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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2 - 15 members in 47 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 21 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
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Tom & I finally hit the AZT again finishing a 5 day trip combining a 3 day backpack and 2 day hikes at either end in order to complete Passages 1 and 2. Out last previous passage completion was is 2015.

Day 1 4/21/22: Planned on meeting at 2:00pm at Montezuma Pass to day hike to Mexican border and back. The I-10 was closed southbound due to an accident so we didn't start until 2:30pm. The hike was uneventful; met one hiker and finished in 1:40 hrs. We car camped at the Parker Canyon Lake TH.

Day 2 4/22/22: Drove one vehicle to Montezuma Pass and began backpack on a windy day. The hike was a bear with over 3,000' accumulated elevation gain (AEG). We knew what we were in for and had trained for it but still not enough. I'm no spring chicken and hadn't done that much continuous AEG in a single day in a long time, if ever. Tom's much younger than me and he did the hill much faster but was still tired. The wind didn't help. However, the views were spectacular if one took the time to look at them. I focused on the trail and putting one foot in front of the other and looking for where I could sit for a bit to catch my breath. The behind of my hiking pants looked like swiss cheese after this and had to be retired permanently. We camped near Tub Spring observing the 200' radius so wildlife could access the water. We filtered enough water for another night and 2 days on the trail as we didn't know if there would be any for the rest of the passage. That night the wind was so strong I couldn't put my tent up. It is a lightweight version that uses my trekking poles instead of separate tent poles to save weight. I ended up with the tent flat like a bivy sack and had to hold the tent down from the inside as the gale force winds blew most of the night. I didn't get much sleep. I wore all the clothing I brought and didn't remove any the next morning for the first hour.

Day 3 4/23/22: We made the short trek from Tub Spring to Sunnyside Canyon where we camped the second night on the trail. This was totally different than the previous night. We arrived early, set up camp in the sunshine without wind, and enjoyed the rest after the previous day's strenuous hike. We had plenty of time to complain about the previous nights wind storm.

Day 4 4/24/22: We finished the last leg of passage 1. It was mostly downhill and easy hiking. Free range cattle were about as well as wild turkeys. Upon reaching Parker Canyon Lake TH we drove back to Montezuma Pass in the car left at PCL to retrieve the other vehicle then drove to Canelo Hill TH to car camp for the night. The drives back and forth were on 15 miles of washboard dirt FR61. Border Patrol vehicles were about in abundance. One car was stopped surrounded by patrol cars but that may have been due to car trouble as the subject truck was on a flatbed when we passed coming back.

Day 5 4/25/22: We day hiked all of Passage 2, Canelo Hills East, as a day hike. Passed one backpacker, and a group of forest service trail maintainers, who we thanked for their efforts. This ended up being a tough hike, following upon our efforts in Passage 1. The scenery looked much the same they whole way and the last two bumps almost did me in. Why did they have to route the trail to the top of the last hill rather than skirting around the side. The views were OK but not that great. I finally dragged myself to the finish point where my SUV waited. After taking Tom back to Parker Canyon Lake TH, I drove to Sonoita to stay at the Sonoita Inn. After a well deserved shower and shave, I met Tom for dinner at the Steak Out where I splurged to celebrate this accomplishment.

Day 6 4/26/22: Drove home to Phoenix.

All in all this was a good trip. I took heart that I could still do it at my age. We are planning a fall trip to the Rincon Mountains and Valley.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Fast trickle into full bathtub of clear, cold water.
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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Nov 15 2020
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Azt #2 & #3, AZ 
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Finally knocked these two AZT segments out. Been on the list since the crazy adventure I had with JJ doing segment #1 in 2012. Kelly and I secured a shuttle from Patagonia up to Parker Canyon Lake Sunday morning. Saw an antelope, a bunch of deer, and about 15 turkeys on the ride there.
We got started hiking Sunday morning to very nice cool temps on segment #2 Canelo Hills East. The miles passed by quickly. We stopped to brew some fresh coffee and chat with a few thru hikers who were excited to reach Mexico soon.
Water was available for public consumption at the Canelo Pass #2/#3 trailhead, which was nice as it has been so dry. We pushed on into segment #3 to reach at least the halfway mark of our backpack. We passed Down Under Tank through a gauntlet of catclaw. We grabbed some water at the Cott well, but it stopped pumping while we were there as the sun left the solar panels. Red Bank was the next water so off we went. The water at Red Bank is tasty though getting to it amid the mass of cow pies is nasty.
Shortly after we found a camp site as the sun had set and daylight would be soon gone. Awesome cold starry night.
Following breakfast, we packed up and headed out for Patagonia. Most of the rest of segment #3 is a little lacking in trail quality and scenery. We arrived in Patagonia late morning as temps had warmed 50 degrees since we started.
Another fun backpack with the gecko. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Nov 15 2020
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Azt #2 & #3, AZ 
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two day backpack of azt passages two and three
john and i utilized ken's shuttle service to go from patagonia to parker canyon lake

