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Apr 17 2021
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Loma Alta to Miller Creek, AZ 
Loma Alta to Miller Creek, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 17 2021
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog22.85 Miles 5,064 AEG
Run/Jog22.85 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   3.56 mph
5,064 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Relatively cool weather this weekend suggested I should try one of the lower-elevation routes I had been wanting to do for awhile, a point-to-point from Loma Alta to Miller Creek. The main goal here was to see (a) the abandoned Madrona Ranger Station, and (b) the hard to access lower/middle part of the Rincon Creek trail.

Wasn't totally excited about Quilter Trail, but the cactus blossoms were a nice, unexpected treat. All the cacti and ocotillos were in full bloom. Manning Camp trail down to the ranger station was fun, and really the only part of the day where we could really cruise without effort. Someone has done a lot of work on this trail that seems to mainly be used by equestrians now.

The ranger station was - as expected - abandoned. Chiminea Creek upstream from the trail crossing had some nice pools with a little bit of flow, and was a nice place to cool off and top off water supplies.

The first couple miles of Rincon Creek trail are uneventful, and the fun starts at Rincon Creek (which is mostly dry right now, but had a cool stagnant pool at the crossing that served well for cooling). That narrow stretch of the canyon would be cool to see when there's water. The climb itself was a grind, but probably wouldn't have been too bad had it not been for the 13 mile long approach. The wind made it a much more pleasant experience.

Once in the tall pines of Happy Valley Saddle, temperatures were nice and pleasant. The canyon that drains Happy Valley Saddle had some pools about half a mile down from the Rincon Peak junction, which could be useful information for camping. Could've spent all day sitting there, but beer awaited. Miller Creek trail was chunky as usual, but mostly shaded and pleasant.

Glad I got this one done; probably won't do again. As of this writing, I think I only have about 4.5 miles of official trail left to see in the Rincons...
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Applies only to cacti and ocotillos, which were putting on a show.

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Some flow through the pools upstream from ranger station.

dry Madrona Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at Rincon Creek trail


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Pools here and there in both forks, could be some flow in one stretch of the fork south of Rincon Creek trail. Still a decent pool at the trail crossing at the bottom.
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Mar 26 2021
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Rincon Creek TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
toddak
Hiking28.00 Miles 6,500 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   13 Hrs      2.15 mph
6,500 ft AEG
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Tough hike just to get to the start, but worth the effort. From Loma Alta TH mountain biked Hope Camp to the start of Quilter and stashed the bike, then up Quilter and down Manning to Madrona - phew, what a warmup, now let's get started! Rincon Creek Trail is beautifully constructed and in good condition, an excellent, steady climb to my turnaround at Happy Valley Saddle. Pretty parched out there right now, but after a normal winter I'm sure there would be lots of flowing water - I'll be back someday.

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fairly clean pools, tiny trickle
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Feb 06 2021
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Loma Alta to TVR, AZ 
Loma Alta to TVR, AZ
 
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog22.67 Miles 4,885 AEG
Run/Jog22.67 Miles   7 Hrs      3.78 mph
4,885 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Along for the ride on this one, but helped suggest the route. I had been to Tanque Verde Peak 5 years back, when I thought I could do it in the spring with a 16oz handheld, and had one of my most memorable running-out-of-water experiences. (Technically I was right, I was able to do it with just 16oz).

Good waterfalls below Grass Shack. Would like to get closer sometime. Up on Cowhead Saddle, we ran into the first hiker since leaving Hope Camp Trail. Rest of the way up the peak was fine, a little bit of snow left, was expecting much more.

Filled up water at Juniper Basin - water was much better than the larvae-infested murk I had to use to wet my mouth on the earlier TVP experience. Saw a solo backpacker there who said he was on his way to Manning Camp - it was already 3pm, not sure he knew what he was getting into.

Good day, tougher route than expected.

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Lots of water in the falls below Grass Shack.

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Nov 26 2020
mitchelll
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20 male
 Joined Jan 11 2016
 tucson, az
Quilter TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
mitchelll
Hiking7.00 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   4.12 mph
530 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Feb 23 2020
ChollaPaws
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49 female
 Joined Dec 09 2018
 San Tan Valley,
Grass Shack campground, AZ 
Grass Shack campground, AZ
 
Horseback avatar Feb 23 2020
ChollaPaws
Horseback10.51 Miles 531 AEG
Horseback10.51 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   3.60 mph
531 ft AEG
 
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Dec 15 2019
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 15 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog26.65 Miles 6,607 AEG
Run/Jog26.65 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   3.37 mph
6,607 ft AEG
 
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Over a year ago, I started an endeavor to run the entire AZ trail, south to north, in chunks (usually 1-2 passages). Yesterday I finally found a decent opportunity to run the next passage (weather and logistics are the biggest factors).

