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Mar 01 2017
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Tortilla Trail #254Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,539 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   0.98 mph
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This is a short day hike to the Tortilla Trail #254 past Mud Spring from the Deer Creek TH. I saw the Deer Creek TH marked on my Safford Ranger District Map (purchased that morning in Safford) as I was driving north up the valley between the Pinaleno and Galiuro Mtns on the 3rd day of a 7 day exploration of this area. I found the road leading to the TH across private ranching property. A sign at the turnoff indicated it was OK to use the road as long as I was a good boy. There were a few sprinkles of rain on the drive in which instantly turned the road into a slippery muddy mess but not wet enough to leave tire ruts (one of the forbidden things listed on the sign).

Arriving at the TH I was pleasantly surprised to find an information board with wilderness trail map and a close by car camping site under a huge oak tree. After studying the map I came up with a hiking plan for the next day and set up camp. The next day was cool and clear offering better than usual photo conditions. My progress up the trail was slow due to being in full Tibber photographer mode and also by trying to figure out the confusing over population of trail signs. There were some great views of the Pinaleno Mtns and the Santa Teresa Mtns on this clear morning making it a very enjoyable hike. I had ambitious thoughts of hiking all the way in to Powers Garden until I saw the one way mileage (9.5 miles) posted on one of the trail signs. That makes the round trip distance close to double my daily limit so I set a turn around time of 2:00 pm which got me a mile or two past Mud Spring. Far enough to get some of the best views.

Side Note: There was a letter and map posted at the TH gate identifying an area of the Galiuro Wilderness that is currently closed due to plans for a prescribed burn sometime after Dec 15, 2016. This area is in the south eastern side of the wilderness. See the photo I took of the posted map. [ photo ] A FS Ranger I encountered on my drive out told me the burn had not taken place yet, they were still waiting for the right conditions. He said the area could be closed through April 2017. The info at this link states the burning may continue through July 2017. https://ein.az.gov/eme... I see this is already a forum topic. [ HAZ Forum Post ]
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Kennedy Peak, AZ 
Kennedy Peak, AZ
 
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Hiking12.44 Miles 3,471 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   1.57 mph
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1st trip
Day 2 (Galiuro Trip)
I was hoping for an easy hike in the sense that I’d be able to cruise on autopilot while following a trail for most of the way, but I got anything but that… the only thing easy about this one was the drive to the TH.

The trail was very decent for the first couple of miles, but around 1.5 miles in, I had a brief scare as I heard howling in the distance that definitely seemed to be headed my way / directed toward me. Fortunately, there were some low trees right by the trail, and I climbed up a few branches and then anxiously waited. No sooner did I get situated in the tree than three howling dogs emerged. One was a golden color and looked like a lab, and the other two looked like border collies or something similar; though I’m not particularly good when it comes to guessing dog breeds. These dogs apparently had some very good training as scout/hunt dogs cuz the moment they saw me, they looked extremely disappointment, stopped howling altogether, and took off running back in the direction they’d come from.

Shortly after the dog encounter, the trail crossed a couple of creeks that were flowing with water and had some beautiful pools and small waterfalls, and shortly after that, [about where the trail enters a more wooded area and a sign indicates 2.0 miles to Kennedy Peak], it all went to hell…

The trail was badly overgrown at best and nonexistent at worst… add several inches of snow to the mix and it was a route-finding nightmare, even with GPS. After inadvertently ending up on an animal trail, [and then having to scramble up a snowy cliffy area to get back on track], I’d about had it and resolved to simply bushwhack up to the peak the next time I lost the trail, [which didn’t take very long!].

