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Jul 22 2021
jonathanpatt
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36 male
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 Portal, Arizona
Saulsbury Trail #263Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2021
jonathanpatt
Hiking5.01 Miles 3,133 AEG
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After five weeks of work with Wild Arizona and the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest's Youth Conservation Corps crew, the full length of the Saulsbury Trail has been restored with several miles of rebenched tread, dozens of deadfall trees cut, and extensive corridor brushing and widening. Come check out and enjoy this beautiful trail while it's freshly maintained and in better condition than it has been in a decade post-Horseshoe II fire!
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
toddak
Hiking23.00 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.92 mph
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Big counter-clockwise loop starting from Rustler Park. South on Crest > down Saulsbury > up Pole Bridge > then up Monte Vista, Chiricahua and Flys Peaks on the way back to Rustler. Saulsbury from Crest down to Saulsbury Saddle is unmaintained and faint in some places but follows a great route, then from the saddle down to Turkey Creek is smooth and easy. Good conditions on the other trails. Monte Vista is a fine peak, while view-less Chiricahua and Flys Peaks are relatively easy bags if you're passing by.
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Nov 12 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Crest Trail #270 - Barfoot Park Rd to Jct SdlTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack36.00 Miles 9,700 AEG
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Given how far the Chiricahuas are from the Valley, I've only had a chance to visit once before, on a brief backpacking trip with my family. My plan was a bit diffuse initially, but I ended up deciding to use the Crest to backstop two loops, one east, one west: Herb Martyr and Mormon/Saulsbury. Given the colder temps we've been having (finally), I decided to camp low to stay warm.

Day 1. Started at Bootlegger Park. Started immediately on the Crest Trail, which has had some work done on it over the last couple years. Several years back it had been washed out in portions. It's now solid, and no overgrown. I was struck at how slow that area has been to come back from fire. I took a hike over Flys Peak, which does not improve on the crest itself in terms of views. Anita Spring is full. Unsure of what kind of water I'd be seeing at Herb Martyr, I overfilled. I'm the poster child for the backpacker who has incredibly expensive lightweight gear and screws it all up with overly conservative water carries. So it goes. After Anita Spring I continued on the crest to Snowshed Trail. Snowshed is thin, angled and exposed. There's very little post-fire growth in this area, leading to notable erosion. Pine Park is lovely, however, and the Herb Martyr Trail was perfect in all respects. After crossing Cave Creek (flowing nicely), I continued around on FR713 to head towards Greenhouse Trail. I found a nice campsite. Hadn't seen a soul all day (even at the Herb Martyr Campground).

Day 2. The hike up Greenhouse was steep. Winn Falls is flowing slightly. Cima Creek was flowing and I was able to refill my still-ample water supply. I encountered my first (and only) backpacker heading down from Chiricahua Saddle to Mormon Ridge. Route finding was generally fine on Mormon Ridge but I did manage to briefly get off trail towards the beginning, and was glad for GPS. I'll note that Mormon Creek had a ton of deadfall at the start, so I opted for Mormon Ridge instead. There was ample water in Turkey Creek where the Ridge Trail connects to the road. I curved around and headed a bit up Saulsbury, but was gassed from the morning's climb.

Day 3. Saulsbury up to Saulsbury Saddle is relatively well-maintained and easy to follow. The stretch from the Saddle back to the Crest Trail has need seen attention for a while. I frequently had to course-correct with GPS, and push through overgrowth, deadfall, and brambly evil. It's also steep, though that might have been my legs giving out. Once back on the Crest I had a quick walk over to Flys Park and took that road back to Rustler Park. Given how much I struggled up the second segment of Saulsbury, I was ready for some easy hiking.

I'm truly bummed that it's such a drive to get to the Chiricahuas. Living in the Valley, it's tough to commit. I look forward to getting back there in another couple years. I'd like to start out of Rucker on the south side to do some more exploring.
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Anita Spring

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Tank is full and clear.

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Spring was dripping across the trail. Did not go up to spring - a bit sketchy post-burn.
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Oct 02 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Monte Vista Chiricahua & Flys Peak Loop, AZ 
Monte Vista Chiricahua & Flys Peak Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking17.50 Miles 5,251 AEG
Hiking17.50 Miles   10 Hrs   38 Mns   1.87 mph
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Parked at Saulsbury TH (HC & probably 4wd needed for this road), cut over to Turkey Creek Road, & started hiking up Morse Canyon Trail #43 around 7:30 am.

