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Jan 01 2021
fricknaley
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fricknaley
Hiking4.66 Miles 1,862 AEG
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i couldn't believe it had been 4 years since coming up buster mountain. such a gorgeous summit. there were burn areas but definitely not as bad as anticipated.
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Oct 21 2019
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Hiking5.20 Miles 1,954 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   1.87 mph
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For years I’ve had this as the only Catalina SP trail I hadn’t done. I held off for years because a man sick with colon cancer wanted to do it with me when he got to feeling better, and he died a couple of years ago. Mark, the trip today was for you bro...RIP.

Was a little concerned about taking the right unmarked trails but had little trouble. Whoa, that was a workout tho. A couple of false summits before I finally saw the end, I was working against the clock that day so I’m so glad I made it in time with some time to spare to enjoy the summit. Nice views of the area behind Buster before the significant mountains of the Catalinas rise up, near to see back there from atop Buster. Took a nice little break up top to soak it all in.
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Dec 12 2018
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Beautiful area and a surprisingly nice route. Pants and gaiters were a must for me, but even when there's no trail the route is obvious. This was just a quick evening trip, but on a full day with good weather I'd be really interested in trying some of the higher peaks on a bigger loop version of this hike.

Lots of tracks - not sure if they were sheep or deer?
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Glad I went and bagged this one before the sheep closures kick in. There's a trail for most of the route, the rest is cairned, or simply follows the ridge.
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Nov 19 2017
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Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb8.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
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I saw the write up for this awhile back and had to give it a go before the restriction starts, decided I'd make today that day. Hustled up to Buster in an hour and twenty minutes, this was my third time up here and the view never ceases to amaze. The trail leading up to Buster was very easy to follow, most of the grass has died off or been re-flattened that others were talking about.
After Buster is where it got fun. On the first part of the ridge I saw 2 big horn sheep! This was my 2nd time seeing them in the Catalina's but never this close. I tried to follow them to get some pictures but it seemed they escaped me near one of the many flat areas of the ridge climb. The route was really wasn't that bad except in two areas. I had Mountain Rat's tracks in my gps but didn't need them most of the way- it was pretty straight forward, just follow the ridge! Where it did get tough though was very near the peak(s) just before 5791. The vegetation was dense and I ended up going between them rather than over the South peak. This made a very sketchy route over to 5791. White summit register was there, amazing to see a register with such little names :) Unparalleled views of the Pusch wilderness area. Close ups of Cathedral and Window Peak. Amazing views of Leviathan and Wilderness domes as well. Made it worth the effort to get up there!
Made sure to go up and over the ridge the whole way on the way back instead of between the two peaks closest 5791 made it an easy return. Decided to go up and over Buster again rather than the loop down near Buster Spring.
All in all another great hike in the Catalina's!
Thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Hiking4.66 Miles 1,862 AEG
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Hiked up Buster with Grant from Gossamer Gear and Sirena. Always love getting off trail around Catalina SP, and it was a lovely day for it!
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Nov 25 2016
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Buster Canyon Loop - TucsonTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.58 Miles 2,083 AEG
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2,083 ft AEG      14 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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So, I finally got the opportunity to hike with the iconic Doctor Frick on Thanksgiving. He had picked this one out, and I asked if I could tag along. The weather could not have been better for Buster. In fact, I think that this was my first time at the peak without a pounding wind. It was a mellow ascent resulting in itchy feet and ankles, followed by an eventless descent. That's right! I know you all were thinking that this could only end up in a royal bloodbath, but there were no notable injuries between us. It's like a Thanksgiving miracle or something.