day one:
got going around 0815 sunday morning
canelo hills east was scenic with rolling hills, distant mountain views and a variety of trees
we stopped for a coffee break about halfway to canelo pass
think we saw three thru-hikers on this part
public water was available at the trailhead, so we grabbed a couple of liters
after a short break, we continued on canelo hills west, intending to filter at down under tank and then find a place to camp
the trail is nice for a couple miles, then catclaw encroaches on the trail and covers the hillsides
several miles of this passage were not very pretty
went on to the cott enclosed area, and got four liters from the spigot before the solar powered pump stopped working due to lack of sun
between lack of appealing campsites and not having quite enough water, we continued on to red bank well, which had good water amid a lot of cows
found a campsite just after that, leaving us with about half an hour to set up
the stars were unbelievable without any moonlight, and even the milky way was visible
temps dropped quickly, so we settle into our tents early
my coffee filter had ice crystals on it in the morning :o
survived the night in my 30 degree bag, wearing a short sleeve, long sleeve, fleece, puffy and beanie
could use some base layer pants under my nylon ones
good learning experience - always like to practice backpacking

day two:
coffee and oatmeal, packed up and set out around 0715
cold in the drainage, and still not very nice trail
things warmed up and the scenery improved after a couple of miles
good views of red mountain and the santa ritas at times
saw a few thru-hikers and three day hikers
dropped down to harshaw road
not the most exciting finish, but at least there wasn't much traffic
finished up and headed for the cafe in sonoita
good green chile burger and sweet potato fries - highly recommended :)

i like the shorter second days
new gear for this trip included a smart wool beanie and a mont bell wind shirt
nice to get a couple more passages done
thanks john, another great trip!

*route scout mileage seemed a little high again, so i'm using stats from guthooks and the haz description page
there has been a slight reroute on passage #3 and the official route is just a bit off

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cott Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
pump is solar powered
no sun = no water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Down Under Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
good enough water
cows trample around the edges

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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Canyon Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
just a guess, i don't know how full it should be
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 Queen Creek, AZ
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
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52 miles in 49 hours hiking the Arizona Trail sections 1, 2, and 3. Starting in the Mexican border and to Patagonia where my motorcycle is waiting for me. Thanks Logan for the shuttle ride. AZT 2 has been rerouted and my map has the updated cords.

On day one I started at the Mexican border and followed the ridge line of the huachucas until I dropped down to Parker canyon lake.
Day two was in the hills and a really long hard day. I was running low on water and found this cattle pond. I really didn't want to get water there but I haven't seen water for a while. I attempted to get water but the mud was too deep. I tried stepping on some drag marks thinking they might be more sturdy but I couldn't do it. I started hiking down the canyon and saw what made the drag marks. It was a dead cow. Maybe a lion dragged it out of there. So glad I didn't drink that water.
Half day three was the easiest and pretty uneventful except I think I found a meteorite 🤞
I saw a kit fox, mearns quail, cous, and a Gould Turkey. Not one snake until I got home and there was one in my driveway.
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[ checklist ] Bathtub (Tub) Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Good flow, fresh water. I didn't filter and it tasted great.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Scotia Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Hit and miss, but plenty of water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sunnyside Canyon @ AZT Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Hit and miss, but plenty of water
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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What can I say about this hike that may be useful to others? Probably nothing haha. This was my best friend's birthday hike, an incredibly uncertain time of Covid ((March 21) one friend getting texts the whole hike saying life was about to shut down & we were all going into lock down - obviously that didn't happen), the hardest I have laughed & most fun camping night I have had in longer then I can remember, the last time I hugged people I don't live with, those cinnamon hills, chubby coati, finally getting a trail name! and...so many happy memories in one hike! I guess this trail log will have to serve as one of happy trail memories instead of useful information. : wink :
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Canelo Hills West - AZT #3Tucson, AZ
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Day 2 of 3 to finish the AZT. After a rest day at the very relaxing Spirit Tree Inn, continued SOBO combining the wonderful Canelo Hills passages on a very windy day. Water: Down Under and Trap Tanks close to full with intermittent flows in the drainages below.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Down Under Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Trap Tank - Canelo 76-100% full 76-100% full
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 Grand Canyon
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ 
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Started at Mexico March 1st.
C/p'd below are notes from my journal.

