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East Fork Trail #24A - 18 members in 70 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 11 2021
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Box Camp - Palisade LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking16.00 Miles 4,501 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   2.96 mph
4,501 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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one of the few long hikes open up there. i parked at palisade TH and ran up organization ridge road and catalina highway to the box camp TH.

the forested section of box camp is more than half burnt. the middle section clearly sees little traffic and there are manzanita growing over a few key narrow sections. will be hard to pass before too much longer in a couple spots.

easy mile on east fork.

the lower and mid part of palisade is in good shape. up higher where the trees normally start is mostly nuked until the last mile or so.

beautiful weather and i had a good time out there. have not done this loop in a long time. probably can't recommend it though, unless you are a catalina die hard. lot of fire damage
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May 01 2021
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 phoenix, az
Azt #11 & #12, AZ 
Azt #11 & #12, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2021
trekkin_gecko
Backpack34.00 Miles 7,521 AEG
Backpack34.00 Miles2 Days         
7,521 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
these two passages have been on the list, partly because john would now be finished with 1-19
i love the sky island terrain, and most of the trails would be new to me
drove to gordon hirabayashi and got going around 0700 saturday morning
a nice downhill to begin, with the realization that we had a lot of elevation gain ahead of us
stopped at hutch's pool to filter and snack, then headed up west fork
john flushed out a nice sized coatimundi somewhere along here
there was a little bit of poison ivy on this section
a moderate grade on good trail until romero pass
good views, but a lot of burned area and very windy there
mount lemmon trail is steep - a challenge all the way to wilderness of rocks
we had planned to camp right at 15 miles, but someone was in the best spot so we went on
found a good campsite near lemmon creek around 1500 and set up
i read, john napped, we filtered water, cooked dinner and were in our tents before dark :lol:
a lot of aeg saturday
up early sunday, coffee and breakfast while breaking camp
usually our second day is shorter - not this time
set out around 0700 again with an uphill to marshall gulch
nice downhill, then the walk through summerhaven (where nothing was open) to the start of oracle ridge
it was extremely windy sunday, with gusts pushing us sideways and blowing up dust and soot
this section was badly burned, and the trail was rocky
that, and a lot of up and down along the ridgeline made for slower going
passed by rice peak, and didn't go up due to time constraints
no water along here either, and we carried extra from camp
the tank was pretty green, but we filtered a liter anyway
the last three miles of this stretch is on the very smooth cody trail, gradually downhill
finished up just before 1500, about an 18 mile day
john's wife janie was waiting for us, and shuttled us back to my car
a big shout out and thank you to janie for making this combo possible
the shuttle is very time consuming, driving all the way around mt. lemmon
another two sections, making 15 for me in just the past year :)
i have a few gaps to fill in on the southern passages
i've enjoyed tagging along with john on these
random thoughts:
hard to describe how much of the santa catalinas burned in the bighorn fire last year
probably 30 of our 34 miles were burned to some degree
always good to practice backpacking
i would have traded my book for a chair
cinched up my quilt correctly and was toasty warm all night
it's nice to have a light pack but there are trade offs
we want to start doing some longer trips
great trip with john again - thank you
good times!
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May 01 2021
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 chandler,az
Azt #11 & #12, AZ 
Azt #11 & #12, AZ
 
