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Aug 30 2022
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Shannon CampgroundTucson, AZ
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Quick overnight at Shannon.
Joe is gone, Mike is gone ... just one other couple camping.
The streams are running good through the campground. Raspberries are pretty picked over, but the ones I found were yummy.
Rain came in while I was out hiking - had to rush back to keep everything in my tent from being soaked - shouldn't have left camp without putting the fly on, no matter how unlikely rain looked ... summer in the mountains, I know better.
Stopped at Angle Orchard on the way down, since they were unexpectedly open mid-week. That was fun! And the apples are amazing.
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Aug 16 2022
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Chad & Addie's annual mountain raspberry picking trip!
From Shannon CG, took the Arcadia trail out to about 1 mile and back.
Both our mason jars were full of sweets by the time we got back to Shannon :y:
We then drove back down the mountain and hiked to Cluff Dairy to check on apples & grapes.
Grapes are not even close to ready and the apple trees have already been picked almost clean, 2 apples left that we ate up on our hike back out.
Then a stop at Arcadia and hike down to Wet Canyon for some creek time.
RTM CG was the last mountain stop for a little R&R.
Roper Lake stop back in town to check water flow ended this fun day trip.
Wildlife - I think this was my first time ever spotting 2 endangered species in one day!
Mt Graham Red Squirrel up high & 2 Mexican Spotted Owls down low.
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Aug 08 2022
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Hiked from Shannon campground to just past the junction of the Heliograph trail. This is one of the best maintained trails in the Pinaleno mountain range. Someday I'd like to take this trail down to Arcadia campground which would be roughly 5 miles.
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Wanted just an R&R trip up in the pines, a couple short hikes happened.
First the Arcadia Trail sucked me in up to the first creek crossing.
Then back at Arcadia CG I hiked down to Wet Canyon.
Along the way I had another encounter with an endangered Mexican Spotted Owl.
This one let me get very close, like 5 feet close ... cool!
After my two short hikes it was back to Arcadia for dinner, campfire & stars.
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May 22 2022
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Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
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Did an evening hike to avoid drinking as much as Mark 😂😂
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May 21 2022
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Wet CanyonTucson, AZ
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Solo afternoon trip around the Arcadia area.
Wet Canyon - 100 yards down the trail and I came face to face with an endangered Mexican Spotted Owl! Cool, I've never seen one down in this canyon before. This short hike down is very beautiful right now and the creek had some decent flow.
Arcadia Nature Trail - Love hiking this old forgotten "secret" trail. Took it to it's short end at the Noon Creek Ridge overlook.
Arcadia Trail - Just a bit up this one to the creek crossing. Sun went down here and it was time to git.
Really nice afternoon. Kind of a little too busy up there for my liking, but it's Saturday :|
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Apr 30 2022
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Report from friends hiking from Shannon Campground to the Heliograph Trail Junction on Apr 30 2022. 24 large trees down. Trail cannot be logged out until September given Mexican Spotted Owl restrictions. May be better to hike in from Arcadia Campground up to Noon Creek Ridge as the wet canyon re-route is in good shape and the trail is mostly clear for the first 2.5 miles.
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Apr 14 2022
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Little afternoon workout hike.
I wanted to see the newly constructed trail that crosses Wet Canyon. This has been a sketchy crossing ever since the fire flooding and 2 years ago cost me a dislocated shoulder. The new crossing is awesome! Well built on both sides but, I hope it can survive the weather/flooding in the coming year ... that is still an unstable canyon.
This was a good hike! I made it up to the Noon Creek T intersection, rested for a bit then back down. Was thinking it would look springy up there but, it still has a winter look. Not much green or flowers yet.
The lower section like always was scenic, full of pine.
Glad I picked this one today.
Also ... The upper Swift Trail reopens tomorrow :y:
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Mar 25 2022
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Wanted to check out the Wet Canyon re-route being completed by the Fort Grant Prison Crew that has been in progress on and off since Sept 2021. The re-route seems to be about 80% complete. For the first time since before the 2017 Frye Fire; one can reasonably hike down to the creek and back up to the other side in their attempt climb or descend Arcadia NRT! Photos in my photo set. Amazing work done by the Fort Grant Prison Crew.

