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Aug 04 2018
sami_h
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37 female
 Joined Sep 25 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Price Canyon Trail #224Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
sami_h
Hiking5.00 Miles 3,160 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
3,160 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Four volunteers and I headed up Price Canyon to try to survey 3 springs - Price Spring, an unnamed spring about a mile past that, and Whipporwill Spring, about 3 miles from the trailhead (see chiricahuatrails.org). The road in was good to Price Canyon Ranch, and then got slowly worse after that. Still, it is passable to 2WD high clearance vehicles (a Honda CRV made it, and Forester probably could). The trail was pretty easy to follow and in good shape to Price Spring. There are a few stream crossings where it is a little tricky to find the way, and one short stretch in the stream. We made it to Price Spring in about 40 min. After that, the trail is pretty much gone. We found a few little stretches here and there, but I suspect a lot of it is either totally washed away or overgrown. A lot of big flows carrying a lot of gravel, cobbles, and boulders have come down Price Canyon. There are lots of both big and sapling cypress, and still a lot of shade in general. It took us about another hour or more to make it to the middle spring, about 2.25 or more miles from the trailhead. Since we started at noon, we just had time to survey this spring, scramble back down the drainage, and to survey Price Spring. We had to hike the last 3/4 mi in the dark, and lost the trail at one point for awhile. I could see absolutely no trace of trail upcanyon from that second spring, and the drainage was all stacked boulders. It would be extremely challenging to try to get further up the canyon. Probably doable, but very slow. There was good flow at Price Spring, and the creek was running near the second spring for quite a distance. We saw a bit of old migrant trash, but nothing recent. Not a bad place to hang out in August with the water and shade!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Both golden and Arizona columbine!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Price Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Dripping beautifully at the hanging garden, and plenty of water flowing in the creek from groundwater source.
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Sep 02 2017
ultrazona
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rucker Canyon Trail #222Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2017
ultrazona
Hiking4.12 Miles 4,876 AEG
Hiking4.12 Miles
4,876 ft AEG
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Attempted to day hike Rucker Canyon Trail to Price Canyon Trail to Crest Trail 270C to Crest Trail 270D to Crest Trail 270B to Raspberry Ridge Trail. Rucker is in good shape till it turns and makes it's way to Price Canyon Trail. It becomes a bush whack with a trail fading in and out. This continues for miles till it arrives at the "junction" with Snowshed Trail (not sure where that was). We gave up after searching and backtracked. GPS highly recommended, all we had were updated maps.
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Sep 19 2010
sumnergeo
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77 male
 Joined Mar 26 2004
 Houston, TX
Crest Trail #270C - Jct Sdl to Sentinel PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 19 2010
sumnergeo
Backpack6.30 Miles 1,100 AEG
Backpack6.30 Miles4 Days         
1,100 ft AEG
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Big News - Crest Trail (270 and 270C) now cleared of downfall from Barfoot Lookout to Sentinel Peak.
Seven of us backpacked from Rustler Park to Aspen Saddle. This was a volunteer trail crew with six volunteers and Zac, the Trails Ranger for the southern Coronado National Forest.
We spent our first day (Sunday) clearing the Crest Trail 270C from Junction to Aspen Saddles. This was less than a mile of trail but with some massive trees and difficult clearing. We set up our basecamp on Sunday night at Aspen Saddle and walked the trail to Ojo Agua Fria for water and found even more large trees blocking the way.
On Monday, we continued clearing 270C from Aspen to Junction Saddle but the trees were deadfall and relatively easy to clear. From Junction Saddle out to Sentinel Peak, a Forest Survey crew had cleared the trail the week before but the tread made walking difficult from the Price Canyon trail junction out to the South Fork trail junction (about 1.5 miles). We arrived at the South Fork junction at 11:20 and the rain hit us. With cloud-to-cloud lightning - we hoped - we waited out the rain in a copse of trees downslope on the south side of the ridge. With the shower out of the way, we worked our way down the trace of the South Fork trail. We chopped out raspberries and also ate some. We moved and shoved off smaller logs and cut out bigger ones to the switchback, about 150 yards to the northeast and started clearing the next leg to the northwest before calling it a day and heading back to Aspen Saddle. We flagged and located the trail to the northwest into a drainage and then along the southeast-facing hillside to just below a rock outcrop so are encouraged that we may someday be able to get the trail open once again.
With concern about more storms, we decided to clear the trails around Chiricahua Peak on Tuesday. We started on 270D, from Aspen to Chiricahua Saddle and had that cleared by 10 o'clock. Working back up 270B toward Junction Saddle, we cleared some nasty tangles and also a huge Douglas Fir so even though there are a number of "step-overs" left, the trail is easily passable for hikers heading out to Monte Vista. Rains hit again around noon but only lasted about an hour. We got water at Anita Spring and found enough dry wood at Aspen Saddle to enjoy a campfire.
It rained overnight so our hike out on Wednesday was in cloud and drizzle. Even with packs and tools, we made the walk back to the Long Park trailhead in 90 minutes.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Booger Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Good flow and trail cleared; Anita spring had water but low flow. Ojo Agua Fria good flow but trail obscured in places

