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Oct 27 2015
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2015
The_Dude
Hiking6.55 Miles 1,790 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.46 mph
1,790 ft AEG      25 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I have been aiming for this one for about a month now, but autumn storms and some family plans have kept getting in the way. Not today! I got to the trailhead about 3:15 to start my hiking day. Nice weather conditions, but a bit toasty to start my hike. I did the Alamo Springs spur loop in CCW direction with the off-trail scramble out to Ridge Crest Peak. I saw a desert tortoise about a half mile up the Alamo Springs trail, always a good sighting! I took a little different track up to the peak, I was just using the standard path of least resistance. There were a few spicy moments, but for the most part this was a reasonable scramble. The worst part was trying to avoid the sharp ends of the Yuccas/ Cholla/ Prickly Pear/ Catclaw, there were a few points where I had to circle quite a bit to keep myself in one piece. i did manage to have one good Prickly Pear hit on my arm, spines and glochids that I spent some time removing, and then again when I got home...Views are great from the top, I could see as far north as the Superstition Ridgeline, of course the Catalinas were up front and center. After a short break up top exploring around, I started down teh south side of the peak and was surprise to see some trail! There is even a sign up there, apparently there is a loop from the east side that I did not know about. I followed this trail down a bit, and then cut back over to Alamo. I headed north again, and then made my way back by the Alamo Spur and Wild Burro trails. There was some nice golden color out here thanks to the Turpentine (Ericameria laricifolia), Dogweed (Thymophylla pentachaeta, gotta love that.), and Senecio. There was just a few wisps of clouds out on the western horizon, made for a fantastic sunset out in the desert. Made it back to the van only having seen one other person all hike, and that was about 5 minutes from the start. Another great day in the Tortolitas. I beat last year's mileage total with this hike, and I still have two months left in the year...woo hoo!
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May 09 2014
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2014
azdesertfather
Hiking7.23 Miles 2,057 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.48 mph
2,057 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Finally got this one in. Nice, warm day...lots of gnats out there! But great views. Dig the Alamo Springs loop while I was out there.

Nice surprise to discover that this peak is part of the Canyon View Trail 2.5 mile loop, that comes off of Canyon Mountain Drive. I posted pictures of the sign at the top.
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Apr 10 2008
oilman1946
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 Photos 7
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74 male
 Joined Apr 04 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2008
oilman1946
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.38 mph
1,923 ft AEG
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We only were able to discover this trail because of "Hike Arizona". It is extremely well marked including trailhead "Wild Burro" and the branches at Upper and Lower Javelina.
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Mar 08 2008
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Alamo Springs to Ridge Crest PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2008
fricknaley
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
1,923 ft AEG
 
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allen fraley
I've been eyeing this peak for years, so I'm happy I finally found a way up it. This is a great, steep bushwhack.

Today was overcast and perfect for peakbagging. There are tons of lupines, chicory and fiddlenecks. Brittlebush are just starting. There are scattered poppies as well. The Tortolitas are very nice once you get in there.
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