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Jun 15 2019
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Hiking2.80 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   2.71 mph
550 ft AEG
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Started to look for a new place to go yesterday and this area caught my eye. Close to 5000 feet in elevation, yet only 25 miles from my house. Made plans to actually hike Oracle Ridgeline, attempted to follow the directions in the trip description and spent 45 fruitless minutes driving around the bustling city of Oracle. Then tried using the driving directions in Route Scout but think I had a bad satellite signal, got me as close as Cody Loop Drive. Looking back Route Scout did get me within a quarter mile of the trailhead, but I kept looking for a corral to park next to. In pursuit of said corral on the right side of the road, I finally stumbled into American Flag. Took a chance on the second sign for the YMCA camp, not the first sign and followed the dirt road to the AZT trailhead.

At this point after waking up feeling a bit off (my Valley Fever pops up about once a month now and today is the day) and frustrated at getting turned around, decided to make due with the obvious trail in front of me. Plus I was bringing my new dog out for her inaugural hike and she was getting antsy in my backseat. Sitting at the junction of AZT sections #12 & #13 decided to head up #12 otherwise known as the Cody Trail. Did an hour long out and back to get the lay of the land and to see how the new pup acts out in the woods. Both my dog and I loved this trail and can't wait to come back for more. Driveway to trailhead drive time is a little over 30 minutes, well worth it for temps in the 50's at the start of the hike. The area really reminds me of some of the trails I've been on in the Silver City NM area. Can't wait to get back here to do some more exploring.
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Apr 19 2019
markthurman53
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
North Oracle Ridge Loop, AZ 
North Oracle Ridge Loop, AZ
 
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markthurman53
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,868 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.55 mph
1,868 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I went hiking with a friend from way way way back in the 60's. Picked a hike that wasn't too long with a bit of 2 track, a bit of really nice trail and a section of bushwhacking. I had never been on the Oracle Ridge Trail from the Cody Trail to Cody Road in Oracle so decided to do that. Didn't want to do an in and out because that would only be 4 miles so I opted to head down the Cody tail for 2 miles and return on the S. Wildcat Trail (actually a two track) then bushwhack back to the Oracle Ridge Trail. This route turned out to be a little over 8 miles.

There were great views to the north, and east.I could see Weavers Needle, Four Peaks and the Superstition Ridge line. To the north east Pinal and Mount Turnbull and of coarse the Guliuros. Once on the Cody Trail it was like being on a super highway, really nicely maintained. I almost forgot what it is like to hike on a well groomed trail. The last stretch of the hike to get back to the Oracle Ridge Trail was a bushwhack, a bit more intense than google earth indicated (not the first time picking a route on Google Earth has done this to me). Actually my friend was in shorts and I thought he needed a few battle scars on his legs, this section did that. The down side is I was wearing a short sleeve shirt which I very seldom do and I ended up getting a few myself. All in all a good little hike with a surprise on Francis peak which is explained in the photos.
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Mar 01 2019
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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toddak
Hiking13.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   5 Hrs      2.70 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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SOBO, then continued a few miles on AZT #12 to finish up a missing section, exited down Oracle Ridge#1. Bike shuttle.
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Oct 01 2016
AZHiker456
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Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking3.70 Miles 532 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles      57 Mns   3.89 mph
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After my main adventure of the day profile.php?u=67376&ID=46#T__135568_______1, I managed to effortlessly squeeze the Loaner Subie into a small pullout along a residential road in the area. As I was preparing to take off and blow out another few miles before dark, a local who passed by told me there was a TH just up the road. I got back in Loaner Subie, headed up the road and sure enough, just a short ways up was a nice little TH. The trail was actually more of a jeep road, [which was absolutely perfect given how fast darkness was approaching]. Locating where the remaining peaks were that I had on my list, I knew they were out of the question at this point thanks to running out of daylight. Nonetheless, I still thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful and fun little out-and-back cruise down the jeep road + part of the Cody Trail.

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Mar 24 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ 
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 24 2016
DallinW
Backpack75.48 Miles 16,192 AEG
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March 24th
Miles: 17.46
AEG: 5,520 ft

We flew through the first couple of miles to X9 Ranch Road, where we left off the last time we got off the AZT in this area.