The bushwhack [or more accurately, ‘snow-whack’…] started off well. The slope I’d opted for was extremely steep, but with almost 1’ of snow AND some well-rooted, non-thorny vegetation, I was able to pull myself slowly up the slope without too much difficulty. However, after reaching a ridge, [at which point my path shifted from SE to almost due South, putting me on the North face], things started to go sour. I was drenched to the bone from the knees down, and the temperature seemed to plummet at least 5 degrees the moment I shifted my path up the shady North face. My feet started to get cold REALLY fast. I quickly assessed the situation. The options were: a) turning back; b) continuing toward the peak on the path I was planning; c) opt for the shortest & fastest route possible up to the ridgeline, which no doubt was warm and sunny. Given my extreme weakness when it comes to negotiating loose/slippery footing, a) was out of the question, and given just how cold my toes were getting, b), [the long route up], was equally unappealing. c) was most ideal, however, the crag-like boulders that would need to be negotiated toward the top definitely had the potential to cause trouble. Contouring was not an option due to some very thick patches of catclaw-like vegetation, but I spotted a large gulley between the crags with a clear line of sight to the top and headed for it. From a distance, the most difficult part looked to be getting up ‘onto’ the based of the gulley, and this definitely proved to be the case.

When I finally reached the base of the gulley, my heart sank and I had to make an effort to stay calm. Not only was it a solid Class 4 climb up into the gulley, my hands were so cold by this point that I could barely feel my fingers. Before attempting the climb, I had to pause and touch my hands to my stomach for a minute or so just to regain enough feeling to pull off the climb. To say I felt a little panicked would be an understatement. The exposure was moderate, and, [while it would’ve been very unlikely for a fall to have resulted in death or even broken bones thanks to all of the snow], the steepness of the slope meant that I’d probably be going for one hell of an elevator ride down if I were to miss. With the help of a small but sturdy tree that was well rooted amongst up the boulders that I needed to climb to get into the gulley, I managed to pull of the precarious climb.

The next order of business was retrieving my pack and trekking poles, while were insecurely balanced on a snow-covered boulder one level below me. There was absolutely nothing to grab onto while reaching downward for my belongings. I managed to get my poles, but could not reach my pack without really starting to slip down toward the edge. Very fortunately, my pack was situated with the straps facing toward me, allowing me to take both trekking poles and carefully slip them through a strap. Once through, I angled the poles upward and then threw my entire body weight back & upward, crashing in to the soft snow behind me. It wasn’t the prettiest or most ideal maneuver but it got the job done; mission accomplished by the skin of my teeth!

By now my hands were so cold they were starting to hurt. A couple more Class 3 climbs were needed to get out of the gulley and up onto the ridge; but, [after several stops to bury my hands against my stomach and regain some feeling], the remaining climbs seemed like child’s play compared to the one I managed to pull off to get into the gulley. As I reached the ridgeline and got off the dreaded North face, there was sunshine all around and several spots with no snow, as I suspected. I found a comfy boulder to sit on and then buried my face into my arms with exhaustion and relief as I waited for my fingers to thaw, which did so in record time.

Having reached the ridge, I was only about 1/4 mile from the peak, and the rest of the way to the top along the trail was smooth sailing. The views were absolutely beautiful and stack right up there with some of my favorite ranges, [Chiricahuas, Pinalenos, & Patagonias to name just a few]. I found one survey marker and a register by the highpoint. The log, [which consisted of several loose sheets of paper], was very wet, so I did ‘register duty’ and took out each sheet until it dried, [which didn’t take more than 5-10 minutes], placing each one gently under a small rock so it wouldn’t blow away. Before leaving the summit, I added an extra layer of security from the elements to the old register jar by wrapping it in a large Ziploc bag that I had in my pack and then returning it to it’s place among the summit cairn.

Ironically enough, my return trip proved to be almost as frightful as my approach. I started down by following the mostly nonexistent trail back to the saddle area. Upon reaching the saddle area, I noticed that the ridgeline leading up toward UN 7390 was more defined than the actual trail. Thus, I decided to head along the ridgeline for my return, [toward UN 7390 and then toward Rockhouse Peak & Topout Peak, both of which were on my itinerary], and then return by one of the other trails I’d routed in that part of the range. I figured if I had time, I’d grab Rockhouse and possibly Topout; and if not, I’d get one/both of them the next day.