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Backpack34.20 Miles 7,521 AEG
Backpack34.20 Miles2 Days         
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Big two day backpack. Started Saturday morning at the Gordon Hirabayashi trailhead on AZT segment #11 and finished at the American Flag trailhead at the end of AZT segment #12 Sunday afternoon.
A lot of beautiful scenery and a lot of burn. I prefer to focus on the good. Even in the worst burn areas there were wildflowers and signs of regrowth especially oaks.
We camped by Lemmon Creek in the Wilderness of Rocks the first night. There were enough pine needles covering the charcoal from the fire to make our campsite pleasant. Most of this area survived the fire pretty well. The top half of Romero canyon burned pretty hot. Not much left.
Sunday morning we left camp bound for Summerhaven and segment 12. Lots of nice scenery through here. Once on Oracle Ridge #12 the burn returned. The top half of this segment got hit hard by the fire, but again regrowth is already starting.
All through both segments there was a nice scattering of wildflowers. More than expected. We didn't see a lot of wildlife though I almost stepped on a coati sleeping on the side of the trail a ways above Hutch's Pool.
The bottom half of Oracle Ridge is in good shape and the last few miles were on smooth tread.
Tough but rewarding two days. We pushed pretty hard for a couple of boomers. Good times. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Feb 20 2021
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Run/Jog16.80 Miles 2,621 AEG
Run/Jog16.80 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   5.04 mph
2,621 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
i didn't get to run this with TTR for the anniversary year because i had to work. one of my local favorites. there was actually water all along bear canyon which was awesome to see. biffed about 6 miles in and took a healthy chunk out of my hand. it was a picture perfect day. historically i have always done the longer version of this, taking all trails.
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Jan 10 2021
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 Tucson, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog16.80 Miles 2,567 AEG
Run/Jog16.80 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   4.38 mph
2,567 ft AEG
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According to the folks at Tucson Trail Runners (TTR) this iconic loop has been run by more runners over the past 50 years than any other big loop in the area. Plus it is one of the longest continuously run events in the trail running community. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the record being set on this loop, they put out the challenge to see who could break two hours. Because of storm damage to the trails in the 80's that's never been fixed, the record from 1981 of 1:51 will probably stand forever. TTR works with the Forest Service to make sure everything is legal, they do not collect entry fees, no prizes are awarded and there is no mass start. You leave in groups of 2-3 people to lower the impact and TTR works with the Forest Service to do lots of trail maintenance on any trail that they use. Bob Martin (who literally wrote the first books on peak bagging in Arizona) was part of the original group of guys that started this event back in the 1970's.

Started at the east end of the parking lot and took the road to the Bear Canyon/Seven Falls turnoff. To shave off a little bit on the return, the race course just takes the paved Sabino Canyon road from the end of the tram line. The winner this year did break two hours with a smoking time of 1:56, I brought up the rear about two hours later.
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 Phx az
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking17.90 Miles 4,268 AEG
Hiking17.90 Miles   9 Hrs   28 Mns   2.12 mph
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Be ready to literally dedicate the entire day to this 1. Woke 530 am, home 10 pm. I drove up from n phx. Completely worth it.

Once u get past 7 falls, u will find solitude. To your left u will be able to see the trails u just came from. When u get even further out, u will b surrounded by beauty.

The landscape will change and u will pass multiple junctions. All of which provide ample info. Great escape.
Jan 11 2020
ShatteredArm
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 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog20.55 Miles 5,846 AEG
Run/Jog20.55 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.79 mph
5,846 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Got to Hirabayashi at around 9am with a couple of friend for AZT Passage 11. One of my friends intended to do an ONB and then drive the car to the end for a shuttle. Temps were near freezing at the start, but it felt nice once we got moving.

The first 6 miles, mostly downhill, went pretty quick. Probably an hour and a half. Both my friends ended up turning back, so I was on my own at this point.

The crossing below Hutch's Pool was actually less swift than I expected, and I managed to stay dry. West Fork trail up to Cathedral Rock junction is now without obstacles, thanks to the local trail running group. Filled up water at Cathedral, and started the climb.

I don't know that I've ever not been miserable climbing up Mt Lemmon trail. Started seeing the real snow right before Wilderness of Rocks; there were tracks so it wasn't too bad... Until I turned onto WoR. Trackless.

It was obviously a false assumption, but I figured some of the snow would've melted in WoR, since it's on the south side of the mountain. But that was definitely not true for a lot of the trail. Turns out a lot of the trail is in little valleys, protected by ridges, and whatnot. Struggled to do 2mph through there, and about half way through started doing the math on whether I'd be able to get to Marshall Gulch by sunset. Route finding was even more difficult than when there is not snow, especially where the trail is low in the drainages.

Also got a text from one of my friends checking up on me, finally got one through about a half mile before Marshall Saddle (said he was about 30 minutes from calling SAR). At that point I was in the clear. I was thrilled to find at Marshall Saddle that someone had already made tracks down Marshall Gulch trail, so it was smooth sailing from there, and I even managed to jog a lot of it.

Maybe not the best idea, but it turned out to be quite the adventure, way more difficult than anticipated. At least WoR now has tracks for the next person.
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 Tucson, AZ
AZT In A Day 2019, AZ 
AZT In A Day 2019, AZ
 
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Backpack39.82 Miles 9,646 AEG
Backpack39.82 Miles2 Days   9 Hrs   7 Mns   
9,646 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break47 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice 3 day getaway to knock off a section for AZT In A Day. The section I picked began at Cathedral Jct, below and east of Romero Pass, and ended at the Oracle Ridge TH (about 11.5 mi & 4,000 ft), so I set off a day early in order to camp at my launch point. Since this trip would become multi-day, I decided that a third day would top it off nicely.

