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Bug Springs Trail - 14 members in 52 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 11 2019
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 11 2019
fricknaley
Run/Jog14.40 Miles 2,943 AEG
Run/Jog14.40 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   4.26 mph
2,943 ft AEG      6 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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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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Jun 05 2019
toddak
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 Guides 8
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
AZT #11b PRW bypass, AZ 
AZT #11b PRW bypass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2019
toddak
Hiking22.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   11 Hrs      2.00 mph
5,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Biked down the highway from the top then hiked NOBO from the Gordon H campground. Excellent climb on quality trails that's just as rugged, scenic and enjoyable as the regular passage. Great views throughout and very green at the higher elevations.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Crystal Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
light, clean flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Novio Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
light, clean flow
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Apr 20 2019
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Green Bug, AZ 
Green Bug, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 20 2019
fricknaley
Run/Jog18.50 Miles 4,816 AEG
Run/Jog18.50 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   3.68 mph
4,816 ft AEG      10 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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parked at the sycamore reservoir trailead at Hirabayshi and made my way up bug springs and green mountain trails to the san pedro vista. ended up being a pretty difficult route

fair amount of traffic for these trails, but certainly not heavy. there are maybe 3 downed trees on green mountain? it had been a while since i was on the upper green mountain trail.

one little patch of snow left up near the top

got pretty warm down low. thankful for the forgiving breeze
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Aug 25 2018
MandaBearPig
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 Routes 12
 Photos 51
 Triplogs 13

31 female
 Joined Jul 11 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
MandaBearPig
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,165 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   1.79 mph
1,165 ft AEG
 
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Gorgeous, well-maintained trail. The trail starts out strong, switchbacking up a ridge which you will follow until you peak and descend into the oak-filled canyon. Monsoon the night before and we started early to beat the heat. It was cool and breezy the entire way with lots of running water. Turned around at the creek (about 2.5 miles) as my partner was getting fatigued and wasn't sure she could complete the entire route out-and-back. Will definitely be back to complete soon!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bug Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Aug 14 2018
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 14 2018
fricknaley
Run/Jog9.80 Miles 1,500 AEG
Run/Jog9.80 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   4.23 mph
1,500 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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humidity was very high. kind of reinjured my hamstring :o

can't catch a break lately
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Jan 05 2018
rvcarter
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 Guides 33
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73 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2018
rvcarter
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We hadn't done Bug Springs trail in a long time and never the spring itself. Started at the Prison Camp parking just off Catalina Hwy, semi bushwhacked up the canyon to the spring (no water, although some in pools about half way up), then cut up to the main trail. We followed the very nice trail up to the point where it looks down on the Hwy near General Hitchcock CG and turned around. I don't think many people include the drop down to the hwy in this hike.

I had noticed a "trail" down the drainage on my GPS basemap and we decided to see where it went. It was probably the old trail up (since the new one ascends gradually), but it is wildly inaccurate. Don't follow the line on the map, but just follow the drainage (and my track) and it eventually rejoins the trail. There is some really nice and relatively easy boulder hopping along the way down, along with forgiving vegetation.

Beautiful day out and decent workout.
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Oct 08 2017
fricknaley
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 Guides 93
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 08 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog10.00 Miles 2,365 AEG
Run/Jog10.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   4.35 mph
2,365 ft AEG      7 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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from the prison camp trailhead. lot of friendly bikers and a handful of hikers too. felt decent for being post call. really nice day, especially in the oaks and pines. lower part was a little hot.
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May 07 2017
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 07 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog10.00 Miles 2,480 AEG
Run/Jog10.00 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   4.00 mph
2,480 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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supposed to be part of a much much longer outing but i fell apart very early after another brutal weekend at work
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Jun 08 2016
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 08 2016
fricknaley
Run/Jog9.15 Miles 2,215 AEG
Run/Jog9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   4.22 mph
2,215 ft AEG      5 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 
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started at 6:45am. great trail as alaways
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Apr 30 2016
fujijess
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 Joined Jan 12 2015
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2016
fujijess
Hiking4.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
1,500 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Started out 11am Sat 4/30/16, plenty of parking in the little Bug Springs trail-head parking lot. The dry, first part heads straight up. This is where I got my tougher cardio out of the way (but really there were plenty more opportunities throughout). There was one large horse group and 2 mountain bikers. The canyon part is the prettiest part, made me happy I finally tried this trail. Spotted several Mexican Jay's in the canyon. Reached the end (small parking strip on the highway, picnic spot across the road). Took me about 2 hrs 15 mins one way. No bushwhack pants needed, shorts were fine.
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Jun 07 2015
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 07 2015
fricknaley
Run/Jog8.80 Miles 2,014 AEG
Run/Jog8.80 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   3.88 mph
2,014 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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tough run. got pretty hot. always one of my favorite local trails
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Apr 03 2015
Jim_H
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40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2015
Jim_H
Hiking7.25 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   3 Hrs      2.42 mph
1,400 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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I started at the lower trailhead across from the Prison Camp, and hiked to a point in the canyon. Ii turned back when a mountain biker told me I had a little more to go than daylight allowed me to hike. Actually, I was not super impressed with this trail, it was chillier than expected, and for some reason I was really tired and really hungry.
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Nov 25 2014
wha
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 Joined Feb 10 2012
 Arizona
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2014
wha
Hiking8.95 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking8.95 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.05 mph
2,040 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Oct 21 2014
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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After work shorty. Amazing sunset. Played with my iPhone camera's HDR setting and got some good sunset pic results.
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Sep 29 2014
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking2.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
520 ft AEG
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Morning shorty from Bear Canyon.
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Mar 26 2014
camiles
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45 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 26 2014
camiles
Run/Jog9.70 Miles 2,100 AEG
Run/Jog9.70 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   3.51 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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An out and back from the Lower Bug Spring trailhead out to Bear Canyon, back over to Prison Camp and back. It was great to see the new signage with the AZT Logo marking this section of the AZT Wilderness Bypass - including nice signs all the way to Prison Camp!

Only saw a little water in the canyon east of Bear Canyon - not even totally sure if it was really a little flow or just left over from recent storms...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643045891623/
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Jan 26 2014
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,176 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.47 mph
1,176 ft AEG      5 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
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Afternoon hike up to the first Chihuahua pine tree then back.
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Dec 26 2013
wha
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 Joined Feb 10 2012
 Arizona
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2013
wha
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,690 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.21 mph
2,690 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Up and back starting from the lower trailhead. I like this trail. As the description says, it's like two hikes in one. The lower part has interesting rock formations, great views of the surrounding canyons and the Tucson basin and beyond. I swear today I could see mountain ranges in the distance I hadn't seen before. Dang windy on the ridge though. Then you drop down into the forrested canyon. Lots of snow, water flowing. Beautiful. There were icy stretches though through here, and worse again on the descent into Bear Canyon. Skidded my way down, wishing I had some spikes, but only falling once. Had lunch and then headed back.
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Nov 09 2013
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      50 Mns   3.60 mph
700 ft AEG
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My first hike as a Tucson resident. After work quickie at sunset; a huge owl flew past me.
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Oct 26 2013
davidbwings
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 Routes 5
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53 male
 Joined Jun 29 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Bug Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
davidbwings
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,006 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.29 mph
3,006 ft AEG   2 Hrs   19 Mns Break
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Warm Oct day hike starting at Prison Camp across the road and Bug Springs trail up to the Middle Bear Canyon picnic areas for lunch and then return. Lots of bear scat along the wooded section of trail in the appropriately named Bear Canyon.
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