Surprisingly clean toilet at Montezuma Pass.
2 Border Patrol agents dayhiked to Miller, guy with cool mustache his dad works as Head Boiler Tech at El Tovar. Neat.
Running out of light, stopped early. Absolutely gorgeous views Mexico! Beautiful San Pedro Valley. Shoes working out great!
Met hikers “Steady”(f), “Golden” (m, hasher name “Golden Pee Showers”), “Stump”(m) and “Mandolin”(f) (last two shared our campsite).
Walk the Moon Avalanche song stuck in head.



March 2
met “Gourmet”(f) who did PCT in 2017 and Adam who is doing sections of AZT to train for PCT! stopped at Bathtub Spring together.
Waited for Jamie (he did Miller Peak) at Carr Jct, met up here 1:30pm. Still so windy. Absolutely stunning juniper sheltering two or three other trees, amazing! Old rusty stuff and some saw marks on juniper. Someone must have used her branches for firewood. But she is still huge. Gorgeous tree, she is sheltering our tent tonight. Will thank her properly tonight and in morning. SO windy, very chilly. Shoes and socks soaked from snow, so cold. Temp was 40° at 3am, wind-chill lowered it but inside the tent was 45°!
Neil Young's Old Man’ stuck in my head today.


March 3
Happy birthday Tavi (my daughter) no signal yet, will call her tomorrow even though I called her before we left on March 1st.
Hike 11.8 miles. Camp is Calm, no wind, warm, barely need a puffy coat, perfectly flat, right next to a gentle trickling creek, we'll have morning sun, there was a perfect little firering we made a very small fire in just to enjoy the scent and aesthetically pleasing flickering flame as the sun sunk low over the horizon. I am relaxed. Coyotes tonight.


March 4
Hiked 12 miles. There's a point when you've been walking in silence...thinking...and suddenly you think you've thunk every thought there was to think! Then you ponder on that and go down another rabbit hole of wonderment.
Running low on cheez-its Jamie's looking mighty tasty today.
If you want to train for a couple Grand Canyon rim to rim's, training on the Arizona Trail would definitely be wise. Conversely if you want to train for the Arizona Trail a couple rim to rims would be wise.


March 5, 2019
Day 5
Hiked 13.3 miles. Really don't want blister to deal with yet! Feet. On. Fire. Hotspot on right foot is getting way worse,why is it always the same spot?? Lots of breaks to dry out foot, taped it up too. Note to self- injinji toe socks. Must. Have.


March 6


March 7, 2019
Day 7
Hiked 11-12 miles Gonna mail food ahead to Colossal Cave. Saw another hiker outside wearing a Moenkopi shirt! He had a sexy Aussie accent and told us about his 21 day private trip, his backpack was massive. Jamie thinks I want to see him again just to hear his voice, he's not wrong. Found an old toilet in the forest. Saw two cow calfs nursing,the black baby cow stopped to look at us and had a big white milk mustache! So adorable.


March 8, 2019
Day 8
Hiked 10.8 miles Cloudy day so much wind almost zero sun hitting us all day. Water flowing great in garden Cyn creek. Lots to drink!! Fell asleep within 30mins of setting up tent.


