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Josephine Canyon Trail #133 - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 03 2015
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Jack Mountain LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2015
The_Dude
Hiking5.75 Miles 2,763 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.38 mph
2,763 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Work took me to Green Valley today, so that put the Santa Ritas right at the top of the docket! I hiked up Mt. Wrightston a few months ago and really enjoyed it, so this was an easy choice. I got started hiking a bit after 3 so I knew I would not have time for the big guy, as good as that may have sounded. I did this loop clockwise, up the Old Baldy trail to the Josephine saddle. I got off on the wrong trail here, I started getting suspicious after I lost a few hundred feet of elevation, I am pretty sure I was on the Josephine Canyon trail. Nice trail, but a bit overgrown and some downed logs. I got myself turned back around and onto the Agua Caliente trail. There were some nice views off the ridge, but the wind was howling pretty fiercely any time I was not protected by a slope face. There were a few overgrown spots, and the Jack Mountain spur took a little negotiating, but certainly nothing too crazy. I made the switch from short sleeve and ballcap to long sleeve and beanie up top to keep my warm enough. I found the Carrie Nation trail pretty easily and headed down. Very steep on the way down, but footing was good except for a few spots heavy with pine duff.I got back to the van about 5:30 for the long, windy drive home. Saw a few does on the drive out, but otherwise there was not much wildlife to be seen, I expected aas much due to the high winds all afternoon. I didn't see any bears this trip, must mean that the bear spray I bought works, right? :lol: This hike is a great alternative to Wrightston if you do not have as much time, good push for sure with some nice views to boot. Good water flowing all along the Carrie Nation trail too.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Just a few Sycamores and Ash trees starting to turn. I would imagine the next two weeks will be good.
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Oct 10 2014
markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Old Baldy and Josephine Canyon Trail, AZ 
Old Baldy and Josephine Canyon Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2014
markthurman53
Hiking10.10 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.35 mph
3,400 ft AEG      57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This is a round trip hike from Madera Canyon, Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle and down Josephine Canyon Trail. Does not look like this trail is too heavily traveled but trail was easy to follow. Not a lot of views from the trail since you stay down in the Canyon most of the way. Point of interest was the old cabin on the lower portion of the trail. I could not find any history on it though. The trail ends at a jeep trail and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. There were signs of Illegal travel (water bottles, clothes and blankets) but I didn't see any one along the trail.
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May 30 2010
Pivo
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62 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Josephine Canyon Trail #133Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2010
Pivo
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,383 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.20 mph
1,383 ft AEG
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Baja Arizona Hiking
Hike cut short Sunday.
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Nov 24 2009
fricknaley
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43 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Josephine Canyon Trail #133Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2009
fricknaley
Hiking10.40 Miles 3,321 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
3,321 ft AEG
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Made my first trip out to Josephine Canyon as part of a reverse lasso loop involving Old Baldy up and Super Trail down from Josephine Saddle. On my way down the canyon it was fine. On the way back up, the hiking magic kicked in. Every warm breeze had the scent of pine and a butterfly. There were jays and deer everywhere. Heck, I even saw the ol' turkey gang way out on Josephine Canyon trail. It was one of those times when you feel the trail was made just for you.
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