Anywho, it was good to finally meet Frick and get a hike in with him. Hopefully we can hammer out a few more trails in the area.
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Nov 24 2016
fricknaley
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fricknaley
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,026 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.76 mph
2,026 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Matt was nice enough to show me the way along the buster mountain loop. this hike is outstanding and is the way to do buster in my opinion. we had perfect weather. found the spring after a little poking around. cool to finally see that.

as always the views up high are some of my favorite in tucson. missed it up here, nice to be back

on the way up we some a bunch of something really hauling butt up the slopes near the saddle. possibly bighorns? too far away to tell but they were trucking

great to finally meet and hike with you Matt. let's do it again sometime, on something more brutal perhaps? : rambo :
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Dec 09 2015
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Alamo Canyon-Buster Ridgeline Loop, AZ 
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Hiking5.35 Miles 1,470 AEG
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It's the last month before the Bighorn Sheep restrictions go into effect in the Catalinas, so I wanted to do something in the area. I had visited Alamo Canyon three years ago with skyislandhiker aka Santa Rita Bill and really enjoyed it- it was time to return.

I parked at the Romero Ruins and took the trail for a short distance across the wash and then turned right at a cairn on an unnamed trail with surprisingly good tread. This trail took me to a little waterfall at the state park boundary. It had warmed up enough for me to wet my head in the creek before hiking on.

A trail continues past the park boundary that stays above the creek on canyon right. I took the trail until a large boulder jam in the creek, where I descended to take a break. There was a huge racket as a pack of javelinas moved to get downstream away from me. The giant striped granite boulders, golden ash trees and running water made for a perfect spot to settle in for a while.

The gnats descended just as I was going to take a nap and I had to get a move on. I wasn't in the mood to go farther up the creek, but I was intrigued by a cairned path I'd seen in 2012 that seemed to go up toward the Buster Mountain ridgeline. I'd also seen the top of the route on the ridgeline, today was the day to connect the dots.

The steep route out of the creek took me through an expanse of beautiful banded gneiss on the way to the ridge. It was fun following the well-cairned route. Much of it was on gravel, which made me happy to be hiking up rather than down it.

I reached the ridgeline saddle and took another extended break. Some of my water had spilled into my pack so I didn't hit the peak, instead I spent my time taking pictures and even had a little dance party at the saddle.

I wanted to time my descent with the sunset and started down the steep route down the ridgeline. Tall grasses made route finding a little challenging, it was much more overgrown than in previous trips because of all the rain we've gotten this year. Made it off the mountain in the fading light and was excited to see the sunset paint pink and purple stripes above Pusch Ridge.

The sunset was one of those rare ones that changes and develops different characters way after the sun goes down. The entire mountain took on a subtle pink hue and fiery waves of orange, pink and red streaked the sky. It felt like it went on for hours and I kept stopping to take picture after picture. Timed it perfectly to arrive at the parking lot just as the sunset had finally faded. What a great way to end such an enjoyable day on the mountain.
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Nov 20 2015
Mountain_Rat
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Hike & Climb7.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hike & Climb7.50 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.45 mph
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Call me suicidal, but I let Roy talk me into another easy scramble. Roy had previously posted a track for this one, so I loaded it into Route Manager, looked at the profile and thought “this aint too bad”, and like that, I was in.

I met Roy and his gang at Catalina State Park just a bit before 08:00 and we immediately hit the trail. The ascent to Buster Mountain was pretty standard and we took a short break there. Now, in my head, all that was left to do, was drop off the east side of Buster, cruise over the saddle, back up the other side to that little peak over there, then go home. Well, that was not the case. The conversation went something along these lines;

Me: So, is that the peak we’re going to?
Roy: No. ya see that one to the right of it?
Me: Yea.
Roy: Well, there’s a peak behind it and then that one to its left. That’s where we’re headed… And from there we can see the peak that we’re going to. Okay lets go!
Me: O.o

Now, I have never considered Buster to be an easy hike. It has its challenges, but this went way beyond. There were moments when I though “huh, Roy has brought me out here to die”, but then I’d see something shiny and forget about it for awhile. We climbed false peak, after false, until we found ourselves perched tediously between Alamo and Montrose Canyons, looking down on Leviathan. Not only were we out there, but we were up there as well. THIS IS AWSOME!!! … and worth the treacherous march/climb we made to get here. I don’t mean to downplay the remainder of the trip, but it was a cakewalk compared to what we had already been through and certainly less scenic.