Day 1:
Started around 10:30, with 5 liters and a heavy pack. I expected to see much more water, after some heavy rains last month, but I crossed stream only once through the entire canyon. This made day 1 tough, as I hit camp with under 2 liters to get me through the night and half way into tomorrow. Okay, so no food tonight and get out early in the a.m.

Day 2:
Got up, got packed, and got going. By now I had under a liter, 5 miles to go & 2,400ish ft to climb. I guess I was mentally prepared, as it all went just fine water-wise and just seemed like any other hike through the Catalinas. I finished up mid-afternoon, arriving to find a post hike BBQ happening. Kim, one of the trail stewards for the area was cooking burgers & dogs, she also had chips, cookies and lots of water (my favorite menu item at that time). I took her up on a burger which I adorned with a slice of spam and an envelope of tuna, and instantly vacuumed down. Now back to feeling sub-human, I continued to graze for the next hour or two. I hung out with the trail peeps until sunset, setup a functional, cold camp and zoinked-out.

Day 3:
04:43, Woke to a squawking turkey, immediately followed by a screeching owl. Not sure what was going on there, but my heart was pumping, so I got up. The turkey must have won (or at least survived) the earlier argument, as he started back up at around 05:00 and continued until the time I left.

I had to gamble on the best route down, due mainly to water issues, and ultimately decided on the Box Camp Trail. For those who have never done it, The Box Camp is 30% Disneyland (the upper) and 70% Hell, so a decision to take it is not made lightly. I won't go too much into it rather than to say that it's far worse now than my previous trip, and that I've probably made my last pass there.

By the time I hit the West Fork, it was in the 80 deg range, under full sunlight. I took a minute at the junction there to assess my egress. My god was it steep, and upon consulting my Guthook app, found that I had over 6 miles & 2,400 ft to go. $#$#*&^!!!, I said, then put my head down and made the final push. Miles don't much bother me, I can do them 16 hours a day, but there's something about climbing out to finish a hike that just isn't natural (to me anyway). Anywho, I made it out around 17:00, and as tough as the last few miles were, I was bummed out to be going home.
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May 11 2019
fricknaley
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Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking20.94 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking20.94 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   4.24 mph
3,181 ft AEG      15 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
took advantage of lower than usual temps to squeeze this loop in one more time before the infero sets in. ran it clockwise for the first time and this way felt tougher to me. did a side trip out to Hutch's Pool for the first time in years...still gorgeous!

saw a nice big LOUD rattler on the way back from the pool. i think it was a mojave

got hot towards the end. the falls were jammin, but that is to be expected on a gimme weather day like today.

didn't feel too good today but had a lovely trip nonetheless
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Apr 13 2019
fricknaley
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Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 13 2019
fricknaley
Run/Jog17.30 Miles 2,950 AEG
Run/Jog17.30 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   30 Secs4.50 mph
2,950 ft AEG      8 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
hit this on the perfect day. gorgeous temps, tons and tons of flowers, ample water still flowing and everything green. as good as it gets for this iconic tucson route

felt good
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Mar 30 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
tibber
Hiking8.14 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking8.14 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.84 mph
2,238 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
a continuation of our Sabino to Molino hiking the bottom of Passage 11 and the top of Passage 10. Now that we were in the flat it seemed to have warmed up and we lost our breeze. The scenery changed as well; not as pretty, at least this time of year as things hadn't greened up yet. You are hiking near the drainage and you could hear water on occasion but I don't recall seeing it except when we got above it a little and I could see the flow but wasn't able to get very good pictures. And all of a sudden I felt sick. I was thinking this is not a good sign to have two hikes in a row where I felt this way.

I called "time out" when we came to the UP part at the junction with Pine Canyon as I wanted to re-group with myself. After a few minutes and eating, it was time to head up the hill. Well surprisingly I bounced back to my old self and was able to keep up now. The grade was surprisingly gentle as we switch-backed our way up the side of Peak 4985 where the wind really gusted as we topped the saddle. From here we would head southeast and continue on Passage 11. This would be new territory for me now. Tracy found the perfect lunch spot at the creek that was running through Sycamore Canyon. What a nice setting that was. A couple hikers and their dog crossed over and back and I think a couple other hikers too as you couldn't cross where the trail was.

