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Apr 29 2019
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Noon Creek Trail #302ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.30 Miles 485 AEG
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Up #302A from RTM CG.
Down the canyon from the upper crossing to the "slabs".
Off-trail back up to #302A and back down.
Wildflowers, strong creek flow, waterfalls, overcast skies with sprinkles, green throughout.
Will always love this Noon Creek area!
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Mar 18 2019
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Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.80 Miles 530 AEG
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Wonderful afternoon clockwise loop.
Snow melt has the creek flowing heavy.
Water everywhere ..... even on the trail.
Springy things are now happening in the canyon.
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Jan 07 2019
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Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 700 AEG
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Started from the Noon Creek Picnic area. Could hear the roar of the creek below as soon as I got out of the truck, big snow melt flow is on!
Up #302A :next: off-trail half way up down into the canyon to the "slabs" :next: up canyon to the upper crossing :next: 2 hour sit camp for the scenery :next: back along the loop trail :next: Swift Trail to RTM CG :next: back down to the picnic grounds.
Noon Creek was flowing strong!
Had to play the risk vs reward game in the canyon due to the flow. I missed out on a few of the falls, but lived to hike another day.
Upper crossing was a challenge, had to think it out for a bit, made it across and without sliding down into doom.
Lots of big snow patches left, especially on the southern section.
Happy with my choice today, Nooner looked awesome throughout!
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Aug 17 2018
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Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking3.40 Miles 550 AEG
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Another pre-sunrise start, I'm getting good at this early am stuff!
The bunnies are now playing frogger on the Swift Trail, many have lost.
Counter-clock loop starting from Noon Creek Picnic Area.
Knee high grass all the way up, place has really greened up.
Upper creek crossing full of wildflowers, everything wet from the rains & good creek flow.
1 hour nature sit break at the waterfall.
Lower 1/2 down just as good.
I always enjoy this trail, it makes me happy!
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Jun 24 2018
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,450 AEG
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Sunrise start to beat the heat.
Made it up to Marijilda Saddle by 6am and was already dripping with sweat :sweat:
Was so happy to see that only the upper canyon & ridgeline were hit by last years Frye fire and not too bad, just patchy burn areas. The rest of the canyon down to Marijilda creek looked fine including the small population of pines along the trail that I feared would be gone. I continued down to just the first overlook of the Gila Valley below which was hidden in a thick smokey haze. Quick text to a friend who informed me that the winds had brought the smoke from 2 of the New Mexico fires into AZ overnight. Returned back in the hazy morning sunshine making it back down to my truck at 8am. Not a trail I like to do in June (my least favorite month), but am glad I got my status on Marijilda ..... and it was good!
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May 28 2018
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Noon Creek Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking3.25 Miles 495 AEG
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As expected lots of holiday people around Noon Creek, but ..... not many know about the swimming holes up the middle of the canyon :y:
Parked at RTM CG and headed up the Swift Trail for the clockwise loop. Did Not get hit by a single vehicle on this short 1/4 mile walk up the road by the 25 or so passers :y:
Took the Noon Creek trail up to the upper crossing then down the canyon to the swim holes. Spent 2 hours there swimming, sun worshiping and watching all the dragonflies and butterflies over the pool and the insane amount of tadpoles under ..... it was wonderful!
Off-trailed back up to Noon Creek trail and finished the loop down into all the holiday mountain goers.
Way too many people on the lower mountain today, but it all worked out and I now have a new fresh slight sunburn to prove it!
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May 14 2018
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Noon Creek Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Canyoneering3.00 Miles 489 AEG
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Started from the old Noon Creek picnic grounds.
Up the canyon :next: up to #302 :next: up to RTM T :next: down to the upper crossing :next: down the canyon to the slabs & swimming holes :next: up to #302 :next: back down to the picnic grounds.
Great morning - Lots of new green, swimming in my favorite hole, some good flowers, many dragonflies & butterflies along the creek, hammock hang at the picnic grounds & very cool clouds all morning.
Love every part of this Noon Creek area!
Back home by Noon.
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Mar 30 2018
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Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.40 Miles 532 AEG
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Late afternoon clockwise loop.
Wonderful hike, made it to the upper crossing just as the sun fell behind Mt Graham.
Second half down I had wonderful shadow lighting.
Arrived down to the lower crossing at sunset.
Spent another hour at RTM Campground with a campfire and meal.
Watched the big moon rise and the lights of Safford below come on before returning back home.
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Feb 20 2018
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Hiking4.65 Miles 850 AEG
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Graham got more snow & rain overnight, so I headed up to Noon Creek for the water show while it's at peak. Started from the Round the Mountain TH and headed up counter for the loop. Right away I almost couldn't make the first lower crossing ..... can't remember ever seeing this much water rushing down Noon Creek!!!
Arrived later at the upper crossing with another tough water cross ..... this one I had to get wet.
In-between completing the loop I made some short side trips down the canyon, up the Round the Mountain trail, up Noon Creek Ridge and along the Swift Trail to bring me back to the start.
Unbelievable amount of water coming off the mountain everywhere right now, upper 1/3 of Graham covered with a new blanket of snow and throughout I was hit with snow flurries & cold, cold temps ..... It was Awesomely beautiful!
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From a favorite perch in the canyon -
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Aug 18 2017
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Noon Creek LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.40 Miles 532 AEG
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Started up with the sun.
Counter clock-wise loop.
Lower creek crossing unaffected by the Frye Fire :y:
Next 1/2 mile up very affected by the fire :(
Then through the old Nuttail/Gibson burn of 2004 that is recovering well :)
This poor north side of the loop has been through a lot in 13 years :pk:
Upper creek crossing and rest of the south side trail looked great, lush & green :D
All done by 7am!

