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Jun 08 2022
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 162
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.07 mph
2,700 ft AEG
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Hiked to Rice peak from Oracle ridge trailhead with Brian and Jim. The high temp in Summerhaven today was supposed to be 81 or 82 but it felt much hotter at times on Oracle ridge. There wasn't a lot of tree cover the entire day. I finished an entire gallon of water with about a mile left in the hike, luckly it was after 6 pm when I ran out. On these very hot days when the hike is over 10 miles, I found that I need more than a gallon. As for the hike, it was all good trail and some roads. I thought there would be a small bushwhack in the end, but there was a road that went all the way up to Rice peak.

Total AEG with Marble peak and Rice peak was 2,700.
Total distance all day was 12.15 miles.
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 Marana, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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From the upper TH. Hot and out of season. Dan Saddle seems lower than 7,000' as it is so hot. Most of the north slopes of the range are pretty worthless terrain after decades of bad management, several hot fires, and the general harsh conditions. Some people are in to it, but frankly I don't care much for the Catalinas anymore or Tucson hiking in general. Pinalenos and Santa Ritas are much nicer.
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Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ 
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ
 
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Hiking10.60 Miles 3,415 AEG
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I have had the Pinal County High Point on my Radar screen for a while, so I decided to head towards Tucson and add Pinal County to my AZ County High Point list. I have now done 10 of the 15 AZ county high pointers, and hope to get at least 4 of the 5 done in the coming months. I still have to figure out what to do about Mount Graham.

I drove down and took FR 29 from Peppersauce Campground for about 1.5 miles and parked. As it turned out I could have driven another 3/4 mile or so and parked at the junction with 29-4472-4475. I was fine with parking where I was to make a more legitimate hike out of it. I think that a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance could go about a mile from the campground, but if you went much further than that it would be better in a 4WD vehicle.

My route on the way up went from FR 29 to FR 4472 to FR 4483, which led up to Rice Peak. Then I did an easy off-trail descent down the north slopes of Rice to the Pinal County High Point. I then retraced my steps back up to Rice Peak and then back to FR 4483. This time, when I got the 4483-4475 junction, I took FR 4475 just to take a different route back. I believe that @chumley drove up this road when he bagged the Pinal Hi Point, and there were some steep, steep sections of the road, which would for sure make for an adventurous drive.

On my way back into town I was driving through Gold Canyon and decided to stop off and bag Silly Mountain, since I had never done it. There is actually a decent trail system through there with lots of trails -- where else can you do a 1.8 mile hike and be on 7 trails? I did a short loop and bagged Silly Mountain, and there were a number of other trails that I did not go on.

The mileage and AEG for the 2 hikes are as follows:
Rice Peak/Pinal Co High Point: 8.8 miles with an AEG of 2,949'
Silly Mountain: 1.8 miles with an AEG of 466'

The stats above are the sum of these two.
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There were a few wildflowers in bloom on Silly Mountain -- quite a few brittlebush and globemallow, and a few creosote bush and blue dicks.
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,375 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.70 mph
3,375 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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"Rice Peak via Peppersaucy"

The mountains were calling, so I happily ditched work on a Friday afternoon for something more important (hike time!). I parked amid amber-leaved sycamores near the springs in upper Peppersauce Wash and began hiking up a nameless side canyon I had hiked a week before. Passing the Three C Ranch Mine, I started hiking up Forest Road 4475 toward Rice Peak. Very green and woodsy in this area, reminiscent of the Mazatzals I thought. The road grew steadily steeper, more slippery, and scenic. On the northeast ridge I rounded the "back-through" switch back (the Chumley route? :o ), happy I had not decided to drive this road. The north slope of Rice Peak had a few pines and a pretty ravine with a dried out spring trough and a bit of fall color. Reaching the crest of Oracle Ridge, I turned south to follow Forest Road 4483/the Arizona Trail route, enjoying the incredible views around me as I sweated up the mountainside. The road reached a ridiculous level of steepness as I reached the summit of Rice Peak, where I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the view and layer-up in the chilly, roaring wind. Descending the summit cone, I explored a bit more of Oracle Ridge before turning around to head back. I butt-surfed a time or two on the steep road on the way down, and stopped to explore the Three C Ranch Mine's tunnels as sunset arrived. My findings in the incline shafts included a rotted, half-eaten deer carcass, mud, and sketchy looking, possibly caved-in routes beyond the main entry level. Another tunnel held bats and a covering of small, crusty sulfur crystals. The last stretch down the nameless side canyon held a surprise deer encounter and the sweet blended smell of sycamore and wood smoke from a hunting camp. Ended the day by meeting my wife for Mexican food in Catalina, a great way to end an afternoon's adventure.
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Rice PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.51 Miles 2,588 AEG
Hiking10.51 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
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I finally got this county high point out of the way and it really was not by design. Carrie and I had chosen Oracle Ridge as a hike to beat the 80 degree temps they were calling for in the lower elevations and it was not until I looked at the route when we got to the trailhead that I reallized Rice was along the way and at about five miles from the trailhead, it seems like the perfect turn around point.