And once again you're in the flats but near running water that you could hear and/or see from time to time. And as luck would have it, Shawhuna (combo of Shawn and the Big Kahuna; I call him the Big Kahuna cuz he is the Trail Director for the AZT) had to get his saw out and sawed a couple different times always mindful of moving the debris over so as to keep people on the original AZT. We had to cross the wider creek as we got closer to the Sycamore Reservoir area but there were stepping rocks to use that had definitely been placed.

It got a little tricky getting thru the trail near Sycamore Dam due to some tree debris across the trail. We stayed on the trail but the detour is definitely the better choice. Shawn gave thot to removing this HUGE fallen tree but we quickly said, "no way Jose". By this time I was in territory I had hiked several years ago on an ABC backpacking trip. So now it was time to get up those hills to Shreve Saddle. We knew this climb was coming and at least the first part is the old road for a little bit before it changes to single track. Now Tracy was fighting being sick so we paused for her to re-energize. From here I could see several bits of the Catalina Hwy including that very top tier. Pretty amazing how integrated it is with the landscape. We ran into some boy scouts we had seen earlier in the day and they look pretty beat. Although the younger ones still seemed to be going pretty good including one that said "good afternoon".

The worst thing about this climb to Shreve is that you go down hill a bit and then up these stair like rock steps. I remembered that part of this climb was a doozie from my backpacking trip but I didn't exactly remember this trail change. From there it was fine but it just seemed particularly cruel to take you down first; always HATE when that happens. Once to the saddle we rested for a bit before continuing our journey. It was pretty from up here. And now, it's supposed to be mostly downhill. Once again you end up walking in a drainage off and on for most of the trek to Gordon's place. Here, the girls took advantage of the camp restroom before we headed on. There was a thru-hiker resting at this intersection as well.

And now we only had 2 1/3rd miles to go. It was a pretty nice hike for the most part as you can see a lot of the trail in front of you. There were, surprisingly, a couple little dicey rocky/slippery sections which would maybe not seem that way if it weren't toward the tail end of our hike. You make your way up again so you can see more of your surroundings. And then just like the typical AZT we've grown to love, it does that, "yes, you do have to go way over there to get over here"? in the last mile. Sheesh. But we finally made it to the Molino Campground safe and sound and a little worse for wear.

We rested for a moment and then drove to town and had dinner at Taco Giro (we've eaten here before, the food is good but they can't make a flavored margarita; I think they forget the tequila or don't use a very tasty brand) before heading back to Sycamore Recreation area to retrieve Tonto Jr. But no. folks, our day is not over. Summit Hut was having an Arizona Trail Day with specials (including food and beverage) so we had to stop there where we ran into Wendy and Matt.

Oh, I had new boots and new toe sock liners and socks that I tried out. So far so good. The toe sock liners felt a little funny at first but otherwise, seemed fine.


Part 1 E Fork to Sabino lunch spot [ youtube video ]
Part 2 Sabino Canyon to Shreve Saddle [ youtube video ]
Part 3 Shreve Saddle to Gordon's Place to Molino [ youtube video ]
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Mar 30 2019
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 Chandler, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.14 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking8.14 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.84 mph
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
toddak
Hiking22.50 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking22.50 Miles   11 Hrs      2.05 mph
6,000 ft AEG
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Parked the car at Summerhaven, hopped on the bike and (mostly) coasted 20 miles down the mountain to Molino Basin, then hiked back up on the AZT. I had already done most of this segment piecemeal, but continuous in one go it packs a lot of punch, definitely one of the better segments I've done so far. Very green after the rains, with tea-colored water flowing in most of the drainages.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
BiFrost
Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
Hiking21.71 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.12 mph
8,554 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We wanted to try a different way to top of Mount Lemmon so decided to hike Soldier Trail near the bottom of Catalina Highway. Starting about 630 we headed up the very steep first 1.5 miles before it levels out. Eventually it hits the junction of Arizona Trail just west of Hirabayashi Campground. Headed west on AZT over Shreve Saddle and down to Sycamore Reservoir. Took a few minutes to check out the reservoir before continuing on to junction of Bear Canyon Trail. Once past that junction we headed down into Sabino on East Fork trail. Plenty of water in this part of the canyon as we passed the Sabino Canyon Trail junction.

