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Jan 25 2020
DixieFlyer
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Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ 
Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ
 
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Hiking7.40 Miles 2,598 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.98 mph
2,598 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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The Atascosa Lookout and Atascosa Peak have been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided to head south and hike up to both of them today.

We took the Atascosa Lookout Trail up to the old Lookout, which was destroyed by the Murphy Fire in 2011. We gained about 1,500 feet in elevation over 2.5 miles in getting to the lookout, and you will get a good workout on the climb. There were great views on top of the lookout, and it was fun being up there.

There is no trail going from the Lookout to the Peak, and we headed off to the NE to descend down from the Lookout. This was a bit steep and slippery in the early going, but it wasn't long until the terrain leveled off a bit. It was pretty finding a route over to the peak, although we had to do some rock scrambling along the way. There was a bit of easy class 3 climbing to get up to the Peak -- just enough to make for a fun climb! There were more awesome 360 degree views on top of the Peak.

We mostly went back toward the Lookout the way we came, but this time when we skirted the west side of the Lookout and hit the Lookout Trail not too far below the top of the Lookout. If I do this hike again, I'll take this route on the west side of the Lookout in heading over toward the Peak.

This hike was a lot of fun, and it is one that I would enjoy doing again someday.

The dirt road that the TH is one is pretty well graded(the Border Patrol keeps it in decent shape), and most any car can make it; however, you'll enjoy having a bit of clearance.
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Mar 25 2017
Booneman
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Atascosa PeakTucson, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,429 AEG
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I know this hike is way off the radar for most people because of the drive, but it's really quite easy to get there. Once on the I-10/I-19 south, you only have to make one turn (onto Ruby Rd) to reach the trailhead.

The hike to the lookout is fairly straight forward, but getting to the peak is when the fun begins (besides the 100 yards of hell leaving the main trail). The mile of off-trail from the lookout to Atacosa Peak was pretty fun, and navigating through the boulders and srambling up to the summit made it a bit of an adventure.

I was the only one out there today, start to finish, not a single person. So if solitude is your thing, you'll enjoy it.
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Aug 14 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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Atascosa PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking6.85 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking6.85 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.35 mph
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Haircut time again so I hit this one on the way down. I had a little extra time so I did the Peak as well as the lookout. The area is super green at the moment. Trail was easy to follow and no rough encounters with the Border Patrol.
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Jan 09 2016
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Atascosa PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking7.54 Miles 3,086 AEG
Hiking7.54 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.45 mph
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Today I joined a great group of folks from the TLC Hiking meetup group to Atascosa Lookout and Atascosa Peak. I’d been to the Lookout twice before, [which I mistakenly assumed was the same as Atascosa Peak]. As I emphasized in the Description, it’s not! This time, I finally got the peak.

The views are absolutely are awesome, and in writing the description, I did my best to estimate the time it would take to complete the hike and still enough the views. Unless you hike on the fast side, [and/or don’t usually take much time to soak in views], then I highly recommend ignoring my stats of 3.5 hrs RT or you will be sorely disappointed. While it was very nice to hike with a group/friends, the pace tends to be very fast… and enjoying a summit for more than 15-20 minutes would be an EXTREMELY long amount of time. For a summit as beautiful as Atascosa Peak, 45-60 minutes would be most ideal; and if you’ve never been to the Atascosa Lookout Tower, then you’ll definitely want to take more than a mere 2 minute stop, like I did today.

Having been there twice before, the brief pause at the Lookout Tower didn’t bother me. However, to say it was extremely frustrating and disappointing to have just 15-20 minutes to enjoy the beautiful summit of Atascosa Peak would be an understatement… and I left the summit 5-10 minutes after the others in my group! Not even the AWESOME bouldering hopping off the summit and back across the sweet ridgeline could cheer me up… but I found something that did…

As I neared the edge of the ridgeline and was preparing for one final ascent back up to the Lookout Tower, my eye caught site of a small saddle to the left of the Lookout Tower, almost straight ahead. I was in a bad enough mood from not having been able to fully enjoy such a beautiful summit that I made a split second decision the moment I set eyes on that saddle: screw the steep scramble back up to the Lookout Tower; and screw having to continue busting butt at breakneck speed, [so as not to hold up the people that rode with me]…

…when I could stroll up the very gradual slope to that saddle and then bushwhack pretty much straight ahead, contouring the peak with the Lookout Tower, cutting off a good portion of trail that I had no interest in doing, AND not having to go at breakneck speed to catch up with the group. I took a quick glance at my ascent track, which confirmed that my sense of direction was spot on.

It was definitely a gamble… while the terrain had been very generous, there were some cliffy sections… but I was in a bad enough mood to risk cliffing out and potentially having to backtrack. To my pleasant surprise, the going was actually very fast, and the shortcut was pretty sweet! There was even a faint route leading to the saddle, which continued for a short ways after… [and it proved extremely helpful in allowing me to completely circumvent what would have been a hellacious bushwhack through a large, thick patch of cat claw].

There was one dicey moment where I had to maneuver off a boulder with a large drop that lacked decent foot-/hand-holds. Under normal conditions, it would’ve been a non-issue; however, there were still several areas with snow/ice, and most of the few foot-/hand-holds on this boulder were covered in ice. With above average bouldering skills, [and below average ability when it comes to negotiating loose or slippery footing], I threw the ‘three points of contact’ rule out the window and continued on my merry way. Aside from that one spot, the going was really smooth!

Given the lead that the group had on me, [and the fact that they are typically much faster downhill hikers], I was very surprised to have made it back to the TH a full 14 minutes before the next person, and a full 20 minutes before the leader/main pack.
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JuanJaimeiii
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Atascosa Lookout with Atascosa Peak, AZ 
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Hiking6.88 Miles 2,616 AEG
Hiking6.88 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.56 mph
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I was making my way to Nogales for a haircut and some supplies. After Picacho I decided to hit up the good ole Atascosa Lookout trail. Nothing has changed up top with the rebuilding of the former lookout. As mentioned in a previous trip log a small section of the trail has been washed out but nothing to worry about.

Once up top I decided to extend my adventure and go over to Atascosa Peak proper. From the Lookout you just continue on down the north side of the ridge and then work your way across. There is a light use trail and occasional cairns along the way. I don't imagine it gets as much traffic as the Lookout site. Oddly enough there was a guy hiking down the trail as I was heading up today. Based on the footprints in the snow it would appear he went over to the peak as well.

Once on top of the peak I could see for miles in every direction. Down at the base of the mountain was a border patrol truck with an eye on me. I took his picture and waved. Shortly thereafter he turned the truck around and left. Along my travels up there I did see some clothing articles, a hat, some shoes and some water bottles. It appears the illegal's had some extra luggage.

I went back down the same way I came up.

As a side note Ruby Road (the dirt road to get to this hike) is in fantastic shape. It has clearly recently been graded and a passenger car would have no problems whatsoever.
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Jan 31 2009
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Atascosa Lookout Trail #100Tucson, AZ
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This is a hike from 2009 that I posted for the Alt (BA) hiking group.

Our small group enjoyed a fun day going to the lookout. Three of them continued on to the peak. This was the last time I did the hike. After the lookout burned in 2011, I just didn't feel like going back...maybe I will go again one day.

Google ed abbey's outhouse for some fun reading. :)
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Feb 23 2003
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,730 AEG
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Club hike. More distance and elevation than shown here, as we went over to Atascosa Peak as well. It was a beautiful day.
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