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Feb 07 2020
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,686 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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When I did this trail as a TVR-Quilter overnight a few years ago, snow kept us from climbing up the summit rocks, so this was my attempt to officially bag the peak.

I haven't done a hike this big in a while, but it was worth the effort, especially the two miles from Juniper Basin to the summit. I only had trouble with the trail in one place, just after you've stopped climbing and need to find your way eastward through thick manzanita to the true summit. I was expecting cold weather up high, but didn't need to layer once. The last few miles to the car were a sufferfest (lots of unwelcome uphill on the return trip) but I made it back right around sunset.

Based on the summit log, this mountain gets more traffic than I would expect. Looks like it's been averaging a party every day or so for the last few weeks- on this day it was me and a trail runner.
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Mar 03 2018
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking17.45 Miles 4,725 AEG
Hiking17.45 Miles   7 Hrs   1 Min   2.90 mph
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Headed South for a day-hike with Dallin. I'm always up for ridge walking. This one turned out to be entirely uphill. Definitely a 'ramp' to the peak. Dallin had a little pep in his step and I didn't. We had full sun and I was sweating and wondering why it hurt so much. Passed a group of backpackers on our way up but mostly empty trail. There was water at a few crossings. Nice to hear that sound. Patches of snow clinging to shade fed those drainages. We reached the summit and I fought the urge to nap while eating. Views were nice in all directions. Ladybugs were already gathering on the rocks. On the return, we crossed paths with an enthusiastic backpacking couple and entertained a few stories. Another break was fine with me. The 8.6 miles of downhill felt longer than the uphill, but we finished strong. Mostly fueled by Dallin's food talk. The trail was easy to follow and free of any intrusive vegetation. Grass and catclaw were minimal.
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Jan 20 2018
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Hiking23.00 Miles 5,263 AEG
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Great hike with Linda and Jane. The shutdown and forecasts of higher elevation snow made it a day of zero people encountered on the trail. Loved the overcast skies and cooler temps. The storm turned a bit nasty on the last couple of miles down the ridge.

Douglas Springs to the campground has been brushed since my last visit but parts of Douglas Springs to Cowhead Saddle are still in need of brushing but its still one of my favorite trails.
Tanque Verde Ridge trail from the saddle still has a bunch of catclaw in the trail.
First time for me going down towards Juniper basin from the peak and was surprised how brushy and hard to follow parts of that were. Linda always picked the right path. If I was alone I probably would have wandered off trail a few times.
I loved the forest in the Juniper basin area.

I like the view from Tanque Verde peak more than Rincon peak because there is not a gigantic cairn obstructing the 360 degree view.

The way we setup the shuttle with exit to the Old Spanish Trail trailhead via the road and Cactus Forest trail is the way to do this because the park roads always close at sundown.

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Sep 24 2017
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air
Hiking23.50 Miles 5,364 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   9 Hrs      3.24 mph
5,364 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I've been mainly just running lately - a few hilly 5Ks for breakfast during the week + a long run at the river walk on the weekends. Approaching 100# lost. I haven't even done Blacketts in a while but mainly I felt like doing a long slow hike and I picked this since I have never been to TV peak or past the falls turnoff on Douglas Springs.

The grade of Douglas Springs to Cowhead Saddle is never steep and without any obstacles unless you count the nice stone steps but they can be a pain on the way down. Good to see some benefits of all the training and was able to keep a steady pace around cardio level HR for most of the trip. Cowhead Saddle to the peak was the most challenging though typical of any ridge trail. Catclaw and some overgrowth is present but I never had trouble seeing the trail unlike the situation on some trails in Pusch Ridge right now. This is probably because the vast majority of the grasses on the Douglas Spring trail are natives. Saw just 3 hikers all day and nobody after around the BVF junction. Really enjoyed the warm and dry conditions and spent lots of time on the summit and checking things out on the way down.
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May 07 2016
Jim_H
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Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,686 AEG
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Headed down to the old pueblo to meet up with Matt and hike this peak as he hadn't done it in a while, and it was entirely new for me. I had it on my wish list for a long time, so I'm glad I got it done. Interesting, and the summit views were fantastic, but this is just not likely to be a favorite for me. It is, in typical Rincon fashion, very long and feels like it is mostly approach.