Quilter Trail to Grass Shack really just has two climbs, interspersed with flattish, runnable terrain. All of the drainages were flowing. Grass Shack was beautiful, much more so than I expected from a place called "Grass Shack". Would be an excellent camp ground when there is water in the creek.

Grass Shack up to Manning Camp was a long, slow beast of a climb. Not extremely steep, but very few flat sections of trail. The views looking back are excellent, and once you hit the Devil's Bathtub junction, you're in beautiful forest. Another creek crossing, a short steep climb, and then I was at Manning. It was cold up there, and there's still some snowpack just upcanyon.

Past Manning Camp was a beautiful flowing creek and lovely woods. I skipped the little out-and-back to the Mica summit because it was cold (and now windy), and I've already been there and know there's not much of a view... Whatever snow was left on the north slope was thin and icy, not much of it but it did require a little attention. Stopped at Italian Spring to top off my water; the seep was pathetically small considering the fact that everything else was flowing (water tasted good though). There's water charging out of the ground where the trail crosses back across the same drainage a mile down the trail...

All the little creeks down low were flowing. Even the wash near Italian Trap had water, and I had to get my feet wet crossing it.

Good little adventure. Gotta be one of my favorite passages thus far (Passage 1 is tough to beat though).

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Water tasted good.

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Plenty of water.
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Jan 14 2018
Pivo
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64 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Grass Shack CG, AZ 
Grass Shack CG, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
Pivo
Hiking20.26 Miles 3,687 AEG
Hiking20.26 Miles   9 Hrs   39 Mns   2.77 mph
3,687 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
 
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Went to Grass Shack CG to escort Pete and Yanko on their way to Manning Camp CG. We had more than a little bit of excitement when we were charged by a presumed rabid Gray Fox at 1130 in the morning. He was not afraid of us and advanced upon us 2 or 3 times. We were able to stand our ground and force his retreat buy throwing rocks at it.
We will report the encounter to Park officials in the morning.
There was a report of a women being bitten in the area earlier in the week by a rabid fox.
The only wildlife that really concerns me are rabid animals and bees. This was my third encounter with a rabid one.
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Jan 14 2018
GrottoGirl
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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Grass Shack CG, AZ 
Grass Shack CG, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
GrottoGirl
Hiking20.26 Miles 3,687 AEG
Hiking20.26 Miles   9 Hrs   39 Mns   2.77 mph
3,687 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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My boyfriend and his friend wanted to do a section of the AZT, instead of just dropping them off I convinced some friends to hike with them for a while.

Over half way to Grass Shack I spotted that three of the guys had stopped ahead of me. At first I thought they were taking pictures of something. Then I noticed sticks in the air and rocks flying. By the time I approached all the excitement was gone. The guys encountered a likely rabid fox. So be on the look out.

A few pools along the way had some water thanks to recent rain.

It was a nice day for a long hike. This is a pretty easy 20 miles!

Afterwards we went to Saguaro Corners for drinks and food.
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Mar 04 2017
The_N
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 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven, AZ 
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2017
The_N
Backpack70.00 Miles 16,000 AEG
Backpack70.00 Miles2 Days   13 Hrs   45 Mns   
16,000 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Day 1: I decided to join Dallin on a portion of his Spring Break AZT dash. We were dropped off at Gabe Zimmerman TH on Saturday a.m. and started the trek at segment #8. It was a sunny, beautiful day. The trail is mostly flat and winds through a scenic desert. Saguaros dominate, Rincon Peak looms and neat geology surrounds. The smell of spring Creosote wafted through the air. Plenty of mountain bikers on this stretch. We breaked at Rincon Creek and enjoyed a brief soak. Heading up and into the mountains we would cross many flowing drainages and even saw a distant waterfall. After some climbing, we both hit a wall and stopped for camp on a rock slab 2 miles short of Grass Shack. Worst campsite ever. We were joined at camp by Anna, a solo backpacker on the 2nd night of her maiden voyage, who we'd been leap frogging in those last 6 miles.

Day 2: We woke up refreshed and determined to make up some milage. We started our climb up Mica Mountain. The ever changing terrain kept me in awe. Unlike anything I'd seen in AZ. The Juniper grasslands gave way to pines. The trail was beautiful and easy to follow. The creek at Grass Shack was flowing good. Temps dropped as we climbed and we didn't see any sunshine all day. Our nutrition / water break at Manning Camp was fairly chilly. We reached the top shortly after and enjoyed the stunning views. We hit a few snow patches on the north face of Mica. Nothing too bad but the slow melt made the trail loose and slick. We made our way down through the oak and manzanita forest before a nice afternoon/evening stroll over the rolling grasslands. Winds were ripping, deer were grazing and we both nearly stepped on a very lethargic baby rattler. After an impressive sunset and 1.5 hours of night hiking, we settled on another lousy camp site, but made it work.