Noon Creek upper crossing
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May 19 2017
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Round the Mountain Trail #302Tucson, AZ
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Backpack8.85 Miles 2,450 AEG
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Solo overnight getaway - Noon Creek to Marijilda Creek segment of the Round the Mountain Trail.

From the RTM lot I took Noon Creek up, right onto RTM up to Marijilida saddle then down to Marijilda Creek. Planned on setting up camp by the creek, but the area was very thick and closed in with foliage. Very beautiful, but not what I was looking for to camp. Decided to head back up and out to camp higher on the switchbacks at a great Gila valley overlook I noted earlier as a back-up. Unable to locate any flat ground, I set up my camp right on the trail at the overlook. I believe this was the first time I have ever done this, but this is a very low use trail and I didn't foresee any problems ... and there wasn't.
Campfire, dinner, nighttime Gila valley lights , night/astro photography, reading & writing were my pleasures before a 10pm bedtime. Night temps at 6000ft were chilly through the night and had me up with the sun at 5am packing up and heading out. Made it back down to Noon Creek in short time ending this good trip!
No big wildlife on the trail, but I did hear an owl most of the night down the canyon and spotted my first rattlesnake of the year crossing the Swift Trail on the drive down home.
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May 02 2016
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Noon Creek Picnic AreaTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Drove up to the picnic grounds to just relax this afternoon and an unplanned hike happened.
First spent a couple hours at my favorite spot sunning, writing & relaxing.
Went for a short walk down to the creek and ended up hiking up the canyon to the big falls, back down the canyon to the Swift Trail and then back up to the picnic grounds.
Unexpected, but fun.
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Apr 28 2016
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Hiking3.25 Miles 600 AEG
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Started from the Noon Creek Picnic Area.
Counter-clockwise loop.
Very up close interaction with a young deer on the way up!
Not much snow left up high so I was surprised to see the good creek flow at the upper crossing.
Found a couple canyon trees frogs along the creek.
Had a very close, but brief encounter with a gray fox on the down portion. First time seeing one of them on this trail.
Also saw 2 Mexican jays towards the end.
Sunny skies to start, light rain falling at the end.
Always enjoy my Noon Creek hikes!
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Jul 21 2015
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Hiking3.50 Miles 700 AEG
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I hit a little bit of everything in the Noon Creek area this afternoon.
There is gonna be a flora explosion up there soon.
Lots of flying bugs right now that made the hike a little uncomfortable at times.
A couple of Mexican jays were about the only wildlife for this one.
Will wait about a month and hit this one up again!
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Mostly purples with a few yellows.

