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Jan 16 2021
DixieFlyer
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Two Heads are better than One, AZ 
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,491 AEG
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You have one head for thinking,
One head for having fun.
I believe in that old saying,
Two heads are better than one.


I hiked up to Elephant Head last month, but did not hike to Little Elephant Head. I decided to go back down there and do both Heads this time!

We started from the TH is Agua Caliente Canyon, which is the south approach to Elephant Head. We did Elephant Head first, and then on the way back we hiked up to Little Elephant Head.

It was a fun scramble up to Elephant Head, and the views at the summit were great.

The hike up to Little Elephant Head was tougher than I thought that it would be, although part of that was just having done Elephant Head, and it was a sunny day that was much warmer than normal. There were 3-4 false summits on the way up to Little Elephant Head, so we'd have to gain some elevation, only to give some of it back. The views on Little Elephant Head were just as good as those on Elephant Head, so we enjoyed being at the summit. The air in Tucson seems much cleaner than in Phoenix, and the only place where we saw haze/smog was when looking down to Nogales.

I enjoyed this hike, although it was tougher than I thought that it would be.
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DixieFlyer
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Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb6.40 Miles 2,738 AEG
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Elephant Head has been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided today would be a good day to do this one.

It turned out to be a fun hike, especially the class 3 scramble at the top. It was very windy though -- I would guess that some gusts may have approached 40 mph, which made things interesting a time or two at the top.

The hike was on an easy-to-follow trail all the way to the summit block. There were a couple of unmarked junctions, so a GPS track would be helpful if you aren't familiar with the trail. The trail on the south side of Chino Canyon was fairly steep and slippery, but having hiked Newman Peak and some peaks in the Kofa's recently, this trail was easy by comparison.

I would like to have added in Little Elephant Head on the way back, but we were running a bit late so I will save that one for next time.

The road to the TH was unpaved for the last 2.5 miles, but it was well graded and virtually any car could make it. There was some bedrock in a few places, so those with a street tire might want to take it a bit slow in those places.

I definitely recommend this one!
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Oct 16 2018
Pivo
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 Tucson, AZ
Quantrell Mine TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking7.71 Miles 1,859 AEG
Hiking7.71 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.98 mph
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Wet morning, trail to Little Elephant Head was overgrown. The summit register showed the last visit as 07/28/2018.
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Oct 03 2018
AFMerriam
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Quantrell Mine TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,217 AEG
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There are two ways to access this trail according to the USFS description. I accessed the trail through Agua Caliente / Forest Road 183. This trail is significantly overgrown. I wore shorts and scratched up my legs pretty good. Be sure to wear long pants.

I did not see any other hikers.

I saw 2 piles of bear scat and one coyote scat. I saw a lizard, a humming bird, lots of flying beetles, butter flys and some sort of ground squirrel. Since I went one day after significant rain, there were lots and lots of desert flowers.
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May 14 2017
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Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 3,315 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.21 mph
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last minute suggestion from johnlp to hike elephant head today
this one has been on my list for a couple years now, and conditions seemed favorable
john invited jj along and we were off
set out a little after 8:00
followed a trail, then an old mining road
the hardest part of the hike was dropping down into chino canyon
it was steep and loose
up the other side was an easier grade with better footing
great views of elephant head at the ridgeline
the ridge leads to the base of the peak
a great scramble up the granite - just pure fun
one class four move toward the top
i didn't feel any exposure, except for the gusty winds blowing me off course occasionally
nice views from the summit of santa rita peaks and baboquivari
a lot of elephant debris within a circle of rocks
not in keeping with leave no trace, but neither is a summit register
kind of fun to look at what people have left
we didn't stay long, as we wanted to hit little elephant head on the return
a couple of downclimbs, but good footing on the descent
a 480 foot grind up from chino canyon, then back on the mining road to the little elephant head cutoff
surprisingly good trail on this one; thought it would be less traveled
an easier hike to the summit, also with good views and more wind gusts
had a quick snack and headed back
temps were fine, helped by a strong breeze and a little cloud cover at times
lp and jj have been up here before, and it was nice of them to be willing to do it again
stopped at bk tacos on the way home - yum
just a great day, and this combo is one i would certainly do again
in fact, at least four southern arizona peaks have now made my top 15 list, including rincon two weeks ago
wrightson and ajo are the other two
really like the sky island terrain
thanks for the hike, guys, and to jj for driving
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 Chandler, AZ
Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 3,315 AEG
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For hike details see Kelly's triplog. Awesome day in the Sana Rita Mountains on a couple fantastic peaks! Enjoyable company as well! :y:
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Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 3,315 AEG
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This hike is short but it packs a punch. Great terrain and scenery. We hiked to Elephant Head first, then hit Little Elephant Head on the way back. Both recommended. Some scrambling involved. No worse than Battleship in the Superstitions. Saw what appeared to be a golden eagle!

Temps were moderate, topping out at 83 degrees. With the breeze and sometimes high winds it never felt hot.

