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62 triplogs
Feb 08 2016
MSimmons
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33 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Thimble PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking22.44 Miles 4,205 AEG
Hiking22.44 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.73 mph
4,205 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
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This was a big old Sabino/Bear Loop, with excursions to Sycamore Reservoir and Thimble Peak. The day begin with a robust discussion concerning whether we ought to begin the loop through Sabino or Bear. We eventually settled on the latter, and following this worthy exercise in rational discourse, we totally whiffed the plan by missing the Bear Canyon turnoff. So clockwise it was!

We expected East Fork Trail to stick to the crick, so we were surprised when, shortly after the Palisades Trail turnoff, we found ourselves ascending the southern wall of the basin. The views of Cathedral Rock during this little climb were awesome, and before long we were up on the ridge that divides the Sabino Canyon basin area from the Sycamore Reservoir basin area. I'd assumed these two valleys were continuous, but they are indeed separated, with water flowing west along East Fork Trail and east along Sycamore Reservoir Trail. For lunch we popped down to Sycamore Reservoir. A shady and pleasant spot, with a nicely framed view of Thimble Peak.

The trail from Bear Canyon up to Thimble Peak was scruppy but reasonably distinct. It was also pretty gainy, and with over 10 miles already behind us, there MAY have been some B+M'ing at this point. Entirely worth it, of course. The meadow around the summit is a skyborn oasis, with Thimble Rock looming like a watchtower at the periphery. We didn't attempt to scale the rock, but the view even from its base must be one of the best in the Catalinas, with views of Mt Kimball, Window Peak, Cathedral Rock, Lemmon Canyon, Mt Lemmon, the Mt Lemmon Hwy, and countless other spectacular features.

Seven Falls was really chuggin, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the best part of the descent was that fourteen-inch cheesesteak (with jalapenos) that immediately followed.
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Jan 30 2016
MSimmons
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,740 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.25 mph
2,740 ft AEG
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Pleased to be posting for the first time on this wonderful resource.

We got a late start (left the lot at 4:15) and descended after dark. Not a bad way to do this very open hike, I'd say. I was struck by Cat Track Tank, which on this day contained more water than I'd ever seen collected in these mountains (excepting Hutch's Pool and Rose Canyon Lake). Shortly thereafter we were up at the saddle, and from there the push to the summit was awesome. With the wind picking up and the sun headed down, the grassy ridge was like a purple savanna, heaving and swelling, suspended a thousand feet in the air. We arrived at the the top about ninety seconds before the sun disappeared behind the Tucsons and on the way down were treated to a remarkably clear reflection of the sky, dense with stars, in the still water of the tank.
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