Back on the AZT!

Soon we reached the Saguaro National Park boundary. Up until this point the wildflowers were sparse and withered, but from here there were plenty of great looking blooms for the next couple of miles. After taking a short break at the Quilter Trail water crossing, we passed our first thru-hiker of the trip and started the long climb to the top of Mica Mountain.

As we climbed the environment slowly transitioned from saguaros and ocotillos, to shrubs and century plants, then oak grasslands, and finally pinion-oak as we rolled into the Grass Shack Campground. Here we met 3 other thru-hikers. One was on her first thru-hike, and the other two (No Trace & Unbreakable) are triple crowners (those who have completed the PCT, AT, and CDT). We stopped to eat lunch and enjoy the company at the campground. It's always fun to pick the brains of triple crowners.

After finishing up lunch, we filled our bottles at the spring and continued on the trail up to Manning Camp. From Grass Shack, the environment transitions to a hearty ponderosa pine forest. At the campground there was one other person staying the night, a section hiker from Canada who had picked up the trail at Grass Shack and was planning on continuing to Superior.

By the time we were going to bed I was feeling pretty crappy. Extremely soar throat and congested. Before starting the trip I was still getting over a chest cold, and apparently I wasn't better yet. We expected it to be very cold at 8000ft, but surprisingly we both kept pretty warm the entire night.

March 25th
Miles: 21.97
AEG: 2,910 ft

Today was our "long day", with minimal AEG. Our goal was to make it to Molino Basin Campground. I woke up feeling slightly better.

After packing up camp and getting some more water at the spring, we headed up the trail for the top of Mica Mountain. Along the way we passed No Trace and Unbreakable again. The pine forest on top of Mica is quite impressive. Once we topped out and started down the other side, views of the basin below and Mt. Lemmon open up. Italian Spring had drinkable water but lots of algae on top.

We started the long descent into the basin below, and then the traverse across the hills to the base of Lemmon. Beautiful grasslands! By now the mistake of wearing newish shoes for this hike had caught up with me and my right foot had been rubbed raw on the back. I tried fixing things up with some mole skin and some bandaids.

Just before the Lake, we caught up to the section hiker from Canada who was going to stop at the next drainage. We stopped with him at the drainage to get some water for the last hump into the campground.

Once we got to the campground we greeted the camp host to get a spot. We asked him if there was any water around, he claimed "there is no water, it's dry out here." We were both surprised a little considering how much water we had seen getting to this point. He kindly offered us a liter each to make it through the night, and gave us a spot which was right next to the AZT. We didn't quite believe him about the water situation, so once we set up camp we dropped into creek bed below the campground and sure enough there were spots that had running water (not even 200 yards away from the camp host, I might add...)


March 26th
Miles: 17.25
AEG: 5,133 ft

I woke up feeling terrible, super congested, coughing up lots of phlegm, and running a small fever. I thought about bailing at the Highway next to the campground, but decided to try a few miles before making the decision. The going was extremely slow, probably less than 2mph.

We reached Shreve Saddle and took a quick break, I popped some Tylenol for the fever. I knew after this point I was going to be committed for some serious uphill either going forward or turning back. I decided to keep going.

We saw lots of people along this stretch going to Hutch's Pool. It was cool to see Saguaros again near the bottom, because at the end of the day we would be back up in the Pines. I'm a sucker for "transition hikes." Once we reached the bottom, we took another break in Sabino Canyon where there was flowing water. This was the point where I was either going to commit all the way to Summerhaven or go back. I nearly turned back here, but there was just too much planning that went into this and I wasn't sure I would be able to come back to finish this up for a long time.

We passed the junction to Hutch's Pool and started the long climb up through the west fork of Sabino Canyon. This place is stunning. With every foot of elevation gain the views got better. The trail itself is graded extremely well so the climbing felt almost effortless. Once again we got to see the transitions from saguaros, to sparse pines on Romero Pass. There were plenty of pools and spots with running water in the canyon.