Morse Canyon Trail is a good incline the entire way up but it is short, shaded under tall trees, and the trail is super nice & well maintained. I talked with someone from the Forest Service (who came up on a horse shortly behind me) and he said Morse Canyon Trail is the main route up to access & supply the lookout on Monte Vista Peak so they make sure to keep the trail well maintained. Continued over to Monte Vista Peak (don't know what trail it was but it was the one the FS guy took & still very well maintained) & took in the spectacular views for a bit.

From Monte Vista, I took Raspberry Ridge Trail over to Chiricahua Peak Trail. The Painted Rocks area of Raspberry Ridge is very cool but the views along the whole trail are pretty gorgeous, especially with Fall colors covering slopes. Chiricahua Peak Trail seemed like a never ending climb. The top is lovely though and lots of space to relax for a bit.

Down Chiricahua and on the Crest Trail over to Flys Peak. More lovely views and more Fall colors. I figured I would fill up a bit more just in case at Booger Spring because I liked the name. An older couple coming off the trail to the spring told me it was just dripping & there was a very heavy lid that they were barely able to open. I ended up turning around before making it to the spring and decided to visit Tub spring instead (which I didn't end up going to either but the couple told me that was just dripping too). Flys Peak was probably the least picturesque of the three but pretty to see the colors & views coming down.

Now for my big error - not listening. I told the couple I planned to take Saulsbury Trail & they said "that trail is crazy". They said it was very overgrown & that I shouldn't take it. I'm used to overgrown & we all have different versions of "crazy". Plus I was parked at the TH. Overgrown is one thing but this trail runs along slopes where the trail is gravely & worn down to a few inches where you really have to dig the sides of your feet in to keep a grip. Along these steep gravely sides there will suddenly be a tree or thick bushes to navigate around surrounded by fallout & dead branches - not fun. A little over a quarter of the way down the trail disappears completely & this was a pretty hot area to be trying to navigate in. I ended up following a wash to drop into the canyon I needed to exit through. Saulsbury added a lot more time to my decent & I should have taken a larger loop & followed the trail the couple suggested. Oh well. Lesson learned - Saulsbury sucks.

Great day. Got pretty warm though. I carried 3 L of water but refilling to get a total of 4 L would have been perfect.
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Isolated slopes covered in yellows & oranges.

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LJW
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 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Chiricahua Peak Loop, AZ 
Chiricahua Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
LJW
Hiking21.14 Miles 5,720 AEG
Hiking21.14 Miles   9 Hrs      2.82 mph
5,720 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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I fixed a hike I did last summer by swapping Mormon Ridge for Saulsbury and turned it into a loop. Ended up on six summits: Little Baldy, Fly's, Chiricahua, Paint Rock, Monte Vista, and Johnson. Basically a longer version of the Chiricahua Peak - Monte Vista Peak Loop with, by my count, 7 obvious summits to choose from: these six and Raspberry Peak. Once on the crest of the Chiricahuas, the peaks never loom too far above.

Started at sunrise parked down E Turkey Creek Road by the Coronado NF sign. The road to Saulsbury involves crossing the running Turkey Creek, which denies access to all but those with a nice enough ride. Saulsbury is in fantastic shape to Saulsbury Saddle. Comes and goes for the middle portion, higher up is clear as well. Much prefer Sauls to Mormon. Nice forested canyon down low and better views higher up. Little Baldy Mountain is right off the trail and very much worth the effort. Not many bare summits in the Chiricahuas, so it's nice to have some panoramic views even if it's not one of the high peaks.

Round Park and the slopes of Fly's Peak are prepping for the summer wildflowers. Few monsoons and they'll be covered yellow. Fly's has the weakest views of the six. Fly's trail is gone from the south, except where it cuts through the aspens higher up.

Crest Trail was in great shape the whole way. Will be overgrown and spotty in the summer, but for now it's clear and smooth. Cut over Chiricahua Peak to Aspen Saddle on Crest 270A. Aspen Saddle has amazing views, enough to placate those disappointed by Chiricahua Peak. From Aspen Saddle Crest 270D heads to Chiricahua Saddle. Very uneven, and the trail disappears in parts come summer, but it's clear now. Worth it to, if nothing else, circle back to Crest that way.

The trip back from Chiricahua Peak to Turkey Creek is the best part of the loop. Crest Trail runs along the ridge right under Paint Rock. Passed it, then worked my way up from behind. Obvious route, sees more hikers than I thought. One wall to scramble up to make the summit. Best views of the day, easy highlight of the loop.

Took Crest down to Monte Vista. Great shape the whole way. Met a second pair of hikers on the summit. Tower unoccupied. More Crest to the saddle below Johnson Peak. Wasn't going to summit Johnson but I met a hiker who was thinking about heading up. Said if he's going I'm going, and we went up. Hundreds of ladybugs on the summit. Views are pretty good despite the trees. Neat little summit.