We had perfect weather for this, and it was certainly much smarter and far more pleasant than attempting to hike a long exposed trail on a 90+ degree day! Lots of Hummingbirds and Scrub Jays, and one snake siting, too. Often, I felt like I was over in the Catalinas, which makes sense as the rock and vegetation is nearly identical, if it isn't. Even the summit, with it's nearby wind carved pillars and semi-hoodoos had a Window Peak feel to it.
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May 07 2016
Mountain_Rat
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Hiking17.00 Miles 4,686 AEG
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So I'm posting late. Had to go to work ya know.

I met up with Jim for the cross town drive just before 10:00. By 10:30 we were on the trail. For a perfect Saturday morning, there weren't many people out, at least not beyond the first mile or so.

It had been quite a while since I was on this trail and I had certainly forgotten how looonng it was to the peak. I had been wanting to get back here for the last couple of years. Now, it's out of my system and It can wait another 3 or 4 years. If you live in Tucson, this is a "must bag" peak, but I wouldn't really suggest rushing down here just to tag it.

As usual, getting out is what it's all about, so chalk up another successful day.
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Oct 21 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking16.85 Miles 4,686 AEG
Hiking16.85 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.98 mph
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Dr. Frick invited me down to hike with him today. Original plan was Rincon Peak. Then he suggested Tanque Verde Peak instead. Joe and I had been talking about hiking today as well so this all sounded perfect. The three amigos!

I met Joe early and we headed south to tackle Tanque Verde Peak. Upon arriving at Saguaro National Park I made a wrong turn and instead of heading to the picnic area I took the scenic loop. 8 miles later we were back where we needed to be and off we went. Weather was perfect as it had quit raining an hour before. The air was clear and crisp.

Joe and I headed up the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail. Along the way we passed a few light water flows from the previous nights rain. Upon reaching the 8.5 mile mark we came upon a sign that says "Tanque Verde Peak 100 yards". It is actually more like 100 feet. Views were nice however it isn't much of a prominent peak. Looking around we could see that Mount Wrightson was getting some weather as were a few other spots to the south.

A brief visit at the peak and we headed back the way we came. An enjoyable hike all around although a bit uneventful. We followed up the hike with a trip to Oregano's where we destroyed a 16" pizza.

Good stuff!

Wait what happened to Nick you ask? He doesn't like hiking in the rain. We didn't have any. :lol: :roll:
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Oct 21 2015
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Hiking16.85 Miles 4,686 AEG
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My first hike on the ridge. It is a pleasant trail with excellent desert flora. Wonderful views of the Catalina range. Most will prefer pants for the current tall grass. Only a couple catclaw bushes nagging above 5k.

The highlight of the day was the perfect weather. Puffy clouds, cool temps, light breezes and clear views. Plenty of other hikes I prefer around Tucson. Nevertheless it's good to learn up on some new terrain!

Carried 3 quarts, almost used 1.
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Few areas with some nondescript yellow daisy clusters.

The green seed capsules on desert cotton bushes look plump! Probably ready to turn brown soon?
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Hiking17.40 Miles 2,247 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.31 mph
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This is the final day of a four day hike in the Rincon Mountains. No matter how old or young you are this id a hard hike. I've done this trail when I was 15 and I have done this trail at 62, (and a few times in between) and it is still a long day. The GPS shows an AEG of 2247 but the descent is 7181 feet, that's more than the Grand Canyon. This is still the best way down the mountain since the X-9 route isn't available any more and I live just 3 minutes away by car. Miller Canyon is another good way down but the drive back to Tucson is long. Other than the long hike down Tanque Verde Ridge, I like this hike because there are great views in almost all directions along the way. There is usually water at Juniper Basin but that's about it, unless there is snow on the upper reaches of Tanque Verde Peak.
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Hiking32.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
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Up TVR and Cowhead Saddle trails to the Rincon high point at Mica Mountain, an outstanding ridge hike with huge views and gradually changing flora, cactus-to-conifers. Then back down on AZT #9 to the Camino Loma Alta trailhead. Juniper Basin was dry, good water at Manning Camp and Grass Shack. Bike shuttle between start/end.
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Apr 12 2014
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Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
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The_Dude
Backpack17.95 Miles 5,160 AEG
Backpack17.95 Miles   24 Hrs   38 Mns   2.39 mph
5,160 ft AEG   17 Hrs   8 Mns Break42 LBS Pack
 
