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Oct 06 2019
jladderud
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 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2019
jladderud
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,542 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   2.79 mph
4,542 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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The CDO trail is one of my new favorites on Mt Lemmon -- beautiful riparian environment! Neat to side trail and see Catalina Camp, too. I need to learn the story behind that. Wouldn't want to shelter there -- lots of rodent poop (and Hantavirus??). Saw plenty of bear scat, but no bears.
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May 25 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
jladderud
Hiking26.30 Miles 6,079 AEG
Hiking26.30 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   3.66 mph
6,079 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hadn't done this in a few years, so when a close friend suggested it, I decided it was high time to give my legs another pounding. We made it up Cathedral in about 3:45--the cairns from the saddle were abundant and helpful. The ropes to the inner sanctum (I think that's what people have been calling it on here??) and to the summit block were in usable condition with adequate anchors (I free soloed up, inspecting as I went--then my partner used the ropes). Still waiting for the day I get to see an Arizona Black Rattlesnake--the critters were scarce today. We jogged once we got to the West Fork trail. Stopped for a refreshing dip in Hutch's Pool, then jogged out via the tram road. We added a bit at the end to make it an "ultra marathon" distance. Stats are from my partner's Garmin Fenix watch. I don't see how there could be 7000+ feet of AEG on this route.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hutch's Pool 76-100% full 76-100% full
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May 19 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
The Triple Crown of Alvernon, AZ 
The Triple Crown of Alvernon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2019
jladderud
Hiking11.30 Miles 5,300 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   1.73 mph
5,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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Since the beginning of the year I've been scheming of linking up Pontatoc Ridge, Mt Kimball, and Finger Rock. Now that the sheep closure is lifted, I did that today with an overdose of type-2 fun. I followed the Pontatoc Ridge trail, then bushwhacked up the (sometimes class-4 chossy) ridge line a couple miles to Little Kimball, hopped on the trail to summit Mt Kimball, then bush whacked down to Finger Rock and free soloed it before heading back down the Finger Rock trail to the trailhead. Highlights include seeing a Gila Monster and seeing a summit log entry from 1970 on Peak 5783. Lows included being dehydrated and feeling guilty about free soloing Finger Rock (I've done it before; but at this point in my life it seems unnecessarily risky--not doing it again). If any of you out there are crazy enough to try this link up, a couple (obvious) suggestions that I should have heeded: bring more than 2L of water, bring a buddy, don't free solo Finger Rock (Finger Rock Guard is a safer alternative).
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May 05 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Cat MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
jladderud
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,623 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.27 mph
1,623 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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Partners none no partners
Bagged this along with Little Cat. Started on the Explorer trail. Took the northwest ridge up Cat and down a cairned trail on the northeast gulley. Little Cat was a bit chossier.
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May 04 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Valentine Peak, AZ 
Valentine Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2019
jladderud
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,683 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.54 mph
2,683 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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Followed the Pima Canyon trail for ~4 miles before breaking of south and summitting Valentine Peak. Found lots of choss, 4th class climbing, and a summit register. A new Catalina peak for me!
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Apr 06 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
jladderud
Hiking9.70 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.90 mph
4,400 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Felt good to take a lap on this one again. The wildflowers are amazing!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Apr 04 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
jladderud
Hiking4.65 Miles 2,240 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.21 mph
2,240 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Went after work as I attempt to get my leg strength and cardio back after recovering from a fractured pelvis. The wildflowers were delightful. But the coolest part was coming across a gila monster on the way down!
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So many flowers--especially where the trail breaks off to head to the summit!
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Feb 23 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
The Window via VentanaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
jladderud
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.43 mph
2,700 ft AEG
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Was hoping to make a visit back to the Window with all the fresh snow. I followed tracks to Maiden Pools, then made my own tracks another few miles before turning around at 5750' (about 5 miles up the trail). At that point I was post-holing 12" or more and my feet were cold and wet! A bit slower going than my last time up this trail (even than times I've done it with a little snow). Whereas the ascent was walking in a winter wonderland, the descent was slogging through slush, which transitioned to mud, and plenty of stream crossings. It's melting fast!
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Feb 02 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Bushmaster Peak - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
jladderud
Hiking4.46 Miles 1,995 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.55 mph
1,995 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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Having warmed up on Golden Gate Mountain, we made our way to the Gates Pass parking lot and explored the Tower Peak/Bushmaster Loop. We found some trails and cairns, and did some bushwhacking. The descent off Bushmaster via the gully to the east/southeast was not the most enjoyable. But the ridge line prior was rad, and we saw a crested saguaro--our second on the day!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 02 2019
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Golden Gate MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
jladderud
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   1.53 mph
1,318 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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We started from the Yetman trailhead and made our own way up the peak, following a ridge on the northern side of the peak. We followed a cairned trail down, which made things easier. Eventually we connected with the Yetman trail at 32.21168, -111.09856. We also saw a crested saguaro!
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Nov 03 2018
jladderud
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29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
The Thumb from Campbell TrailheadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Nov 03 2018
jladderud
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hike & Climb6.20 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   1.40 mph
2,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
Solo I  • Trad • 5.2 Granite Good
 
