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Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NM - 5 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 26 2019
jochal
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36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2019
jochal
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Ajo Mountain Drive was closed for the day due to road maintenance (delayed completion due to all the rain.) A couple we ran into at the visitor center and later on the Senita Basin Loop that highly recommended this as an alternative, so off we went. Really pretty canyon. Looks like the campground was seeing a lot of use despite the cold rainy weather.
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Feb 03 2018
vanillagorilla
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39 male
 Joined Apr 06 2017
 Tucson
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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vanillagorilla
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Very enjoyable hike. Drove out from Tucson, about 2.5 hours to go on a hike with the kiddos, about 2 hours. Not a terrible drive and a very enjoyable hike. It is very pretty in this area and I think the pictures only barely do it justice. A few campers and quite a few folks, many more than I expected, on the trail hiking and enjoying a beautiful day.
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Feb 22 2017
rwstorm
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72 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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rwstorm
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After a morning visit to Quitobaquito, I filled in some afternoon time by driving out to the primitive campground in Alamo Canyon. I had never been there and wanted to check it out. Now that I have seen it, that's where I want to camp when I go back in March in search of wildflowers. I stress "want" because there are only four sites, and they were all taken when I visited. I have nothing against the big developed CG by the visitor center, but this is more my speed...away from the crowd and RV's.
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Mar 14 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.04 mph
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Alamo Canyon – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – March 14th, 2014

After spending the morning on a Ranger Guided Tour of Quitobaquito (check out :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=29233 ), I thought I’d make the quick drive over to secluded Alamo Canyon to enjoy a quiet lunch (check out HAZ hike description :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1368 ). To my surprise, I encountered multiple vehicles on the access road and when I arrived at the trail head, I discovered that all 4 of the primitive camping sites (check out :next: http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/alamo-canyon.htm ) were occupied. I’ve visited Alamo Canyon multiple times and it’s been rare for me to see other people, let alone have a full primitive campground!

After I snapped a couple of quick images, one of the primitive campsites became empty. I wheeled my F-150 into the site to use the picnic table to make some lunch and jot a few notes on my iPad from the Quitobaquito trek. I noticed the people in the next site were on the Quitobaquito trek with me and struck up a conversation. Turns out one of them is a reporter from the LA Times and is writing an article about border park safety.

After a relaxing lunch I leisurely hike Alamo Canyon looking for some prospects I noted on a Topo map. Nothing exciting to report. Alamo Canyon was totally dry – another first as there always seemed to be water up near the corral and confluence.

I expected to see water in the usual spots with some choice wildflowers. Looks like I was a couple of weeks too late... :(

Nice to be able to get the unexpected “offer” to hitch a ride to Quitobaquito and wrap it up with some exploring of mining and ranching relics in and about Alamo Canyon.
85 images on iPhone 4S
61 images on Canon Rebel XT
16 images on Canon 7D
127 images on Canon 6D
289 TOTAL IMAGES
298 TOTAL MILES RETURN ON F-150


Maybe el Pinicate (the Mexican "sister park" to Organ Pipe Cactus NM) will be next on the "to do" list :next: http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/pinacate.htm
Or mountain biking the 21 mile Ajo Mountain Loop Drive :next: http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/d ... biking.htm
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Organ Pipe Cactus
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Fraley Pose
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brittlebush, brittlebush, brittlebush, plus an occasional desert marigold
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Mar 21 2010
writelots
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47 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2010
writelots
Hiking3.30 Miles 336 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   3 Hrs      1.10 mph
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Angela, Wayne and I headed up Alamo Canyon Sunday morning after our summit of Mt. Ajo to explore the ruins of the old ranch and to check out the scene up canyon. The remnants of the old ranch were fun to explore, though the ranchers I was hiking with couldn't figure out why the inhabitants had built their house downstream of the corrals. Dunno - but I suppose there was probably a reason ;)

Above the corrals Angela and I just followed the creek bed, boulder hopping and dodging for about three quarters of a mile further up stream (I think poor Wayne was broken from the climb the day before). It was slow going, but the canyon was incredible. It changed character about every 100 feet - with narrow, tree lined banks one minute, and wide open slick rock sections displaying incredible color the next. We kept being pulled on by the thought of "what's behind the next bend?". We ran into one other couple in the wash - and older lady and gentleman who said that they'd followed the "mountain route" into the canyon. Having no idea what they meant, we smiled and nodded and we went our separate ways.

When we hit our turn around time, we did just that and started hopping and scrambling back down canyon. We came to a spot where we'd spied a cairn earlier, and a trail going up the banks of the creek. We followed the track only to find the "mountain route" described by our friends. Much easier walking, with cool opportunities to view the canyon we'd just hiked through. The trail ended right at the corral - so if you're looking for it, just follow that corral fence around to the southeast.

Great morning hike, with shrimp, cheese and crackers for lunch. Gotta love it!
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Mar 21 2010
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2010
tibber
Hiking3.30 Miles 336 AEG
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I had this all done and then went to go check the spelling of phainopepla and lost the whole report. It was turning out pretty good too. So let me try again.

Sunday we packed up our vehicles, stopped by the Visitors Center and then drove 10 miles back up the 85 for our 4 mile drive to the Alamo Canyon TH. As we walked toward the ranch house we admired the desert all decked out in its green finery. The saguaros seemed particulary beautiful as were the teddy cholla. The wildflowers were limited except for lots of little yellow flowers of some sort and lots of small scorpion weed.

After enjoying the ruins of the ranch and group photos at the old pump, Wendy and I began boulder-hopping east up the mostly dry creek/wash. It was a fun trek as after/around each obstacle(s) we found a different kind of area whether it be a wider/narrower channel or more/less/different vegetation. What I particularly like is that most of the many bends are short and because of that, you are drawn to continually go see what's around the corner. Also, some of the bed rock was absolutely stunning in a couple areas; I think even Preston would be impressed. There was also this one place just out of the creek bed where we saw some really talllllll chain cholla trees;I'd say at least 15 feet. I was amazed.