March 9, 2019
Day 9
Hiked 15.5 miles
Brrrrr. Birds making every sound imaginable when sun hit tree tops. Nice waking up to such innocent wildlife again.
Ran into “Two Step” he was SoBo section told us there's food at Kentucky Camp. “Warden” passed us while we breaked a mile from KC said his knee was bum so he's taking it easy. Nice guy from Alaska. Met Matt B. (Shin splints guy) at Kentucky Camp, shared salami with him hiked a while with TikTok(m), Cookie and Cashmere (f & f) a badass trio.
Will is gonna meet us at Twin Tanks and Emily Hansen is gonna ride by and say hi (she also brought me some injinji toe socks!)
Gorgeous views of rolling hills today decent wind but not too bad. Sunset was spectacular!
Tonight the northern horizon glows a soft salmon pinkish orange like a sunset 3 hours late.
I got up to pee and was struck by the darkness of the night sky above me. Every star imaginable seems out tonight. The gentle glow of Tucson to the north stopped just low enough to allow the stars to POP on their own. The entire 360° view from camp tonight is like some sort of long exposure photo from sunrise to darkness and star light. I've tried to describe it best I can with words but only having stood beside me and having seen it with your own eyes would make you understand. It was beautiful.


March 10, 2019
Day 10
Hiked 14 miles. Camped at Twin Tanks azt mile 100. 10mi a day average feels good and comfortable. Had some longer days with easier terrain and shorter days with exhausting uphill and snow. Met “One Step” he's from Maine. Met “Ridge Route”(m) and “Shortcut”(f) from San Diego. Will found us about 2 miles from Twin Tanks! He brought fried chicken haha Will is awesome and super glad to have him along! His trailname is Ullward (Ullward and upward! I would yell every day we were together)
“One step” and another guy are camped nearby. Lots of cows.



March 11,2019
Day 11
Hike 6mi to Sahuarita hwy83 jct.
Arch hurts. Met “Cake” (m), “Warden”, and Shin Splints Matt showed up too. Emily Hansen is gonna come find us when she finishes her bike ride and drive us somewhere. Wonder how many ppl we can fit in her truck haha
Cake said he has two friends who are gonna work at the North Rim, John and Ellen. Can't wait to meet them. Trying to convince him to come up too haha Met “Rainbow Dash”(f) at Trailhead here she's hitching up to Tucson too.
Staying at fancy schmancy Omni Resort in Tucson with Will (he's amazing! I really enjoy hanging with him I hope he knows that), Emily Hansen joined us too. Zero day tomorrow thank goodness, my left arch is really hurting me. It's swollen and flat, like the arch collapsed or something. After 100 miles I'd collapse too...lol Emily is my hero. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and support.
Shin Splints Matt crawled into the BearBox at Sahuarita JCT and I laughingly called him "Bear Box", that's his trailname now.
After we met "Rainbow Dash" someone mentioned thinking her name was Lightning Princess, shortly thereafter BearBox gave me my trailname of "Lightning Princess".

((Note BearBox had to pull off trail later on north, he took the summer off then returned to finish the AZT NoBo, he caught up with Jamie and I while we were working on the North Rim and attended our annual Halloween party up there. Cool reunion))



March 13, 2019
Day 13
Hiked 6.4 miles to Cienega Creek, camp below beautiful cottonwood atAZT mile 113.1
Great water source. Right next to railroad tracks.
Annette Feagans dropped us of at trailhead 1pm!!
“Stump” and “Mandolin” were dropped at same time.
Made it to the snake tunnel shortly and met “Worm” aka Mike. We saw him in Kentucky camp earlier too. Got some great photos of Ullward (Will). He's so fun to hike with. Went a few miles further to creek setup camp early at 4:30, today is a great day for my foot so took it easy. New inserts doing good so far. “Golden” showed up in Cienega Creek just now, he's gonna camp by us cool! He said he's shooting for Oracle by Monday wow! Big days ahead. He's not a fan of snow on the mtns either. We'll see.


March 14
Day 14
Hiked 13.3 miles to camp in Rincon creek at azt mile 126.3
Camping with Bluebird & Tiny Dancer, Mandolin & Stump. Good group!
Met Good Name/Ole Gramps(?) At Colossal Cave. I took a 45 min tour with Guide Savannah it was $18 and tax. I had margaritas...i want to then give the whole trail and report back on every margarita that is accessible from the trail. Camped at Rincon creek with Tiny Dancer, Bluebird, Mandolin and Stump.