I was starting to feel a bit better after we took a 30-45 minute break at the pass. It was a good thing too, because this is where the real climbing starts. You aren't graced with very many switch back after this point, it's just straight up. About half way through huffing and puffing, I looked at my Arizona Trail app to see how much further we had to climb and let out a little snicker. My cousin asked "what's up?" and I told him "do you really want to know?", he said "yes", I told him "it gets steeper." We both laughed and continued up the mountain.

After topping out and taking a break, we joined the Wilderness of Rocks trail. This was by far my favorite part of the hike. This is one of those places that feel really special, a feeling of reverence overcame me. We meandered through the beautiful giant boulders and trees, before reaching an awesome spot to camp right next to Lemmon Creek.

By the time we were going to bed I felt great, except for my feet. I used some alcohol wipes, and anti-septic wipes before reapplying a few bandaids.

As we drifted to sleep I heard a series of bangs/explosions in the distance, which culminated into a bunch of bangs/explosions at once. Fireworks in Tucson?

March 27th
Miles: 18.8
AEG: 2,609 ft

We got up excited for a real meal in Summerhaven. It was actually warm enough during the night that I started sweating in my quilt. After eating a quick breakfast and filling our bottles with water out of Lemmon Creek, we started the gradual 1000ft climb to where we would meet the Marshall's Gultch Trail. I was still awe struck by beauty and grandeur of the Wilderness of Rock. We made our way to the paved road we would walk into town on.

After satisfying a soda and candy craving at the General Store, we ate some breakfast at the Sawmill Run restraunt. The manager or owner (not sure which) came out to talk to us and asked if we were on our way to Utah. We told him we were ending this segment in Oracle.

Oracle Ridge was hot. On the way down we met a 3 time triple crowner "One Gallon", who was taking a siesta in the shade of some cedars. We talked with him for about 45 minutes. Another very interesting person.

We reached the American Flag TH about an hour before the sun set.

This now puts us at just over 50% of AZT miles completed, and we have now connected a foot path all the way from the border to Roosevelt. Woo hoo!
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Lots of algae.

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There is a lot of water flowing down the mountain about half a mile before Manning Camp.

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Running in some spots near the campground.

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Lots of pools in the canyons.
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Mar 19 2016
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2016
mazatzal
Hiking13.30 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   6 Hrs      2.49 mph
1,900 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Dropped a vehicle at American Flag and drove up the Control Road (back road up Mt Lemmon) to the trailhead.

Took the Oracle Ridge trail back down. Trail descends from 7800’ to 4400’. There is a surprising amount elevation gain given the overall loss in elevation. I’d done the ridge out and back to Apache Peak a couple of times and once from near Peppersauce to Rice Peak but needed the top part of this and the link to American Flag.

Afterwards we grabbed dinner and a motel in Tucson with the plan to get the other vehicle the next day.
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Jan 03 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DallinW
Hiking6.78 Miles 1,358 AEG
Hiking6.78 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.95 mph
1,358 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Went to pick up the truck in Oracle and decided to check out Oracle Ridge. I really like this area of Arizona, you can see the transition from the desert basin all the way to pines at the top. Nice breeze today, and it has definitely warmed up quite a bit since we started our trip in this area. Can't wait to ride Oracle Ridge down from the top of Mt. Lemmon when we come through and do this segment of the AZT.
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Aug 04 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking8.29 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking8.29 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   3.09 mph
1,650 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I was looking for something a little different today, and hopefully a bit cooler. Looks like I hit on both counts. After I finished up work in Tucson, I headed over to Oracle to start my hiking day by the American Flag Ranch TH. First off, the trail is in great shape and easy to navigate. There are numerous OHV roads that you cross, but lots of carsonite sign markers to help guide the way if there is any confusion. I made my way up to the Hijinks mine and looked around a bit, but all of the private property and no trespassing signs kept me from getting too involved. Got back to the trail and continued to the base of Apache peak where I found a nice Alligator Juniper for a shady break before heading back. I managed to spook a whitetail and her two little ones, they ran off too fast for me to get much of a photo. This hike has big time views in all directions, I have to imagine it only gets better the higher up you get. As it was, I could see a good view of the Bioshpere and mountains all around. Everything is so remarkably green out here right now! Pretty sure this hike would get a 5 if I ended up doing the whole thing.
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A few Fleabane Daisy here and there, and some of the barrels were showing good bloom. Very spotty at best.
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Mar 14 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
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Hiking14.70 Miles 2,570 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.52 mph
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We parked at Tiger Mine Road and highway 77 and did an out and back to American Flag. After we got back I walked the road to the north end of the section (Tiger Mine TH) and my hike partners drove the vehicle.

