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Jan 01 2017
MSimmons
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 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ 
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ
 
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Backpack22.36 Miles 5,265 AEG
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After a few months without time or energy for anything but little 1-2 mile jaunts up Pontatoc Ridge it was great to get out for a real adventure. A hard night at Juniper Basin (found my boots frozen stiff in the morning :lol: ) was rewarded with fresh snow and blue sky on Tanque Verde Peak. Lemmon, Mica, Rincon, and Wrightson were all looking fresh, frosty, and grand.
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Nov 12 2016
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Alamo Springs Spur LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,287 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.73 mph
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Been busy with work stuff, so it was great to get out and do a lovely and very chill little loop. Arrived at the high point of the right around sunset, and the colors were fantastic.
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Oct 16 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Bren MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,609 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
1,609 ft AEG
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My buddy and I were headed down the Yetman Trail to do Golden Gate when at the last minute we decided to try something new and made for the summit of the smaller mountain to the northeast. Only learned later what it called. We started up from the southwest side, which was pretty steep and required some scrambling on all fours. Lots of fun though, and it didn't take more than an hour to reach the summit. Great views that morning of the Catalinas and the Tucsons. Since the ascent had been steep and rubbley we decided to try going down another way, via the northwest slope, which luckily wasn't as steep and had a fairly clear little wash to follow. At the bottom was a trail that looped around the north side of the mountain and met back up with the Yetman Trail.

"Very Mucho" burritos at El Guero Canelo for breakfast afterward.
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Oct 02 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.25 mph
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I had planned on hiking outside of Tucson, but after a difficult conference call with my accounts man in London, tax man in Zurich, and legal team in DC, it became clear that it was either gas money for a drive to the Huachucas or the week's beer money. And it occurred to me that, gosh, it's been a while since I've done Kimball...

Also did Little Kimball for the first time. Nothing amazing I thought, but glad to have nabbed it. Earlier in the day I'd thought about going for the Finger Rock Quadfecta: Linda Vista, Little Kimball, Kimball, and the Finger Rock Guard. But that would have been no picnic, and I wasn't exactly in brilliant form. And there were storms lurking off in every direction. Any my shoes are falling apart!
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Sep 18 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Butterfly Trail #16 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Went with a buddy late afternoon from the Palisades lot down to Novio Spring. Weather was spot-on, even beginning to feel a bit like Autumn in the shade of the ridge...
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Sep 11 2016
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking14.50 Miles 2,750 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   8 Hrs      1.81 mph
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Great, great hike. I know I was supposed to hold off until Autumn, but lemme tell ya it ain't too bad in late summer either. And now I have an excuse to go back!

Left Tucson late Saturday night. The drive was less than three hours. Shortly after pulling onto FR660 (which on Google Maps is identified as a continuation of Ash Creek Rd) I drove up to a rocky running creek. No doubt if a gruff Texan (who knows I have important things to get done) had narrated the attempt, I could have driven through no problemo. But being alone in the middle of nowhere and the night, I decided against the Silverado-commercial approach, and just pulled off there to sleep.

The next morning was another mile and half to the trailhead. I walked, but if the water had been little lower I think it would have been drivable. The sign at the trailhead pictured in the description is all busted up, but you can still read "Divide Trail". I had some trouble at the beginning there, soaking my feet and loosing the trail more than once. Actually the whole Ash Creek Canyon section is kinda rough, trailwise. Lots of overgrowth, lots of blowdowns, lots of damned confounding creek crossings. Luckily there's this black irrigation tube that runs the length of the canyon, which I found super helpful (even if it's only visible intermittently.) And anyway it was totally worth any trouble. The forest in there is really wonderful, and I definitely hope to check it out again after the colors have changed :FG: .

That trusty tube terminates in a tank about three miles up the canyon. Sad, as I'd become quite attached to it. Around there is a big right turn which leads up out of the canyon, and after all this dense, lush stuff, suddenly you're out in the open, switchbacking up a desert ridge. And the peak looms :worthy:

The views along the ridgeline are pretty ridiculous. A tangle of canyons and ridges in the foreground. To the east, an expansive and almost faultless plain stretching out to Mt Graham and Pinalenos (shafts of light shone through the clouds above it that morning, I kid you not.) To the west, the San Pedro River, which I've been admiring all summer from the backside of Lemmon, and which was a trip to see from the opposite side, with my recent stomping grounds in the background. And so much more! Check out chumley's awesome panoramas from 2015-11-14 to get an idea. Also saw the bomber wreckage. It hadn't occurred to me what day it was until then.

