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Rose Canyon Lake Campground - 3 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 17 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Rose Canyon Lake CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking1.90 Miles
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Sierra and I hiked from our campsite to the lake and around it.
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Jun 24 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Rose Canyon Lake CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Car Camping1.50 Miles 282 AEG
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after setting up camp at rose canyon lake campground we went exploring and hiked around the lake and climbed a high point for some additional nice views. lake was predictable crowded, thought the campground wasn't really.

had a great night at camp and the overnight temps were just sensational. woke up to some of the most intense and pleasant birdsong i have heard in a long time. Sierra sleeps like a log whenever we go camping :lol:
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Jan 05 2014
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Rose Canyon Lake CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Car Camping4.30 Miles 462 AEG
Car Camping4.30 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.04 mph
462 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Hiked from the Catalina Highway down the campground road to Rose Canyon Lake, as I had not been to the lake before and I wanted to check it out. The road was closed, so no cars, but saw a few groups hiking back from the lake. Plenty of snow and ice in the shady spots. I had the lake all to myself when I got there at sunset. Walked all the way around it, then hiked back to my truck in the moonlight. A bit cold, but shorts weather anyway. Drove up to Summerhaven and the ski area afterward to see if any restaurants were open. Not a thing was, so home I went.
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Apr 09 2013
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36 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Rose Canyon Lake CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Timknorr
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This was an impromptu hike that started along the General Hitchcock road because the Rose Canyon campground was closed for the winter. Snow began falling lightly as I set off for Rose Canyon. I saw no other people the entire time and enjoyed a peaceful walk around the lake to the Rose Canyon damn. I ventured down to where the lakes run off joins Sycamore Canyon. This portion was a moderate canyoneering sort of trek. Not to much wildlife other than birds out in the cold afternoon.
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Apr 20 2012
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 Joined May 16 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Lemmon / Lemmon Rock LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Al_HikesAZ
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,100 AEG
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2,100 ft AEG
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Tax season is over and I needed to hike. I looked at the TrailDex and chose a hike that would challenge me without killing me. I am always amazed by the search parameters Joe has built into the Traildex. I sure hope the "won't kill me" parameter works. I am posting this triplog so you can benefit from my experience.

Drove down Friday to Mount Lemmon. I took the "long way" on the backroads through Florence and Oro Valley. Got stuck in a motorcade of vintage Thunderbirds. Watched a "Military Exercise" north of Florence with Blackhawk helos and military vehicles. Got to Ski Valley at noon and ate lunch at the Iron Door Restaurant. Good sandwich, looks like great pies but I felt too guilty and did not eat any. Left the TH at 1300. Pleasant hike down the Mount Lemmon #5 trail. Carrying my typical daypack but with my little camera and my big camera. Note to self, do not carry big dSLR until you know what shape you are in. A few down trees, but it was downhill and lulled me into a feeling of competence. That false sense of competences is so thrilling. I was surprised that the Wilderness of Rocks trail kept going down. I normally hate ribbons on trails, but the ribbons were gratefully accepted today. Good thing the Lemmon Rock (Mount Lemmon #12) was well marked. It was blocked by a huge down tree. Climbed over it and faced another large downed tree - but I could see the trail. By now I had hiked about 6 miles downhill and faced a brutal uphill section. I Jumped up on a rock, jumped up on the tree and jumped down. If you can believe that I jumped, I have lakefront property in Summerhaven to sell you. This stretch is a little over 2 miles and 2.300 AEG. In anticipation I ate a Mojo Bar and some Grunt Candy. Lots of downed trees. At one point I had to crawl on hands and knees under a tree. I thought to myself "Tell me again why I do this." I took the little side trip to the Lemmon Lookout but it was locked. I met some backpackers going in to camp at the stream in Wilderness of Rocks. I did not want to dissuade them by telling them about the downed trees.

The Spencer Canyon and WhiteTail campgrounds were still closed so I went to the Rose Canyon Campground. I paid my $18 and talked with Angie. Good tent campgrounds in the 9F loop but many were full. Campground 54 looks primo, big with a nice retaining wall for sitting. I went to Campground 57. Easy access, good privacy, fairly close to the restrooms. Got set up just as it was getting dark. My foldup chair is good, but I need one of those REI Lazy Boys if I'm going to stay up as a car camper and watch the fire. The cot my daughter bought me from REI is great but has no thermal value. My Big Agnes Yampa 40 is a great lightweight sleeping bag, but cuts weight by having no thermal value on the bottom. Not a good combination. Got down to the upper 40's so in the middle of the night I adapted & improvised. Put on my REI hoodie, long pants and socks and slept like a baby.

Got up at 0530, broke camp and headed to Rose Canyon Lake. My JetBoil ran out of fuel so I had crunchy scrambled eggs. Ate some Excedrin and Grunt Candy and headed to the Lake. I was surprised by how many people were already fishing by the time I got there. I did the south trail to warm up. Headed to Summerhaven. I met a pilgrim - Loon (Mike Fried) - trying to connect with his hiking partner - Trekker - who is through-hiking every trail he can find. A few little partial hikes today and lots of photography.

Went to Marshall Gulch and hiked a little. Dropped Loon at the PostMistress's house and headed back to the Lemmon Lookout. I talked with some bicyclists (3 hours to the top today) some climbers and met the Director of the Emergency Services Department at UofA, The Lookout was still closed. Took the Ski Lift up to the top and the Aspen Draw trail down.
I stopped at the Windy Point Lookout for photos and drove home on the backroad through Florence and Apache Junction.

So 8.74 and 2,340AEG on the Mount Lemmon/Lemmon Rock Loop and maybe 5 miles 1,000AEG on various trails today, but I'm only adding the big hike and not all of this other mishugahs. But I might add the Rose Canyon Lake hike to pad my hike description Stats.
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