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Apr 10 2020
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Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
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Dragoon sampler, with great at-large camping on the east side. Over and back on CS279 in the morning, nice views of the rock formations and flowing water in the creeks. Then over to the west side in the afternoon for SG332, a fun little route that's a little rough but not hard to follow.
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Slavin Gulch Council Rocks, AZ 
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Hiking14.94 Miles 2,306 AEG
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Sticking close to home again I headed back to the Dragoon Mountains. This hike was a mix of established trails and some use trails located on Google Earth. Perfect weather for a Dragoon mountain hike, clear skies high wispy clouds to add depth to the photos and plenty of water. Water everywhere even in the small streams. Was thinking about the water report and decided for Slavin Gulch measuring in gallons per minute wouldn't do so I figures I would measure it in barrels per minute. I just couldn't figure out how many barrels but it is a few. There was still a scattering of snow on the north slopes at just below 6000 feet.

Started out on the Slavin Gulch Trail #322 just after sunrise. Took me a while to figure out how to get here, the most direct road on google earth turned out to be across private property so I had to use Middlemarch Road. By the way that is the only access point if you don't know someone that owns property on the west side of the Dragoons. It is deer season so there were some hunters. If I had known that I guess I would of wore a red hat or something instead of my desert MARPATS. I don't really look like a deer though. Slavin Gulch trail follows an old road that went up to the Abril mine (1900 to 1953) but all that is left is a well defined trail. Only had issues a couple times where it crossed the creek but was able to pick up on it again without much issue. At 2.7 miles you come to the Abril Mine. I didn't climb the last 100 feet up the hill to see the actual mine because the trek up the steep hill was a bit more than I thought I should be doing alone. With the wet ground and a bit of snow it seemed as I was climbing up the ground it was sliding down faster. About half way up I decided I really didn't need to see the hole in the mountain. You seen one hole you seen em all, besides there is a two track road that leads up to the mine from the other side, maybe on another trip. Great views to the west of the Huachuca, Whetstones, Mule Shoe, Santa Ritas and Rincon Mountains. The recent storms made the visibility perfect.

I headed back down the Slavin Trail and took a route I saw visibly on Google Earth that it called the Sky Island Traverse. Easy trail to follow, it heads up a small ravine, over a low pass and then heads across grass land to the Council Rocks area. Very impressive oak trees along this section. Saw a set Mountain Lion tracks that was also using this trail but no lion. I couldn't help but look up every so often in the magnificent oak trees to see if there was a cat watching me. I'm probably too old, tough and skinny to be of much use for it though.

Once at the Council Rocks area I just meandered around on all the user trails. Very interesting and fun area. This can also be reached via the Middlemarch road that also continues on into West Cochise Canyon. I took a side trip to visit the ruins of what was called the White House. Didn't actually find it on this trip because I didn't have it marked on my GPS. Trying to locate it from memory of 20 years ago when I last was here didn't work very well. When I got home I looked at my route on Google Earth and I walked within a couple hundred yards of it.

From Council Rocks I headed back along another use trail (mainly by cows) to the Slavin Gulch Trail Head. Lots of flat grass land walking and a couple of crawls under barb wired fences. Nice walk as the sun was low in the sky. Clouds from the next storm could be seen far to the west. Made for a nice sunset on the drive home.
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Aug 10 2019
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hoped for rain, raging creeks sheeting off the rock faces, high drama. Gray, cool humid, sprinkling, generally dull light. Went to the mine and waded in some tunnels. As I left it started raining more but the most rain generally right out of Tucson. Looks like got a nice slow rain at my house which my plants appreciated I am sure.
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Decided to pretty much take June off for hiking but wanted to get out of the house and didn't want to join the crowds on Lemmon or the Santa Ritas so went to the Dragoons. I did a little over 6 miles RT of this; did not go to mine as had been there via a little walk on the 4wd road a few years ago. Started out at 5:30 at a delightful 58 degrees and finished before 10:00 at 87 degrees. Trail was in the shade most of the way up. Nice light and a nice intimate trail, the West Stronghold has bigger rock formation walls but this trail has pretty vegetation and boulders. Would be nice with water flow after storms. Cicadas and bird calls galore. Explored off trail a bit. The views near the top hazy with smoke and I assume dust and or other pollution. Again would be a great view area in stormy weather. Might be a rerun during the monsoons.
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,854 AEG
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Camped out this weekend on the west side of the Dragoons with a group of Boy Scouts. Area was busy this weekend. Sheriffs were training for search and rescue with a helicopter and groups kept getting lowered down on the rope. We did the Slavin Gulch trail in the afternoon on Sat with the goal of reaching the mine. Trail has a lot of spots where manzanita and other bushes are trying to take back the trail. Almost all made it to the mine. A few made it to where we could see the ore chute but did not want to come back in the dark so turned around just a bit short. Overall a nice day for a hike.

