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May 16 2020
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Upper Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 16 2020
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering16.60 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering16.60 Miles2 Days         
500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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Hiked in to Sabino via Box Spring trail on Friday night. Saturday got up early and got wet right away. Lots of wades and brush to go thru to get to the first raps. My initial plan was to camp right before rap 4 but we got there at 2 so decided to continue. It was great to do raps 4 and 5 in the afternoon when it was warm. after rap 5 it was a bit of a slog. We decided to camp at the first spot we saw, but got all the way to the Lemmon confluence before we found something adequate. Sunday we had a great time in all the pools on the way to Hutch's before the warm hike out. Hiked out the tram road which wasn't too bad.
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Apr 30 2016
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Upper Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 30 2016
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering12.60 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering12.60 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Did this as a 2.5 day, 2 night trip. Got a late start on saturday and camped at box spring trail when it hit Sabino. Sunday we camped between raps 3 and 4, as we were enjoying all the swims, etc. Monday we hiked out and caught the last tram.

After hitting all the major technical canyons in the Catalina's this is definitely my favorite!
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Oct 10 2014
rvcarter
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74 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Upper Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 10 2014
rvcarter
Canyoneering4.08 Miles 1,493 AEG
Canyoneering4.08 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.23 mph
1,493 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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We hiked the loop. From the map, Box Camp TH looked like a reasonable place to start this loop, but Sunset may be better. We ran into a lot of locusts and thorns going down to the creek. Once at Sabino Creek, the going was pretty good despite having to cross the heavily flowing stream several times (just after some big rains). Past the gaging station (from the USGS quad, about 523300, 3587000), there is actually a pretty good trail, it is disappears as you get to the steeper section (about a km before the intersection with the Box Springs Tr, which was our intended out pt). However, the terrain forces you left and up, with few options for getting anywhere. One of us took a higher option once and wound up several hundred feet up the slope above us. At that point we were about as far from the Box Camp Tr as we were from the Box Springs Tr, and decided to slug it out going up the steep slope to connect with Box Camp. This part wasn't fun, up slippery slope infested with locusts and thorny bushes with lots of downed trees, quite a blood letting. Tiring day, wouldn't recommend a repeat of our track. Best option may be to take some ropes and canyoneer down to Box Springs tr or go all the way down to Hutch's Pool (that has to be real long day). We may try this sometime when there is less water in the creek.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Sep 03 2014
rvcarter
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74 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Upper Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 03 2014
rvcarter
Canyoneering10.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Canyoneering10.00 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
 
I put this track in Upper Sabino Cyn because it includes a substantial bushwhack across Upper Lemmon Canyon from the lower part of the Lemmon Rock Lookout Tr to Mt. Lemmon #5 at about the 8000 foot level. Frank and I have been exploring areas off Wilderness of Rocks trail because there are a lot of fantastic balanced rocks and other unusual rock features that you can only see once off WOR (WOR is rarely high enough to see much of the surrounding area). It takes some effort to get across this area, but there are two really fine balanced rocks at 12S 518120, 3587345, which is along this track north of WOR, and at 12S 519414, 3586583, which is not far away but south of WOR (not on the 9/3 track).

Check out the pictures.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Mostly along Aspen Trail on the way down from Radio Ridge.
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Aug 30 2014
rvcarter
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74 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Upper Sabino CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
rvcarter
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles
 
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Although there is some boulder scrambling going down Upper Sabino, I've listed this as a hike. Getting down the ridge from Aspen Tr is tricky, and moving down the ravine is interesting, but you never need a rope, or have to take any significant risks. You never have to get wet, but there are nice pools along the way. After you leave the ravine and head west, there are some great balanced rocks and other nice formations. Views are great, and you see a lot that you never see from the Wilderness of Rocks. Although the numbers are small, it's a tiring day. On the plus side there is no trace of a human ever passing this way.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Aug 17 2014
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Meadow Trail #5ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking4.10 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
680 ft AEG
 
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First up: a Meadow Trail-Mount Lemmon Trail mountain top loop and side trip to Lemmon Rock Lookout with Mark and Margaret from work. Lightning began striking very close to us as we neared the trailhead. Reached the car as rain began coming down hard. Took a break for a bit and waited for the storm to pass. Drove down to Summerhaven and then started up the Aspen Draw Trail/Upper Sabino Creek. Very pretty woodsy area and my first time on this section of trail. Weather radar showed nothing close to us, but the sound of nearby thunder had us second guessing. A second nearby strike and almost immediate torrential hailstorm convinced us to turn around. Marble sized hail hurts, especially in sandals! The trail was a muddy torrent and we were soaked well before reaching the car. Headed down the mountain at dusk, stopping near Lizard Rock to enjoy a fierce lightning show blasting the Guthrie Mountain area. Quite a spectacular monsoon display today.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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average hiking speed 1.23 mph

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