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Mar 24 2020
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
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Hiking9.36 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking9.36 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.26 mph
1,838 ft AEG      51 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Just a wonderful day for this hike. We had the mountain to ourselves going up and down.
I have really been missing the Rowdy and me hikes.
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Mar 09 2020
RowdyandMe
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 Green Valley, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,311 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.29 mph
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Well this was the perfect day for this hike. The first people we came across were doing upgrades in the towers and the second the second person was a McGee we met at the trailhead. And the only reason he stop was to me Rowdy.
The temps were great and we had a very nice breeze all the way up and back.
It was really nice to met and talk to Mr.Harris his wife is a McGee. I did mention to him the new Border Patrol tower I seen across the peak and he told me a couple of weeks ago an illegal was killed on their property by some coyotes who were picking them up. As I drove back home I did notice a few Border Patrol vehicles parked in different spots.
It really turned out to be a great birthday hike.
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Dec 26 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking10.25 Miles 2,157 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.41 mph
2,157 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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3.20 miles - 11:58 am
Tank 2/3 full

7.60 miles - 2:00 pm
Old cabin

Did this hike again but started from a different location. And I really enjoyed all the views from the other side.
The temperature was nice and cool but the wind was another story.
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Nov 30 2019
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking8.94 Miles 1,803 AEG
Hiking8.94 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.58 mph
1,803 ft AEG      1 Min Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Another cold hike in Green Valley.
My first time up here and the views were great.
I got to do this one again.
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Apr 08 2018
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Keystone traverse, AZ 
Keystone traverse, AZ
 
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fricknaley
Run/Jog14.86 Miles 3,065 AEG
Run/Jog14.86 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   4.57 mph
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first time running with the Tucson Trail Runners group.

really cool route through the mountains. been a long time since i've been up there. awesome scenery and really pleasant group of people with some strong runners.

had a great time :)
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Jul 30 2016
AZHiker456
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Ritchey Peak, AZ 
Ritchey Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking7.51 Miles 2,197 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.56 mph
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Last month when I knocked off Placer & Keystone Peaks in the Sierritas (hikearizona.com/x.p ... 7376), I wasn’t kidding in my triplog when I mentioned the “AMAZING bushwhacking potential” of this little range. With my equilibrium very much improved, I was finally able to do some fun bushwhacking in the Sierritas while grabbing another off-trail peak [Ritchey] in the process. I had drawn up a ‘quatrafecta’ but with tons of personal biz to square away, I decided that setting foot on the trails at 5-6 AM was not happening. Launching 3 hours later than anticipated, [and with barely 3 hours to squeeze in a hike by that point], I had time to grab only one of the four peaks I was targeting. Even still, I had an exceptional adventure; and with all that was going on this weekend, I was thankful just to hit the trails at all.

I took off from the Keystone Peak TH described here ( [ description ] ) and headed up the same dirt road that leads to Keystone Peak. However, this time it wasn’t more than 1 mile before I was off the trail/jeep road and bounding up a hillside to reach the top of a random ridgeline that proved to be a super fun traverse. I’d drawn out a few route options in the event Route Scout topo decided to misbehave, but for the most part, the terrain was friendly enough that I could really ‘wing-it’. The game plan was to simply bag one of the four peaks on my list, get back in time for my personal biz, and throw in as much bushwhacking as possible in the process. All objectives were accomplished with ease.

With excellent terrain in terms of both visibility and maneuverability, this adventure proved to be an absolute blast. Instead of battling brush or slowing to a crawl to negotiate super tough terrain, the off-trail portions were so forgiving that my leg strength and/or lung capacity proved to be the limiting factors in terms of my pace, [something that does not happen very often]. To top things off, the scenery was exceptionally beautiful throughout; just as beautiful if not more so than my first Sierrita adventure to Placer & Keystone Peaks. However, with so many more peaks, ridgelines, hillsides, drainages, etc. to explore, it feels like I once again just scratched the surface in terms of all the fun to be had in this sweet little range.