Day was warm, but there was decent flow of water running in the creek down the gulch.
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Dec 05 2014
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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I was surprised to see so many people camping on forest service land near the Slavin Gulch trailhead until I remembered it was hunting season. Grateful for a reversible hoody with hunter orange liner I followed the excellent directions posted for the Slavin Gulch trailhead and headed off into the Dragoons on a pleasant overcast winter morning. The trail is easy to follow as it gently climbs through the wide landscape of Slavin Gulch toward the sheer walls of the canyon. The majority of the trail is in good condition, with minor flood damage through the sections where the trail parallels the wash and in the upper box where erosional damage has carved a deep trench along the path. At the top of the first box canyon the trail widens out and for the old two-track mining road is recognizable (however, nature is reclaiming one of the tracks).

It is an understatement to say that this is a pleasant time of year to wander through the hills and ranges of southeast Arizona. The coolness of the mornings, the moisture in the ground, filtered sunlight casting long shadows, the novelty of actually wanting to avoid the shade in preference of the sun and not the other way around -- all this seems to keep me in the moment, grateful for the change of seasons and the nostalgia that always accompanies the waning of the light.

Mining history, while important for understanding the American West, is not really my thing. I can appreciate mining artifacts for what they are... a reminder of the impermanence of things, the vulnerability of economies, and the persistence of nature. I'm grateful today for the Abril mine because its dilapidated road now serves as footpath into this fantastic mountain range. The Abril mine, however, was not my destination or even really an attraction. The monumental granite towers and pinnacles of the Dragoons dwarf the significance of this fleeting human obsession.

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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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Hiking7.82 Miles 1,597 AEG
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After packing up from our weekend camp/hike ABC event over at Cochise Stronghold Indian TH, Wendy and I were the only ones to opt for day two hiking options. Those folks who didn't join us would surely be disappointed they didn't do this hike. If this isn't on your "to do" it should be!

What an unexpected surprise. Less than 2 miles in I felt like this scenery rivaled the Supes and by the end, not only did it rival it, the trail conditions were 2/3rds terrific so that would make it an A, with water it would easily have been an A+++++++++++! The trail condition is so nice as you walk up the first mile of old FR 687A through the golden grasslands and eventually flanked by Arizona Cypress and other trees on your right side. As you start up in the canyon, you hike through tiers of the box canyons as you make your way deeper into the mountains. And what beautiful mountains these are :y: .

I found myself astonished more people hadn't done this hike as I ogled at this grand scenery imagining what it would be like with water as you could see where there had been deep pools. You hike along this creek/drainage area for awhile as the trail creeps up. It is also very lush with lots of various trees including ash, cypress, manzanita, juniper, oak and other trees :) Wendy could tell you about.

Somewhere along here we had a morning snack before tackling the last couple miles. There were wind gusts off and on all day. It played havoc with my video as I have to edit all the sound. It was also slightly overcast so the color wasn't super bright for the camera lens but fine for Wendy and me. We hit some nice part of the trail again as we headed more east. Far, far ahead and high we spotted the grey tailings of the mine. It's hard to believe we would be just below that when we reached the mine area.

Once again, there was a drainage we would hike along except now it was on our right. It had lush beautiful trees as well. We continued at our delight in hiking this trail.... until we got to the rockier and slightly steeper sections but it really wasn't bad. One sure had to wonder in certain areas how wide the road wasn't for the mining operation. The road that was left was sure filling in nicely. At this point we were anxious to get to the road that was flatter in terrain as we had to switchback up for our last push to the mine. And of course, the nearer and higher you get, the expanded views to the SW are something to awe at :DANCE: !

We finally made it to the Abril mine remains which were totally cool. It was pretty windy initially when we were up there so we tried to find a lunch spot that would deter some of that breeziness. After lunch we wandered around the sight and partially up the scree hill on the right. If we had more time and hadn't done the 11 miler the day before; we may have taken this on. So it's gonna be one of those "next times" but when there's water in the drainages and creeks.