Beyond Wet Canyon volunteer and prison crew maintenance was performed between Nov 2020 and Sept 2021. Work consisted of clearing overgrown brush and removal of downed trees blocking the trail corridor. The very wet monsoon of 2021 and the winter season have brought back some overgrowth and per the usual post winter scenario more down trees.

The lower 2.5 miles of trail is in reasonable shape except for some thorny locust bushes starting about 1 mile in. The locust tends to be in exposed areas vs. the piney areas. After the intersection with the remnants of the Noon Creek Ridge Trail, which is also near the 2.5 mile mark the trail, piney debris and down trees start to become more frequent. I did not make it beyond this point.

In general, between the Noon Creek Ridge and the Heliograph trail intersections, on Arcadia, you will encounter dead fall, debris and locust in the burn scar. Based on work done in September 2021 the trail should be passable all the way up to Shannon once the snow melts out fully. Though, I would caution that it could be very slow going depending on down trees, navigating thorny bushes and baby aspen growing into the tread as you get above 8000ft.

The plan for fall 2022 is to get this trail fully clear and open for multi-use However, starting April 1st power tools cannot be used until Sept 1st due to Mexican Spotted Owl nesting season. Power tools for all intents and purposes are required for any level of reasonable productivity in clearing downed trees. Some of these trees are over 3ft in diameter.

SDMB, a multi-use trails advocacy organization, based in in Tucson, has a volunteer agreement, in place with the USFS for maintenance on Arcadia Trail and others: Ladybug, RTM, Noon Creek, Shake Trails. There are plans to have volunteer work days on Arcadia scheduled for this summer with camping at Arcadia and Shannon Campgrounds. If you want to know more about these projects and events you can reach out to SDMB here: info@sdmb.org
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May 30 2021
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Some friends shared that they hike Arcadia from Shannon Campground to the Heligraph Trail junction and counted 24 large trees down. Take this into consideration if planning to hike from Shannon. Chainsaw work will not be possible until September given spotted owl nesting season. Recommend going in from the lower TH if you want to get on the trail with the fewest obstacles.
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Just a short one to get into the pines for a bit.
Stopped at Dankworth on the way home for sunset.
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Sep 08 2020
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Short hike up Arcadia, didn't feel like hiking anymore after I tripped and for the 2nd time in 3 years dislocated my right shoulder. Got this shoulder back to 95% before today, looks like another year of re-rehab.
I want to cuss in private now ...
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Arcadia Nature TrailTucson, AZ
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Nature trail and just a bit up Arcadia #328
Wet Canyon was flowing strong.
Arcadia up to Wet Canyon just beautiful!
Sat at my perch on the Nature Trail for an hour camp.
All the developed sites on the mountain are now closed.
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Sep 23 2019
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First took Arcadia up to the Wet Canyon crossing.
The crossing is now a bit dangerous from all the flooding.
Dropped in and took the canyon down for the first time ever ... and probably last!
Slow going rock hop and path finding adventure.
Exited at the Wet Canyon trail up to Arcadia.
Tough going route, but a lot of fun.
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Arrived at the lower Arcadia Camp Ground at 0600 to temperatures in the lower 60's. I didn't realize till later that I should be about .1 miles further up road at the Upper Arcadia Camp ground. No big deal it just adds about .1 mile to the hike. I came with a GPS route that I downloaded from HAZ. The problem with that route is it has the trail heading over Heliograph ridge at the wrong saddle. There is a sign near Eagle Rock that indicated the Arcadia trail crosses the ridge there. I created a route by tracing what I could see of the trail on Google Earth and filled in the rest. Turns out this GPS route I created was pretty close. As a note on the GPS route that goes with this write-up; The upper one third of the upward trek is just a copy of the upper one third downward trek. I forgot to turn my GPS back on after a break and did not realize it til I got to the summit.