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Great weekend backpacker up to Tanque Verde Peak with my friend Michael! The only downside to this trip was it being a dry camp, water reports were not very favorable for filtering. That meant for some extra effort getting up to the camp at Juniper Basin (2 gallons of water + beer = 20 pounds :( ), so we took a little extra time to get up there. Great views all around, the camp was a nice spot too! We had plenty of space for our tents, and some good wind protection as well. The bear box was appreciated, we did see a few rodents around the camp that I am sure would have liked to get into our provisions. After getting our camp set up and a short break we made for the peak much lighter! Fantastic views all around, up close to Rincon and Mica, far ranging views of the Dragoons, Mt Wrightstown, Tucson Mountains, Catalinas, Picacho, Galiyeros, I could keep going. There was a solid 40-50 mile wind going on the peak so we stayed long enough for the views, but then started heading our way back down. The clouds cleared out not long after the sun set, tons of stars out and a nice full moon too. This was a great trip, close to town but felt like I was far away, we saw very few people all day. Gladly would do this one again!
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Hiking18.92 Miles 5,390 AEG
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Another BK Special Hike starting at zero dark stooopid o'clock. 95 % of the elevation gain was done on the bushwacking segment of this hike. We started on the Wildhorse trail and then went up Wildhorse Canyon, when we left the canyon, it was steep, loose footing slopes, choked with manzanita,and shindaggers. We only finally got to the peak trail, just .3 miles below the summit.
It was warm, and pleasant on the peak; really would have liked to taken a little nap there. Then finally down a very welcomed trail back to the cars.

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fricknaley
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fricknaley
Hiking16.88 Miles 4,826 AEG
Hiking16.88 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   2.79 mph
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I've wanted to get back out on this one for a little while. I just like the trail and the out there feel of it. i went at it pretty hard. the weather today was the kind you dream about..just magnificent and challenging day in the mountains :)
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Mar 15 2012
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Run/Jog17.00 Miles 4,686 AEG
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:) With only a half day on this overnight in Tucson I had to pick a trail close to the airport and one that looked challenging, but maintained well enough to run. Thanks to Joe Bartels for a great trip report which I used to get to the trailhead and plan the hike. It pretty much made the morning possible. The Tanque Verde Ridge trail up to the peak looked like a steep climb with some great views all around. I would have liked to hike Mica Peak today, but just didn't have the time. I grabbed a rental car across the street from the hotel and was at the trailhead by 7:30am. With the mileage, elevation gain, trail conditions, and with temperature about 55F, I set return time of four hours. I put some water bags, fig newtons, and my phone in my pocket and got running.

The trail wandered about for a mile or so and immediately I was just taken in by how incredible the country here is. I am struck every time I hike these areas how different a feel it is than any other trails in the world. It just never gets old. I also was surprised today how much wildlife was out. I could see the ridge line ahead where the trail was supposed to climb up and it looked pretty steep. As I climbed there were a lot of forks in the trail and I took one about 3500' which turned out to be a knoll with views of the South and East valleys. Then the trail began in earnest and didn't seem to let up for a long time! The time just flew by with so much to look at and I almost missed my one hour water stop. The trail led into some grassy areas now and leveled off quite a bit. I was able to pick up the pace a bit and start making some time that I had lost looking around and taking pictures. I climbed another good hill and entered into a rocky basin. The trail here forked a lot and I quickly learned to always take the left choice. The right just seemed to be around obstacles etc. Thankfully, it was also one of the best marked cairn trails, which can be hard to follow if you are running. I also saw a few orange stakes here and there in the ground. The sun was now rising as was the temperature but it was really a perfect day for a trail run. I passed the first hikers of the day just before entering the Juniper Basin. Suddenly it seemed that the whole trail had changed. I was now in the shade and the Juniper forest here was so different.

The trail was different as well, with a lot of soft dirt and good shade. It was surprising to be surrounded by so many trees. I'm in Arizona, after all! The stone steps and pinion reminded me of the higher elevations of the North Rim trails of the Grand Canyon. The trail then leveled off and was marked by metal things in the trees which I was unfamiliar with, but soon got used to. The view of the mountains to the North and East was beautiful. The only one I knew was Mica. I then started climbing again over large patches of rock marked very well again by cairns and saw my first rabbit of the day. My GPS was showing about 6500' and I decided with my supply of water and the time remaining I better just bag Tanque Verde Peak and head back down. The trail leveled off again for a bit and then did one last hard climb up on top. I had just about enough time to look around, take some pics, drink the last water and head back down. It took 1:54 to reach the top and from past steep trail runs I knew that I usually halved the time going down. This proved to not be the case today as the trail twisted, turned and was so rocky, that I had to be much more careful going down. At about 3 miles from the trailhead a lot of hiking groups began to appear and I stopped several times to talk to hikers that were just too friendly to pass up.