March 15,2019
Day 15
Hiked 9 miles. Camp at Grass Shack Campground at azt mile 135.3
Left foot hurts so bad I was having dreams about walking and falling and rolling my ankle. Absolutely ridiculous. Contemplating getting off trail for a few days and bunking up in Oracle somehow...managed to.hike to.grass shack really well. Right around 9 miles foot starts swelling and really hurting. Limped into camp, very beautiful camp. Will was happy to stop too,that was a haul up and it got chilly fast. Tent pitched, I nooked up and dove into a book faster than necessary. Also ate too much and threw up in the toilet up trail...oops.


March 16
Day 16
Hiked 8.9 miles, camp outside Saguaro NP boundary at amazing overlook at AZT mile 144.2
Met “Snow” (f) she mentioned something cookie shop in Summerhaven. Must get Choco chip cookies! She is traveling is with “Barrel”(m). They passed us and moseyed on down trail at a charge.
First 2 miles up to Manning from Grass Shack was okay last 2 to Manning destroyed my foot SO much pain.
Another two to summit then two down to NP boundary and just beyond to awesome campsite. It's tight fit snug for two tents but whatever we're all friends here.


March 17
Day 17
Hiked 8 miles to Redington Pass.
Really struggling with left foot. Emptied water from pack to lighten load. Ate as much food as possible this morning to lighten load. Foot has CBD balm on it, wrapped, no blisters, downhill for 8 miles which you'd think would be a blessing but any weight at all causes agony to the left foot. Can I just chopped it off and clone my right foot?


As of March 17 I hiked 152 miles of the AZ Trail before I jury caused me to leave trail. I spent the rest of March, April and May babying the left foot. It was not until July 2019 that the foot could handle miles and weight again. Unfortunately by then i was working full time at Glen Canyon NRA for the National Park Service and it was as hot as Phoenix up there and I worked all sorts of crazy hours.

I'm editing his log in early November, that left foot of mine is much better and ready to get back at it. Let's hope it stays in shape while I train it with a pack this winter.


Jamie and I spent the next week with Will (Ullward) and I spiraled into a post-hike/failed attempt depression. I'm sure I wasn't very fun to be around though I tried to stay positive.
We traveled southern AZ from the Chiricahuas to Picacho to Tombstone then found ourselves in Kanab, Utah to retrieve our vehicle and belongings thanks to Will. He's a wonderful Friend and I'm happy to have spent the time we did together and hope we all get together again soon.


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Jan 23 2019
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SredfieldTriplogs 460
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,550 AEG
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Joined artist-in-residence-with-a-mini-excavator Rob, an outstanding AZCC crew and fellow AZT Volunteer Roger for a couple cool days and one very cold night working on a 2.8-mile reroute of Passage 2. The old route is on ugly two-track road; the new route winds and rolls through the oak and juniper trees. The Conservation Corp is doing great work and the machine makes things go soooo much faster. It's pretty hard to think about using pick mattocks to build trail when this thing makes 1000+ ft per day, and one person behind it can keep up finishing the trail.

More great days on the AZT!
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Dec 05 2018
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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Completed passage on a 2-day backpack 12/4-5/2018
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Nov 11 2018
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Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog17.53 Miles 2,357 AEG
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Headed down to Parker Canyon Lake with a friend of mine, having the intent to spend a day running passages 2-3 of the AZT, which would've been somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 miles. Got down to Parker Canyon Lake the night before, and squeezed into the only available campsite (turns out all the military people from Ft Huachuca like to take advantage of their holiday, and they like to stay up late partying). Didn't get much sleep that first night.

Headed out on the trail in the morning. Most of passage 2 is in that high desert transitional zone with lots of juniper. Couple of nice views over the valley when you're on the ridgelines. A few spots, like Pauline Canyon, had ponderosas, which was an unexpected treat.

Water was becoming a bit of a concern as we topped the ridge before hitting the end of passage 2 (Canelo Pass), and my buddy rolled an ankle, so we decided to head down the road to the main highway and call for a ride.