JJ made it through the ocotillo gauntlet unscathed! Last time he picked up a souvenir in his finger that didn't work it's way out for about two years. :o

Wonderful day and company. Thanks for driving JJ. :)
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Dec 10 2016
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Elephant Head - South ApproachTucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb6.86 Miles 2,482 AEG
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Haven't been out to the Elephant in 4 years, had a friend who wanted help getting there so we were on. Beautiful day, perfect weather. Trail was in great condition. Rucked an extra 50lbs, felt great! :y:

There was some standing water at the Chino Canyon crossing, not flowing but not molded over either. We went a little slow, as my hiking partner was a bit older and had been having knee issues, but he did great, the only tricky part was the class 4 near the end, but with a little extra boost I was able to get him there!!
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May 23 2014
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Quantrell Mine TrailTucson, AZ
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good times.
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Went back to finish what I had to skip last time, to hike out to Little Elephant Head. Some spinal problems have hit me hard. The numbness I felt that day soon spread to both arms and legs and face. And then came muscle fatigue. Things are gradually improving, but this climb wore me out. Nice that there were good views from the top so I could take a long break.
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Hiking7.15 Miles 2,018 AEG
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Hiked in from the trailhead in Agua Caliente Canyon on the 930 bike trail. Passed three idiots crashing there way along the trail on ATVs. Squashing shrubs and cactus of course since the trails barely a single track in places. I told them the trail was for hikers, bikes and horses. Not ATVs. "We didn't see a sign saying we couldn't". Idiots!

Poked around at Quantrell mine a bit and had lunch. Walked down Chino Basin to check out Chino Spring #2 on the way back. Dry.

Had planned to go out Little Elephant Head but my right leg started going numb :? climbing to the saddle so I skipped that and headed for my jeep.
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John and I drove down to meet Nick this morning for what was going to be a great tour of Elephant Head and the surrounding area. Nick has talked this one up for some time now. Only problem is Nick never showed. Claims he was sick or some sob story like that. Seriously? The guy is a doctor. Just fix yourself and come out and hike! So with no Nick John and I pressed on and took the poor chap with us in spirit.

The hike was great and the weather was perfect. On the way back we stopped at the mine and then decided to do Little Elephant Head as well. I'm not sure what it is exactly but there is a huge compound down below with a large fence around it. Anybody know the story on that place? It's very intriguing.

After the hike we went to Tucson and had some tacos and a sonoran dog at BK's. Then over to Slurpeeville where John made friends with some guy. I think he tried to get him to join HAZ? It was weird. :?
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Hiking8.35 Miles 3,568 AEG
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Fun hike that's a good workout too. I didn't think the exposure was any worse than the Cave Trail in the Supes. :M2C: We saw one other group on the hike that were making pretty good time up and down as well. The trails to both peaks are pretty easy to follow and include some fun scrambling at the top.

After the hike at the local slurpeeville, I helped a blind homeless guy out of a construction zone and back onto solid ground. Gave him a few bucks for food, and he promptly asked for directions to the nearby smoke shop. ](*,) He could of at least bought beer!

Too bad tricky Nicky got sicky and didn't make it. Fun day. Thanks John for driving and lunch!! :)
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Hiking8.45 Miles 3,514 AEG
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Joel, Mark, Joseph, and I got to the TH ahead of the big group and went up Little Elephant Head. Then went over and joined the rest of the group on Big Elephant Head.

Some of us did a bit extra on the way back because we missed the turn. One shouldn't talk and navigate at the same time!

Beautiful day for a hike!
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Elephant Head and Little Elephant Head, AZ 
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Nice day hike with the group. First real outing after the bronchitis and sinus infection.
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Apr 15 2012
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Hike & Climb7.85 Miles 3,001 AEG
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I've been talking about elephant head with my dad and preston for a while now, and i wanted to get back up there myself so we finally got it together and climbed up elephant head. my dad's friend Randy joined us too, so we had a nice group of four

what a wonderful peak to ascend, for sure one of my local favorites. we marveled at everything along the way; blooming ocotillos, arizona rainbows and the marvelous views. the climb was even more fun than i remembered and we had great summit conditions.

glad we finally got it together and made this very memorable trip up the 'ol elephant. i won't wait so long to comeback next time :)
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Nick and I joined up with Allen and Randy in Agua Caliente Canyon and set off into the Santa Ritas to ride the Elephant. This was my second trip to the Santa Ritas and my first time in this part of the range. I was impressed to say the least, with huge mountains above, massive rock formations all around, and a variety of cool cacti dotting the slopes. Ocotillos were in full bloom, and water splashed through Chino Canyon. A breeze on this rather cool April day was welcome while laboring up sunny slopes. I had a blast climbing the rocky spine of Elephant Head; some jaw dropping exposure in a couple of spots, but nothing too dangerous. After taking photos on the summit we scrambled down Elephant Head and across Chino Canyon back to the trail. Nick and I made a side trip to the Quantrell Mine, where we poked around among the rocks and the relics before heading back. Back at the trailhead we rejoined Allen and Randy for cold beverages. On the drive out, old Wrightson popped up from behind the other mountains to say hello, looking like a forgotten 14er, it's rocky face still harboring a few slivers of snow. The Santa Ritas kick ass! :y:

An outstanding adventure! Great to see you again Allen, and nice to meet you, Randy!

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Quantrell Mine TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,194 AEG
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Went check this trail out and scout out some future hikes I've been planning in the Chino Basin area. This is a remote, seldom visited and very pretty area of the western Santa Ritas. The trail is a bit overgrown with grass and some catclaw and i got shredded pretty finely. Still a sweet hike though!
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