This one I may be back for again. Thanks once again Roy for leading the way.
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Nov 03 2015
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Hiking4.81 Miles 1,890 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.71 mph
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After a reeeealy bad start, I charged off to see Buster Mountain. I hadn't been to Buster for quite some time. In fact, it's been nearly a year, which it seems is just long enough to have forgotten how tough this little guy is. The first mile chimed at 20 minutes and some seconds. The second mile came in at 54 minutes and some change. After that it got really fun in that the trail is pretty much gone. The rains this summer have redeposited a lot of topsoil and the grasses have gone nut, also, someone has been cairn knocking in the area again (I set up a few new ones today at key locations). Topping the difficulties mentioned so far was the wind as it whipped out of Alamo Canyon. Sudden sheers would nearly knock you off your feet at times, and overall, it just wreaks havoc on the equilibrium. Strangely, at the peak, I received a short reprieve from the wind and was able to read and sign the register. The last entry was from last March. As I put the register back, the wind returned. This time, it wasn't messin' around. For the next 3/4 miles I could hardly keep my eye open as I faced into the wind. At times I could only guess and gamble on my next step. Once there was no more connection to Alamo Canyon, the wind became pretty mild and life went back to normal. The rest of the hike was rather uneventful. All in all, another great day outdoors, but aren't they all :D
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Nov 01 2015
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Hiking4.66 Miles 1,862 AEG
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No loop today, just the old out and back. 2nd time up here but the first since the fire. Wasn't much notice of the fire at all honestly. Took our time and enjoyed the beautiful weather and views the whole way up. The view form the top is amazing. Front row seat for views of Table Mountain, Mount Bighorn and what me and Trevor call the "monolith." If anyone knows the name of the massive rock formation that I'm talking about please educate me on the nomenclature!
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Nov 26 2014
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Hiking6.04 Miles 2,330 AEG
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I planned to do the loop today, but on my way up the north ridge, I found that someone had gotten rid of most of the cairns. This slowed me down quite a bit, so I decided to return the same way to do some rebuilding. Beautiful day for Buster.
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Nov 19 2014
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Hiking7.02 Miles 3,291 AEG
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The associated gps track includes Buster, little Buster, and some unnamed peaks further to the east. All bushwhack past Buster, but highly rewarding views of many of the features toward Kimball and Pima Saddle that most never see. There is an outstanding view of Leviathan (sp?). Unfortunately, no camera, so no pictures. Pretty hard day and lots of shin daggers; wear gaiters if you try this. Frank put a signin jar on the southeastern high point a year or so back and no one else has signed/found it.
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Hiking4.26 Miles 1,912 AEG
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always one of my favorite hikes in Tucson. especially the day after a big storm :y:
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My first time on Buster Mountain. Puffy clouds lingered around Pusch Ridge's impossibly rugged crags above us, the washes were running, and the sun was shining. A great day for sure. Cool hike.
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Nov 14 2013
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Hiking4.66 Miles 1,862 AEG
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This links to the gps route posted for 11/13. Mike, Frank and I went up to an unnamed peak and ridge beyond Buster. Tough bushwhack past Buster. Came back past Little Buster and Frank found Buster Spring (12S 510396 3585640). There is no water in the trough or at ground level anywhere, but there is a manmade well about 20 feet up the gully with one foot square opening. There was water in the well that could be dipped up about 2-3 feet down.

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There is water in a well about 20 feet above the rock/concrete trough at Buster Spring. It looked like one could dip water about 2-3 feet below the top of the well.
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Hiking5.63 Miles 2,282 AEG
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Did the loop with a couple of little off trail excursions. Very Humid, but only 92 deg when I finished.