The next section of trail is probably the nicest up West Fork Sabino past Hutch’s Pool and several other pools. The uphill also kicked in as we headed up to Romero Pass. The grade isn’t particularly steep but it’s seems to drag a bit. On Romero Pass we took a break before heading up the steepest part of the ascent. Eventually we passed the WOR junction but continued on the Mount Lemmon trail to the Sutherland junction. At this point we were done with most of the elevation gain for day and none too soon as the temps were around 40 and winds howling. One last uphill through the Meadow Trail before the parking lot and our pick up from some friends that were nice enough to pick us up!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Fork Sabino Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
plenty of large pools

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

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Soldier Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Mar 24 2018
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
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Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
Hiking21.71 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.12 mph
8,554 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2018
BiFrost
Hiking18.71 Miles 3,236 AEG
Hiking18.71 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.41 mph
3,236 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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We have been wanting to do this loop for awhile and with the recent rain and snow it seemed like a good time. We were not disappointed with water in all the creeks and some of the side drainages. Starting from Sabino parking lot headed up Telephone Line trail to the Sabino Canyon Trail #23. The trail is above the canyon but we could see the large pools all the way as it makes it’s way into upper Sabino. Once at Sabino east and west fork it crosses the creek with plenty of water here and then up the AZT over to the Bear Canyon Trail turnoff. At the turnoff we could see into upper Sycamore which is usually dry but today had plenty of water. If we had more time would have been fun to explore Sycamore and double back to Bear Canyon Trail. But we kept going and dropped into Bear Canyon.

Bear Canyon was another water paradise with heavy flow and large pools everywhere. We stopped at one of the larger pools upstream of 7 Falls and took a nice break. Continuing on to 7 Falls area and the usual crowd had gathered at the pools. With the heavier flow than normal there was plenty to see but that brought in more people. Moving on hiked down lower Bear Canyon and back over to Sabino connection to the parking area. Great loop and timing could not have been better for the water situation!

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 Phoenix,AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking18.71 Miles 3,236 AEG
Hiking18.71 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.41 mph
3,236 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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rvcarter
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Bear Canyon Trail #29Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
rvcarter
Hiking13.97 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking13.97 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.33 mph
1,644 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Pretty big group today on a key-exchange hike between Prison Camp to Sabino Canyon Visitor Center (by way of Bear Canyon Trail #29). Seven went up (4000+ feet aeg) and four went down for the 1644 feet aeg shown above. The entire trail is easy to follow and in great shape.
The stats include a detour to climb Thimble Peak. The first time we did this spur out to the Thimble, there was a very faint trail. Now, it's very well beaten in. Outstanding day to hike; slightly overcast and moderate temps. Surprisingly, there was some flowing water and several substantial pools in Bear Canyon. Only a few pools at Seven Falls. The only bad part about this hike is the 1.5 mile + walk along the road to get out to Bear. Didn't see many people until we reached the area below Seven Falls.
Great day out in a fantastic canyon.
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Jan 19 2018
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Palisade Trail #99Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2018
rvcarter
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,191 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.16 mph
1,191 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Our hike took place over Palisade Trail #99 and East Fork Trail #39. We had 13 strong hikers, 7 going uphill to Organization Ridge (about 4200 feet aeg) and 6 coming downhill to Prison Camp (thus the low aeg for my track). The trail was in unexpectedly excellent condition and easy to follow. Someone has spent some quality time clearing vegetation and setting up cairns.

I should note that the road access to the Organization Ridge TH is closed off for the winter season. There is plenty of parking space near the exit off Catalina Hwy, and the hike in/out is only about 1/3 mile and not very steep. Just follow the road past the Scout Camp and the Group Camping area.

Surprisingly, there was a good bit of water at Mud Spring; the trough was partially full of stagnant water, and there was flow below the tank. Also, good water pools below Sycamore Dam.

The veiws on the Palisade Trail are outstanding, and best going downhill. Thimble, Blacketts Ridge, Sabino Canyon, Rattlesnake Peak, and Cathedral Peak are visible much of the way. There are several overlook points into upper Pine Canyon (got to try that canyoneering style sometime), however, at one of them, I got buzzed pretty heavily by a guard bee. Don't linger at that point.

Beautiful day for a hike in southern AZ. Didn't see anyone else on the Palisades Trail. Good day out with my hiking buds.
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Dec 02 2017
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog17.85 Miles 2,953 AEG
Run/Jog17.85 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   4.35 mph
2,953 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
as nice as the weather can get for this one

saw nobody on the entire bear canyon trail, except a rattler that buzzed me and scared the pumpkin out of me :lol:

just a couple of people the rest of the way. felt great on the whole ascent to bear saddle. the last 5 miles or so were more on the painful side. beat my last time by 15 minutes.
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