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Jun 12 2009
sumnergeo
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77 male
 Joined Mar 26 2004
 Houston, TX
Crest Trail #270C - Jct Sdl to Sentinel PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 12 2009
sumnergeo
Backpack6.30 Miles 1,100 AEG
Backpack6.30 Miles7 Days         
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Trail work - June 3-12, 2009, Sierra Club Service Trip

Summary
For trails noted, cleared of all downed logs. Brushing and treadwork accompanied clearing the trails of trees. About 15 miles of trail worked. If last year's estimate of trees per mile holds, we cut out or moved over 200 trees from the trails. Largest tree was 25 inches (green Douglas Fir on Bear Wallow trail).
Work accomplished over seven days with eight to twelve people. Sierra Club Service Trip.

Trails Cleared
Long Park to Fly Saddle
North and South Fly Peak Trails (337)
Crest Trail (270) from northern Wilderness boundary to Junction Saddle
Chiricahua Peak (270A)
Junction Saddle to Chiricahua Saddle (270B); Chiricahua Saddle to Paint Rock (270B); we scouted eleven trees on the trail from Paint Rock to Monte Vista.
Aspen Saddle to Chiricahua Saddle (270D)
Junction to Price Canyon trail junction (270C); many small trees across trail from Price Canyon to South Fork jct.
Anita Spring trail (359)
Booger Springs trail from Round Park (347)
Greenhouse trail (248) to basin overlook from Cima Park and from lower trailhead to Upper Falls Overlook (heard from Portal Hiking Club that there is a tree across the trail above the overlook and the Cima watershed)
Bear Wallow (335). This included extensive clearing and total rework of portions of the trail around the spring south of the spring
Centella Point trail (334) from Fly Saddle out to overlook

Details
June 2 - Arrival of early group of seven in late afternoon at Rustler Park.
June 3 - carried supplies into Cima Cabin from Long Park and cut out one tree from Crest Trail north of Bootlegger Saddle; return via Bear Wallow to check trail conditions on east side of Flys Peak.
June 4 - hike to Cima with supplies and removed logs along Crest from Long Park to Cima Park; cleared blow down northeast of Round Park
June 5 - Anne and Terri to Willcox for groceries. Jody, Jim, Jean, John, Joe, Eb and Fred cleared logs off Flys Peak trails and out to Anita Park on Crest Trail.
June 6 - hike to Cima with produce purchased in Willcox on June 5. Prepare to depart from Rustler Park; rest of members of Service Trip arrive. Say adios to Eb.
June 7 - depart for Cima to set up camp; afternoon doing safety training, cutting log below Cima Cabin, Cleared logs out Crest Trail to Anita Park and Springs (no water in the spring) and out to Aspen Saddle.
June 8 - Continue out the Crest Trail toward Sentinel Peak. Smaller group clears logs off trail to Chiricahua Peak. Cleared trail to Price Canyon junction and beyond. About a mile of uncleared trail remains to South Fork junction.
June 9 - Light rain so five of us walked down Greenhouse trail and took out one log while enjoying the natural conditions. Joe scouted the trails around Chiricahua Peak and in the afternoon, six of us (Fred, Jody, Joe, Jean, John) cleared trail for about ½ mile from Aspen Saddle toward Chiricahua Saddle.
June 10 - Cleared trails from Aspen and Junction Saddles out to Chiricahua Saddle. Lunch, then a smaller group out to Monte Vista but removed trees from trail out to Paint Rock.
June 11 - Returned to Round Park and worked the Bear Wallow trail to the junction with the Centella Trail. Cut out trees, tread work, brushing, and trail reroute south of the spring. Ended at big Douglas Fir.
June 12 - Back to the big fir and with Zac's help, Terri and Jeanie did an underbuck - 25 inches, a tough one. Cleared trees and lopped out Centella Trail with a break on the overlook. Could see to the Florida Mountains south of Deming; fires in the Peloncillos and Animas Ranges. Returned to Flys Saddle with lunch at Tub Springs cut out a number of trees and brushed as we went. Returned tools and gear to Zac's truck at the Long Park Trailhead.
June 13 - Broke camp and hiked out to Rustler Park and se dijimos adios.
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dry Anita Spring Dry Dry
usually running but stagnant in early June; other springs: Bear Wallow, Tub, Eagle, Booger, Kuniper all had some flow; flow in Cima Creek at Cabin

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