Things started off well; and, compared to when I was attempting to follow the trail earlier on, I made great time, got less scratched up, and barely had to look at my GPS while traversing the route on the ridgeline. I hit up UN 7390 and then continued along the ridgeline toward Rockhouse Peak. The views along the ridgeline shortly before Rockhouse are just spectacular and even more beautiful than those from Kennedy Peak. Approaching from the NE, it’s not hard to see how ‘Rockhouse’ got its name. The super craggy peak is composed of layers/levels of crags/boulders, which collectively resemble a large house/building. Although extremely craggy from all sides that I could see, I spotted a gulley that appeared to have a clear line of sight to the top… however, I got sidetracked bouldering up [instead of around] the craggy prominent point on the ridgeline just before Rockhouse; and after cresting the final crag, it cliffed out. By this point, it was too late in the day to retrace my steps, then contour the crag, and then summit Rockhouse. If I wanted to get back before dark, I’d have to call it a day. It was a rare moment for me to commit to a peak and then make a blunder like this, resulting in not reaching the summit, and definitely more than a bit frustrating, but it worked out in the end; the next day I simply approached from a different direction, grabbed the peak, and got to see more of this beautiful range.

For my return, I descended from the crag, headed for a small saddle area to the NE of it, and then dropped into a drainage. This part of the off-trail was slightly different than the route I’d drawn for myself, [since the one I drew was based on exiting the ridge from Rockhouse Peak instead of the crag just to the East of it]. For where I exited the ridge, my two options for reaching trail were:

1. Riding the drainage to the bottom and then reconnecting on the trail I’d come in on; OR
2. [If the drainage cliffed] then bank out on either side and hope to be able to ride the ridge over / down to the trail, with the south ridge leading down to the trail I’d come in on and the North ridge leading over to the Tortilla Trail, which would reconnect with the trail I came in on after 2-3 miles.

It was definitely a bit unnerving as I started down the drainage… having to backtrack at this point would’ve meant hiking for several hours in darkness to get back to my vehicle. Several Class 3 climbs were needed to get down the drainage It would’ve been quite fun in warmer conditions, but with lots of ice in the drainage, it was definitely a cold and wet trip down as I often sat / stepped in the only non-icy spots [i.e. the cold running water]. Further down, I spotted vertical walls on both sides and it really made me nervous. Luckily, as I approached the cliffy section, I noticed a well-beaten animal route banking out to the North. Provided this route didn’t cliff, I’d reach the Tortilla trail in just under 0.75 miles and be home free. After banking out of the drainage, there were a few additional craggy areas to negotiate but nothing difficult, and I soon had a clear line of sight to the Tortilla trail. It was a huge relief to say the least!

On my way over to the trail, I quickly grabbed the craggy but fun / very doable UN 6436, and about 0.75 miles after having connected with the trail, I hit up UN 5881 which was right on the way back. My return trail was worlds better than the one leading to Kennedy Peak, with the one problem spot being in the area right before it crosses Oak Creek. It’s more obvious coming from the other direction, but coming out of the wilderness and back toward the TH, it’s very difficult to follow thanks to the myriad of animal routes that are more beat-in than the main trail and running every which way… thank goodness for Route Scout!

I reached my vehicle with about 10 minutes to spare before I would’ve needed my headlamp. The adventure was epic to say the least, [and at times a little too epic]… so much for my autopilot trail hike!
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Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking36.68 Miles 7,322 AEG
Hiking36.68 Miles
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Its hard to imagine a three day backpack turning out this well after it was chosen as a somewhat last minute alternative to a cancelled LCR trip, but simply put it turned out to be nearly perfect. The landscape was rugged, the views were extraordinary, the company was great and the attractions in the area well worth it.

We made the long drive to the Galiuros Friday night. We agreed on knocking out the southern portion of our loop for our approach to Powers on Saturday with a stop at Kennedy Peak along the way.

The route to the cabin on Saturday was the best of times and the worst of times. The best of times consisted of: our fun group, the copious amounts of water spewing out of the mountain, a fun summit and some great scenery. The worst of times consisted of: the complete absence of a trail in spots, the thickest wildflowers any human has ever traveled through, concealed ankle breakers, not so concealed New Mexican Locust, grass as tall as one's eyes and trail obliterating washouts and landslides.

