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Wild Burro to Cochie Spring - 8 members in 22 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 20 2020
SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
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Simple out and back to Cochie Springs Trail and continued on for a bit down the trail. Can really feel the smoke on the run, was getting winded on the flats leading to Wild Mustang. Really throttled back the effort after the first mile. For the most part pleasant, about 10 minutes from the finish the smoke started rolling in off the Catalinas. So thick that by the time I was driving home I could not see any of the Catalinas other than Pusch Peak barely poking through in the haze.
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Tortalitas loop, AZ 
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Hiking16.50 Miles 3,675 AEG
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We meant to do the Tortalitas super loop posted here, but missed a junction so it ended up being slightly shorter. Still a great day.
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Hiking16.50 Miles 3,675 AEG
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Great way to get 2020 started! I saw 5 created saguaros!
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Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Run/Jog14.63 Miles 2,606 AEG
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cold and clear morning. moved slow but felt ok.

been a while since i was on cochie spring. nice trail
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Dec 17 2018
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Hiking18.88 Miles 3,366 AEG
Hiking18.88 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
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I have lived in Tucson 60 years and have never been to the Tortolita Mountains. I decided it was time to fix that. The Tortolita Mountains are the northern most of the three metamorphic core complexes in the Tucson area. These Mountains were formed as the west coast was spreading and granitic plutons floated up against the existing Granitic and sedimentary rocks. At the same time the valleys were sinking. (Tucson sain sank 17000 feet in some places). Like describing a chocolate candy they have a Granite core with a layer of Gneiss and a top layer of metamorphosed sedimentary rock. As the pluton rose it created the Gneiss and metamorphosed the sedimentary rock above that. On the taller mountains the granite sticks out on top and the Gneiss and sedimentary rocks slid down the sides of the pluton. Enough of the Geology lecture and on with the hike.

For the first hike in these mountains I decided to do the Tortolita Super Loop as described in HAZ. This hike not only touches a potion of all the trails in the Tortolitas it also has a good section of off trail route finding. These trails are some of the best maintained trails I have seen in a remote area, they have done a nice job. These mountains are a low lying desert mountain with an elevation from 3000 to 4500 feet. But with this hike you will still get an AEG of 3700 feet.(HAZ Route shows only 3366, Don't know where the other 350 went)

I started at the Wild Burro trail head where almost any hike you do in these mountains start. There are multiple options in this section for doing this loop but the one I chose was the Wild Burro to the Alamo Spring then the Lower Javelina to the Alamo Spring Spur back to the Alamo Spring Trail. After this the route is determined by the trails available, Ridgeline Wild Burro and then the Cochie Trail. There are great views along the Ridgeline Trail of the Catalinas to the southeast and the Tucson and Quinlin Mountains to the Southwest and Picacho and Newman Peak to the northwest. The Ridgeline Trail heads east along the ridge that separates Wild Burro Canyon and Rueles Canyon. At any point along this ridge short side trips can be taken up to ridge to look down into Rueles Canyon (most of which is private property). The Ridgeline Trail ends where the ridge takes on a northern direction toward Wild Burro Canyon. From here to Wild Burro Canyon you are on the Wild Burro Loop Trail, Odd name for this trail. I think it should be called the Wild Burro Ridgeline Connector or just make it a continuation of the Ridgeline Trail. Oh well what’s in a name.

I took a lunch break at the Windmill and tank at where the Wild Burro Loop Trail ends and the Wild Burro Canyon Trail begins. The wind mill is now solar powered and the water tank was full of water and wasps. There is also an old cement dam that is doing a great job of holding back sand, also a stone corral just east of that (I believe this is Goat Corral). The Wild Burro trail to the Wild Mustang Trail is in great condition and goes pretty fast. Took the Wild Mustang trail for a couple hundred yards where it crosses a creek and the cross country portion of the hike begins.

There is no trail along the cross country portion, Cochie Wild Burro Connector. I followed the route I downloaded to my GPS and it was easier than I thought. Ran into a couple of people maintaining the upper Wild Burro Trail and they told me to watch for rock cairns and a slight trail, if you don’t see either you are off trail. They were right you could see a slight trail there (better than some of the other so called designated trails I have seen). The “trail” is faint but it is visible and it doesn’t take good drugs to visualize it. When the trail disappeared you look for the rock cairns. The two times I got off trail I knew it because I didn’t see the “trail” or rock Cairns. Once you hit the high point on the ridge overlooking Cochie Canyon there is a quarter mile section down to the saddle below that is an exception, you are on your own to find a good route. Be prepared to get poked, stuck and pricked by every stickery thing in the desert. Shed a lot of blood on this stretch. Once down to the small saddle the route is along a ridge all the Way to Cochie Creek and Cochie Spring. Once again the faint trail can be seen. Cochie Spring was dry although I did not look in the cement water tank to see if there was water in it. The Aermotor wind mill still turns when the wind is blowing but makes a terrible squeaking noise like it is in need of oil. I took a break here to the sound of birds and the squeaky windmill.