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Did this in conjunction with Rosewood Point. Didn't think I was going to get the summit based on trying and backing off from a couple of chossy lines on the northeast part of the Thumb. Eventually tried the chimney that I had been eyeing originally (but that looked less promising from afar) and low and behold it was the only feasible option for me to summit. A fun adventure!
P.S. This is my first Trail Guide on HAZ, so don't judge too harshly :scared:
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Nov 02 2018
jladderud
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 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch Peak TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2018
jladderud
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,783 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.82 mph
2,783 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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I was going to do an out-and-back from Pima Canyon. But then I got tired of shin daggers and cat claw and it was getting a little dark so I headed down the trail towards Linda Vista and hailed a Lyft back to my car. Ah the conveniences of the 21st century!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
A fair number of blooms above 4000'. Mostly yellow, but also some white and purple (no idea what species--not my area of expertise).
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Oct 14 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Jawline Traverse, AZ 
Jawline Traverse, AZ
 
Hike & Climb avatar Oct 14 2018
jladderud
Hike & Climb11.20 Miles 3,650 AEG
Hike & Climb11.20 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.56 mph
3,650 ft AEG
Solo II X  • 5.8 Not good
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I went up Pima Canyon past Pima Spring before cutting uphill west towards a saddle. Then I headed south along the Wolf's Teeth ridgeline, hitting all the high points including Peak 5985 and ending at Table Tooth. Route finding was difficult and included several 5th class down climbs on exposed and loose rock. I would not recommend this route due to the high amount of objective danger.
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Aug 26 2018
jladderud
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29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Hopkins LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2018
jladderud
Hiking18.50 Miles 5,400 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   3.42 mph
5,400 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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First time up Hopkins. Great workout. Lots of flowers. The Super Trail is in great shape for running.
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Huge diversity and abundance of flowers
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Aug 16 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Bren MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2018
jladderud
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,609 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.67 mph
1,609 ft AEG
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Fun off-trail scramble from Gates Pass parking lot. Impending darkness and advancing storm made it a little dicey.
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Jun 24 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Jun 24 2018
jladderud
Hike & Climb10.30 Miles 4,914 AEG
Hike & Climb10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.35 mph
4,914 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
Solo I  • 5.6
 
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Pro: Double Runner
Having looked at this finger for 4 years and having been on the Guard and both summits of Prominent Point, I thought it was high time that I summit. Left the TH at 5:40AM. Got to the saddle at the base of the guard in 90 minutes. Then I had to find my way to the base of the finger. I'd tried this twice before but was unsuccessful. This time I made it. It seems that skirting right at the base of the rock face on the guard is the easiest route. From there I free soloed pitch 1 in tennis shoes. Then I figured I might as well put on climbing shoes and a harness since I brought them with me. I attached two double runners to the single bolt on the crux move and to my harness--not as safe for catching a fall as a rope would be; but I didn't plan on falling ;) The crux was no harder than 5.7 and from there I unclipped and soloed up to the summit. I did this in reverse on the way down. I brought a few cams and some slings/cordalette with the thought that I might aid up some parts; but found that I didn't need them. Next time I'll bring at most a harness/shoes/double runner. For reference, I can generally on-site 5.10 climbs on lead.

Once I was back down at the saddle at the base of the guard I decided that I still had energy so I proceeded up the ridge to Mt Kimball. There's no trail; but it wasn't too much of a bush whack. The vegetation is thin enough that I made good time. From there I hiked/jogged back down the Finger Rock trail to the parking lot, arriving just before 11.

I posted my GPX track and tried to link it but I'm not seeing it show up as an alternate route on the Finger Rock Summit or Mt Kimball pages. Perhaps an admin can help with that?
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May 12 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Josephine PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
jladderud
Hiking10.10 Miles 3,240 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.45 mph
3,240 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Nice trail until the turn off towards Riley Saddle. Then the "trail" is rather overgrown, and even absent in places. But it's not to hard to route find by just sticking to the ridge.
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May 06 2018
jladderud
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 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Safford and Panther Peaks LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2018
jladderud
Hiking5.30 Miles 2,224 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.73 mph
2,224 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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We did the loop clockwise, hitting Safford, then Panther. Some fun opportunities for 4th/5th class scrambling between the two peaks. It was pretty darn hot by the time we finished around 10:30. There is a nice spot for breakfast just down the road!
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Apr 21 2018
jladderud
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 17
 Triplogs 38

29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
jladderud
Hiking4.65 Miles 2,240 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   3.13 mph
2,240 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Quick jaunt up for some morning exercise. Trail is in good condition. Parking lot was completely full at 8:30 on a Saturday morning so I had to park down the road.
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Apr 08 2018
jladderud
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29 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Organ Needle 9012Southwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
jladderud
Hiking7.38 Miles 4,335 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.29 mph
4,335 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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I come out to Las Cruces annually for work and last year I looked longingly at this range without the time or knowledge for peak bagging. This year I came early... well, not too early. I rolled into the Dripping Springs visitors center at 11 AM to get a parking pass and check that my GPS route made sense with the rangers' knowledge. I was promptly told that it was too late for me to summit ](*,) The ranger quoted me 5 hours one way. Challenge accepted! I parked at La Cueva. 1:45 later I was on the summit. One of the steeper trails I've been on (steeper than Mt. Kimball in Tucson). I hung out a bit on the summit before returning back to my car. I checked in with the rangers for good measure. My third summit in three days (Guadelupe Peak on Saturday and Florida Peak on Friday)!
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