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Feb 14 2021
fricknaley
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La Milagrosa RidgeTucson, AZ
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Run/Jog15.80 Miles 2,212 AEG
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big loop i like using catalina highway up to soldier trail, soldier to hirabiyashi, AZT out to la milagrosa ridge.

it was chilly and cloudy at the beginning. i kinda struggled all day after two difficult nights at work. tried to just keep it moving, even if ugly.

tough day but a fun route
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Nov 29 2020
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Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Backpack27.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
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john and i decided to get one more azt segment in this year
we did redington pass as an in & out backpack/day hike combo
the passage now starts at redington road rather than italian trap trailhead according to the arizona trail website
left town early, and cached two gallons of water at molino basin trailhead just in case
set out around 0800 in upper 40s, quickly shedding layers
the entire day offered beautiful hiking weather, warming into the 60s
took a break at west spring, where we found a pool of water, and on the return, water in the spring box
had we known that, we might have started from gordon hirabayashi, which is a much easier drive
we had found a decent campsite a mile back from the spring, so we hid most of our gear there and day hiked the rest
good uphill to a saddle overlooking molino basin, then down to the campground and on to gordon hirabayashi
both the bellota and molino basin trails were smooth with good footing
enjoyed the sky island terrain throughout the hike
took another break at gordon hirabayashi
on the return, picked up three liters of water each, then our gear and on to the campsite
once the sun dropped, temps fell quickly
john climbed a nearby ridge for views of the sunset and of tucson
an almost full moon lit things up nicely
backpacking this time of year means a long time in the tents
it had been breezy all day, but the wind really kicked up early morning
we could barely heat water for coffee, had lara bars for breakfast, crammed our gear into packs and took off around 0645
a challenge fighting the wind on the way back : rambo :
good thing we didn't know there was a high wind warning beforehand, and glad it wasn't like that sunday
nice to have less than eight miles to finish, and we were eating breakfast at snooze by 1100
this was one of my favorite passages so far
always a good trip with lp, especially with an opportunity to practice backpacking
thanks, john! one more green checkmark for the azt :)

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water in a pool below the spring, and in the spring box
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Backpack27.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
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Kelly and I decided to do an out and back on AZT #10 so we wouldn't need to find a shuttle. Plan was to locate a place to camp a little over half way, then day hike to the north end of the segment and back to camp hauling our cached water.
The first day was cool and breezy. Excellent hiking conditions. The trail is in good shape and scenery is above average. Good views of the Rincons and Catalinas. Saw some mountain bikers and a few hikers near Catalina highway. Mostly by ourselves. Spotted three whitetail deer including a buck.
As we set up camp and ate dinner the wind began to pick up. We had no idea there was a high wind advisory beginning at 2 AM lol. The wind blew 15-20 mph all night. Our tents held up fine. Thankfully temps stayed up in the forties. The previous morning we recorded 28 degrees along Reddington Rd.
After being in our tents for over ten hours we got up had coffee, ate a snack, packed up and headed out wearing all of our cold weather clothing. The wind was now blowing 25 mph with gusts to 45 trying to knock us off the trail. We still made pretty good time and got back to the car before 10 AM. Besides the wind it was a very nice hike.
We stopped in Tucson for breakfast then headed home. Another fun trip. Thanks Kelly! :)

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max West Spring Dripping Dripping
Pool under nearest cottonwood tree.
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Dec 26 2019
ShatteredArm
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Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog17.40 Miles 2,552 AEG
Run/Jog17.40 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   4.31 mph
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1st trip
Didn't have any plans for the day after Christmas, so I decided to attack the next segment of the AZT. Tried to park at Hirabayashi, but the guy at the checkpoint wouldn't let me go without chains/4wd (of course they opened the road just a half hour later). Pretty lame, would be cool if they were allowed to use common sense, but I didn't mind adding Soldier Trail (wish they would at least let me park a mile farther up though).

Didn't get started until after 12:30pm at Redington Road, so I figured I didn't have too much time to dawdle, or else I'd be coming down Soldier in the dark. Made pretty good time across the flat stuff (the constant gunfire in the distance helped). All the big and little drainages were flowing, and the Agua Caliente Wash crossing even required me to go up about 50 feet to find a spot that was jumpable...

Made it to Catalina Highway (10.7 miles) in just about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The signage at Molino was pretty terrible; there was a sign directing you to AZ trail, but the next junction was unmarked, and the trail to the campground looked more well-traveled. So I went that way, and ended up walking through the campground, unsure if it was correct. There was even an AZ trail sign on the road. But at the other end, I found the trail meanders around the south side of the campground...oh well.

