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Dec 20 2015
mike85741
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48 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
The PillarsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2015
mike85741
Hiking0.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles   8 Hrs      0.07 mph
1,700 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I hiked ALL THE WAY UP this canyon in Dec 2015, for the 3rd time I believe. This is probably my favorite "wow" area that's within an hour drive of where I live on the West side of Tucson. The boulder hopping is a lot of fun for the first hour or so. After that, the canyon gets A LOT steeper and I needed to take several 30 second breaks every 5-10 minutes or so. The grade seemed dangerous getting close to the "pillars", so use caution. Immediately past the pillar area is a 7 foot vertical wall that requires some good upper body strength and climbing ability. There are no good footholds or handholds at this area. Getting over this area was a real challenge for me without ropes, etc. but I struggled and barely made it. By the way, I would highly recommend not going down this wall because of the steepness, falling danger, and lack of grip. After getting over that wall, keep heading up higher and eventually you'll reach a high point. We found a small bottle at the top under some rocks which had very few signatures. After reaching the peak, we ended up heading East and possibly a bit North and slowed sloped down to Soldier Canyon way down below. The distance from the peak to the canyon was probably about 1/2 mile. Be careful on the descent as there are some cliffs in some areas that should be avoided! Once down in Soldier canyon, which by the way has some incredible rock formations and water, depending on the time of the year, it can be taken all the way down to the canyon that you climbed up. From that point, it's another 1,000 feet to the road. Thanks to Brian, Tyler and Tyler Jr. for coming along with me! What a GREAT DAY!

In my office I have a 3 foot poster size print of the view of the pillars looking down toward the city. I've had a lot of admirer's of this poster printout over the years. Next time I do this hike, I will need to post a GPS route, which would be useful for going down into Soldier canyon! That was the only tricky navigation in the entire hike. Every time I drive up Mt Lemmon highway, I look up and think, wow, it's amazing that I was UP THERE, especially 3 TIMES!!!
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Nov 26 2010
Don Graydon
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81 male
 Joined Nov 14 2010
 Tucson, AZ, Nov
The PillarsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 26 2010
Don Graydon
Canyoneering0.50 Miles 600 AEG
Canyoneering0.50 Miles
600 ft AEG
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What a fine way to spend a few carefree hours -- scrambling among the huge water-scoured boulders of this canyon just a few miles outside Tucson. Pack a lunch (maybe some wine?), bring your camera, shoulder your bouldering pad.

Each collection of boulders leads up to a sandy bench, followed by more boulders which lead up to another bench, and so on and so on for less than a quarter-mile and a gain of maybe 200 feet. A tiny place, really, just the right size for a playground.

Each bench of clean, warm, coarse sand invites you to lie down -- maybe imagine yourself on a Maui shore. But Maui doesn't have these smooth, inviting white-and-gray boulders or these chiseled tan-and-orange cliffs. Looking over this dry streambed, it's easy to picture a day when water rushed over 10-foot-high pourovers into quiet pools 50 feet long.

I went up this lower canyon area to a place where two side gullies enter. From here the main canyon narrows and steepens, with smaller boulders that are less water-scoured (and therefore offer better hand- and footholds). I didn't go far, but you can certainly scramble as far as you want.

I wasn't alone in the canyon. Four rock climbers showed up to climb an east-side wall. And I ran into occasional bees and wasps.

Many thanks to imike for turning me on to this sweet retreat.
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Nov 14 2008
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
The PillarsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Climbing avatar Nov 14 2008
keepmoving
Climbing0.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Climbing0.50 Miles
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Took a short stroll up the canyon. Had fun scrambling over the boulders and looking at the canyon walls as the sun set.
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Nov 07 2008
imike
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
The PillarsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 07 2008
imike
Canyoneering1.80 Miles 1,700 AEG
Canyoneering1.80 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Susan and I playing around and practicing some simple bouldering and scrambling... and getting a nice workout hit.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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