We had seen shack remnants from above and wanted to see those on our way back. Little did we know that we had walked right past them on our way up :doh: . Not much to see really but it adds to the aura of the place. Oh, just as we left the mine area we could hear a rattler, tried to find it, but without success. Of course coming down and hiking back was as spectacular as the coming in; except for the occasional heavy breathing on the way up of course.

On the nicer portion of the trail, Wendy was so gleeful she was hiking donuts :lol: with her hiking poles.... ya, the trail is that nice and wide in sections. We passed this one boulder that looked as if it had flipped upside down from wherever it fell because it had a scoop out of it that could only have been caused by water but NOT from its current position :-k . Further down the trail Wendy had me pet a Velvet Ash :) ; that was so cool! The light was lighter now and we would step out to the points along the way that were high above the creek bed. It looks like there could be some awesome pour-overs.

As we got closer to the bottom of the canyon we encountered those 4 hikers from VT we had seen the day before on the Stronghold Trail. They were probably in their 60s and 70s. The one old fella with the black hat didn't look like he could go much further. I think the younger couple probably continued up just a bit (per our recommendation) while the older couple waited in the shade of the tree. Just ahead they would get to see the house-size boulders and a chance to see some of the Valley in the first box canyon.

This is kind of one of those hikes that doesn't need to come to an end. It's just so magical and full of life :y: even as we once again walked in the valley of golden grass with various of the Dragoon Mountains rising high above us with their beautiful green decor. Yep, a hike you all must do if you can. The road out to the TH is not that bad on the 687 and you can do Council Rocks too.
You can make the hike longer and steeper by climbing up to the adits. Or if there is water, you could climb down and check it out or if not too much water, you can probably hike up the drainage. The rock formations and mountains caused me to be breathless by their beauty. LOVED it and a pretty nice trail for most of the way really helped too.


Part 1 heading up toward the drainage: http://youtu.be/VcVBSYIMrOw
Part 2 heading deeper into the mountains: http://youtu.be/U0DfChrt6as
Part 3 to, at and from the Abril mine remains: http://youtu.be/r7Q_EKKS1IY
Part 4 heading down the trail (Wendy does her donuts, boulder that's upside down): http://youtu.be/AmYT5x9apDA
Part 5 continuing down the trail and through the golden grasses of the valley: http://youtu.be/_z3Hyamxt1c
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Mar 30 2014
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Hiking7.82 Miles 1,597 AEG
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If you've read Angela's description of our hike in Slavin Gulch I can only add one thing:

Don't listen to a word she says. It's ugly, flat and featureless (wink). There's nothing at all of interest in this stinking canyon (wink wink) and you're better off keeping to the Stronghold trails (yeah right). I'd say anyone who wanted to hike Slavin Gulch was really just a glutton for punishment who really just didn't care about sweeping vistas, massive boulders and beautiful riparian vegetation.

Oh, and you probably would not see massive Arizona Cypress, dense Velvet Ash and the impressive ruins of a turn-of-the-century copper mine. Nope - nothing of value up this gulch. Just leave it to us masochistic, misery-loving Arizona hikers who like nothing more than a wild and deserted canyon full of hoodoos, waterfalls and the ghosts of Arizonans past.

We'll keep it our secret ;)
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,474 AEG
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Pitch black skies, dust cloud roads and unexpected rain sprinkles of the previous night faded into a new day, and I awoke at my Slavin Gulch campsite, ready to visit an old friend after a five year absence. Decomposed Stronghold Granite crunched beneath my Tevas and sweat stung my eyes in the warm spring sunlight, as I moved up the narrowing canyon into oak woodland and mountainous terrain. Lost in the confines of my beloved Dragoons, I considered the last century's road builders, on whose road I was now walking. All of their effort to blast a road through this rugged canyon to their mine had nearly been erased by time and nature's rejuvenation. Not feeling the need for a nasty off trail scramble, I stopped at the Abril Mine to rest in the shade, where I found a nice specimen of sparkling raw zinc. After taking a few photos to honor the occasion, I quickly made my way back down the canyon to my truck. One more Dragoon destination was calling my name today...
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First time on this trail - thought it was great! Classic Cochise - incredible rock formations and boulders and rugged trail. I ended my hike below the mine (it was hot! I had come from the intersection of Middlemarch and FR 687 and was not up for more adventure...) - it was astounding to think of the amount of structure/mining/materials at this site - amazing.