It was really windy in the morning but the temp was great all day. This section was nicer than I expected: pleasant rolling hills and plenty of flora variety.
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Feb 28 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Oracle - AZT #13Tucson, AZ
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Hiking33.75 Miles 6,046 AEG
Hiking33.75 Miles   13 Hrs   20 Mns   2.93 mph
6,046 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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With the threat of rain in the PHX area we went down to Oracle. Fan wanted to knock AZT passages 12 & part of 13.
It’s been a couple of years since I've done these passages.

We started at the Tiger Mine road and the wind was chilly from the start.
Passage 13 was easy to complete.

Passage 12
As we started to rise to the Oracle ridge the bitter cold wind got stronger. When we got above 6,000 feet the sky darkened over the peaks and the wind got stronger. Fan was almost blown off the ridge :o ! I had 4 layers on and was still cold. Even Fan was cold! We decided to turn around.

We took lunch at an unnamed trailhead. Fan went down to the Cody TH as I went exploring in the lower elevations. I went down an unnamed creek to ruins of a house or it have might have been the Campo Bonito. Then I explored the lower Oracle Ridge trail to where the trail comes close to the mansions of Oracle.

It rained for about 10 minutes as we left the Cody TH.
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Jan 23 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking14.76 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking14.76 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   2.43 mph
2,025 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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We had a friend who volunteered to drive us to Marshall Gulch TH so we could finish this section of AZT that we partially hiked last year. Starting from Marshall Gulch the trail goes up the paved road through Summerhaven and over to the Control Road on the backside of Mount Lemmon. Eventually this makes way to real trail which follows Oracle Ridge. Great views on the ridge of lingering snow on Mount Lemmon and Canada Del Oro. The trail follows the ridge almost straight down towards Oracle alternating between old road and trail. Some downed trees in the middle part of the ridge and some rocky steep sections dropping about 5,000 feet to Oracle. Fortunately we had arranged to meet fellow HAZ'ers Shawn, Tracey, Angela and Ambika at High Jinks Ranch near the end of this AZT section. The trail runs right past the ranch and is listed as National Historic Site and also happens to be a B&B run by the very friendly Dan Blanco. Once at the ranch we enjoyed the surroundings and prepared for our day hike the next day.
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Jan 01 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Ranch Hoppin' New Years in Oracle, AZ 
Ranch Hoppin' New Years in Oracle, AZ
 
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Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Stayed at El Rancho Robles Guest Ranch, partied at Triangle L Ranch, then on New Year's Day hiked from American Flag Ranch to High Jinks Ranch in the snow. A great way to start 2015! Also the first outing with my new Sony A6000 mirrorless. :y:
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 Tucson, Arizona
AZT #12b Oracle Ridge and Cody Trail, AZ 
AZT #12b Oracle Ridge and Cody Trail, AZ
 
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Hiking15.90 Miles 3,591 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.61 mph
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The Cody trail heads west and climbs steadily 1000 feet in 3.2 miles where it connects up with the Oracle Ridge Trail. The trail is easy to follow and fairly well maintained. The Oracle Ridge trail is also easy to follow and remains a trail until just north of Apache Peak where it becomes a two track. This two track continues to Just north of Rice Peak (about 2.5 miles). I thought some of the hardest parts on this trail were along the two tracks because they tend to attack the hills straight on. Not a lot to say about the trails on this hike, it was rather mundane, but I didn't do the hike for the scenery, it is part of the Arizona Trail. I did see another very large juniper tree and a deer that allowed me to shoot some photos of it (of the deer not the tree).
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 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
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sirena
Hiking4.00 Miles 550 AEG
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Spent New Year's Eve in Oracle and went for a hike in the morning. I was just going to walk a little bit and see the work the SCC crew did. As much as I love this area, the Oracle Ridge passage had been a nasty little piece of trail.