Day 3: Didn't start well at all. I woke up with a screaming IT band and a serious case of pumpkin chaffe with a 25 mile day ahead. I threw an elastic knee brace on and went commando to help combat the chaffe (it helps). Needless to say, it took some warming up before I could move. I limped my way up the pass and down to Molino Basin. Dallin informed me that this was one of my last bail out options, but encouraged me to keep going, so I did. Once we topped out and I saw the views down into Sabino Canyon, my spirits were instantly lifted. I pushed on through the pain and was grateful I did. Wouldn't want to miss this canyon. We made our way back down into Saguaros and a lush riparian zone. The entire canyon and every drainage was raging. Quite a few day hikers and a few backpackers along this stretch. I can see why, Sabino is a showstopper. Despite my ailments, we were cruising along the canyon and making great time. Romero Pass put an end to that. I could barely lift my right leg at this point but we pushed on. Eventually we topped out and down into Wilderness of Rocks. More snow patches in this area. Some icy, but no additional gear is needed, just a careful step. The snow melt fueled good flowing water everywhere. We had about 5 miles left and I was hurting, completely drained and flat out delirious. Spending another night wasn't an option. Temps dropped quickly and darkness fell. We had a couple hours of night hiking with some interesting route finding along snowy creeks. It took some teamwork but we made it out and to our ride after road walking up from Marshall Gulch TH. Temps were already in the mid 30's. Burritos and beverages saved the day. Overall, an amazing and epic trip. We knocked out a good amount of trail with big climbs but I also got my pumpkin handed to me a few times throughout. Well worth it.
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Brittles and poppies mostly. Still too early.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cienega Creek @ AZT Light flow Light flow
Murky and green but filterable.

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Great flow throughout.

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Both streams at Grass Shack were flowing. Good water.

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Muddy seep filled with algae. Filterable but will clog a filter quick.

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Snow melt fed. Ice cold. Good water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rincon Creek @ AZT Medium flow Medium flow
Good, clear water. A ribbon of life in the desert.

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Flowing down to the Highway.

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Great flow throughout.
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Mar 04 2017
DallinW
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29 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
AZT Spring Break 2017, AZ 
AZT Spring Break 2017, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2017
DallinW
Backpack159.40 Miles 34,237 AEG
Backpack159.40 Miles9 Days         
34,237 ft AEG1 Day       Break
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Fauna
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Better flow as you head down the drainage.

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dry Granite Spring Dry Dry

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Feb 07 2017
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Saguaro N P Quilter Trail to Madrona R S, AZ 
Saguaro N P Quilter Trail to Madrona R S, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2017
markthurman53
Hiking23.10 Miles 4,611 AEG
Hiking23.10 Miles   10 Hrs   47 Mns   2.66 mph
4,611 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Hike from Camino Loma Alta on Hope Camp Trail to Manning Camp Trail to Madrona Ranger Station then about 2 miles of the Rincon Trail before turning around. I will complete the rest via the Miller Creek Trail and Rincon Trail. All Trails are well Maintained, in fact they had work crews doing some extensive work on the quilter Trail. Water as to be expected in February was Plentiful. None of these trails are anything to write home about as far a scenery goes, but then I have been on the Quilter and Hope Camp Trail many times so I may be biased. I found Madrona Ranger Station to be an interesting place to visit. Have never been there due to the X-9 Ranch closure. Along the upper Quilter and the Madrona Trails water could be heard coming down Chiminea and Madrona Creeks even though they were quite a ways away.
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Jan 01 2017
jrousoshammond
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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ 
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 01 2017
jrousoshammond
Backpack22.36 Miles 5,265 AEG
Backpack22.36 Miles1 Day   3 Hrs   45 Mns   
5,265 ft AEG
 
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I got to bag the last of the 3 major peaks in the Rincons, and got to do it in some...interesting...weather. It was pretty nasty on New Years Day, but the forecast said the rain would go away by 5ish, so we thought that worst-case we'd have to start the hike that afternoon in ponchos. To our surprise, things had cleared up by the time we reached the trailhead at around 1pm.

We were dry for the entire hike to Juniper Basin, but we were hiking in clouds for the last mile and a half or so. As we were setting up camp it started raining, and that went on until just about the time of night when it would've turned to snow. This made for some fun shaking the frozen raindrops off of our tents the next day.