Great information on the area and the Abril mine from the Green Valley Hiking Club (PDF): http://www.gvrhc.org/Library/SlavinGulch.pdf

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157633572712307/
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Hiking9.53 Miles 2,260 AEG
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cindyl picked this hike out for our weekend's main event; one that she had done in part before, with the added goal this time of scrambling up to FR345 and then heading for China Peak. We drove down and staked out a good campsite before heading out to the trailhead and got started about 9:45. We made decent time up the trail, and enjoyed the views all the way along the gulch untli we reached the lower Abril Mine site.

After a sit down break, we slowly made our way up the hill, trying our best not to slip and slide too much, and eventually we were on solid ground again. We paused to a peek at the adit along this road, which was blowing out cold air like an air conditioner, then road walked our way south, finding that in a couple shaded spots there was still a couple inches of snow across the road. When we reached the spot to leave the road and start towards China Peak, we decided to leave it for another day. We walked west up a short spur road and took a break there before heading back the way we came.

We took a different route down for the upper half of the scramble, staying further north and heading for the midway tailings pile and there traversing south to catch the route we had come up. There is another adit there as well; today it was several inches deep with water and also blowing out cold air. Hiking out, I noticed how much work had been put into building this long abandoned road, it must have been a good mine to cover that expense. With a short drive, we were back at camp to finish setting up, with dinner made before the sun set and a fire going shortly thereafter.
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it's that time of year, you know. the time of year where i want to get out and go camping as much as possible. ok - so that's really most times of year, but hey. we needed a plan. bobby and i have gotten in a rhythm of every other weekend of going to different parts of the state, and this week it was my turn to make the recommendation. i knew that i wanted to camp in the west dragoons - that part was certain. the hike? that part i wasn't so sure about. i knew that there was a possibility of going up to china peak from slavin gulch since randy had led a group up there a few years before when i couldn't make it. and bobby is great with maps so i figured this could be a possibility. little did i know...

the slavin gulch trail is really nice. we even went by some pools, which made me question whether or not backpacking in the area would be completely out of the question or not. but the real excitement happened after we made it to the mine area and we started to bushwhack our way up to the jeep road above.

we were doing okay for a while, until we came across this area where we had to cross the tailings pile. i took a few steps, and then slid and fell on my bum and made it about five feet before coming to a stop. this made me go into complete panic mode. panic is not something you can control, you see, and this was definitely an out-of-control moment. we finally made our way back to solid ground, and finally up to the jeep road (probably the only time i have ever been happy to see such a sight).

i was shaken, and wasn't thinking clearly or reacting very fast enough. i grew weary quickly, but after all that i had been through, i thought it folly not to go through to the peak. we had already made it so far. however, when we made it to another bit of a peak, and we could see the destination, i decided that i'd had enough. i didn't want to go back down to the saddle in order to make it back up to china peak. i was getting slower and slower, and we were running out of daylight and i was running out of steam. i had a celebratory brew here, because for some reason i thought i had deserved it, before heading back down.

i felt like i had cheated death or something, so somehow we ended up going down the man-made scree on the way back to the slavin gulch trail. an uneventful hike out, and back to camp we went.

i do love this area for camping. the hiking will always be secondary here. someday i think i'll re-try the bagging of china peak, but i think i'll do it from more solid footing. perhaps the route that is posted here...
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First time in the Dragoons and loved it! A friend said there might be water in the pools in the creek which is what drew me to the hike, like a bee to honey.....Alas, there were only some very small puddles, but still a lovely hike with giant swallow tail butterfly for company and lots of black swallowtails happily feeding. Lots of wildflowers in bloom! Although it was hot, being August, it was enjoyable because everything was so green especially all the grass which is otherwise brown the rest of the year. There were some cool breezes and enough shade to make it bearable, but not much cloud cover today. No other hikers on the trail, just a very loud family of breeders hanging out under one of the big rocks in the first part of the creek bed. I'll be back.....
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Took another trip out to the Dragoons for a sunset hike about and drive with Tresa. Headed-up from the FR to where the path T's with Council Rocks Trail and explored around the confluence of these two routes a bit. No GPS, etc...
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We found 'Tenneco Well' to be an ideal oasis without compare for its location! Water was abundant as the main 2000+ gallon tank ran over to amply engorge nearby oaks. One could have easily showered with the topside overspill being piped away at 7'< above ground!
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Bagging Miller Peak was just hanging there on the (whenever the wind seems it won't be gusting to gale force all afternoon over the ridge) springtime to do list. I set out for said quest yesterday morning, only to turn into a sustained wind of 20+ mph heading-up Montezuma Pass @ about 9:45am - NOT a good sign! I chose to turn it around at the Coronado National Memorial Visitor Center and began making contingency plans for the day's outing. Such a luxurious feeling - being so fortunate to dwell in the Baja Arizona - having so many ranges to pick from in Cochise County, a seeming embarrassment of riches.