I couldn't believe the difference!! Gone are the eroded steps with the silly rubber flapping things, pieces of trail have been rerouted, new water control features have been installed. The tread is wide and clear and looks better than it ever has.

The walking was so easy I decided to hike up to the High Jinks Ranch. I stopped in for a cup of tea with Dan and Laurel and got to pet their horses. If you're on the AZT, stop in there for a tour, it's an incredible historic ranch once owned by Buffalo Bill Cody. (Which is why this piece of the AZT is called the Cody Trail) They have a bed and breakfast that has amazing views of the San Pedro and Galiuros.

I hiked back down the hill to the The American Flag Trailhead. Lots of history here, it is where I got the idea to hike the AZT in 2007 and it is where I ended my hike in 2009. I'd originally planned a thru-hike, but the economy went to pumpkin and I had to adapt and section-hike the trail instead. This year, I finally get to hike the whole trail at once! Two and a half months of hiking, events, and interviews. It will be so interesting to see how the trail has evolved in five years. Can't wait!
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Feb 24 2013
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 Tucson, AZ
Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
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writelots
Hiking8.92 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking8.92 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.66 mph
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So, not exactly what we were expecting to do... I'd listed this with the ABC as a day hike to complete AZT #13 - Oracle. However, we were a bit kerflummexed from the start because there was a big group of javelina hunters at the trailhead. Of course, that really isn't an excuse, just like the fact that it was snowing on and off isn't, and the fact that we all seemed to be pretty stupid together. But, regardless of a good reason...

We all 4 of us went the wrong way at the start. Rather than beginning the trail heading east toward Oracle State Park, we started West, toward the Oracle Ridge Trail. Yes, we walked right under the sign that said "Santa Catalina Passage Dedicated...". And, true, we climbed a lot more than we'd expected. We even failed to notice that we never passed a boundary for the State Park. I even checked the GPS route I'd downloaded a couple times - deciding that I'd just downloaded the wrong file somehow - it was nowhere near where we were hiking! How irritating :sl: .

About 3 miles in we hit a trail junction, and my GPS showed two clear options: uphill and downhill. This route certainly wasn't supposed to take us up to the mountain, so logically we followed it downhill. We happily hiked along, amid the snowdrifts and wind-blasts. The wind was strong and bitterly COLD, so we kept our heads down and just hiked pretty quick. There wasn't a whole lot of sight seeing or debating about where we were going.

I suppose all of this explains why it wasn't until we hit the Cody Loop road at approx. 6 miles in that we realized our mistake. We were in completely the wrong place. Our shuttle vehicles (at the Tiger Mine Trailhead) were still about 6 miles away by road-walk. :yuck: Amid all of our feeling-stupid and embarassment we came up with a better option, though. Return to our cars at the American Flag trailhead via some dirt roads and little back-tracking on the trail we'd come out.

Turned out to be a half-decent little hike afterall, a good work out, pretty hiking and only a little over a mile on pavement. We got back to our cars with little other incident - other than our encounter with some extremely polite horsemen who, thinking we were quite lost, offered to escort us back to the trailhead. Sandy thanked them politely and assured them that we had it all figured out so we went on our way.

I can't help but wonder, now, what that AZT Passage 13 is like... Maybe another cold, windy day I'll find out :oplz:
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Feb 24 2013
Sarae
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 Tucson, AZ
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Sarae
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Headed up AZT #12/Cody Trail #9 from the American Flag TH, then went northwest-ish on Oracle Ridge Trail #1 until we hit Cody Loop Rd. Turned right on Cody Loop Rd to S Wildcat Trail, which intersects the Cody Trail, which we took back to the cars. Not exactly what our plans were, but a good outing anyway. Also, it was cold and windy as pumpkin.
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Dec 31 2012
OldNslow
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 Tucson, AZ
Cody Trail #9Tucson, AZ
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OldNslow
Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
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This hike accomplished a couple of things. First and foremost it got us out hiking, and it was a new section of trail we hadn't done before. We also wanted to hike while it was snowing. A novelty when you're a native.