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Rained the last few nights, enough fill the trough, but can't count on it being that way tomorrow.
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Jun 20 2013
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Hiking5.19 Miles 2,047 AEG
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I had hiked to Buster Mountain by the usual route the first time, then heard that there was another trail up a ridge on the other side of the canyon. So, I asked some of my cronies what they knew about this area. I got a lot of mixed info from the old timers, I found a bit of information through Google, then I sat down and sorted what I had (which turns out to be surprisingly little). What I did find was that there was an old trail to Buster Spring along a no-named ridge north of Buster Canyon (I'm not sure that the canyon has an official name, but 2 old timers referred to it as such, so...). With little else to go on, I turned to Google Earth and found what looked like pieces of trail as described. My second trip to Buster Mountain would be along that possible route. With a few hiccups, I made the second trip, eventually locating the mystery trail, then recording a full track on my return.

Today was the day that I would christen the Buster Canyon Loop. I hit the trail at 04:45, with all the details already in my head. The approach was unbelievably beautiful, with the sun rising and setting over the landscape again and again. The lighting is horrible for taking pics, but to the eye, it just doesn't get any better.

On my last trip, I almost stumbled into Buster Spring, but this time couldn't find it (there's a small spur that leads to it, which I failed to mark), but that wasn't my purpose today. Today was all about traversing Buster Canyon. I did take a break at Buster Mountain before taking the rock slide back to the park, finishing up at 09:00.

This an excellent hike. I recommend it to all.

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Jun 14 2013
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Buster Backwards:

The plan was to do Pusch Peak this morning, but upon arrival at the TH, I saw that I was not alone. There were already 3 vehicles parked and a 4th pulled in right behind me. As I gathered my stuff, I began to think that 5 people in this canyon is pretty crowded, then when all 4 doors opened on the latest arrival, I packed it up. Now, seeing a human or 2 doesn't bother me, but with a minimum of 8 hikers on trail before 05:00 a.m. It was gonna be close quarters.

With no plan B, I scoured through the vast emptiness of my mind to find another option :| . It wasn't long before Buster Mountain popped up :) (I happened to look in it's direction). The trailhead being 5 miles north, I hit the highway again. I was on the trail, half-cocked at about 05:20, still trying to decide my approach.

I had this hike on the books for the near future, when I would have some time to bushwack. The plan was to do a loop, taking an established trail up, with a potential 'Google' trail out the other side (or vice-verse). I had it all plotted out for weeks now. I had been hesitating on the approach though; Bushwack up, where I could bail on the lower end if needed, or Bushwack down, which could turn into a long backtrack?

As I selected the map page on the 'GeePuS', I found that I had failed to ever load the plotted route at all. Fortunately, I had at least loaded some way points (1/2 mile checkpoints) based on Google Earth imagery. There was no way that I wasn't doing this today, so I headed up the Birding Trail until I saw what should be the ravine I was looking for. I made a decision and turned hard left, charging head long into the unknown :gun: .

I was about 7/10ths of a mile up the ravine when I realized there was not, nor will there be a trail here :-s . I knew the trail was to the south of me running basically southeast. Having lost my allotment of blood already, I decided to cut a line dead south to intersect the trail. Within the next 1/2 mile, this move payed off as I stepped onto the elusive 'Google' Trail. This trail is Niiice. It seems that someone or something (maybe Google :-k ) has been taking very good care of this trail, complete with carins every 10 - 20 feet, until you top the ridge. After that, it's rolling, but rocky plains of high grass, hiding any sign of carins or trail. The upside is that now the route to Buster Mountain is clear and obvious. I dropped down through a saddle, headed straight for Buster Spring and from there contoured the hill counter-clockwise until hitting the saddle below Buster. The only thing left to do now is hit the peak :y: .

As I took a break at the peak, I decided that I would return the way that I came, so as to record a full track of the 'Google' Trail. I've now been to the peak from both directions, I have solid data on both, and can do the full loop another day.

BTW, the full loop comes in at ~5.1 miles. You'll Love This One!

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