In overview, tt seems that the elevation on this trail is mostly gained in the first 3 miles and at the end, with some fun hiking in the middle. This is not a straight trail at all, as it may appear on trail maps. There are dozens of 90s and 180s. It's a challenge for a trail runner since it's hard to reach a rhythm, but a beautiful hike! :)
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Jan 07 2012
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Hiking20.70 Miles 4,972 AEG
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Started at 6:45 at Douglas Springs Trailhead. Continued on to Douglas Springs Campground where we had a snack. Went up to Cow Head Saddle. I had a bit of a struggle due to some leg cramping. The best I can figure is that sitting for hours during our big trip and jet lag decrease performance.

We made our way over to Tanque Verde Peak. In that section there was some catclaw that try to prevent our progress (not really but it's catclaw and catclaw is not fun). We encountered some snow patches as we got closer to the peak. In some spots it was on the trail and crusted over with ice. It's nice to see snow! We hung out at the peak for a bit and had lunch.n I fed everyone some truffles to help fuel them for the rest of the hike.

Then we descended to Juniper Basin. I had never done the section of trail between the peak and the basin so I was excited to cover some new territory. One of the things I saw was one of the tallest cane cholla I've ever seen. It was around 6 feet tall and it was using a tree as scaffolding. This section of the trail has barely been touched by fire and has beautiful trees.

We stopped briefly at the campground and then continued our way out on the Tanque Verde Ridge trail. We paused for a minute to say hi to Mr. Macdougal (a cactus that I visit every time I'm on that trail). As we got closer to the trailhead the more tired and sore I became.

Awesome hike! Definitely one to do again...

When we got home I was so hungry I ate half of a medium pizza and some bread sticks all by myself!

Big thanks to Bill and Batsheva for setting up the car shuttle and organizing the hike!
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Hiking20.70 Miles 4,972 AEG
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Hiking17.25 Miles 4,942 AEG
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Great final hike of 2011. Met up with a guy from Tucson I haven't hiked with before, and we tackled T.V. Peak no problem.

On this trip you climb up the mountain ridge facing Saguaro NPE, then realize you are only 1/3 of the way there. You have several miles of ridges to go up and down before you get to the actual peak. Once we reached 4,500 ft we started seeing small patches of snow in the shade, and by the time we were in Juniper Basin we were walking through patches an inch deep. At the top, the shaded areas had 3-4".

It was such a beautiful view up there, we had a hard time turning around, so we took nearly an hour up there. The views are INCREDIBLE...Wrightson, Picacho, the Catalinas, the Galiuros, the Pinalenos, Baboquivari and Kitt Peak...on and on! Seeing Mica Mountain and Rincon Peak so close, I played out in my mind the possibility of doing a Saguaro NPE "trifecta"...Tanque Verde, Mica and Rincon in a day! Though they are all linked together with trails, I think that's a little too ambitious...35 miles and a BOATload of elevation ;)
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Nov 28 2011
Mountain_Rat
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Backpack17.60 Miles 5,064 AEG
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Teri and Lynn wanted to do another outing before they left. Teri decided on Juniper Basin as she had been there before and loved it. So off we went up the TV Peak trail, cross winded the entire way. I was still hurtin' from our trip last week, so I dropped out at Juniper while the girls went up to TV Peak. While I felt a bit bad for bailing on the peak, I had the camp completely set for them by the time they got back.

At some point over night, the wind died off and we emerged to a rather pleasant day. I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to hit the peak before we packed out. The girls decided they would join me rather than wait. With the peak behind me now, we packed our bags and tootled down the trail.
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Sep 21 2010
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Backpack17.00 Miles 4,686 AEG
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Transferring missing hikes to HAZ. Tedious.
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Hiking18.00 Miles 4,450 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.51 mph
4,450 ft AEG
 
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A memorial hike of sorts.

With this, I now have the three major peaks of the Rincons complete. Beautiful day but very windy. Fair amount of snow on the last stretch on the north slopes. Hit first snow patches at 5800 feet. There was some nice running water. Juniper basin was deserted but looked very nice.

I found this hike to be very pleasant. The views were great. On the way back, the Tucson view is probably the best I've seen...and I've seen a lot of 'em.

Time includes 40 minutes of breaks, moving time of 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Nice write-up on this one, Jeff.
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average hiking speed 2.52 mph
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