Ended up being a 17 mile day instead of 30, but a fun weekend overall, and the campground was a lot less crazy the 2nd night.
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After a good nite's sleep and a breakfast prepared by Whispers Ranch owner, we loaded up and headed out on this below 30 degree morning. (FYI the Whispers Ranch BnB is for sale.) My immediate goal for the morning was a 32 degree start and that's what we got. It was a beautiful blue sky day starting from Parker Lake and heading back to our shuttle point on FR 4749. It was also a crispy morning so gloves were worn for the first couple miles as we meandered down to below the lake with great views in front of us.

We crossed the drainage that comes out of the lake and there was a little running water there. A few of us took off a layer here as I was under the impression we had a steady up for 4 miles. You cross the dry creek a number of times before you tackle the big hill that goes on for awhile. Once we had more or less got to the top of the hill and for the lack of any rocks to sit on, the trail is where we had our lunch break. We had great views to the south in the sun so we sat a little longer than we normally do.

And now to finish up the hill and hike level for awhile until you're presented with bigger hills every which way. We tried to guess where we might go and I said up and around to the left and luckily, that was it. We reached the saddle and started the somewhat slippery hike down into Collins Canyon until we were stopped by a Steward Task... a downed tree. It was old and the wood was hard but as usual, Shawn, with minuscule help from us cut the tree with the end result being a tree bench.

Next up was getting out of this canyon which took us slightly west and then north again before we got on the old FR 4749 near Fritz Tank that took us back up on a ridge with those wonderful views on each side again. While walking on this old road, it was clear it was a little scary in places (if you were driving); especially if you had to turn around past the ridge. We arrived back safely and were ready to get back and pick up the other vehicle we had left at the southern trailhead.

Thus, a full completion of a passage in one weekend. We're always glad when we get a chance to do that.

Part 1 from Parker Lake TH to Trap Tank [ youtube video ]
Part 2 from Trap Tank to Collins Canyon including sawing a tree to make a bench [ youtube video ]
Part 3 from Collins Canyon to FR 4749 [ youtube video ]

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from what I could see at a distance
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Jan 20 2018
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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Our first AZT of 2018 was broken up over two days as a few of us are just not in the best of shape. This worked perfectly altho the drive to get to the shuttle point was a bit of an adventure. Once we got that figured out we thot we were good to go until we discovered, after our complaining about the trail maintenance or lack thereof, we were following a cow trail and had missed a turn :lol: .

We hiked down into Pauline Canyon and then up above it. The wind was a blowin' and the sun would come in and out but the trail was in pretty nice shape so we continued in a north and westerly direction it seemed. We conquered the first elevation climb with relative ease but the big one out of Middle Canyon was more of a challenge. However, this day I was feelin' it so I led the way :o . It actually got chilly enough that my covered arms were cold for a bit. If the wind hadn't been gusting it would have been a perfect day.

The views with the changing clouds were fabulous but especially to the NE so we took the opportunity to stop and take it all in with a photo or two. We were glad to finally be on the ridge for a bit and then to the lee side to avoid the wind. Soon we were heading down the mountain and that was a little slippery as to be expected. At least we were going to eventually be out of the wind when we hit bottom.

We drove back to get some things out of Shawn's truck and as soon as we were there, the weather started to let loose. It was really getting chilling and a light rain started to fall. We made our way to Whispers Ranch BnB around 6ish where we would be staying for the night, thank goodness. We checked in and then had to drive 1/2 hour back to Sonoita to have an awesome dinner at The Cafe (and if they're serving the Like a Ball and Chain wine, you must try some). On the drive to and from Sonoita we saw a couple owls fly off the road.

Here is some video from Day One:
FR4749 to Middle Canyon [ youtube video ]
Middle Canyon to Passage 2/3 TH [ youtube video ]

PS a note about our shuttle. First of all, here is the link to the topo and if you change it to FS it shows the FR [ Route Editor ] (the green is the route, the red is the route we tried, the black is from AZT 2/3 TH over on Canelo Pass).
Both Tracy and I had researched the route to get to our shuttle point (based on the coordinates from the AZT Day Hikers Guide (FYI, the written directions are incorrect) and basically you were supposed to take Canelo Road (FR 4636) off of the 83 (Old Sonoita Hwy) to hook up with FR 4749. When we got about 2 miles in we encountered a No Trespassing sign. We debated what to do and decided to retreat and then we decided to turn around and try it.