The final ascent is a bit hairy, with some easy-to-miss switchbacks and two or three precarious sand slides. I was uncertain about when to leave the trail and make for the summit, but when the time came it was pretty obvious, and not a bad 'shwack. Lots of flies up top though, so I had lunch back at the trail.

I also really enjoyed the drive back to I-10. Since I'd come in well after dark the night before, I was seeing the farmland, the green hills, and the mountains for the first time. Made me happy to live in Arizona.
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Sep 05 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Green Mountain/Brush Corral Loop, AZ 
Green Mountain/Brush Corral Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2016
MSimmons
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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A cool, calm loop for a hot, busy day. We hit it late afternoon when good chunks of the trail were in the shade. Exceptionally breezy too. The side trip to Maverick Spring was worthwhile - though the spring itself is nothing much, there's some nice little groves along the way.

The early evening views of Green Mountain, Barnum Rock, Leopold Point, and out over San Pedro were not too bad at all.
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Aug 21 2016
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Reef of Rock Thing, AZ 
Reef of Rock Thing, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2016
MSimmons
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
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Drove up with a buddy and did two little Lemmontop hikes this morning, one mile and one hour each (give or take - I'm eyeballing the numbers.)

1) To Point 8012: About a quarter mile past the ski area is a hairpin turn with a couple parking spots, and, heading due north, a scrappy but straightforward route to the top of Reef of Rock, Point 8012 on CalTopo. Great views out there of the whole Canada del Oro basin area, which were particularly satisfying to behold after making the Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro circuit last weekend.

2) To Point 8686: Hopped in the car and drove up the road another quarter mile to a parking pull-off on the left. Across the street is a faint trail that switchbacks up to a small ridge parallel the road. We were off-trail for a while after that initial ascent, and on the way back, realized we'd missed a turn (built up a cairn at that point for future reference.) Even after meeting up with the trail a little ways down the ridge, this proved tougher going than our first hike. Steeper, more overgrown, with less stable footing. Neat destination though, with views similar to those on 8012, but now including Reef of Rock and a bit of Pusch Ridge. Just to the west is an impressive prominence surrounded by awesome cliffs.

It was a lucky morning. I had noticed these points on the map, but had no idea whether or not they were accessible. We just drove up the mountain hoping for the best. Fortunately, we found these two trails, and they ended up being just the right amount of time and work!
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Aug 14 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
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MSimmons
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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This was a little expansion on the Red Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop. Parked at the very top of Lemmon and took Aspen Draw down to the road, and then the road down to Oracle Ridge. With all the recent rain, everything out there was delightfully green. At Catalina Camp someone had fittingly left a paperback copy of the eating-your-pals-in-the-mountains classic "Alive".

The highlight of the day for me came a bit later, out on the northern leg of Red Ridge Trail, where the views of Reef of Rock are just awesome :worthy:

The first few miles of Canada del Oro were a nice stroll through an exceptionally wide riparian strip. Later on things became a bit tedious, with tricky path-finding, scruggley overgrowth, and loads of buggos. I don't recall it being quite as bad last year. By the time we made it out of the canyon, I had this annoying headache going (don't know why because my legs and lungs felt good and I was drinking plenty of water!) which kept me from really enjoying the cool, sunny afternoon and beautiful pine forests :stretch:

Still, a good day and a grand loop!
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Jul 20 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Franconia Ridge TrailDartmouth-Lake Sunapee, NH
Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, NH
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MSimmons
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.67 mph
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After driving from Tucson to Colorado for Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn and later a great hang around Boulder, I left the car in Denver and flew to New Hampshire. I grew up hiking in the White Mountains of that state and it was nice to be back.

Squeezed in a good number of smaller hikes with family and old buds during the week I spent up there, but I'm just posting the biggest for posterity (with best guesses of distance and gain).