It was now 3:00 and I still had 5 miles to go. I should have no issue getting back by 5:00 and sunset. Fairly easy going along the Cochie, Wild Mustang and Upper Javelina Trail back to the trail head. The Cochie Trail gets a little old as it travels up then down ravines coming off of the ridge between Cochie and Wild Mustang Canyon. Then again it might not be all that bad it could just be that I was tired and ready to be done. Either way this was a great hike and I will be back this week to finish up the trails I didn’t get to do today.
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Water tank was full, assume windmill was pumping water to it.
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SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,100 AEG
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This was the last of the big "official" trails in the Tortolita's that I needed to check off my list. Think the only trail I haven't been on yet is the Lower Javelina which is just a short mile long connector loop. After this all I need to do is the "unofficial" connector trail between Cochie Spring and Wild Burro to make the Superloop.

Unlike the other trails in the park, this trail is rockier and looser than Wild Burro and Alamo Springs. So even on the descents I needed to watch my footing and keep the pace moderate. Did this as sort of a fast hike/slow run. If you are looking for solitude, Cochie Spring is the place to be, had the whole trail to myself this morning and only began running into people once I got within a mile of the resort. The other upshot to this trail is that it is on the eastern slope of the canyon, so I had shade for 90% of my run this morning.

Chatted with one of the trail stewards and he told me to check out the trailhead facilities for the resort. Even better than the facilities at the beginning of Wild Burro. Heated and air conditioned bathrooms with linen service. They actually have linen towels instead of paper. Will have to sneak over there to make a full report.
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Hiking15.62 Miles 2,851 AEG
Hiking15.62 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.56 mph
2,851 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break50 LBS Pack
 
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Rucked 40lb, plus food/water. Hot day for so early in the year. Slowed down by partner who was carrying 50lb of weight and going pretty slow.

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the tank was full and usable with good filtration
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Jan 18 2016
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 tucson, az
Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hiking9.78 Miles 2,215 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.05 mph
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The track I just posted is a loop that involves parts of the Wild Mustang and Cochie Springs Trails in the Tortolitas north of Dove Mountain, Marana. The connection between the two trails is not well marked at either end but is pretty easy to follow once you find it. Hope my track helps. We did it clockwise but you could do the reverse which would involve a steep descent down to near the windmill mentioned in fricknaley's excellent description (which is an out and back). Beautiful mountains and nice trails. I need to go over there more often. Good weather and good group.

A side climb/scramble be included to the top of what the locals refer to as "Jeb's Peak" along the connector trail. We passed it up but it looks like fun. On USGS maps, it is marked as peak 4416 on Cal Topo.

One heads up. Cochie Spring is marked on Cal Topo as being about 1/2 mile further up Cochie Canyon from where we turned uphill. So, don't think you have to go all the way to Cochie Spring to make the turn. Just start looking for the takeoff to the right about 100 yds or so up from the windmill marked "Aeromotor". The city of Marana has an excellent map on its web site. Just search for "Tortolita Hiking Trails".
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 Tucson, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking18.50 Miles 3,767 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   8 Hrs      2.47 mph
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First time in the Tortolita Mountains. Beautiful range. I shall be back for more.

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The tank was full to the brim.
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Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking17.73 Miles 3,254 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   3.05 mph
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I met up with JJ and Dave at the Wild Burro TH just a bit after 8:00 and we commenced to burning up the trail. Early on, we had just enough sunshine to keep us from freezing, but well before the half way mark we had a pretty comfortable balance of sun and shade that lasted the rest of the hike. This one covers quite a lot of ground and though the elevation gain seems kind of low, you pick it up quickly in just a few spots, so it’s not easy gain. This was a tough little trot in an area that I intend to further explore.

Thanks to Dave and JJ for guiding this one. I had no track loaded, so had no clue what to do or where to go. Till next time…
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azdesertfather
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Hiking17.44 Miles 3,303 AEG
Hiking17.44 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   3.09 mph
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We had planned on doing Kimball/Window via Finger Rock, but the cold temps had us looking at the last minute for something a little lower in elevation, so JJ & I introduced Mountain Rat to the Tortolita Superloop. Started just after 8, and moved through it fairly quickly. All the trails are super easy to follow with the exception of the old, unnamed trail you take on the superloop to connect the end of Cochie Canyon to the dropdown onto Wild Mustang. It was a little overgrown in spots, and involves that short, steep ascent over the ridge.