There was a rancher feeding his cows so we stopped there to inquire about our destination. He said you couldn't get through that way up to Silver Tank but to go back and take the road just after the wash and follow it up on the ridge to the tank (He was familiar with the AZT). He insinuated the road was hard to follow the direction we were initially planning. Whether or not that is true I don't know. I also don't know if you are allowed to ignore No Trespassing signs on numbered Forest Roads.

We were able to get to our destination but just not via the directions we had mapped out. The AZT Day Hikers guide uses the coordinates for FR 4749 to get to Silver Tank but doesn't have the directions on how to get to FR 4749. I did see another option to get to FR4749 coming off of 83 toward Fritz Tank but it is unnumbered.


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[ checklist ] Pauline Canyon Tank

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Jan 12 2018
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59 female
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 Phoenix, Az
Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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m1ceyh1kesTriplogs 5
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Harder than you think it will be. But really gorgeous!

dry Bear Tank Dry Dry

dry Collins Tank Dry Dry



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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Parker Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full


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Nov 24 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Canelo Hills East - AZT #2Tucson, AZ
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We did this and passage 3 as a 3 day backpack. Started at Parker Canyon TH at noon on Friday, did 9.5 before camping at Pauline Canyon. Air temp nice, but sun was toasty. Friend spotted plenty of water we could have filtered, but we had cached some water at the Junction of 2 and 3 so was expecting that to still be there. Camped among some cow pies, but there weren't so many that you couldn't avoid them. Ran into 1 backpacker with his dog and a group of 5 thru hikers who planned to finish the trail on Saturday. During the night something I don't know what sounded right outside my tent, snuffling around, like when your dog wats in the bedroom when you've shut him out. It was a little frosty the next morning. Sandy said temps went into 30s. Headed out shortly after 7 and arrived at Canelo Pass TH and our water around 10. Took a nice break, filled up water and went for Round 2 on Passage 3.
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Nov 24 2017
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I think that this should be renamed as "The Gated Community of PUDS" passage! :lol: We did this and passage 3 as a 3 day backpack. Started at Parker Canyon TH at noon on Friday, hoping to get 4-6 miles in. We actually made 9.5 before we decided to camp at Pauline Canyon for the night. Weather was fantastic! Sun got a tad toasty so it was definitely an umbrella weekend. A few parts were brushy but nothing that impeded progress. Tread was pretty good too. There were 2 deadfalls across the trail and people were creating a new trail around them. 1 was easy to move so I dragged it over the make-shift trail to force hikers back on the main tread. The other was a tad heftier, but still I was able to tug it over top of the make-shift trail. Plenty of water - some tanks had considerable algae, but all would have been filterable. The names of the tanks I'm not sure of, but there were 2 tanks - metal and rubber - that had water south of Pauline. We had plenty and had cached at Canelo Pass TH, so didn't bother with filtering. Ran into 1 backpacker with his dog and a group of 5 thru hikers who planned to finish the trail on Saturday. A lot of the nice, flat areas to camp in were LOADED with cow droppings, so we kept tooling along until we got to Pauline Canyon where we found a nice spot to set up camp. During the night something was snuffling around my friend's tent, but other than that, we had an uneventful night. It dropped into the 30s and we could see out breath the next morning. Gave me a chance to try out my new quilt, and I'm very happy with it!! Headed out shortly after 7 and arrived at Canelo Pass TH and our water around 10. Took a nice break, filled out water containers, drank water until we sloshed and got ready to head on. Some mountain bikers arrived in their cars and were nice enough to take our empty containers for us so that we didn't have to haul them 16 miles! :y:
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[ checklist ] Pauline Canyon Tank
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

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Didn't hike over to it, but we could see it as we came into the TH and it looked pretty clear and full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Canyon Creek @ AZT 2 Medium flow Medium flow
About a gallon per min. Clear.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pauline Canyon Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Not sure how full is full, but there was plenty to filter and didn't look too bad or cowy.
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Started a little late on Friday 10MAR2017 at 3pm from near Lakeview Campground. Water was in the creek at the beginning of Parker Canyon. We didn't see water again until about AZT mile 29 where there were some manufactured cattle tanks that were run dry except one that had a red algae bloom in it.