Altogether, the camping experience was very wet and cold. Despite a valiant effort, it was impossible to get a real fire going. The toilet was impossible to find in the dark, though in the morning we discovered it about 30 yds from the creek off the path between sites 1 and 2. I don't think the temps got far below freezing, but my 22 degree sleeping bag was about at its limit.

The hiking on this trip was worth the trouble though. TVR trail, which I had been on a few times before, is always great, and the area from Juniper Basin to the summit (which we experienced for the first time on this clear morning with a fresh dusting of snow) is amazing. There was water everywhere, and that made the hike down from Cowhead Saddle to the Manning Camp Trail particularly enjoyable. By the time we reached the Quilter Trail it was a slog, but this was a great 27 hours in the mountains.
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Jan 01 2017
MSimmons
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33 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ 
Tanque Verde Peak, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 01 2017
MSimmons
Backpack22.36 Miles 5,265 AEG
Backpack22.36 Miles1 Day   3 Hrs   45 Mns   
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After a few months without time or energy for anything but little 1-2 mile jaunts up Pontatoc Ridge it was great to get out for a real adventure. A hard night at Juniper Basin (found my boots frozen stiff in the morning :lol: ) was rewarded with fresh snow and blue sky on Tanque Verde Peak. Lemmon, Mica, Rincon, and Wrightson were all looking fresh, frosty, and grand.
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DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ 
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ
 
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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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Running in some spots near the campground.

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Lots of pools in the canyons.
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Dec 06 2015
jrousoshammond
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 Routes 29
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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Douglas Spring/Mica Mtn/Grass Shack, AZ 
Douglas Spring/Mica Mtn/Grass Shack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 06 2015
jrousoshammond
Backpack30.00 Miles
Backpack30.00 Miles1 Day   17 Hrs   20 Mns   
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1st trip
Day 1: Finished work at 4, dropped of a car at Loma Alta, and got shuttled to Douglas Spring TH just before 6. We had to use headlamps almost the entire way, but it was a pretty smooth hike. Thanks to the camper at Site 1 who directed us to Site 2 and let us use his bear locker (even though there was a bear locker at Site 3 just about 40 feet away from us which we were too stupid to see in the dark). Since we got there so late, there was a lot of getting disoriented trying to find our way around, and hopefully our confused ranting didn't keep the other camper awake. I'm afraid we were quite close to being those campers...

Day 2: Went up to Cowhead Saddle, Spud Rock, and Mica Mountain, then down the Mica Mountain Trail to Manning Camp and down the Manning Camp Trail to Grass Shack for the night. A pretty big day, and the weather couldn't have been any better. Back in May I only lasted about 5 mins on Spud Rock before getting cold, but now in December it was warm with just the slightest breeze. The descent from Mica that afternoon as the sun was setting was about as good as it gets.

Day 3: Booked it down to Loma Alta in 4 hrs so that we could make it to work that afternoon. Remind me to never ascend this route in the summer. Gorgeous this time of year though.