The trail conditions were much nicer day two and the hiking more rewarding. After the obligatory stop at the shootout site, we headed for some "fun" in the mine. The mine was very extensive inside and contained several remnants of its operational days. The more adventourous spent a considerable amount of time exploring the several passages and I completed a pretty dicey descent down an old ladder to explore a very deep vertical shaft. However, as my support team began to express their disaproval in the venture, I decided to call it quits. There was still probably a solid 30-40 more feet to drop, but I was starting to lose my faith in the old ladder, as the distance between rungs grew to a precarious 3 feet in spots and the bottom was still not clearly visible; that and I was not crazy about the wire holding some rungs on in replacement of nails.

After the mine and cabin, some headed for the garden, others headed for the ridgeline. John and I followed up on a a lead I had discovered while looking over some topo maps of the area. As it turned out, my lead turned out to be quite the rewarding little find. We came across presumably a prehistoric dwelling that had been recycled and certainly utilized in more contemporary times. The cave and its scenic surroundings were very interesting and the trail there was great with flowing water nearly the entire distance, modest cascades and the discovery of the classic wooden Galiuros Wilderness sign along the way. Inside the cave there was a man made cistern inside catching water from a seep and and a little loft area that was reachable by a ladder complete with some modern pictographs. After the cool little find, it was back to camp for the standard good times around the fire.

Day three offered some of the nicest views of the trip. A challenging little climb out, but some great creek side hiking due to the recent rains and some small waterfalls worth leaving the trail for a closer look. The trail was in better shape than our Saturday route in, however, it could certainly use a little TLC. Fast times out and fun times at the trailhead!

dry Brush Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Corral Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

dry Corral Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Deer Creek Cabin Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Holdout Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Full concrete box/trough, good water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horse Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mud Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Full trough

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Powers Garden Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water at spring and creek was flowing

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Sycamore Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Oct 10 2015
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Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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chumley
Backpack20.95 Miles 5,253 AEG
Backpack20.95 Miles2 Days   4 Hrs   8 Mns   
5,253 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Outstandingly fun weekend trip into the heart of the Galiuros with a great group of people!

East Divide 287
Starts off reasonably well with some minor route-finding issues due to the healthy growth of summer grasses. Turns into a full-fledged machete-required jungle in the Oak Creek drainage before rising up through the burn area toward Kennedy Peak.

Kennedy Peak 287a
This trail cuts through a moonscape burn area and the trail is largely lost to erosion. Cairns exist, but staying along the old barbed wire fence will get you most of the way there. The resulting wildflower display is impressive. Great views in all directions: Santa Teresas, Pinalenos, Bassett Peak, Wrightson, Mica, Rincon, and the Catalinas.

Corral Canyon 291
This trail is almost completely gone. Recent rain over the burn area has washed out many of the traverses leaving a very difficult challenge to travel through. Add to that wildflowers that are waist deep and it's a fight to push ahead. Once in the bottom of the canyon, much of the trail has been obliterated by flash flooding. Especially in the upper part of the canyon. The last mile or so, most of the shelf and the trail remains, but the crossings are a challenge. This trail needs a full-fledged reconstruction.

Powers Garden 96
Post-wildfire floods have wiped out some of the shelf along this trail as well rendering travel a bit more of a challenge than I suspect it once was. But the route can be found if you look for it. The fire didn't reach this low, so the valley is still shaded and cool.

Tortilla 254
Not much flood damage on this trail, but still in pretty rough shape. Travel was much quicker than the East Divide/Corral combo on the way in, but plenty of growth to fight through.

On the way in, I commented out loud that if somebody had told me it would take 5 hours to hike in I wouldn't have believed them. I repeated the same and updated it again at 6 and 7 hours! :o So yeah, it was a real grind due to unexpectedly terrible trail conditions on the south side of the loop.

Nonetheless we arrived safely and met Claire, 9L and Kyle who had arrived the previous day. We set up camp and settled in for the night. Sunday we all did our own thing, and Sunday evening a group of trail workers from the ACC stopped by our campfire for a while. Kudos to these volunteers for the work they do. It is impressive and much appreciated!

Monday we all headed out together around 8am. We split up into different groups all taking a different pace. A few of us finished via the Deer Creek Cabin route which is a nice option that we were pleasantly surprised about and resulted in a mile of fast road walking rather than rocky trail. It was a welcome end to a long weekend on tough trails.