As the sun was setting my friend and I were getting increasingly chatty and just as I was joking a little too loud about taking a rattlesnake bite to the groin I spotted SloBro off the trail. Had a brief chat and were on our way. SloBro's name is a misnomer. We only saw him once more the next morning as he hiked by our camp before we got our start.

Next was an unnamed tank near 02-089 road and gate (en route to Middle Canyon). We reached there about 8pm and almost stepped on FungiLouvr in her sleeping bag. We called her Dead Cow from then on as we thought she was a dead cow laying on the ground. :)

Most of the dugout water tanks had water along the route.

Much of the trail doesn't come close enough to the creeks to investigate for water.

We finished #2 around 11 am on Saturday.

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Light Flow as of Friday the 10th

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Plenty of water as of Friday the 10th
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I don't think there will ever be a better time for me to try this so I'm giving it a go. I've got my gear dialed in and my base weight down. All that's left is to hike.

I thought I'd start out easy. The first day I did the 1.8 miles to the border and back, then went in to Sierra Vista and stayed the night. That took 900 feet off the climb to Miller for the next day.

Day 2 was the climb up to Miller Peak. I had spoken to a SOBO section hiker yesterday about snow conditions, and he said it was icy in spots but not too bad. I was still anxious though. I have some leg problems and can be clumsy and un-sure-footed at times. At the peak trail junction I decided to skip hitting the peak. That was already enough of a climb, and I still had to get through the snow which the hiker had said was worst between there and Bathtub Spring. He was right, but it wasn't too bad. I sat down a few times, but got through by taking it slow. Stopped for the night before I got to Sunnyside canyon. It was a cold night, only 29F but strong winds all night.

Day 3 I hiked to Trap Tank. Saw a number of deer and a couple of turkeys in Sunnyside Canyon. Met a SOBO section hiker near Parker and that was the only person I saw all day. Good water in Parker Canyon Creek and Trap Tank.

Day 4 woke up with lots of condensation and 26F. Having just done this passage last fall, I wasn't looking forward to the ridge walk to the saddle, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Easier going this way maybe. Silver Tank storage was almost overflowing, Pauline had water, and the big pool in Middle canyon was huge. I met 6 day hikers, 3 going south, 3 north, doing a key swap. They warned me about a storm moving in. I went as far as the Canelo Pass trailhead and stopped early to find a good tent site. Just as I was set up, a border patrol officer drove past. He turned around and came back. I was afraid he'd tell me to move on, but he just stopped to talk a bit, and also warned me about the storm.

Day 5 dawned windy. It had been really windy all night. Whump, whump, whump went the tent, but no rain. It was windy and cloudy most of the day. Met Woodchuck doing another large section of the trail SOBO, starting from Reddington Pass. We talked about water conditions. Down under, Cott Tank and Red Bank are all good in this passage and he said it was good all the way he had come. He never treats his water, but is choosy where he gets it. I camped about 5 miles from Patagonia.

Day 6 dawned coldest yet, 22F and frost over everything. No rain from that storm front, but it brought the humidity. Too cold for breakfast so I ate a bar and headed for town. Stopped for coffee at the Gathering Grounds and then hung around waiting for lunch and my ride.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

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Last time this passage didn't go so well for me. I didn't make it through, but HAZ ticked it off as done and that's been nagging me. Part way doesn't count, so I went back and did the whole thing. It was a good time to go, not too hot, not too cold, and plenty of water sources. Fish tank, Middle Canyon, Pauline Tank, Silver Tank, Trap Tank and Parker Canyon creek all had water.

Saw no one on the trail until I reached the Parker TH where I met some people who had been day hiking passage 1. They came back to find both their vehicles with a flat tire. I didn't think to ask until later if it was road damage, or if they thought it was vandalism.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Middle Canyon @ AZT 2 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Still one deeper pool and several smaller pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Parker Canyon Creek @ AZT 2 Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pauline Canyon Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

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