This was my first time on this portion of the AZT and I was generally impressed. The trail was in pretty good shape and the views were nice. In particular, there are some nice views of the Pinalenos and Graham of course, eye sore telescope and all. Rice is not the most spectacular peak and the final approach is a road walk, but it was still a pleasant little spot to take a quick break. We returned the way we came, but did discuss a possible loop with Red Ridge and then were pleased to see there is a description for that in HAZ, so maybe another time for sure. We finished to some very rain.

**Edit. Well the lord giveth and the lord taketh. A pleasant hike to Rice Peak, but apparently not the Pinal County High Point.
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 Mesa, AZ
Oracle Ridge Trail #1Tucson, AZ
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Hiking15.60 Miles 3,781 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   2.09 mph
3,781 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This hike is in the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book, and it's suggested as a downhill shuttle, which would mean more driving time than hiking time for an entire day hike from Phoenix. I've decided to tackle it in 2 sections, one half from the bottom, one half from the top. Rice Peak seemed to be the reasonable midway spot to pick, plus there's a road that you can follow to the peak to make an official peak bag. Today we started from the bottom, i.e. Oracle.

We parked at the spacious lot at the intersection of Cody Loop and Durant Roads, next to the water tower. This is the official beginning of the Oracle Trail #1. The sun hit us early on once we started to gain some elevation. At one point I even put my hood up on my thinner hiking shirt for sun protection. By the time we reached Rice Peak, however, the clouds had rolled in and the temps had dropped a bit. Just enough to make everything comfortable. There were some briefs periods of sun breaking through, but every time I looked up at Mt. Lemmon, it was pretty dark and cloudy up there.

On our way up we had two trail runners go past us, about 10 min apart. Along the way also was a dog that from what the runners told us, follows them up every day. Not sure how far up they went, but it must have been close to our destination of Rice Peak.

The road last section of the trail was the dirt road. That part was the steepest part of the hike, and I'm glad it was on a dirt road instead of a regular trail. It was still very difficult from a cardiovascular standpoint, but the wide road made for an easier way to walk on smoother ground as opposed to loose rock. the last section up to Rice Peak from the trail/road was a bear. At least a few hundred extra feet of AEG on rip rap. The hike back down from the peak was harder than the hike up.

On our way back, Joe and Wally were talking and missed a few turn offs onto the trail from the dirt roads, and then ended up making more wrong turns on the dirt roads. They ended up hiking an extra 2.5 miles more than I did. I noticed them behind me with just about 2 miles left on my hike, which confused me. The last time I saw them they were at least a half mile ahead of me. Everyone made it back ok with sore muscles, joints, etc. Saw a few other hikers, but not many. Also saw a group of horse riders, but they weren't even riding when we saw them. Sat there for several minutes.
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Oracle Ridge Trail #1Tucson, AZ
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,289
Hiking18.28 Miles 4,736 AEG
Hiking18.28 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.79 mph
4,736 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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Chris needed to start working Oracle Ridge Trail #1 off his 100 Hikes list. Wally was joining and Bruce wanted to hustle Cabin Boy 2 from Chris Elliott. A good lil' stats hike in an area we don't visit often sealed the deal.

Oracle Ridge Trail #1
Starts off through tall grass and catclaw. Lucily well maintained. Not interacting with the razor beast was dandy. A few nice examples of Cane Cholla in the first mile.

Lunched at the peak then headed back down. Apparently Wally and I got into a distracting conversation and missed a junction. This being such a straightforward hike I turned the volume on RS way down. A quick 700 feet straight down a steep road perched us over Chain Link Tank. Wow, how'd we miss that earlier and why is RS beeping off trail entering the prize water report sure to save countless backpackers grief?

Gee we're way off trail, good thing we're experienced hikers... back up the ridiculous grade. Ah there's our turn, whew! 10 minutes later, why are we still ascending??? Gasp we turned back up towards Rice Peak...lol

For the first time I recall we had to shake a leg to catch up with Stiller four miles down the trail.

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Great to see Chris & Wally. I enjoy a good burn and it's nice to see fresh horizons. That said I would hike this often if I lived nearby, otherwise once every ten years is enough for myself.