Got to Hirabayashi very tempted to hitchhike back down, but then decided I have time, so I might as well see Soldier Trail... Which was fun, except the mile and a half along the road to get back to the car.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Fork Molino Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Aug 11 2019
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Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
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Run/Jog14.40 Miles 2,943 AEG
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started at molino basin. after a night of rain. it was incredibly humid. started off rough, found my groove a little bit later in the run.

happy to get the miles in on a day where i just didn't feel that great
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May 04 2019
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Molino Basin Trail #11Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.55 Miles 715 AEG
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Just wanted to get a hike in so went up the mountain a bit to escape a few degrees of heat. It was still pretty warm but it was good to get a hike in and burn a few calories.
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Mar 30 2019
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Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.14 Miles 2,238 AEG
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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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Hiking8.14 Miles 2,238 AEG
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Run/Jog15.85 Miles 3,450 AEG
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challenging run and a loop i like.

it was chilly for most of the run and super humid. sun came out the last couple miles. lot of water on the trails.

handfull of hikers here and there. yo yo'd for miles with a couple of very nice mountain bikers and we ended up finishing at the same time. that was pretty cool.

saw 3 horses out on the AZT bellota segment.

felt pretty good today. took 15 minutes off my last time

went to work afterwords for a bit
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Oct 19 2018
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Hiking22.50 Miles 6,000 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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Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
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BiFrost
Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
Hiking21.71 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.12 mph
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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
few small pools
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Mar 24 2018
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Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
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Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
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Hiking10.72 Miles 1,802 AEG
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We originally had a different plan but nite time temps and not wanting to spend 12 hours in a tent, inspired us to pick a Plan B. Tracy came up with this one and though the shuttle is brutal we got 'er done. It took us 4 hours to set up the shuttle on Redington Road and Molino Basin parking. Traveling that rough and tough Redington Road coming and going in the AM made us think we were all ready tired and beat up and we hadn't even set foot to the trail.

The hike up the hill out of Molino Basin is actually pretty nice as they throw in a couple switchbacks altho I thot it would send us to the right but we ended up veering left to that saddle. I was feeling the oats as they say so I headed on up and was able to look back and get pictures of the others. The views from the saddle looking both ways is pretty sweet with the two sky islands, Santa Catalina and The Rincons. Off in the distance to the east I thot I could see two silos. We would later see that they were two Italian Cypress trees at the Bellota Ranch.

Down from the saddle we headed south and east. It takes awhile to get down so we were happy that we had made the choice to hike it from this side first. We would have another hill on the other side but it was a lot more gradual and not quite as steep. We encountered two other couples and another single hiker as we made our way down to West Spring which you can't miss for the two brightly colored cottonwoods and the big tank. At the big tank I was surprised to see a little moat constructed around a portion of it. Very interesting.

We would continue on a bit of a road for awhile admiring the tall hills and mountains on either side and behind us. It was pleasant walking as the trail was in very good shape. There was also plenty of water around; I assume from last week's rains. We were surprised at how much water we would see. We had our lunch in Agua Caliente drainage on the beach. We didn't take too much time before we were on the trail again. About 1/2 hour later we would get our first view of the Galiuros to compliment the Rincons on our other side and the Catalinas behind.

I remarked we would be coming on The Lake pretty soon and Shawn said to not get my hopes up. As we passed by it was more like a big pond. We came upon a nice Arizona Trail sign where Shawn could trim some of the tree that was obstructing the view. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted what looked like water so Tracy and I went to check it out. THERE was the real The Lake. It was very photogenic and after admiring it for awhile we came back to re-join Ambika and Shawn at the trail.

About a mile later we ran into some hikers on the other side of the gate (about the 1/2 way point). One was a thru hiker who was in need of some shoe repair so we offered our electronic suggestions. He had also written a haiku about his experience with a coati the nite before. The other two hikers were section hiking the AZT coming from Redington Road. One of the gals took our picture. As we got a little higher above the drainage we spotted the ranch and that's where I saw the two silos, I mean Italian Cypresses, earlier from the saddle above Molino Basin. It seemed surprising how far we had come even though it was only about 5 miles from that saddle.

We had a couple more miles before we would start our little climb and continued to enjoy our views. We took a break at about the 7 1/2 mile mark and in a little over a mile we would begin the slight climb. You could see where the fire had eaten some of the wood stair blocks and along the way you could also see the burnt trees and cactus as we came out of a drainage. (http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/07/05/fir ... pass-road/) Earlier in the day we had seen a dozer cut over by West Spring. If it was all the same fire it was the 23,000 acre Burro Fire. The 600 foot climb had a very nice grade with a switchback here and there. The temps were nice so I was able to make good time and once again be able to shoot back at my fellow hikers coming my way.