Today I was wearing leather boots, and during the our time in that particular section, the glue gave way with the sole on my right boot and I had a flopper. It came loose from the toe all the way to the arch on my right foot. Thankfully it was easily remedied with some good ole duct tape...few swipes around and it was fine the rest of the day. Once we were done with that section and was onto Wild Mustang, the left boot did the same...giving way from toe to the ball of my left foot. Little more duct tape, here we come.

This was the first time I've done the whole loop in nearly 2 years; when I was on it last, there was still trail construction going on around the Wild Burro spur and the Ridgeline, and on that particular day I needed to take a detour route. Today I re-recorded the track and will update the trip description to note the final route.

Up on the Ridgeline (my favorite section), we took in views from Mt. Wrightson, Baboquivari & Kitt Peak in the south to Four Peaks in the north, beautiful.

Was great getting to know Mountain Rat, enjoyed your company today! And as always, JJ too.
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Dec 30 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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Hiking17.44 Miles 3,303 AEG
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Matt had wanted to do Window Peak via Finger Rock Trail. That was our plan but weather concerns had us shifting gears to the Tortilitas. We gained a couple extra miles, lost about 3500 feet of gain and ended up with weather that was comfortable for the bulk of our hike.

This loop is enjoyable and has some nice views along the way. It was my second time doing it but probably not my last.

I have a feeling Window Peak won't be too far off in the distant future.
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Hiking18.00 Miles 3,705 AEG
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9L's been wanting to do this... mostly for all the unique trail links to add to his ranking. I'm sure my list is wrong. I'll fix it after he posts-- he won't miss a single one :lol:

It was nice to do a new area but there's really nothing too interesting going on down here. The Tortolita Ridgeline Trail was definitely the highlight-- some great views of Lemmon and Wrightson. There was a good bit of commentary that most of the day was very similar to hiking South Mountain except the trails here are immaculate. It was a beautiful day and an enjoyable hike but I don't see myself visiting these trails again. Good flower show right now.

A+ for nicest bathrooms at any trailhead anywhere :D
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Hiking18.05 Miles 3,792 AEG
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This lasso loop hike came onto my radar about a year ago. It looked interesting and it was relatively close to Phoenix. The weather looked pleasant for late April and I talked to Kyle and Claire and they were down. Wet met at Ray Rd and the I-10 and the drive down took took a little over an hour.

This hike starts from the Ritz Carlton parking lot. The Trailhead has nice bathrooms and they provide a map with excellent details of the hikes in the area. The trail starts by dropping you into a wash. Soon after we hit a junction and went to the northwest as we started our lasso loop. These trails are in excellent condition and are easy to follow. There were a few people on the early portion around the resort. They didn't wander too far away.

We made steady progress and we took a short break by the windmill at the five mile mark. From there we connected onto the unofficial trail. The route is generally easy to follow but it really helped having a GPS. Mostly for the beginning and a few short stretches as we climbed to the ridgeline and then dropped down the east side where we connected back on official trail.

Once back on trail we made quick time as we headed for the homestead. We passed the grave marker along the way and soon after Claire spotted a bobcat on the trail ahead of us. I caught a quick glimpse of it as it ran away. We continued on and took our lunch at the homestead where there were a couple of tanks for water. It looked green but filterable. The real issue were all the wasps flying around. We didn't explore the homestead much. There is a large rock corral to the northeast. It looks like that is where you want to pick up the trail. Instead we followed a use trail two-tenths of a mile to connect back onto trail.

Next up was the Ridgeline trail and this is the best portion of the hike. The trail is in excellent condition and the views of the Catalinas and Mount Lemmon are breathtaking! We made quick time and connected onto a few different trails. The rest of the hike blurred by and before long we were all done and back to the jeep.

The Tortolitas have some nice hiking. It's a large range with a lot of trails in very good condition. It reminded us a lot of South Mountain without the people. Give this area a try if you're looking for some nice trails that aren't too far from the major cities.
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Apr 25 2015
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Hiking18.05 Miles 3,792 AEG
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Not a very rugged area,( but maybe my perception was clouded by the fact that the trail starts at the Ritz Carlton :-k ? The area is vast, however and there is plenty to explore. AND as we were hiking I saw a bobcat dart around a bend in the trail up ahead. He disappeared very quickly and I only glimpsed him for a second, but it was still so cool to see a BOBCAT ^^

The ridgeline Trail was very beautiful- the views of Mount Lemmon were inspiring~ Definitely the highlight of the day

As our hike neared the end we came into view of the Ritz again and could see some event being set up and lots of Tuxedos gathered around. A start contrast to us, all dusty from an 18 mile hike. Maybe we should have celebrated post-hike with a martini at the lounge??
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sirena
Backpack17.20 Miles 3,560 AEG
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Despite working for a trail organization, I sometimes get stuck behind my computer and an endless stream of emails and phone calls. I needed to get away for a quick overnighter and realized I hadn't hiked the new Tortolita Ridgeline Trail. I worked until 4 and got hiking by 5 on the Tortolitas Superloop. Made it onto the Cochie Canyon Trail for a great sunset- I almost missed the best part of it cause I thought it was over and started hiking again. Found a spot after hiking with my headlamp for a bit that had the only flat real estate around and set up camp. Had an enjoyable evening with a beautiful halo around the moon for photography.