As for Ritchey Peak, it was a super fun ascent and descent; and with very forgiving terrain, I was easily able to pull off my signature ‘up & over’ the peak. Given that I was pushing myself harder than normal in terms of pace to get back on time for my biz, the ascent really kicked my butt and got my heart pounding and legs burning. There is actually a summit register on Ritchey, and it’s located right by the highpoint under a rock pile. The register does not have a notebook but it does contain the bare-bones basics: a container [=a small glass bottle about the size of a Snapple bottle], a very small writing implement [=a pencil], and something to write on [=a single small envelope]. Unless there is another register on the peak that I missed, [or unless another register exited at one point and was lost, stolen, removed, etc.], I was only the 2nd person to sign-in on this peak in almost two decades. On the envelope that is serving as the summit log, the top states, “RITCHEY PK EL 5144” and below that is the name of the person who placed the register and the date he did so / bagged the peak: “MARK NICHOLS 9-14-96”. Right below Mark’s entry from September of 1996, I signed in on 7/30/16. It felt both neat and weird to be the 2nd person to sign the register in nearly 20 years. Finally, I do apologize for dirtying the bottom right corner of the envelope with my blood… the bushwhack was easy enough that it was one of the few occasions where I opted for shorts over my usual, trusty bushwhacking pants. Naturally, this resulted in a few very minor scrapes that I hadn’t even noticed until after dirtying the envelope. That said, the small flies that were SWARMING around on the summit are partly to blame… had I not been swatting ferociously to get them off my arms, legs, face, etc., I would not have gotten blood on my fingers… and then on the register. And speaking of wildlife, aside from the flies, some birds, and a few deer, I encountered nothing exciting [or dangerous/freaky] during my adventure… but I saw a red-racer race off the road while driving to the TH, [about 1 mile away]; and on the drive back, [about 13 miles from the TH], I had mercy on a medium-sized diamondback that refused to move as I swerved my Forester to avoid hitting it.
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Jun 26 2016
AZHiker456
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Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking9.46 Miles 2,132 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.65 mph
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Discovering the Sierritas [after having lived in Tubac for just over three years now] was definitely bittersweet… go figure, [it’s not until I’m in the midst of moving out of Southern Arizona], that I discover this AWESOME little mountain range, which [for me] proved more beautiful and more enjoyable than the Santa Ritas. Throughout my hike, I kept thinking, ‘How could I not have explored this area sooner; have I been living under a cave!?!’ But with only 8 HAZ triplogs, apparently I’m not the only one who’s overlooked this awesome little range.

With the addition of Placer Peak on the way to Keystone, along with a slight detour down a different dirt road for added views on the way back, I did a decent job of breaking up the monotony of the out-and-back alternative along the main jeep road. However, given the AMAZING bushwhacking potential of these mountains, I couldn’t help but feel a little saddened and frustrated to not be able to freestyle to my potential… after a 2-week layup from hiking due to a viral infection that has affected my equilibrium, it quickly became clear that feeling 90-95% better while sitting down / doing light chores around the house did NOT translate to 90-95% better while hiking… and especially not while going off-trail.

Had I known just how bad things still were, I wouldn’t have even attempted to hike; but with excellent footing along the main jeep, I felt about 80% back to normal. The little bit of dizziness I still experienced did not make me feel like I was jeopardizing my safety in any way and was more of an inconvenience; [when I glanced up to try to enjoy the phenomenal views, everything was spinning, so I kept having to stop frequently and pause for a few seconds in order to take it all in]. However, the second I stepped off trail, I knew I still had a long way to go before getting back to normal. Even before attempting Placer Peak, I had taken a minor, off-trail detour to avoid some cows that were right along the jeep road. As I stepped off-trail, the footing, [which was by no means loose], moved slightly underneath my feet, and my whole world went spinning… ditto to when I attempted to alternate from using my peripheral vision to quickly turning my head to keep tabs on the footing while off-trail. Thus, while I felt 80% back to normal walking on an excellent jeep road, I felt 90% off my game while off-trail; and what should have been one of the easiest bushwhacks of my life up to Placer Peak proved to be one of the most difficult [and frightful]. There’s no doubt I would’ve taken some serious spills had I not taken my trekking poles.