Crystal, Britni, and I drove to the Arizona Trial head on the Control Road and parked. It was lightly snowing when we arrived and there was a nice coating of snow on the desert. We hiked the trail past the Highjinks Mine and enjoyed the beautiful white scenery. We occasionally got blasted by wind on the ridge tops, but for the most part it was really nice.

We hiked a little way down the Oracle Ridge Trail and found an area sheltered from the wind and made a hot lunch. After lunch we started back up the Oracle Ridge Trail, which is a 4x4 road in that area, and we met a man and his son in a Polaris Razor. It looked like fun, but I was glad to be hiking, generating some much needed heat.

When we started back down the Cody Trail a pretty good snow flurry picked up and lasted for about an hour. Most of the time we were hiking with the wind, but when the switch backs turned us into the wind the graupel was actually a little painful on the face. After that it seemed to warm and by the time we reached the trail head most of the snow around that area had already melted.

We had a really great time and the scenery was beautiful. The only thing I'll do different next time is take a small ensolite pad to sit on.;)
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 Chandler, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
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Hiking33.90 Miles 7,599 AEG
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Joe and I set out to do a combo of the AZT passages 11 and 12 today. We started just before 7am at the Gordon Hirabayshi Trail Head. We made our way up to Romero Pass and then thru Wilderness of Rocks and on to Summerhaven. We had completed around 19 miles at this point and decided to take a break and have some lunch. We split a pepperoni and sausage pizza. Yum.

From here we continued our journey out and across Oracle Ridge. The weather earlier in the day was a bit warm but here and on out it was nice. We finished the hike a little after 7pm at American Flag.

The trip up and over went really smooth. Great hiking with you Joe and a HUGE congratulations to you on completing the Arizona Trail! :y:
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Sometimes I'm not sure if Jessica grasps the full scope of my hikes. I went over the details. Thirty some miles, serious gain, big mountain, Tuscon, August, etc. She promptly replied "I have a couple hand warmers you can use" :)

jj helped me finish off the AZT, bought pizza for lunch and set a pace I'd never accomplish on my own. Thank you! A huge thanks to Denny, Bruce and Dave for the majority and all the good times along the way!

Chrome domed 8 hours. Sweat more in a day than probably ever. At one point I got tired of sweating. 2 black-tailed rattlers passed and jumped over a diamond back with unknown energy near the end.

As it turns out, my hands never got cold all day. :y:
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
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Hiking27.20 Miles 4,550 AEG
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This was the Passage needed to fill in the missing gap. With the completion of this passage, we've completed 732 contiguous miles, stretching from The Mexican border to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

We started this passage with mixed feelings. Our hiking partner, Joe, for the entire AZT to this point, at the last minute had to back out with an injury . :stretch:
Dave had already arranged for us to be delivered to the top of Lemmon by one of the members of his church, (Thanks Dave and Fred), so we were locked.

We already knew this was going to be a pretty long day @ around 24-25 miles with a sizable AEG (Even though we were starting at 9,100' and going down to 4,400'). To our surprise, the gate to the top, was closed at the restaurant, so we added another 1.5 miles and 700' of AEG.

The weather was perfect most of the day. There were small patches of snow remaining at the top, but nothing on the trail. It did get a little warm in Wilderness of Rocks, but nothing too bad.

We all tried doing our best Joe imitations and jokes to mimic him being there, but when Denny busted into the classic "Cinder a Letter", we knew it was a lost cause.

Highlights for me on this hike was the Wilderness of Rocks trail. I'll never tire of all the unique bolder formations and running water. The Marshall Gulch Trail was sweet, as well as the views from Oracle Ridge are nothing to sneeze at.

Low lights included the 70 plus trees we had to hop over or go around on the way to lunch at Summerhaven, and the 40 more from there to the North TH at FR38. Also the Oracle Ridge trail can be loose, Rocky, and steep in places. No place for someone with a bum ankle.

We took a short (Steep) side trip to Rice Peak to enjoy the views for a moment.

Turning off the Oracle Ridge Trail and on Cody for the final push we donned our headlamps. A little over an out in the dark later and we were to our ride home. Dave had placed a car the previous day. :)

A huge thanks to Dave for getting the whole shuttle thing set up : app : and to his friend Fred for taking us to the top :y:

Get that ankle healed Joe Joe
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