Morse Canyon in great shape and received recent maintenance. For one reason or another Morse gets the most help of the trails off Turkey Creek. Passed a couple campers who were hiking up to the saddle, exhausted, who asked about big views. Sometimes you can only shrug. Farther down, a group of birders were in town and had lugged out cameras with cartoonishly big lenses to photograph a bird that I guess hadn't been around those parts for twenty-odd years.

Nice to get down there while it's still cool. As a Phoenix resident, in season in summer usually just means beats the hell out of 100F by noon. Temps ranged from high 40s to high 70s. Not a cloud in the sky. Camp sites were packed for Memorial Day weekend, but the trails are never crowded.
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Nov 18 2019
markthurman53
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Saulsbury Mormon Ridge Loop, AZ 
Saulsbury Mormon Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2019
markthurman53
Hiking12.09 Miles 3,758 AEG
Hiking12.09 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.10 mph
3,758 ft AEG   1 Hour   58 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I headed back to the Chiricahua Mountains after a short break to Lincoln National Forest in Cloudcroft. This hike was on the Saulsbury Trail up to the Crest Trail near Chiricahua Peak. Returned on the Mormon Ridge Trail. I was planning a two day trip but reduced it to one because of an incoming storm. This will probably be the last hike up to the crest until early next spring, this storm is suppose to bring snow above 7000 feet and the crest is above 9000. I don't do snow hiking anymore if I can avoid it, I will leave that for the younger people. Great hike with almost 3800 feet of elevation gain.

Saulsbury Trail #263
The Saulsbury Trail is in fair condition and fairly easy to follow. There are a couple areas along the slopes above Saulsbury Saddle that the trail has a downhill slant to it making it a little harder to walk on and requiring a bit more concentration. It appears that the bears and deer do most of the the trail maintenance because there were a lot of droppings and the trail is narrow like a game trail. This is a steady uphill climb as should be expected for a 5.1 mile and 3200 feet of elevation gain. The only breaks are at the half dozen or so small saddles that are encountered before hitting the crest trail. Great views South, West and North from this trail. I do not believe I encountered any dead fall but I'm sure there were a few. The fact that I don't remember attests to the fact that they weren't an issue. To the north of the upper Saulsbury Trail (above Saulsbury Saddle) is Rock Creek and to the south is Saulsbury Canyon and later North Ward Canyon.

Upper Mormon Ridge Trail
This section of trail shown on old topo maps that goes from the Crest Trail Near Cimi Park to Mormon Ridge at the junction of Mormon Canyon Trail Does not exist anymore. From Google earth I could see a potion of this trail and with the GPS route I decided to give it a try. I never found a trace of it except for a short 50 yard stretch where it crosses over a ridge. This was a trek down loose dirt and rock and a crawl under groves of aspen tree sapling, deep gorges of upper Ward creek and near the junction with Mormon Ridge a log hop. Luckily the thorn bushes were not an issue. I'm still pulling thorns from my legs and fingers from the hike down Rattlesnake Trail to Rock Creek 2 weeks ago (gives me something to do while watching TV). The .8 mile stretch took me an hour. I remember one area in the aspen groves that I reminded myself out loud "go slow and easy because if anything goes wrong they would never find me." On the upside the views were terrific.

Mormon Ridge Trail #269
I was delighted to see that there actually was a trail, I had planned some extra time to do the 3.7 mile Mormon Ridge Trail in case it was another bush wack. The Trail is in fair condition very little dead fall but a bit overgrown, nothing terrible though. I only got off trail once where the first switchbacks occurred on the upper portion of the trail but was quickly remedied when I had a hard time locating the trail and then checked the GPS. This trail is on the south side of Mormon Ridge so it could be a bit warm, even with the cooler temperatures I was a bit warm at times. This trail ends at a signed junction on Turkey Creek road. From Turkey creek it is a short .5 miles back to the car.