I feel like we were very lucky with the amount of water. It's a beautiful area, but I could see it being much more of a challenge without the creeks and drainages flowing with water.

But I'll be back to the Galiuros for sure! :)

* I meant to mention that I successfully used Route Scout for all navigation and track recording over the entire three day trip. I charged my phone with a backup battery (anker) on the second night as it would not otherwise last 3 full days while recording 7-8 hours each day. I'm very happy with how well it worked!
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Fire Burn Area & Recovery
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Saw a few small bright red somethings that I can't remember what are, and some poison ivy changing colors. Otherwise nothing yet.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Amazing display still popping on the upper slopes exposed by fire.

dry Brush Canyon Dry Dry
dry where it drains into Rattlesnake. Had flashed and was filled with rock and gravel.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Corral Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry in most areas, but some pools or light flow in bedrock areas.

dry Corral Spring Dry Dry
Spring box is filled in. There was water in the creek, but it was from rain runoff.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Deer Creek Cabin Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Crystal clear water in the spring box

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horse Canyon Light flow Light flow
A week after 1-2" rain, and 3 weeks after 3+" rain, this canyon was still flowing nicely.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mud Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Clear and full spring box.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Powers Garden Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Source of spring unknown. But Rattlesnake Creek was flowing nicely over the dam structure near where the spring is marked as well as downstream through Powers Garden.


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Sycamore Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Tank was full and water was flowing down both drainages that come together here.
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Oct 10 2015
johnlp
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Powers Garden backpack Oct 9-12, AZ 
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johnlp
Backpack36.40 Miles 7,250 AEG
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1st trip
Four years ago JJ and I day hiked the loop counterclockwise but ran out of time to visit the shootout cabin, mine, and Kennedy Peak. So these were on the top of my list of things to see in the Galiuros this trip.

Chumley drove Lee, the dogs, and I to the Deer Creek TH Friday night where we camped with most of the group. We decided to hike up the Kennedy Peak side first and return on the Tortilla Trail. Trail conditions are less than optimal once you start getting within a couple miles of the saddle by Kennedy Peak. Lots of erosion and plant growth. Going down the back side on the Corral Canyon trail is even worse. Still, an excellent hike in to Powers Garden, but quite a workout.

Day two we six of us donned our daypacks and headed out to see the shootout/Powers cabin and mine. Nice hike in the pines and oak most of the way. Some catclaw action near the cabin, but not horrible. The cabin and mine are very interesting. Lots of history to say the least. On the way out Lee and I split from the group that was returning on the ridgeline. A little too warm for the dogs. We hiked up Rattlesnake canyon for some mostly shaded sightseeing. Saw some pretty cool stuff.

Day three we broke camp for the traverse out via the Tortilla trail. Lots of water and big views once you gained some elevation. Many wild flowers on the way in and out. We took the fork that leads to the Deer Creek cabin. Nice spot.

Our group was twelve strong. But for so many it never felt crowded. Great group. Lots of fun. Thanks all. :)
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Oct 09 2015
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Powers GardenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 09 2015
BiFrost
Backpack36.75 Miles 8,118 AEG
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1st trip
Great weekend in the Galiuros with awesome group. We hiked in on the East Divide Trail and did a drive by of Kennedy Peak. The peak had great views but the East Divide Trail as others have mentioned was in rough shape from recent heavy rains and major erosion on the steep slopes resulting from fire damage. Much of the trail on the slopes either side of the peak were completely washed out so it was slow going. Once down in Rattlesnake Canyon the trail improved and easy walking to Powers Garden.

After relaxing night of hanging out by the fire with the group we headed out on various day hiking adventures. Chumley, Johnlp, Patrick, Lee, Kathy and I headed for Powers Garden and Mine to check it out. Very cool cabin and mine with the history making it even more interesting. We spent some time exploring the mine checking out the old mining relics of the past and the impressive tunnel.