I somehow managed to reach the summit in one piece. In looking back at my GPS ascent track to Placer – which was not even close to as direct as it could have been given the extremely favorable topography, excellent footing, lack of brush, and many, many routes to choose from – it took me 28 minutes to cover the .47 from where I left the trail/jeep road to the highpoint. With perhaps the most favorable bushwhacking conditions I’ve ever encountered in Southern Arizona, [particularly at this elevation], my pace would’ve easily been under 20 minutes/mile had I not been dealing with the equilibrium issue. The summit views were absolutely amazing… and bushwhacking off the other side of Placer and then up to Keystone as-the-crow-flies looked so incredibly inviting, [as did the many other ridgelines, drainages, and peaks that surrounded me]. Originally I resolved to head back after Placer and save Keystone for another day. Having attempted Placer with my equilibrium still so out of whack was perhaps one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done on a hike, and I was afraid I might not be able to resist the temptation of going off-trail if I continued on to Keystone. However, after almost taking a face-plant while bending over to search for a register, reality sunk in and quickly brought me out of denial.

I reconnected with the jeep road leading to Keystone by descending off Placer via its NW ridgeline. The descent off Placer was slightly shorter than my ascent, much more gradual, and I even connected with a minor jeep road that was not shown on CalTopo for most of the way back. After going another mile on the main jeep road toward Keystone, I really had to resist the urge to go barreling off trail… especially at the point where the jeep road passes directly in front of the Northern ridgeline of Keystone, just before contouring around for the final ascent.

With 360-degree views that included more distant ranges like the Rincons, Catalinas, and Santa Ritas – in combination with the immediate views of the surrounding peaks, ridgelines, and canyons of the Sierritas – the summit views of Keystone were just awesome. There are several radio towers on the summit to explore as well. If you make your way to the highpoint point by the chain ‘railing’ [ photo ] , the summit register is located under a small rock pile at the base of a brown post [ photo ] . There are many signings from the late 1980’s. Interestingly enough, compared to other registers that go back to the 1980’s, the condition of this one was by far the best I’ve ever seen, and the signings from the 1980’s are in as good if not better condition than most summit logs that are just 2-3 years old.

After spending some quality time on the summit, I headed back down the main dirt road. For a change of scenery, I turned left on another jeep road, located a little under a mile from the summit. It’s slightly longer than staying on the main jeep road, [and regains some elevation], but the payoff is definitely worth it. Since it rides a ridge [instead of contouring like the main road], the views are much nicer. That said, just after reaching the highpoint on this ridge, I did have a brief bee scare, which fortunately proved to be benign. I reached the highpoint and had just started to descend when I heard LOTS of buzzing. I froze and looked up to see a swarm of bees about 20-30 feet down the jeep road flying across. It wasn’t the type of swarm where the bees look like a single huge solid object; they were more spread out with a few centimeters between each bee. Nonetheless, it was a poo mess TON of bees! Horrified and fascinated at the same time, I stood there frozen in place for a few seconds just watching them. Then I came to my senses and bolted back up the jeep road the other way. However, a few seconds later when I glanced over my shoulder, the bees were gone and the buzzing had stopped. I continued on way, going right by the section of road that the swarm had flown across not more than a minute or two earlier.

After reconnecting with the main jeep road, it wasn’t long before I passed by the abandoned cabin / camp area, which was really neat. There were also several mines in that area, many of which were visible right from the main jeep road. I was tempted to investigate but figured I’d enjoy it more when my equilibrium is back to normal, [and when there’s not a violent storm about ready to unleash on the area]… monsoon season started a few days ago in Southern AZ, and shortly after my hike, there was some fancy lightening right overhead. Luckily, I got back just in time to enjoy the show from the seat of my car.
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fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking8.57 Miles 2,023 AEG
Hiking8.57 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   3.36 mph
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finally made my way out to check out keystone peak early sunday morning. very windy. saw 4 deer. peaceful stroll up the dirt road. magnificent views up top
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Apr 03 2013
desertdutchman
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 Joined Apr 11 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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desertdutchman
Hiking4.25 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.01 mph
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Jan 06 2013
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,975 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   4.00 mph
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I went out for a solo hike in the Sierritas this morning to summit Keystone Peak. The hike itself isn't all that great since you're simply following a gravel road all the way to the peak. The view, on the other hand, might be one of the best in Southern Arizona!
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Dec 04 2012
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,465 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.87 mph
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As far as dirt road hikes go I liked this one quite a bit. The first 1.3 miles are well-shaded. The next 1.3 miles contain many level stretches. The cabin is roughly at the halfway point. You can rest on the bench, the picnic table or on the old sofa inside the cabin. All that's in there is the sofa and a campaign sign that says "Ramon Valdez for County Commissioner". Man, those politicians are shameless. They'll put campaign signs anywhere!