Once we got to a saddle we contoured along the side of the mountain where we stopped for about 5 minutes before completing the rest of our journey. As we topped out we enjoyed views of all the mountains once again as we made our way on the trail between the golden grass. Soon we would see White Tank and then spot the truck. From here it was downhill to the gate and we could relish the last of our hike... even though I had no beer to cheer me on :( .

We piled into the truck and headed down the rough and rugged Redington Road with a big awh for the second time of the day when we hit pavement. We did go by a couple areas where there were quite a few vehicles so I assume there is some easy hiking in the vicinity. The shooting area was a mess of plastic bags. However, the sun was shining nicely on the leafed-out ocotillos so we did enjoy that. We picked up our other vehicle and headed down the Catalina Highway to Taco Giro where we enjoyed a most excellent meal except for the apparently non-tequila peach margarita. It was pretty but no tequila means no margarita.

Videos are in production. Having to work with my laptop as my brother is working on my over-loaded computer.
from Molino to almost West Spring: [ youtube video ]
from above West Spring to just past Agua Caliente drainage: [ youtube video ]
about 1/2 way, we found THE Lake [ youtube video ]
finishing the last big climb to Redington Road [ youtube video ]
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max The Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
not exactly sure what full was. also, there are two lakes. one by the trail and one to the NE of it just off the trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 West Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water was running from the spring above the tank and there was water in the moat
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Apr 23 2017
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Molino Basin Trail #11Tucson, AZ
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Hiking12.50 Miles 2,104 AEG
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got started at 7:30am from the Molina Basin TH towards Bear Canyon. We made excellent time along this entire hike even with more elevation gain than we initially expected, which still wasn't much.

On the way in, we encountered a lot of mountain bikers, although most of them were kids who looked under 16. Kudos to them because even going downhill on parts of that trail was pretty gnarly. Interesting to see kids that young with skill sets that I know I don't possess nearing 50.

After the Gordan Hiraybashi TH, the bikers were gone and we were mostly to ourselves. We made to the Bear Canyon TH and hiked a section of that trail that Joe and I did 2 months ago and headed back on the "unnamed" trail section that connects Bear Canyon and Sycamore Reservoir. On our way back we stopped at the reservoir and did the obligatory photos. the water was flowing, but slowly, and the water had a bad stink to it.

on the way up from there, we met new HAZ member @HikingFrank, who is a new resident from Pittsburgh and noted my obligatory Steeler gear. we talked for about 10 minutes or so and went on our way. I mentioned HAZ as a good source for info on doing new hikes and received a PM from him earlier tonight. He seems very enthusiastic to be in AZ discovering new trials.

we made it back to the Molino Basin TH with no issues and within 7 hours, including breaks. Nice to check out a new area down here and it wasn't such a killer hike like Pima Canyon a month ago. We still did have the "old man walk" out of the car at every pit stop on the way home, but it doesn't seem like worthwhile hike if you're not limping at least a little after you're done.
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good big loop using catalina highway, soldier trail, the AZT and la milagrosa ridge. perfect day. felt decent for the most part. saw some people here and there.

ended up being a small fire in molino basin the next day. yikes. certainly wasn't from me burning rubber :lol:
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Hiking avatar Aug 24 2016
The_Dude
Hiking11.05 Miles 2,699 AEG
Hiking11.05 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.55 mph
2,699 ft AEG      34 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
I had to head to our southern Arizona yard on Tuesday, so I ended up camping out Tuesday night in Tucson so I could get a good hike in. I was going to camp right by the trailhead, but there was a whole troop of rednecks there when I pulled in about 7:30 so I kept going. I ended up camping up on Incinerator Ridge, oddly enough I happened upon a nice campsite that I had been at with my wife some 16 years earlier. Pretty chilly up at 8000', there was a good wind going most of the night but I slept pretty well. Got started at the trailhead about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Everything is really green out here, you can tell the monsoon season has been good to the mountain. The trail is pretty overgrown from the Sycamore Reservoir on, Bear Canyon wasn't too bad, but the 'trail' over to the Thimble is really overgrown. I would strongly recommend having a GPS route if you are going to do this one anytime soon. There was a decent use trail to follow, but the grasses were so grown it it could be hard to find at time. I ended up getting off track quite a few times, but for the most part it is hard to go too far off course. I made it over to the Thimble and scrambled up to the first big rock shelf. I skipped the climb to the very top, it looked doable, but I was a bit dubious being solo and having seen no one on the trails. Awesome views all around for sure. Made it back to the van before one so I could head back in to town for a quick lunch and the usual drive home. Fun hike, I really like the Reservoir area.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
No big shows, but many things in bloom here and there. Grasses of course, Fern Acacaia, a few Penstemons, and Fleabane Daisy
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Feb 03 2015
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2015
topohiker
Hiking32.42 Miles 5,182 AEG
Hiking32.42 Miles   12 Hrs   43 Mns   2.89 mph
5,182 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This hike almost didn’t happen

My plan was to hike the AZT 10 from where Redington RD intersects the AZT. My ETA to the TH was 8:45. There was an accident on I-10 and that brought traffic to a standstill. This delayed me 45 minutes. After getting past the accident I continued on to Redinton RD. About10 miles from the intersection there was a sheriff and a road closed sign!! I then came up with plan B. Start at the northern end of the AZT 10. I when doubled-back to the Catalina highway and drove up to the Molino Basin campground.