As a trail goes I really like this trail, It climbs the almost 3000 feet in 4.5 miles at a really nice slope, would be fairly easy to keep up a 2 MPH rate. The issue is that the trail is either hidden by brush or washed out, so the going is very slow, I think I did 1.25 MPH going up. At .7 miles in you come to Wet Canyon Creek crossing. Where the trail use to cross is a 20 foot drop. It took me twenty minutes to find a place to cross and get to the other side. Coming down was easier than going backup. On the way back I was spread eagle climbing up the bank and the dirt and rock at all four of my anchor points was sliding down about as fast as my upward movement. I wasn't terribly high up but the only thought in my mind as I was making an attempt to go up was how bad is this going to hurt if I slip down. I figured I wouldn't kill myself, probably not break anything but it was going to probably hurt a lot. Luckily I didn't find out as I was able to inch my way up. The sad part is a younger version of me (much younger) would probably have gone up without an issue. This was the only place where there is a washout issue. There were numerous dead fall but I expected this (plan to get really dirty as a lot of it is charred). Every so often you get a nice section of trail but it ends when you come into an area overgrown by ferns or brush. The trail is there so if you know the general direction you come out on the other side on trail. Expect a lot of this. On the ridge crossing at Noon Creek Ridge I lost the trail completely. Took me wandering around a bit to locate it again. The odd thing was that on the way back it happened to me again in this same area. Once back on trail with a little vigilance you can stay on trail. At the final Noon Creek Ridge crossing is in the general area that the Route I downloaded from HAZ differs from the route I made. The trail is fairly easy to follow in this area and it definitely follows the one I created. It appears that at one time there was a trail that crossed Heliograph Peak Ridge higher up but all traces of that trail are now gone. After crossing Noon Creek Ridge the trail enters the Noon Creek upper water shed and there was no issue staying on trail but it was really overgrown. At one point I was on hands and Knees crawling under brush to get through. The up side is that there are a lot of dew berry plants here and therefor lots of bears use this trail, if you get down low like a bear getting through this brush is easier. I was unable to sample the dew berries because of a procedure I'm having done next Monday and am not allowed to eat things with seeds in it 5 days prior. After looking at the bear droppings full of these seeds I can see why. They sure looked good though, The dewberries not the bear dung. Other than the aforementioned items this was a great hike. I'm not sure that in a year this trail will be passable unless some trail maintenance is done.

This is a really nice hike even with the slow going, terrific views and I was fortunate to have great weather, could of been much worse for a July day. The half hour break at the summit was one of those times where you are thinking, life can't get any better than this. Wet Creek had a good flow of water, In fact on my return trip I emptied my canteen and filled with the cool stream water. There were also few seeps along the trail on the way to the summit.
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Hiking11.10 Miles 2,830 AEG
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My original plan for this hike was to do a lasso loop hike and include Heliograph Peak. by the time I got to the saddle/high point of the Arcadia Trail, however, it was apparent that time (i.e. my slow hiking), would not allow for this. but more on this later...

Things started out great....until we got to the half mile mark. Suddenly, Wally was walking back down the trail from around a bend. Denny asked, "what happened, did you run into some bears?" Wally's instinctive first answer was, "Yeah." Wait a minute, WHAT??!!! Then Wally immediately followed up with something about a washed out trail. And go ahead to the very end and check it out, even though it looks really dangerous. I let Denny do all the reconnaissance in the danger zone and was already figuring out alternate route plans. It's important to note that at this area, the trail was about 50' above the creek and directly to our right was a very vertical drop off. The track showed that the trail made a switchback to the right nearly exactly where it disappeared in real life. the solution to this seemed simple since the rest of the trail had to be right across the ravine.