The Franconia Ridge Trail runs parallel to I-93 and Franconia Notch, and traverses four major peaks: Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, and Lafayette - all of which I've done before, but never in a day. The Flume Slide Trail, which takes you from the notch up to the ridge, begins with a long and leisurely woodswalk, and then shoots headlong up the mountainside in a pugnacious stretch of trail that felt like a muddy, leafy Pusch Peak.

The ridge trail begins below tree line and becomes more open (and more crowded) as you head north. Famous views up there. Famous wind too - even on a fine day such as it was I faced gusts that must have exceeded forty miles an hour. As planned, I met my mom on the summit of the last and highest peak of the day, Lafayette. She's out to bag all the four-thousand footers in New Hampshire (the class of peaks one bags in those parts) and had come with a friend up the Skookumchuck Trail, a little hiked and delightfully named route that approaches Lafayette from the north. I went down with them, and they took me back to where I'd parked in the morning.

What I adore most about that region are the enchanted forests. A fanciful way of putting it perhaps, but when you get into those dense and ancient woods, animated by rushing water and sunlight that shines in shafts through the rustling canopy, no word feels more fitting.
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Jul 10 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Knagge Trail #18Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
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Squeezed in one last Lemmon ramble before hitting the road on Tuesday to meet @jrousoshammond in Colorado :y:

Took the Knagge Trail down past the old cabin junk (that's all it was I'm afraid) to a wooded ridge about two miles out. It was a tough and variegated little hike, with nice views of the San Pedro Basin and Green Mountain. The trail was easy enough to follow as far as that wooded ridge, but I lost it around there and turned back. Before heading back to the car I took Incinerator Ridge out to Barnum Rock. Everything along the ridge, near and far, was beautiful in the bright, clear light of early evening.
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Jul 03 2016
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Brush Corral Trail #19Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Last summer I got acquainted with the trails on Lemmon's north side, and this summer it's been the east side. Carried on with that little project this morning, hiking down Brush Corral for probably three and half miles, turning back when route-finding started to get serious. Still got my gas money's worth, workout-wise! The last half mile or so is like non-stop switchbacks.

I really enjoy the grassy mountains and long valleys that form Lemmon's eastern flank - less dramatic perhaps than other sections of the range, but no less beautiful.
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Jun 25 2016
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Guthrie MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
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Really nice to hike in some cool, drizzly weather 8) - turned back though just before reaching the peak when the thunder and lightning picked up.
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Jun 18 2016
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Butterfly Trail #16 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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I did a big chunk of this for the first time last weekend and spent all week looking forward to doing the loop. But...I got lost walking the dirt roads around Mt. Bigelow, confused about what intersection was what, and what towers were what, and didn't find my way to a trailhead till pretty late in the day ](*,) .

Still a really nice afternoon hike. Perfect temps, beautiful light. I started at the Mt. Bigelow end had time to go as far as the Davis Spring turnoff, and then down Davis Spring for a quarter mile or so. Steep and scrappy stuff, but I'd love to try and go further one day. Heading back the way I'd come, I stopped for a while to admire what I guess is Edgar Canyon and the San Pedro drainage basin - very very cool stuff and unlike anything to be seen on the front side.

The dirt road trek back to the car - which I'd hoped but failed avoid - ended up being rather wonderful. Families and friends were settled at every site, and I felt like a happy pilgrim to Anytown, USA. That, with the long evening light and some peaceful mountain music on the old IPod, made for pleasant strolling indeed.
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Jun 11 2016
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Crystal Spring to Butterfly, AZ 
Crystal Spring to Butterfly, AZ
 
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MSimmons
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
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A really pleasant two-car hike, first along Crystal Spring Trail with its lush, dappled thickets, and then through the charming forests of Butterfly Trail. Great views all afternoon of Oracle Ridge, Mt. Bigelow, and the "backside" canyons. I was reminded at moments of the nearby Oracle/Red Ridge Loop, which I'd say is a better workout, but not as beautiful.

We also made a quick side trip up and over to Butterfly Peak, which wasn't all that much for views but did make for a nice little workout. I was planning to bushwhack along the ridge out to the peak, but, happily, there was a perfectly good trail.

And we saw bear tracks in the mud on Crystal Spring Trail, which I thought was preeeeeetty cool.
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Jun 06 2016
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Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf AZ, AZ 
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf AZ, AZ
 
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Hiking16.00 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
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Thanks to joebartels, the_eagle, and tortoise-hiker for the route!