My 8:45 ETA turned into a 10:15 arrival.

The Hike:
I went north on Bellota trail to the Prison Camp and checked it out. Then I headed south to the Italian trap TH. There was water everywhere! The creeks and washes were flowing heavy and fast. A good portion of the trail had water flowing down it. The Agua Caliente Wash was about 2 feet deep and 5 feet wide. I just bite the bullet and walked through it. I got to the Italian trap TH at dusk. FR4424 was a running creek.

On the way back, the valley was so cold I could see my breath.
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The Lake
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Dec 26 2014
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2014
BiFrost
Hiking16.01 Miles 2,909 AEG
Hiking16.01 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
2,909 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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The original plan was to hike Oracle Ridge AZT section but snow the night before made Redington Pass a better option. First the drive to the start which is down a nasty dirt road to Italian Trap. A friend dropped us off there and then hiked the first 2 miles with us to where it crosses Redington Road. We parted ways there and headed across the rolling hills of Redington Pass.

With all the snow and rain the night before every drainage had some water. Area of The Lake near Belota Ranch Road had many flowing drainages all the way to the Agua Caliente crossing which was also flowing strong. Then the trail connects with an old road and heads over to La Milagrosa creek which also had good water. From there the trail heads up with the first significant climb of the day that tops out on a saddle over looking Molino Basin and Catalina Highway. We took a nice break here after the long climb.

After the break we headed down the switch backs to Molino Basin and crossing the highway to the campground. Again more water in Molino Basin area and then hiked up the last hill to Hirabayashi TH. A bit cold and windy but otherwise great hike and section of AZT!

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clear water flowing into the lake

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good flow from recent rain and snow melt

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from recent rain and snow melt

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water flowing in the creek and spring area
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Dec 26 2014
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking16.01 Miles 2,909 AEG
Hiking16.01 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
2,909 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
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We only saw mountain bikers until we reached Molino Basin. The trail from Molino to Prison Camp seemed to be very popular, lots of hikers and their doggies.
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Feb 08 2014
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 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
michellancholy
Hiking13.00 Miles
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   2.10 mph
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I was foolish enough not to read the hike description for La Milagrosa before starting this trek. My Green Trails map shows the trail head at the east end of Snyder Road, so I just headed there. Big mistake. Snyder becomes a private road with all sorts of No Trespassing signs. After much confusion and some driving around and some dirty looks from the neighbors, I decided I had better consult HikeAZ. Once I read up on where to find the parking/trail head - Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road - things were back on track.

We left one car at Avn de Suzenu and Horsehead Rd and headed up Catalina Hwy to Soldier Trail in the other. We got out of the car and headed straight up. We took a pit stop at Prison Camp and then headed east on the Molino Basin Trail. At Molino, there was a rather giant and obnoxious group of car campers making an unholy racket, so we passed on by as fast as we could.

The Bellota Ranch Trail starts on the other side of the highway from Molino Basin. For me, this was uncharted territory beyond this point. After a quick hill, we popped up and over the ridge and into the Reddington Pass area. We paused here for some lunch and some scenery.

After heading back downhill, we came upon a tank and a mostly dried up pond. We stopped to chat with a trail runner who had come up behind us and was doing the same Soldier Trail to Milagrosa traverse that we were. He trotted off while I was still getting some rocks out of my shoe. Continuing east past that, we came to a fork in the trail. It is unsigned, but one fork continues in a more northerly direction while the other heads more south. Upon a quick consultation of our map for some reassurance, we headed south. For the remainder of the trip we were presented with lovely and alternating views of Milagrosa Canyon and Agua Caliente Canyon.

At almost the end of the hike, there is an old, abandoned house that is pretty cool looking. Distracted by that, we went more south when we should have stayed westbound. Instead of coming out at the gate near Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road, we ended up back in that private area of Snyder Road. It was somewhat of a slog back to the car along the pavement. I think if we had done this trek in reverse, the whole trail head starting in a residential area, where do I park, where do I go thing would have been a lot easier to figure out.

Despite a few logistical issues, this was a great hike. I loved the views of Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons. We were already planning another hike for the area before we even finished this one.
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