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This is a good hike with some nice AEG. Once you get going it's hard to stop so why not add a few extra miles and AEG? The trail went from road to trail to road so it was easy to pass a gate. It seems somewhere after about .5 miles is when you wake up and say "Did we miss that turn?" :lol: The steep grade got the burn on and it would have been worse on a hot day so grin and keep moving. It was good to hike with Joe & Chris again. We got a great reaction from Chris when he looked back and saw us approaching from behind. After this workout whatever hike next week will be easy.
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Rice PeakTucson, AZ
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Had not been up to Rice Peak. Randy Park led our group including Neil Christensen, Kent Naugle, and Rob SIms. We parked on Campo Bonito Road which was closer than American Flag or Cody Loop. Beautiful day to hike and great group. The trail is good, but much of the hiking is on Forest Service roads or ATV roads that are steep and rocky with lots of slippery pebbles underfoot. Like slalom skiing coming down :) . The view from the peak is beautiful with great vistas to the west including Biosphere II, Oracle and San Manuel to the north, and the Galliuro Mountains to the east. It was too windy to have lunch at the top, so we descended before lunch. We heard some rifle shots, as it is deer hunting season, and saw some camps with hunters along Campo Bonito Road.
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 Tempe, AZ
Pinal County HighpointTucson, AZ
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The Approach:

After a quick morning in Sacaton, I decided to head for Mt. Lemmon. I've driven the back road off Lemmon to Oracle once before, but it was years ago, and I've never hiked on this side of the Catalinas. I know very little about the area.

With the goal of reaching the Pinal County Highpoint and the nearby Rice Peak, I did some quick HAZ research and saw some big climbs from the Peppersauce area. I also saw that there's actually a road all the way to Rice Peak that is open to all vehicles according to the FS MVUM. I had read online that the road can get a little bit rough near the top but my day had taken longer than planned and a 10+ mile hike was not in the cards with the amount of daylight remaining. So I decided to cut some of the mileage by driving the road.

Holy crap what an unexpected adventure! If you're into jeep roads, this one is a beaut! There is minimal rock crawling or climbing shelves or obstacles, but overall the road is ridiculously steep with some tippy exposure, and covered what is best described as scree. Loose rock that provided little firm traction and left my truck unable to ascend in 4-low without engaging the locker :)

I went down one hill so steep that I became concerned I wouldn't be able to get back up. There was a switchback so tight I had to perform a 7-point turn 100 yards ahead of it and approach it in reverse, only to continue uphill going forward. :)

Hiking, schmiking! This was a great drive! :y:

I finally reached the ridgeline (FR 4483) and the AZT. I drove up the ridge a bit before reaching a spot that I decided not to proceed beyond. It could have been done, but I would have preferred a spotter and another support vehicle. At this point, I was close enough to the peak it didn't justify anything riskier than I had already done.

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With just under a mile to Rice, I started hoofing it up the road at about 4:30. Wow is this a steep section of road/trail! Finally above the switchbacks, the grade moderated before the final push to the summit of Rice, which is also very steep.

I found the benchmark, and then checked my GPS to make my way toward the county high point on the north slope. I followed an obvious use path to the northeast for a short distance before it disappeared and then had to cut back toward the ridge that would obviously be the highest point that crosses the county line. Checking the GPS frequently, I got close to where I thought it should be. Sure enough, about 30 feet to the north, I spotted a large pile of rocks with a bright red can housing a register sitting nicely on top! :y:

I looked at the register, and saw only one HAZ name in it... from 2005. A comment from one of the signers said "If only Rice Peak was in Pinal County! The efforts we go to reach COHPs is amazing!" :lol:

I was happy to find the cairn, signed the register, and then contemplated the route back to the road. I opted to head downhill rather than backtracking to Rice, and had managed about 20 feet before I decided to zip on my pant legs due to the obvious mess I was about to endure. Not more than 20 feet after moving again, I stumbled upon an old road cut that descended steeply down the ridge. I followed this down a while before realizing this old road was not going to get me back to my truck. At the correct contour, I turned west and traversed over to the main Ridge and my waiting truck. I was happy to have my pant legs on as pushing through the thick brush was difficult and very stabby. I don't recommend this to anybody.

Back at the truck, I skipped the summit beer with apprehension for the descent ahead of me. After studying topo maps carefully, I decided to choose a different route down (I'd almost always rather choose the known over the unknown, but the route I had taken up was one I didn't wish to return on). The ridgeline route on FS4483 was a better choice. By no means easy, pleasant, or other rosy adjective -- just a better choice than the road I had taken up the mountain (FS 4475).