Great hike. I could not of asked for better weather. Clear dry weather made for great views of the Huachuca, Dragoons, Santa Rita's Rincon, Dos Cabezas and Pinaleno Mountains.
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markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Rock Creek Bootlegger Loop, AZ 
Rock Creek Bootlegger Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2019
markthurman53
Hiking15.13 Miles 3,534 AEG
Hiking15.13 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.18 mph
3,534 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Another one day hike in the Chiricahua Mountains. Again in Turkey Creek area. On the drive in just before sunrise I saw a group of about 30 turkeys in or along the road. Don't think I ever saw that many in a group except in the supermarket frozen section. Guajolote Creek is holding up to it's name. This was a 15 mile loop hike along the Rock Creek, Bootlegger, Rattlesnake and Saulsbury Trails. With 3600 feet of elevation gain I was pretty pooped after this hike. Most trails were in fair condition some requiring close scrutiny to keep from loosing the trail and one 1 mile section on the Rattlesnake Trail that headed from Witch Ridge to Rock Creek that was more of a controlled fall. If there was a trail here it is long gone. Nothing but a push through brush, some of which had really nasty thorns. Spent the evening when I got home pulling out the ones that went through my trousers and lodged in my leg. Great hike and was able to complete a few more trails I didn't get to the last time I was here. On the way out at the mouth of Turkey Canyon is the Grave site of Johnny Ringo, I stopped to check it out. Lots of history behind this grave, the internet has a lot of the story, some truth some speculation. Beautiful sunset on the drive home didn't stop to take pictures but it was amazing. I also looked for Anticrepuscular rays but I didn't see any, guess the conditions weren't right.

TURKEY PEN TRAIL #262
This is the second time on this trail in two weeks. Pleasure to be on a trail that actually looks and feels like a trail. No one else has been on the trail in the last week because my boot prints from last week were the only prints on the trail (not counting the deer and turkey prints that covered mine in one area). Turkey pen canyon still had a few pools of water but nothing running.

ROCK CREEK TRAIL #259
This is the middle upper portion that I had not done before. This section is from Turkey Pen Trail to Rock Saddle at the Bootlegger Trail. From Rock Saddle to the Crest Trail at Bootlegger Saddle I completed last summer. The section from Fife Canyon to Turkey Pen Trail I did last week. The only section left is from Fife Canyon to the National Forest Boundary (.75 miles). When I complete that last part I will write a description and post.

The trail from fife Canyon to the Rock Saddle is there but requires a little searching in spots. This trail follows along an old logging road but the road is not apparent except in a few places. The trail follows the creek or along side it and is marked fairly well with cairns where it enters or exits the creek. This canyon along the creek was not affected by the fires so dead fall other than normal is minimal, the only exception is the upper portion before hitting Rock Saddle. Rock Creek had pools in sections and running water also sporadically.

Bootlegger Trail #257
This hike covers the Bootlegger Trail from Rock Saddle to the Rattlesnake Trail. I completed the upper portion from Rock Saddle to the Crest trail at Rustler park last summer. I will write a description for this trail but one already exists but it shows the Bootlegger Trail going from Rustler Park to Bootlegger Saddle. Maybe I could call it Bootlegger Trail #257 2.

The Bootlegger trail is very faint most of the way but follow the GPS route and there should be no problem. Rock cairns mark the trail in strategic locations. Since this is a ridge trail the views south- West and North are excellent. Aiding in the views is the fact that the north side of the ridge was heavily affected by fires so there are no trees to block the view. This trail ends at the Rattlesnake trail just below Rattle Rock Saddle.

RATTLESNAKE TRAIL #275 SOUTH
The Rattlesnake trail starts from the north in Pine Canyon and climbs up to a saddle on Witch Ridge at the junction of the Witch Ridge Trail #260 and the Bootlegger Trail #257. I completed this portion last week. This hike is from the ridge down to Rock Creek. The map shows a trail here but it is long gone. I followed the route for this one mile stretch but it was kind of pointless. I did notice when I was on track that in the middle portion I was following what looked like a trail but was so badly overgrown. The last portion I gave up trying to stay on track and just headed down toward Rock Creek. Lots of brush/trees and some kind of sticker bush with thorns from hell. Didn't notice till I got home that when I felt my leg and there were dozens of little thorns embedded in my skin. Time to break out the jewelers glasses and tweezers.

Was planning on doing a description for this trail as the one posted shows the Rattlesnake Trail heading up to Rock Saddle. The Rattle Snake Trail actually heads up to the ridge from Pine Canyon and then heads back down to Rock Creek. Not sure I want to post a hike for a portion of trail that doesn't exist anymore, unless it was for historical reference.

SAULSBURY TRAIL #263

Both the Saulsbury #263 and the Saulsbury Connector Trail #263A are in good condition. The connector trail is a little vague at first from rock creek but just go up. This trail soon becomes quite obvious and is marked with cairns occasionally. The connector trail is very steep, no switchbacks, it just sees where it wants to get and goes there directly. 500 feet in .4 miles. Smokers night want to consider an alternate route, it's a lung burner. Luckily it is only .4 miles long.