Hiking back from the mine we split up on the West Divide Saddle with Chumley, Patrick and I heading up West Divide Trail towards Grassy Peak. The goal was to hike West Divide Trail and check out South Field Canyon. West Divide Trail was fairly easy to follow despite being overgrown because it was on top of the ridgeline. Near the end of the ridgeline we found some areas that had been trail cleared by trail crew who just happened to be in Powers that weekend. Once off the ridgeline we headed down South Field Canyon and back to Powers Garden for another relaxing evening around the fire. That night the trail crew stopped by and we had the opportunity to chat and thank them for all their hard work.

Next morning headed out Tortilla Trail which is in much better shape than the East Divide Trail. Great wide expanse views on the way out...best views of the Galiuros range and surrounding ranges of the weekend.
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Hiking30.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
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Great to get in the Galiuros and see Powers Garden and Mine.

I followed the crew in on the East Divide Trail with a trip up to Kennedy Peak and then on to Powers Garden.

On day two I made the trip up and back to the Powers Cabin and Mine.

On day three I hiked out on the Tortilla Trail.
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Kennedy Peak Trail #287ATucson, AZ
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Hiking0.30 Miles 257 AEG
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Note: I have a smudge inside my camera lens, so the right-side of most images is a little blurry.

My first stop in my "tour of the Galiuros" was Kennedy Peak. I drove in the night before my hike and camped near the Deer Creek trailhead. I was surprised to see 3 other groups in the area (all hunters - I was the only hiker), so I had to spend a little time searching in the dark for a spot to camp. After a good night's sleep, my dog and I drove to the trailhead and began our hike.

Previously, I have done a 4-day backpack out of Deer Creek to Powers Garden. And I've done another 4-day backpack to Powers Garden through the North end of Rattlesnake Canyon. So I knew a little about what to expect on this trail. I had my topo maps and a route planned out, but was prepared for some vague-ness. The first mile of trail is pretty easy and well-marked, but then I came to an intersection with a sign. It pointed to Kennedy Peak, so I followed the trail. For the next couple miles, the trail would sometimes be right on target with where my map said trail existed. And sometimes I would be several hundred feet off where the trail was supposed to be. The trail was usually pretty easy to follow.

Once I made my way to the main small canyon (where the trail begins to get a lot steeper), the trail matched up quite well with my map. Hiking through the burned areas posed some small challenges: mostly stepping over downed trees and some occasional hunting for the trail after a creek bed crossing. Nothing too serious, in my opinion. The hike up to the ridgeline is quite steep and it always seems like you are *just* about there. But then you realize you still have more to climb. Eventually, we made it to the top of the ridgeline. From there, we turned left and began the last bit of hiking to get to Kennedy Peak. The trail along the ridgeline was easy to find and passed through burnt and unburnt areas.

The last bit of hiking to get to Kennedy Peak was the most challenging for me. I could not find where the trail to the summit left the ridgeline trail (hint: it was where the old sign on the ground lies). Once you find the trail, it is easiest to just make sure you stay on it. As they say in navigation, "stay found" and it is not so bad. A little climbing over downed trees was required. My dog was no help in finding the trail here. Upon reaching the peak, I enjoyed a celebratory lunch and took a bunch of pictures. I find more and more that "peak" photos simply don't capture the grandeur of the view. Everything seems much smaller and less spectacular than I remember it. Maybe I need a better camera or the photography skills to capture a better picture?

The hike down was uneventful and took me about 3 hours. Finding the trail on the way down was much easier than on the way up. Towards the end, it was getting quite hot and windy. We would see no one else the entire hike. I will note that wildlife was pretty minimal. I saw 2 deer, 1 lizard, and a bird.

I would love to come back here and backpack more of the East Divide Trail. I think water availability is the only thing holding me back.

Also of note is the road into Deer Creek. It actually seemed better than I remember. Even the part of the road that crosses the initial wash was smoothed over and packed down hard. I would say that, with some caution and slow going, your average passenger car could make it to the trailhead. That opinion could change, however, if you're going when it's wet.
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Kennedy Peak, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Nov 05 2013
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,070 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.76 mph
3,070 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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East Divide trail to the Tortilla trail and back to the East Divide trail to go up Kennedy. Great views from the summit. Saw Joel Norb's name in the register :) On the way down we took East Divide trail all the way down and realized where we had missed the turnoff :doh: Saw 3 deer.
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