Without remorse, I immediately knew I'd be heading for the Dragoon Mountains of lore. After stopping back at the house for a brief bit of research...I hastily printed-out a topography map and got back out the door. I had read about Slavin Gulch, and further reading the write-up on HAZ by PTY made this route an easy choice. It would take some time to get to the trail head, so I doubted if I would be able to make it all the way up today with an appointment to be back in town before 6:30 pm. The bonsai world of the 'Goons' awaited, and Slavin Gulch Trail was all that one could hope for in a southern AZ hike! The plant life is always especially vibrant in this range - stunning in fact - and the gulch was filled to the brim with verdant Canyon Oaks, Hedgehog Type Cacti ledges and a near Manzanita monoculture up top-side. The wind gusted fearcily at times and moved the orographic stratus clouds quickly over head, all quite surreal with the Dragoon Granite backdrop ever shifting all around - simply wonderful!!! Avg. Grade 42.3% GPS Route Available.
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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Found this website after we returned from our trip to the Dragoons - wish I would have known how far up the canyon the mining activity was and what interesting valleys and rock formations remained to be seen if we had kept going! Next time...

We camped in West Stronghold Saturday night and we were lucky to find a camping spot. We couldn't believe how crowded it was! Went for a short hike up Slavin Gulch before driving further up into the mountains to "escape the crowds". We knew some of the mining history of the area, and had actually read about the chutes that were constructed to get the ore down into Slavin Gulch where trucks could haul the ore to Bisbee to be processed. This was done because Slavin Gulch was safer/easier for the trucks... hard to imagine this was the safer of the two roads when you are hiking in the narrow rocky canyon! Beautiful hike, wonderful views, hummingbirds, the smell of wild grapes blooming. We'll be back!
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 Tucson, AZ
Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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Part two of the day's hiking before camping nearby..
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Slavin Gulch Trail #332Tucson, AZ
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West Dragoon Weekend, AZ 
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A weekend of camping and hiking with the Tucson Backpackers meet up group. Went down and secured the best site Friday, then did hikes Saturday and Sunday. I had previously hiked to both the mine in Slavin Gulch and China Peak separately, but wanted to combine the two into one large loop hike from the camp area. Based on excellent hike descriptions by Preston Sands and checking maps, I figured it would entail about 12 miles and around 2600 feet of elevation change. A bunch of us did this one Saturday.

We all made it to the Abril Mine in Slavin Gulch just fine, but after a break there it was a nasty scramble up the mine tailings to reach FR 345A above. A few of us got dinged up in the process, but fortunately no major injuries! We then continued to follow the road southeast for a couple miles until we came to Pear Tank. At this point we bushwhacked our way up to China Peak for lunch. It turned out to be a pretty warm day with lots of exposure, so we were really glad to have the uphill part of this adventure over with! The remainder of the hike was along roads. From China Peak it was a steep descent to Gordon Camp, then the gradient eased as we continued to follow FR 697 to its junction with Middlemarch Road. We weary hikers finished by taking Middlemarch Road and FR 687 back to camp.

If I were to do this loop hike again, I would make it a shuttle, with a vehicle waiting where FR 697 hits the main road. This would save 3 to 4 miles of hiking a boring road section.

Following a good campfire session Saturday night, we broke camp Sunday morning and some of us hiked up to the top of Sheepshead on the way out. I skipped going all the way to the top, since I'd done it 3 times in the past year. It is a real cool short hike/scramble though (less than 3 miles RT/about 800 feet). Sheepshead is popular with rock climbers, but we took the hiker's route up.
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