We headed back down the trail until we found a spot where it transitioned from nearly vertical to extremely steep with loose footing. Fortunately we were able to find a route down to the creek bed that not only wasn't vertical, but also had some rather dangerous tree deadfall that we had to crawl under. Good times.

that took some extra time and added some extra mileage, which justifies my added mileage from the official mileage for this hike. After that, the trail was a steady stream of switchbacks up to where it headed up to a saddle. All of that was pretty rough, loose rock, overgrowth, etc. Nothing too steep, but the 8K' elevation made it really rough to hike. by the time we got to the saddle, which is also the junction for the trail to Heliograph Peak, it was obvious that this would just be the out and back as described in the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book. The closer I got to the saddle, the worse I felt. Several time I had to really stop and catch my breath.

From the saddle down to Shannon CG, it was very easy. We expected it being bad getting back up on the way back, but it really wasn't that bad. Must have been the rest, food, water, less weight in our packs, not to mention the way better condition of the trail on the east side of the saddle.

Coming the other way on the way up to the saddle, we glimpsed up the trail to Heliograph Peak and not only was it very steep, but it also seemed overgrown. Between that and the extra mileage and AEG to the peak along the dirt road from Shannon CG on our first planned route, it became very obvious that our decision to forego all of that was the right one.

Just before the Shannon CG we saw a backpacker hiking the other direction. He's hiking the GET and had to reroute due to bad conditions at Ash Creek. I warned him of the trail washout just before the Arcadia CG and tried to give him decent directions to reroute around that. It seems as though my eloquence ended at "go into the creek bed". On our way back, Wally and Denny ran into him at the bottom of the creek bed and also at the bottom of an extremely steep slope wondering how he could get back to the trail. He got stuck, decided to have lunch and waited for us to get back to show him how to get there without dying. :lol:

When I showed up, they were all along the trail waiting for me, right at the top of a very steep part. I had looked at the map and had a feeling of how veering to my left would be an easier slope and hit the trail with less effort. After that we were all on our way.
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Hiking11.50 Miles 3,230 AEG
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Chris and Wally let me join them on a hike out of the 100 hikes book. I haven't hiked with Chris in a looong time or on this mountain for a few years. This trail could use some love. One sketchy spot along the creek. It was not doable (safety first) and we had to backtrack and bypass down into the creek. The side trail to the peak looked worse so we skipped it for now. There was water running in the creek along the first mile.Three was also what seemed like a spring crossing the trail a few miles in. The trail is a little rocky with downed trees from time to time. Lots of burnt ones. Be careful going over or around to avoid being covered with soot. Great views! Nice to get a hike in with these gentlemen!
My track seemed high so I took a few 100 aeg off. The hike says 2800 plus one way and I showed we climbed back up 400 from Shannon so that's what I came up with....?
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Went on a 7 day car camping trip to the sky islands in the Safford area. First destination was the Mt Graham Wilderness in the Pinaleno Mountains which rise up to 10700 ft. It was raining/snowing off and on the first couple of days but I managed to get in a six mile hike on the Arcadia Trail from my camp at the 6700 ft elevation level near Arcadia Campground. I didn't complete the entire trail. After going 3 miles and reaching an elevation of 8200 feet the thin air was starting to really slow me down and a storm was moving in so I headed back to camp. This area was a little too civilized for me with a paved road and nice camp grounds so on the next day I drove west to a remote valley between the Pinalenos and the Galiuro Mountains.
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Solo afternoon trip up into 10,000 ft land.
Chose the counter clockwise route for this day.
Added the out-n-back spur trail at the start.
T shirt weather on the climb up, pullover fleece on top and down Arcadia.
The aspens are a turnin', good amount of summer flowers left, still many raspberries left to pick, Shannon CG creek flowing very well & very green pines throughout.
Wildlife was scarce today producing only 1 white-tail doe sighting.
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Mar 24 2016
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First trip up Mt Graham to about 9000 feet. Walked into the still closed Shannon Campground and a bit of Arcadia.
Still plenty of snow up there - saw a group of snow shelters built by some hardy winter campers.
Enjoyed - immensely - the smell of Ponderosa Pines ... smells like home.
Saw pretty little mountain streams flowing with fresh snowmelt.
Saw Abert's squirrels, chipmunks, and best of all the endangered Mt Graham red squirrel - so pleased to see this little cutie on my very first visit to it's range! :)
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