It was funny though cuz as we are thinking we are kind of walking in less-traversed territory, we would find cairns. After going about 1.73 miles from the TH we turned around and headed back. Since earlier in the wash we had met a couple that had mentioned a trail above and as we approached a cairn in the middle of the drainage at about the 1.5 mile area, Wendy decided we should try the trail. We did a short climb out and south of the creek bed. If the trail started going too far up, we could always come back.

Well this turned out to be extremely rewarding as the views were great. Eventually we expected the trail to take us back to the creek but everytime we started going back down the trail would just keep going west. Once again we found some very interesting rock and the phainopeplas were dancing in and around us as well. We were absolutely delighted when we ended up at the corral, who knew? :D I would suggest that if you want to do some more walking, take the path past the corral rather than going into the creek/wash. This cairned trail will take you back to the creek where you can continue up or down it.

A video at the ranch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zdNNVFTJ74&feature=channel
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Feb 07 2010
cabel
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55 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2010
cabel
Hiking3.20 Miles 135 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.13 mph
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Feb 06 2010
cabel
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55 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Arch Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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cabel
Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
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Jan 23 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking3.60 Miles 135 AEG
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ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT

With this week's mega-rains and numerous reports of flooding, road closures, power outages, and other general chaos, I thought a trip to Organ Pipe might be a safe bet. To be sure, I sent a pre-dawn email to the Ranger's Office answered by Vivian Sartori;



All roads and trails are open. Ajo Mountain Drive and Puerto Blanco Drive have been graded. Alamo may have some big puddles in the road, and the stream is running! You should be able to access everything you are planing to hike. Come see us - this place is always beautiful after a big rain.

Vivian Sartori
Division of Interpretation
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
#10 Organ Pipe Drive
Ajo, AZ 85321

(520) 387-6849 x 7304



With that positive report, Lynn and I packed up the F-150 and headed for Alamo Canyon and Arch Canyon. This gave me a chance to try out a couple of last week's birthday presents - renewal of my Annual National Parks Pass http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm and a new Mountainsmith Spectrum Camera Backpack http://www.travelgearblog.com/archive/m ... kpack.html

Alamo Canyon was first arriving at the TH noon-ish. The dirt & gravel road to the trail head had a couple of major puddles we blasted through with a little bit of wheel spinning. I was shocked to see a little Honda Civic at the TH (how'd that get through those mud holes?). At the TH you could hear gurgling water from the flow in the canyon. That "babbling brook" sound provided the background soundtrack for the entire hike.

Rains are "greening-up" just about everything particularly the Alamo Canyon brittlebush. Expect there to be a sea of yellow in the coming weeks.

We headed up to the corral and beyond turning back after a couple of hours. Couple of creek crossing required removing the hiking boots. Yikes! Water was cold :o

Organ Pipe Cactus NM and the border areas to the west have always held a special fascination for me. Serendipity or unexpected coincidence that a couple of my favorite Organ Pipe image masters 1a. http://gallery.me.com/petedykinga#10021 ... olor=black 2a. http://thanks.arizona.edu/anseladams/ just happen to have special events this week I'm trying to attend 1b. http://cabezaprieta.org/events.php 2b. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/exhibi ... ladams.php Jack Dykinga is presenting a photo lecture in Ajo AZ on 1/26 and Ansel Adams members only preview at Phoenix Art Museum.


:)
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Feb 14 2009
vjchristi
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41 female
 Joined Sep 23 2004
 Boise, ID
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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vjchristi
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Went on a ranger guided hike early in the AM. The weather was fantastic and the flowers are getting ready to explode! :)

Nice short hike with some pools of water near the corral.
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Mar 07 2008
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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I did this hike on the way back from Arch Canyon.This was a nice easy hike with a little running water at the end.Lot of cactus and flowers. Thanks to Randall again for the hike info.
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Mar 07 2008
Crzy4AZ
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47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Very nice area to visit with wildflowers in bloom. Easy walking. The rocks past the ranching ruins are perfect for lunch.

The turn off for Alamo Canyon Rd is between mile marker 65 and 66.
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Feb 02 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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A day at Organ Pipe National Monument with Lynn. Plan "A" was to explore the 50 mile Puerto Blanco Drive. Discovered only 5 miles of this route is open due to border security issues. Oh well, always gotta have a Plan "B" and had Alamo Canyon as a back-up plan. Wonderful hike that appears relatively unknown. Only saw a Border Patrol truck when we arrived at the trail head and a retired couple checking out the primitive camp sites when we completed the hike.
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Nov 25 2007
kbunny
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49 female
 Joined Nov 19 2010
 chicago/chandler
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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kbunny
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Easy hike in a gorgeous setting with interesting ruins. We were the only ones on the trail in the pre-sunset hours. You are basically hiking up a dry creekbed with small connectors to ruin sites. It is possible (though maybe not advisable) to continue up the creekbed a ways with a little boulder scrambling - in fact I went several hundred yards this way before I realized the trail had run out.
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Jan 19 1996
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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After Mt Ajo we camped near Alamo Wash and did the loop up the wash and back.
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Jan 19 1996
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Ajo PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 1996
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
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Did this with my brother - his flight was a few hours late so we got a late start from PHX. We stopped in Gila Bend around midnight for a late dinner and then drove south. We took a side road and camped under a few Palo Verdes - I think we were inside the bombing range but hadn't noticed in the dark :scared: We had a great breakfast at a little cafe in the square in Ajo then hit the trail and peak and then camped over at Alamo Wash. Great views from the top.
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