even without reaching the top there were great views along the way in all directions, and the jagged, almost violent topography was unlike anything I've hiked in the region.
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Jan 15 2017
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Agua Caliente Canyon Trail, AZ 
Agua Caliente Canyon Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2017
MSimmons
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Headed out in the rain from the end of Horse Head Rd, across the wash, and along the ridge trail to Gnat Tank and Point 3755. Not sure exactly what this trail's called, but it's basically the AC Canyon section of the La Milagrosa / AC Canyon Loop, and to see the clouds churning through that impressive canyon was well worth a very soggy drive home.
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Jan 07 2017
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Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,740 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
2,740 ft AEG
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My mum was visiting from Massachusetts and I wanted to take her on a fulfilling but not grueling hike, and one that really exemplified the beauty of the desert. AC was a fine choice.
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