While resting at the cabin a border patrol agent passed me in a pickup truck. I actually got a friendly wave out of him. I caught up with him at the first saddle that faces west. He was using his binoculars to scan the valley below. West of Keystone Peak and east of the Baboquivari Mountains lies the Altar Valley - a known trafficking corridor.

Speaking of Baboquivari, its peak comes into clear view for the remainder of the hike. It towers over the rest of the range the way the Empire State Building towers over the New York skyline. It' s very tempting to add it to my to-do list, but without climbing skills it' s better suited for my fantasy list. I'll put it right below Ixtaccihuatl and above the Appalachian Trail.

From the summit the views open up even more. You can see Picacho Peak, the Catalinas, downtown Tucson, the Rincons, Mount Wrightson and all the telescopes and observatories on Kitt Peak in great detail. The views are even better to the south, but I'm not familiar with those ranges. It's possible I was looking at ranges all the way on the other side of the border.

I descended at a leisurely pace. There are several benches along the route. I know hiking purists abhor benches, but I don't mind them. They offered a nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery.
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Apr 06 2009
Davis2001r6
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 Bordeaux, France
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.40 Miles 2,013 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
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We wanted a little warm up hiking before climbing Babo and this was one of the choices. It's a nice little road walk, steep in places so it's still a workout. Nice views along the way. There is a nice little cabin about halfway up that would be a cool place to camp, had a BBQ and everything, probably need land owners permission though? We had a little fun on the mountain given that the peak is named Keystone, we split a 12 pack of Keystone Light for the hike :)

Saw a gardener snake on the way down and a bull as well. The moved the bull along for a 1/4 mile until there was an opening he could pull off the road. At that point he squared up to us so we backed off. Brian and I still walked along the side of the road, Scott went over the ridge ready to take pictures when he charged us. Didn't happen though.
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 Reno, NV
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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sbkelley
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,465 AEG
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The Keystone Lite did indeed punctuate a hilarious summit moment. Very off-the-beaten-path style hike up a good road. Nice panoramic views in all directions. I think the bull experience could have been funnier had Tim tried to pass it as he initially thought. No communication tower climbing - the view was pretty good and the wind was whipping. Great central viewpoint for southern AZ landmarks though. Babo beckoned for the next day
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 Old Pueblo
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jeffshadows
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,465 AEG
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Keystone Peak is listed number 42 in terms of prominence in the state, so despite being a dirt road it's still a good hike. Lots and lots of wildlife back in there; deer galore, along with squirrels and lots of bird activity in the lower canyon. The trail is steep in spots giving one a chance to get a slight workout, but it certainly isn't difficult. The mining relics and pristine scrub oak forest alone make the hike worth the trip. The old McGee cabin is a really cool diversion, too.

When I was there I didn't encounter anyone other than the relative of the family that owns the property on his bike. He did mention that the trail can be popular with ATV-ers and mountain bikers, but there's no sign of the damage that usually becomes a trail accustomed to that type of use.

The views from the summit and the communication tower were awesome. I would have had a great view of Baboquivari and Kitt but there was much too much dust and haze in the air. The view of Wrightson and south into Mexico was still pretty nice, though...
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Mar 24 2008
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 Gilbert, AZ
Keystone PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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azpeavy
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,483 AEG
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Keystone Peak (6188 ft) is the highpoint of the Sierrita Mtns which are located about 13 miles west of the town of Green Valley. Access is from the east via McGee Rd. At the end of McGee Rd is a large water tank and gate.

Park near the water tank and follow a dirt road to the summit. The summit is dotted with various communication towers. Great views exist of Baboquivari and Kitt Peak to the west and Mt. Wrightson to the southwest. Sites along the road include a family cemetary (most likely private property), an early 1900's cabin and a few mines.
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