Pretty phenomenal area. I had seen pictures of the hoodoos, but I didn't realize how massive many of them are, nor how diverse. Most striking though was the otherworldly quality of the place, particularly Echo Canyon and the Heart of Rocks...it's...freaky...and awesome.

Two firsts for me: (1) AZ hike outside Tucson, and (2) coati sighting :DANCE: - he was having a leisurely rummage around the gulch below Mushroom Rock.
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May 28 2016
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Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Backpack16.80 Miles 4,700 AEG
Backpack16.80 Miles   20 Hrs      2.10 mph
4,700 ft AEG   12 Hrs    Break
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Spent the night at Bridalveil Falls and then climbed up to Window Peak in the morning. Not sure what I like most about this trail - the lovely, peaceful, riparian stuff down in Esperero Canyon or the super dramatic stuff further on. About the first few miles however I've got nothing nice to say. On the way in, I just remembered how great it becomes once one makes it into Esperero Canyon. And on the way out...well there's no choice but to keep cursing and carry on.

There wasn't even a trickle at Bridalveil Falls, and the dry base was dense with wasps and flies. I carried in my water so it was cool though. The next day I met a couple dudes who had heard that water can sometimes be found in pools above the falls, which sounded plausible cause I had heard frogs (I think) croaking around up there the night before.

Didn't go to the absolute summit of Window, just to some flat, lower rocks (those on the right as you look up at the peak from the high point of the trail proper.) Also went out onto that little ridge which juts out to the southeast - there's a trail of sorts leading out there, and it was worth checking out. Looking down into massive Montrose Canyon on the way back, I thought, wishfully, about how sweet it would be if a trail ran up it, connecting Catalina State Park directly with Esperero...
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May 22 2016
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Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,717 AEG
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Perfect sunny/breezy afternoon for a beer with a buddy up at Linda Vista. Hiked with my pack and camping stuff to practice for some overnighters in the coming months, and explored for the first time some of the ridge past the saddle.
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Feb 28 2016
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Pontatoc Canyon Trail #410Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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I've been hoping to do this whole trail for a while, but with a late start and under some pretty intense sunshine I only made it to my usual stopping point, where the trail drops back into the canyon at the base of the big cliff. Still a tough enough outing to justify grilling steaks and bratwurst later that evening, if you ask me.

Has anyone been further recently? Without a GPS, is it possible to follow the trail/cairns to a point from which you can look down into Ventana Canyon?
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Feb 21 2016
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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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Hiking21.23 Miles 6,970 AEG
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OK this was actually like two miles short of the Lemmon summit: up Romero Canyon to Mt. Lemmon Trail, past the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff, and stopping at the "Sutherland Hump", where Mt Lemmon Trail meets Sutherland Trail. Earlier I was thinking about the doing a Romero-Sutherland Loop, but it sounds like Sutherland is in rough shape, and I thought beeetter not go that alone.

Romero Canyon Trail must be one of the most beautiful in the Catalinas. And nicely cairned through those sections after the pools where it flirts with the creek. There were however a good number of fallen trees and stabby pokeys obstructing the way around there - no biggy going up, quite annoying coming down. Near the pass, I met a guy out with his dogs, whom he was tracking with his GPS. I could hear them barking in the distance, and it sounded like they were having an absolute blast out there. We were within the bighorn management area (at the edge thereof, granted), but I didn't mention anything...

I'd never been to Romero Pass, and at first, to be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed. Clearly a significant point, but with relatively limited views. It wasn't long though before the whelms surged over. To anyone planning a hike just up to the pass, I'd definitely recommend going a few hundred yards further along the Mt. Lemon Trail, where the views of Sabino Basin and Cathedral Rock are dramatically improved.

The section between the pass and the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff was tough, but actually not as tough as I'd been lead to believe. I had more trouble further along due to patchy snow, knee-deep at moments. I got some much needed encouragement on the home stretch when I met a gentleman on his way back from the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff who let me know that I was very close to Sutherland Hump.

It'd be epic to do that extra four miles and conquer Lady Lemmon in a day. Out of my league at this point - I was really sloggin' by the end of this one - but probably not an impossible goal...
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