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Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain Loop - 2 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 13 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2017
fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,758 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   1.67 mph
2,758 ft AEG      7 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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started getting it in my head recently that i wanted to visit this peak again. it's been a long time.

worked all night and it stormed fairly wildly all night so i wasn't sure but decided to give it a whirl when i got up anyway

85% humidity today = this is gonna get ugly folks

slogged up vault mine suffering mightily yet enjoying the flowers. the route out to bearpaw is faint. past that to Pete is wildly overgrown and requires some thinking, knowledge of the route and/or gps as line of sight won't really cut it. it was wonderful to be on this summit again - probably nondescript to most but a gem to santa rita nerds.

scared up an agitated rattler no more than 50 feet off the summit. and it reminded me that the exact same thing happened in the same place some 10 years ago. how random is that?

the gps distance feels short. i think it's more like 6 round trip
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Jan 11 2017
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Agua Caliente Trail Bear Paw Rock, AZ 
Agua Caliente Trail Bear Paw Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2017
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking6.10 Miles 2,583 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.08 mph
2,583 ft AEG      50 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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This is a round trip Hike to finish up the Western portion of the Agua Caliente Trail. The trail head is in Agua Caliente Canyon on the western slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains. On this trip the road to the trail head was just graded and was in much better condition than previous trips. The Agua Caliente Trail is in good condition but is a steady uphill climb to the Agua Caliente Saddle. Water was plentiful as can be expected in January. The route to Pete Mountain is vague but easy to find at least as far as Bear Paw Rock, not sure of condition all the way to Pete mMountain. The hike is worth it for the Views of Mount Wrightson and Florida Ridge, Walnut Spring and Treasure Vault mine are also worth visiting.
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Jun 15 2014
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58 male
 Joined Jun 04 2014
 Tucson
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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waterdogTriplogs 6
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.36 mph
3,052 ft AEG
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Beautiful hike. The trail to Pete's Mountain is readily seen though a few cairns lead to more overgrown routes. Critters have been into the container holding the summit log and the logbook is water logged. Goshawks nesting on the upper Carrie Nation trail were displeased with my passage and one made several dives at me.
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Aug 27 2011
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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ 
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2011
GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,452
Hiking8.85 Miles 4,212 AEG
Hiking8.85 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.66 mph
4,212 ft AEG   2 Hrs   51 Mns Break
 
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Led another adventure for the Alt-Hiking Meetup. Had perfect attendance which was very cool since 12 people signed up. One person ended up not feeling pretty good so they hiked on their own. The rest of us did a look going up the very steep Vault Mine Trail to Agua Caliente Saddle.

From the saddle, we used a route to get over to Pete Mountain. The route was overgrown with flowers - so we had to do a lot of flowerwhacking! I was in the lead and nearly stepped on a Mojave. After that I used by poles to poke in the bush ahead just in case.... After enjoying Pete Mountain, we returned to Agua Caliente saddle.

Then we followed another very steep route up a ridge to gain access to the road that leads to Mt. Hopkins. We waited to regroup on Mt. Hopkins and enjoyed the view. Then we went down to the "picnic" area and had cokes from the pop machine and our lunches.

After lunch we walked down the road to a route that goes to the Agua Caliente Trail. I think everyone thought I was crazy when I walked up to the guard rail and then indicated that our trail was on the other side. We we on the Agua Caliente trail briefly and then we then took an old route that leads down to the Carrie Nation Mine trail and to the cars.

We decided that at times this felt harder then last weeks 4 Springs Loop with Mt Wrightson. However, I am definitely not as tired as I after that hike.

Overall the group did well considering one person mentioned that they normally did the "easy" hikes and another person was a runner who didn't really hike much. Oh the joys of Meetup!
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Aug 27 2011
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 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ 
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ
 
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PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking8.85 Miles 4,212 AEG
Hiking8.85 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.66 mph
4,212 ft AEG   2 Hrs   51 Mns Break
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Week 2 of Belinda's Santa Rita Jaunts. Very strenuous, and much, much warmer today than last week. Not as many wildflowers in this area.
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Aug 27 2011
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ 
Pete Mountain and Mt Hopkins Loop, AZ
 
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RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
Hiking8.85 Miles 4,212 AEG
Hiking8.85 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.66 mph
4,212 ft AEG   2 Hrs   51 Mns Break
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This kicked my butt. I think heat is my kryptonite.
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Oct 09 2010
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80 male
 Joined Feb 13 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2010
gpsjoeTriplogs 140
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
3,052 ft AEG
 
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Frick and Jeff really Naleyed this one. Without the excellent hike description I would have no idea this route even existed. It uses official and non-official trails as well as an overgrown use trail to Bear Paw Rock and Pete's Mountain. And calling that part a "use" trail is a bit of a stretch.

I did the hike as it was described and enjoyed it very much. Along the way there are two mines plus plenty of great views of Madera Canyon, Mount Hopkins and the uppermost structure of the Whipple Telescope installation as well as the southern view down rattlesnake canyon and to Nogales and into Mexico. There is also a sign in register on top of Pete's Mountain.

All trails are very good or excellent except for the 1.8 mile roundtrip to Pete's Mountain starting from Aqua Caliente Saddle. This use trail was difficult for me. There is a use trail most of the way but it is overgrown and some bushwhacking is required. It will challenge your trial finding and keeping abilities but experienced hikers should be able to do it.

Returning from Pete's about 1.3 miles past the intersection of the Vault & Aqua Caliente Trails there is an unsigned & unofficial trail that is visible if you are alert (I was looking for it and found it easily enough). This trail goes down to the Carrie Nation mine site. A GPS track has been submitted and if preloaded on your GPS will show that intersection clearly. It should also be uselful for the round trip to Pete's from Aqua Caliente saddle.

Added Oct 11, 2010
Sometimes you learn stuff after a hike. Seeing the telescope on top of Mount Hopkins prompted me to do some internet searches and here is what I found. The FLWO complex has a visitor center and Forest Service picnic area which can be visited by anyone. Visitor center info is at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/facilities/f ... enter.html.

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) - the complex on Mount Hopkins.

6.5-meter Multi-Mirror Telescope (MMT) - the visible structure on top of Mount Hopkins.

Overview with links http://www.sao.arizona.edu/FLWO/whipple.html

Directions from Tucson (paved road all the way):
Drive south on Interstate 19 to exit 56 (Canoa). At the bottom of the exit ramp, take second right at roundabout and continue around until you can drive under the freeway to the frontage road on the east side. Turn right and drive south three miles to Elephant Head Road. Turn left and drive east, crossing the Santa Cruz River on Elephant Head Bridge. One mile east of the river, turn right on Mount Hopkins Road. Drive southeast about seven miles to the Observatory Office (end of pavement).
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Sep 12 2009
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46 male
 Joined Apr 15 2007
 Tucson, AZ
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
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PhilipMuellerTriplogs 53
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.25 mph
3,052 ft AEG
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Did this one on Sat. This is a neat, moderately difficult hike that ventures away from "mainstream" Santa Rita hikes (which are still awesome). The old register was destroyed, so we put a new one up there. It would be cool to camp on Pete Mountain--excellent views.
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Aug 16 2008
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44 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
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JeffshadowsTriplogs 169
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
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Another awesome day in the Ritas. First signs of autumn were seen in some of the trees.
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Aug 16 2008
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,052 AEG
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Just an excellent hike. To say I love the Santa Ritas is such an understatement.
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