The next morning, I hiked to the old windmill and got on the connector trail over to Wild Mustang. When I reached the saddle, I explored a well-cairned route that seems to go back under the rocky peak and toward Wild Burro Wash. Something to check out next time. There were great views of the Catalinas and Picacho Peak from the saddle. You go past a crested saguaro that has seen better times- a victim of the frost of 2010. I stabbed my little toe trying to sidestep a small saguaro. Those spines have some sort of poison that hurts beyond just the usual jab. Dug out a good-sized piece once I got home.

I made it to the Wild Mustang and took it to the new-to-me Wild Burro Tank/Goat Corral trail. This trail meanders through the desert until it reaches Wild Burro Tank, a solar windmill with a big metal tank and a wildlife tank with a covered float. I had brought all my water for the two days but took on an emergency liter from the tank just in case. Such a desert hiker.

After exploring the Goat Corral area I started up the Ridgeline Trail lazy switchbacks up to the ridgecrest. The trail construction in the Tortolitas is amazing! The new Ridgeline is a delight! It contours around, swooping this way and that to stay on the ridgeline and offers incredible views down into the Tortolitas as well as views of the Catalinas, Santa Ritas, and Picacho Peak. All of this and wildflowers too, many varieties including some fragrant ceanothus. I was super-excited to be on such a sweet fresh piece of trail so close to my home.

The Wild Burro Tank/Ridgeline loop eventually drops you back at Wild Burro just a little ways down from where you started the loop. It's a great tour of the interior of the Torts. I took the Wild Burro Trail all the way and made it back to my car with out seeing anyone for the entire time I was out :y: A great little 24-hour adventure.
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Moderate in areas- brittlebush blooming near the TH, patches of other flowers along the loop.

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Feb 23 2014
JuanJaimeiii
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking17.01 Miles 3,759 AEG
Hiking17.01 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   3.15 mph
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I was really hoping to get in some good hiking this weekend and but my spill in the Estrellas took a toll on my right knee. With that being the case I let it rest and took it mild today.

I have been wanting to give this one a try and am glad I did. I loved it! Will likely go back and do it again sometime soon. Highlight of the day was seeing a Gila Monster on the trail. Only the second one I have ever seen. Very cool!
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Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
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Hiking8.50 Miles 1,702 AEG
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Started from the new Ritz Carlton Trailhead - still odd to have to go thru the gate but nice - and headed to a nice rocky point about 2 miles along the Cochie Spring Trail, nice view of the canyon bottom. Really enjoyed this trail - views of Picacho Peak, enjoyed weeing the wide float bottom of Cochie Canyon and liked the hillside portion of Cochie Spring Trail were it runs above the canyon! Look forward to going back and doing the loop route.

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157632514319925/
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first hike out in the torts this season. warm but never too hot. had my head in the clouds and went blazing right by the traverse route, which is no longer cairned. i didn't bring my gps route but was able to backtrack and find it easily enough. the route is overgrown but still pretty easy to follow going up, little faint coming down but no issues. cruised back on wild mustang.
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Wild Burro to Cochie SpringTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2012
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,702 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
1,702 ft AEG
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Finally FINALLY hiked all of the Dove Mt. trails. When I was here a couple years ago, I was not able to locate the turnoff for the Cochie Spring Trail. It's now (and perhaps was) clearly signed, making this a really easy trail to follow. And with the new swanky trailhead at the Ritz, the hike is now, I believe, 9 miles RT.

I was operating on maybe four hours of sleep and Korean food that didn't give me the oomph I expected, so I felt like I was dragging a bit. However, the undulating trail provided enough variety to keep my feet and head occupied. I didn't find the hike through Cochie Canyon (which starts at the gate) to be very nice, I'm not sure I would do this leg of the trail again unless I was looking to do some sort of training hike.

There was lots of new growth evident. I plan to go back in the spring to catch what I'm hoping will be an awesome display of wildflowers. I also think that if I do this again, I'll go toward evening and stop at the gate, trying to catch the sunset on the way back. I would also consider combining this with the first half of the Alamo Springs trail, which I find to be quite pretty.
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