Plenty of water at Grass Shack and Manning Camp, and pretty good flow at Douglas Spring. No beer at Grass Shack. :-({|=
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Oct 13 2015
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Hope Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2015
The_Dude
Hiking5.92 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.42 mph
520 ft AEG      26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Only had time for a quick one today, and I was in the area so I thought I would hit this one up again. I started out from the Loma Alta trailhead, and quickly got to appreciate the brand new AZT gate that just got installed! Funny, I was here last month for my big backpack trip and didn't expect to see anything new. Some great custom welding on this one, nicely installed too. ;) I made the trip over to Hope Camp and enjoyed a little break. Enjoyed the shade of a mesquite tree while sitting on one of the old wells. Made a quick side trip up Quilter on the way back for sentimentality's sake. Made it home in time to shower up and take the wife out for a nice date night meal. Thumbs up all around.
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Sep 01 2015
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 01 2015
The_Dude
Backpack34.36 Miles 7,484 AEG
Backpack34.36 Miles2 Days         
7,484 ft AEG34 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
What a trip! I have been looking at this hike (or some variation) for some time now. I started from the Loma Alta TH about 3:30 after finishing up work, and about an hour later than I had wanted to start, but sometimes duty calls...Overloaded with more stuff than I need (as per usual) the grind up was pretty taxing, especially with the high humidity level. I was sweating buckets the whole way up! I had to navigate the last hour + by headlamp which made for really slow going, especially trying to find an overgrown trail and make my way across numerous wet creek crossings. There is flowing water everywhere in the Rincons right now, I have never seen so much water and green growth out here! All the washes are flowing, and there are waterfalls around every corner it seemed. The Quilter trail and the first 4 miles of the Mannig Camp trail are really overgrown, lots of annuals and grasses going to town with all of the moisture. Soaked my boots making the crossing to the Grass Shack campground, my destination for the night. I had enough energy to set up camp and filter some water, but I was too wiped to even worry about dinner. Slept really well in the tent, temps were in the mid to low 60's so very comfortable. Got up a bit before the sun on Wednesday for some breakfast, and then loaded up for the trip up the mountain. Made good time up to Manning Camp where I stopped for a break to look around, have a snack, and filter some water. Clouds were looming in and the thunder started up as I was approaching Mica Mountain, but I had come too far to not make my goal. Made it to the top and signed the register, saw a few familiar names in the book. From here I continued on the Fire Loop over to Spud Rock and made the scramble up. Fantastic views up above, simply breathtaking! Enjoyed a summit brew and had to skedaddle, there was a big dark cloud hanging over Mica and I knew better than to chance it. I went down the Fire loop to the Cow Head Saddle trail when the sprinkling started. This kept up for about 45 minutes, and then the real rain started. I had to take a break to stow my electronics in a dry bag and I got out my rain jacket, all the while trying to get further down the mountain and away from the potential lightning...Made the Cow Head Saddle and took the Douglas Spring trail on back to camp. It rained hard enough that my boots got soaked through in pretty quick fashion, this ended up rubbing a pretty nasty hole under my right ankle once I was back to camp to assess damages. I finally ate my lunch about 3:30, and dozed in the tent waiting for the bugs to go away with the dark. Woke up for a quick snack and to send off a SPOT signal to my wife so she didn't fret too much. Thursday I woke up about 5:30 to get in an early breakfast and get packed up for the trip out. I had my first human contact in two days when I ran into Andrew from the NPS trail crew about a mile or so onto the Quilter trail. I stopped to chat for a few and share some experiences, nice guy! From here I powered down to Rincon Creek (I am pretty sure) for a snack and to filter some more water. Finally made it back to the trusty Quest van about 11:30 to take off my boots and see that I had a big blister on my left foot and a few more rub marks form all of the wet boot hiking. I don't think my boots were ever dry on this trip, I might have retired this pair in style. Headed back into Tucson for some much needed lunch at one of my favorites, La Parilla Suiza. Promptly inhaled a chile relleno, enchilada, rice, beans, two bowls of chips, two cups of water, and two cups of iced tea. Refueled, I headed back to Phoenix for a nice shower at home and then some family time. Simply amazing trip, any time you can go through 6 different bio-zones on a hike you know you have done well. P.S., if anyone makes it up to the Grass Shack in the near future, there are a few extra Sunspot Gold ales in the bear box at site two, if the rangers do not get to it first...
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Huge amounts of color from about 3500' to 5000', spotty above there.

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Huge, steady flow!

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Flowing strong, best tasting water of the trip.
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May 22 2015
kwpapke
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67 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Grass Shack from Loma Alta, AZ 
Grass Shack from Loma Alta, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 22 2015
kwpapke
Backpack 3,300 AEG
Backpack1 Day   1 Hour      
3,300 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Saguaros were in full bloom, the Arizona Rainbow cacti near the campsite looked like they will be blooming in the next few weeks.

Made a how-to video on backpacking in SNP: https://www.youtube.co...

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Running, ever so slowly
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Apr 14 2015
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
AZT #9a Hope Camp to Grass Shack, AZ 
AZT #9a Hope Camp to Grass Shack, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2015
markthurman53
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,949 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   2.41 mph
2,949 ft AEG   2 Hrs   26 Mns Break50 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This is the first Day of a four day hike in the Rincon Mountains. I have been on this trail now so many times that I don't know what to add. Was quite a bit different with a 50 pound pack though. There was plenty of water once I got into Chimenea Canyon and also at Grass Shack. This is in Saguaro National Park so you need a camping permit to Camp at Grass Shack and on Mica Mountain. Those hiking the Arizona Trail will have to hike on through the park if they don't have a permit.
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Apr 11 2015
toddak
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56 male
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Tanque Verde Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2015
toddak
Hiking32.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
Hiking32.00 Miles   14 Hrs      2.29 mph
7,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Up TVR and Cowhead Saddle trails to the Rincon high point at Mica Mountain, an outstanding ridge hike with huge views and gradually changing flora, cactus-to-conifers. Then back down on AZT #9 to the Camino Loma Alta trailhead. Juniper Basin was dry, good water at Manning Camp and Grass Shack. Bike shuttle between start/end.
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