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Flowing nicely again from all the recent monsoon rains.
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Apr 07 2015
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,425 AEG
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First spent a couple of hours at the picnic grounds writing & relaxing.
Then hiked up Noon Creek #302A, hung a right at the T and took RTM up to Marijilda Saddle.
Warm deep blue sky day on the way up, windy and cool on the return trip back down.
This short hike up to the saddle is always worth the Marijilda Canyon/Gila Valley views below!
Mexican Blue Jays, vultures, hawks, grasshoppers, lizards & a high elevation cottontail were spotted.
Wildflowers were good, cactus are getting ready to bloom and everything is starting to green up on the mountain.
Snow is almost gone up high and Noon Creek was flowing strong from the melt.
Excellent trip out!
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Feb 03 2015
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Noon Creek Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 615 AEG
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With my usual Tuesday partner out today :cry: , I decided on a solo revisit to Noon Creek and pick up where I left off yesterday. I took #302A up, then headed down the canyon for the loop. Still lots of water running down the canyon and I was only able to get about half way down before crossings became too risky. Climbed back up to #320A and took it back down to the start.
Very good creek flow running down, great waterfalls throughout & another few hours well spent at Noon Creek!
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Jul 08 2014
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
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Roper Lake Ranger Tuesday Usual.
Lauren traveled to Monument Valley for the day so it was just Chad & Addie day.
The big plan was to show Addie one of my favorite hikes along Pipeline Rd at Bonita Creek.
Arrived at Gila Box to find Spring Canyon & Dry Canyon had flooded across the access road from the 2 big days of storms we have had and Bonita Creek was going to be impossible to reach. Before turning around, we watched about 6 coatis play above Dry Canyon for a bit before heading back.
Plan B was our grand backyard sky island and after putting together a big Noon Creek loop, we were off. It was warm & very humid from the recent rains, but the creeks & waterfalls were flowing great and even though I've done this loop several times, it was very enjoyable to show my good friend this beautiful Noon Creek area!
We ended the Noon Creek trails at Wet Canyon where we rested under a green canopy next to the cold creek. After a snack and cool off period, we then walked the Swift Trail back down to the start completing the loop.
A quick stop & hike down to Johns Dam ended the trip.
A little bummed about Bonita, but plan B ended up being a day very well spent!
Thanks Addie, your pumpkin awesome!!!

dry Jacobson Creek - Pinalenos Dry Dry
First time ever seeing the creek at Johns Dam dry. I think Angle Orchard may be diverting all the water to the orchard.

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Flowing good from the recent storms.

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May 29 2014
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Evening hike with Addie & Lauren. The girls picked me up at Dankworth and we headed up the mountain where we first completed the Noon Creek Loop followed by a walk down to Jacobson Creek & Angle Orchard. Both creeks had pools of water, but were not running. Very nice evening to be out as we ended the trip at the RTM trail-head with sunset & conversation about where the "Roper Lake Ranger Hiking Club" will travel next ..... I believe a visit to New Mexico is in our future!!!
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Hiking3.40 Miles 585 AEG
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The canyon tree frogs are now out!
I spent most of the hike going up & down the creek looking for them.
Fauna
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Snow melt is picking up, good creek flow on this trip.
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Hiking6.35 Miles 1,580 AEG
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Parked at the RTM campground. Hiked up Noon Creek 302A to the T, hung the right up to Marijilda Saddle and down to the valley overlook. Then back up to the saddle and down to the T, finished off the Noon Creek loop. Very much enjoyed this afternoon trip!
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