A quick stop at Peppersauce Campground (nice place!) and I was on my way back to Oracle. Stopped at the Tom Mix Memorial, and still don't know who the guy was or why he has a memorial in the middle of absolutely nowhere! :-k

All in all, a pretty good day! :)
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Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking27.20 Miles 4,550 AEG
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4,550 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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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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azdesertfatherTriplogs 900
Hiking27.93 Miles 4,659 AEG
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Started the day on top of Lemmon. Friend of mine, Fred, graciously gave us a ride to the top. Only made it as far as the gate next to the Iron Door Restaurant. The gate wasn't open, which meant our trip got an extra mile and a half in length. We hiked to the outhouse by the electrical substation, where we needed to start, and the guys needed all needed a potty break, so I took a quick jog to the top of Lemmon and back...then after these two little hikes, the hike REALLY began!

On the way up in doing segment 11 we took trail #5, so this time we took trail #5A back down to the Lemmon Trail. First time on the Wilderness of Rocks trail, really nice. Then to Marshall Gulch and up the road to Summerhaven for lunch. Denny and I decided to cheat and get a soda and candy bar before heading out ... nice!

After lunch in town we headed to the Oracle Ridge Trail, where things turned pretty scarred and ugly. Amazing after all this time, it is not bouncing back...not even grass coverage or anything on the ground, just all dead. Nice views on the ridge though, incredible views! The further down the trail we went, the better things looked though.

One nice thing about today is that I started the day climbing the highest peak in Pima County and that afternoon we all scaled the highest point in Pinal County, Rice Peak. The peak itself is still in Pima County, but the edge of the mountain is still higher than any other place in Pinal...so the day was a two-fer!

Denny was a little nervous about us hiking out in the dark, but we didn't need lamps until we turned onto the Cody Trail, and all went well.

And the most exciting thing about the day is that when we arrived at American Flag Trailhead, the 3 of us had the Arizona Trail finished from Mexico to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon completed!!! Awesome.

Surprised by seeing virtually no wildflowers all day. The only place we really started to hit even a few was on the Cody Trail...we saw them in our headlamps.

We're nearing the end boys...just 5 segments to go!
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 Mesa, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12Tucson, AZ
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Another outing on the Arizona Trail.Bruce had all the logistics figured out and picked me up and then Dave. The Father set up a car at one end.Then he had a friend(Fred)take us up Mount Lemmon.Thanks Dave, Fred,and Bruce.A locked gate added an extra 1.5 miles to the days hike.This hike was a challenge with lots of different terrain.There was some snow at the top but not much.The first half with the pines,boulders,streams was pretty nice and the climb didn't seem that bad although it felt a little warm.We ate our lunch in Summerhaven then headed out.It seemed a little erie going through the dead zone on Oracle Ridge.Some great views though.Below Rice Peak it got better with some grassland and greener vegetation.I thought we would be hot as we got lower but the late afternoon hours really made the temps nice.The sunset was a nice one and we did our last hour with headlamps.This was my first AZT I haven't done at least once with Joe.We really missed his signing,jokes,encouragement,wealth of knowledge,etc.... :( Get well my friend,get well.We will help you make this one up.Thanks Bruce and Dave, you rock! 38 passeges down and 5 to go! :y:
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Rice PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.10 Miles 2,502 AEG
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Two points satisfy obtaining HP; one is the intersection of Oracle Ridge and the Pinal/Pima county line and the other is a small knoll located 1325 ft. NNE of Rice Peak.

My Trailhead: 0.6 miles west of Mt. Lemmon Highway on FR29 in Peppersauce Canyon (approximately 10 miles south of Oracle).

Followed FR29 to FR29C to FR4472 to FR4483. Left FR4483 at switchbacks, headed off-trail east to ridge and located cairn (GPS elev. 7305). Continued off-trail to the knoll (GPS elev. 7257). Returned by heading off-trail west to meet back with FR4483. Hike elevation gain: 2502 ft.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 1995
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking8.80 Miles 3,951 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles
3,951 ft AEG
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This was our third attempt to reach Rice Pk due to private land issue and heavy brush the previous times. Success this time.
[Back then the only trail was the old one described in the description. The current track/AZT alignment did not exist, the old alignment passed the county highpoint]
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Mar 19 1995
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Rice PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 1995
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
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Partners none no partners
This was our second attempt after running into private land issue in the area around High Jinks / Camp Bonito - I think its a non issue now. This time we tried approaching from Peppersauce Wash but ended up in heavy brush but eventually made it to the ridge but again we didn't make it to Rice. :doh:
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average hiking speed 2.45 mph

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