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Feb 25 2020
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Cienega Creek to Pantano Station, AZ 
Cienega Creek to Pantano Station, AZ
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking11.91 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking11.91 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   2.54 mph
400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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My sister and I did a hike close to home again back at Cienega Creek Nature Preserve. This time from the Marsh Station road and Train crossing we went to the east to Pantano Station. Cienega Creek is a real gem of an area not visited by a lot of people with the exception of the Arizona Trail hikers that pass through it, which takes about 10 minutes. With the exception of the Arizona Trail this area requires a permit which can be obtained by going to the Cienega Creek Preserve web site.

Cienega Creek was running pretty good making walking the creek a little more challenging (not wanting to get shoes wet). This creek runs permanently in sections and in these areas it is very much like a swamp or marsh. The Cottonwood trees were just starting to put out new growth so they had a slight green color to them. When the scenery around the creek wasn’t keeping us busy the amazing dirt cliffs kept us entertained. We were like a bunch of kids playing in the dirt. Reminded me of when I was a kid and use to play along the dirt cliffs of Pantano Wash at Broadway. We turned around at Pantano station about 1 mile from interstate 10. The East bound train track which follows just off to the north of the creek had no train activity the whole time we were on this hike so I'm suspecting the east bound or slow track is still under repair. While I'm not one to want to see signs of civilization when I'm out hiking I do take exceptions to trains, the're so cool. I will probably do this last section this week and maybe a little south of I 10 toward the Empire Ranch.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cienega Creek @ AZT Medium flow Medium flow
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Jan 08 2020
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69 male
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 Tucson, Arizona
Cienega Creek to Vail, AZ 
Cienega Creek to Vail, AZ
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking11.00 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.92 mph
320 ft AEG      21 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Unexpected events at home (water heater and heater) prevented me from going to the Goldfields this week so I picked another hike close to home. Cienega Creek from the Arizona Trail to the Bridge at Vail along Cienega Creek and Pantano Wash. This is a hike I have been wanting to do for at least 30 years since I moved out in this area. This hike was more than I expected, very interesting scenery with two riparian areas. If you love trains this is the hike to do. The east bound track pretty much follows just to the south of the route. Lots of sand walking. In the areas where the water was flowing the walking is easy, other areas the sand was hard pack and again easy walking then there were those stretches that were soft sand and a real work out. Saw a raccoon running across the wash in one of the riparian areas. When we finished the hike, right at sunset, we headed to the train bridges to check out a train heading west going over the upper bridge, then waited a bit longer to watch an east bound train head through the pass. What a nice ending to an afternoon of hiking. Took some real neat videos of these trains but since I don't have U tube, still photos will have to do.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cienega Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cienega Creek @ AZT Medium flow Medium flow
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