The Saulsbury Trail from Saulsbury Saddle is a little steep if going up but then the complete trail from Turkey Creek to the Crest Trail has to go up 3000 feet in 5 miles. There was a little water in lower Saulsbury Canyon near what looked like a spring but other than that was dry. The sign at the trail head in Turkey Canyon is spelled wrong (Saulsberry) but other than that was in good condition. Plenty of parking at the trail head.

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Oct 19 2018
element58
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 West Bend, WI
Mormon Ridge Trail #269Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
element58
Hiking6.10 Miles 3,346 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   4 Hrs      1.53 mph
3,346 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was the first part of what was to be a multi day trip in the Chiricahua mountains. After meeting Johnny Ringo I drove past the trail head on the main access road twice before noticing it. I parked my car on a pull out section, wasn't sure if I could but this was the best I could find. Hard to find is a recurring theme.

The Mormon Ridge trail is currently clear of any downed trees, but it is rugged and not marked well. It is also very faint in many places. Quite often I found myself double checking to make sure I was still on. It is pretty much straight up with only a few sections of switch backs. Really nice views as you get closer to the top. As you get closer to the top some older trails maps and trip logs say the trail veers right. I found and the Green Trails map I had confirmed it would veer left in a long switchback that eventually comes and meets the Crest Trail #270, the Chiricahua Peak trail and very close to the Anita Park/Spring trail. Some trail signs are on the ground,some very worn, so I was glad I had maps and GPS to assist with navigation once I reached that section.

Again, nice views, and you are definitely earning them with this straight up climb.

Additionally Anita Spring trail is marked but faint, and you will do some tree hopping to get to the spring.It was trickling,full of water, cold and refreshing. A tree fell right next to it to make for a nice seat while you enjoy.

The other trails I hiked ranged from good to terrible. The Crest trail was clear and easy to follow with signs at many junctions. However, take that with grain of salt and check your headings, I found myself not trusting them that much.

I spent the night near Ojo Aqua Frio spring but never looked for it as I had plenty of water from Anita Spring. There is a lot of dead fall in the area but there is also a wonderful site to camp on that is east of the Crest trail and looks directly west. Tent and hammock friendly.

Unfortunately,for me the weather turned bad that night. High winds, rain and the clouds just sat on me all day. After half a day it wasn't clearing I headed back down. Trying my luck I went via the Saulsbury Trail. This is just a bad trail until you get way down in the canyon and even then it meanders and is hard to follow. The lower portion has some orange flagging tape but eventually that person got lost too and stopped marking it. :) At the top, it went from obvious, to faint, to is this a game trail to where did it go? Using map, compass and GPS I ended up doing a bit of bushwhacking (the rain and fog did not make following this any easier). I even found remnants of other hikers as well, a fleece jacket stuck on some thorns. All told I went over, under or around 103 trees from top to bottom.

I understand the whole area is much like this due to the past forest fires and weather events. It was hard, and if looking for a challenge, these are your trails. Eventually, I will try to get back to finish the rest of my trip.
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Anita Spring

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Have to climb over quite a few trees but the water was flowing nicely. The tank holding quite a bit and overflowing.
May 09 2016
kwpapke
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67 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Saulsbury Trail #263Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 09 2016
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Backpack19.00 Miles 3,133 AEG
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First trip to Turkey Creek TH. Looking for a longer loop, so hiked up Saulsbury to Crest, and spent the night at Anita Park. Next day took the Crest to Morse and down the latter to the campsites near the TH along the creek and spent a blissful night listening to the waterfalls.

Wildlife: Black-tailed rattler on Saulsberry, awoke to two black bears crashing through the trees at Anita, lots of wild turkeys and deer along Turkey Creek.

Saulsberry looks like it is mostly used by horses. The trail gets quite faint, but is reasonably well cairned. Had to backtrack a few feet, but no real issues. Crest had lots of deadfall and overgrowth after Raspberry Peak. Morse was in great shape, love that trail.

Water: trickling at Anita Spring. Tried to find Aqua Fria and HQ springs. The trail to the latter was so covered in deadfall it made passage nearly impossible and I gave up. Agua Fria was not as impassable, but the trail became too faint to follow and with great chagrin I discovered I did not have the GPS coordinates of the springs loaded :-( I'll make a more earnest effort next time.

This was a very pleasant 20 mile loop, easily done in 24 hours (noon to noon). Next time I'll try my luck with one of the Mormon trails, as I liked the look of the camping area right after Mormon hits the Crest (I'm a hammock guy, need trees!!)

The only humans I saw were in a camper along Turkey Creek. Gotta like that!
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