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Apr 10 2021
ttretta
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56 female
 Joined Jul 28 2015
 Gilbert, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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ttretta
Backpack12.50 Miles 643 AEG
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Last of my 4 passage hike. Started the morning fresh after finding a campsite at mile 103.8 the night before. Only had 9.3 miles to go. Was a pleasant change in trail from the day before. Nice, pretty rolling desert. Finished in 3.5 hours, after stopping at the Sahuarita trail head for a water stock up. Came back to that trail head after getting my truck to leave some snacks and water as well.
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Feb 21 2021
RedwallNHops
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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Mtn Biking12.50 Miles 643 AEG
Mtn Biking12.50 Miles
643 ft AEG
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Super fun.
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Jan 23 2021
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40 female
 Joined Oct 21 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
MAP
Hiking23.62 Miles 1,346 AEG
Hiking23.62 Miles   10 Hrs   2 Mns   2.50 mph
1,346 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Great day for a hike! Glad we combined Passages 6 and 7. Individually they are pretty flat and easy but combining them makes for a little more challenge. Beautiful fields of cactus, beautiful cinnamon hills, beautiful views. We has Passage 6 mostly to ourselves and started to see more and more people along Passage 7. I think these passages would have been brutal if it were a warmer day. The temps were a cloudy low 40's to low 60's and that was perfect. The art on the underpass at the end of Passage 7 is gorgeous. Super cool to finally see it in person after looking at pics all these years.
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Nov 27 2020
kaiboxer
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47 male
 Joined Sep 12 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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kaiboxer
Hiking3.50 Miles 643 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.33 mph
643 ft AEG
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Wanted to hit 100 miles on the AZ Trail with the snake underpass on this section. I'm glad it was only 60 degrees because that sun was brutal!
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Nov 14 2020
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32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
WaitingForRain
Hiking13.50 Miles 643 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.44 mph
643 ft AEG
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This was my first completed section of the AZT! Whoohoo!

I thought that this would be an easy (if long hike), but I got the worst blisters of my life! I'm sort of hoping the flatness of this section of the trail made my steps particularly repetitive but who knows. I got much better socks after the fact and I hope for the best. I want to do longer hikes like this more in the future- sans blisters. If anyone has suggestions- other than socks and well-fitting shoes, let me know!
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Oct 24 2020
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Azt #6 & #7, AZ 
Azt #6 & #7, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 24 2020
trekkin_gecko
Backpack28.95 Miles 2,361 AEG
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john had arranged for a shuttle to hike/backpack passages 6 and 7 of the arizona trail
after last weekend's hikes, and a couple more during the week, thought i could give it a go
left town at 0400, and were at the southern trailhead for #6 at 0615, hiking by 0630
chilly to start with
good views of wrightson
somewhat rocky trail
took a snack break about halfway
this passage winds in and out of several drainages and finishes with a gradual downhill
janie picked us up early afternoon
we retrieved my car and had lunch from fito's in vail
nice to spend some time with janie, and very nice of her to spend several hours making this trip possible
dropped my car at gabe zimmerman trailhead, then janie dropped us at the southern end of #7
set out around 1530 and hiked close to five miles where we found a level campsite
nice sunset while setting up camp, then some dinner before hitting the tents
heard john making coffee at 0500
overnight temps were pleasantly warm
had coffee, breakfast and packed up, and we were hiking by 0645
the first several miles of #7 are on smooth trail with a gradual downhill, making for easy hiking
we finished up just before 1000
while not the most difficult segments, this was a good test in terms of mileage for my knee (pass)
tried out my new zpacks arc scout backpack - love it!
also a neo air xlite - a little noisy but lighter and very comfy
have most of my gear dialed in, brought the right amount of food, clothing and water
new territory and two more arizona trail passages
good choice, lp
good times :)
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Oct 24 2020
johnlp
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64 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Azt #6 & #7, AZ 
Azt #6 & #7, AZ
 
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johnlp
Backpack28.95 Miles 2,361 AEG
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trekkin_gecko
I have been trying to knock out some of the AZT sections before it gets cold and the days very short. Small window of time when it's not too hot or too cold to be comfortable hiking.
Kelly was ready to join me again after battling through some knee problems. My wife agreed to help us with a shuttle ride. We all had lunch together in Vail between segments.
Sunset then sunrise were both nice. We hiked some of the second segment before setting up camp for the night. The night stayed very warm, low temp in the high 50's.
We got an early start in the morning and made very good time to finish at the Gabe Zimmerman trailhead. AZT #7 has nice tread and very little aeg. Home by noon Sunday. Good times. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Nov 24 2019
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 24 2019
GrottoGirl
Mtn Biking12.50 Miles 643 AEG
Mtn Biking12.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   6.82 mph
643 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Fun ride!
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Jul 13 2019
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 13 2019
GrottoGirl
Mtn Biking12.85 Miles 643 AEG
Mtn Biking12.85 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   5.59 mph
643 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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It was fun to ride a section of the AZT that I have hiked! But compared to canyoneering it was pretty tame. As we got done with the ride I said ‘Well that was anti-climatic’ and then Brian said, ‘I can’t find my keys!’ Guess I shouldn’t have complained. A friend came within 15 minutes and rescued us.
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May 04 2019
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Las Colinas AZT #6 & Las Cienegas AZT #7, AZ 
Las Colinas AZT #6 & Las Cienegas AZT #7, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2019
GrottoGirl
Hiking27.26 Miles 2,299 AEG
Hiking27.26 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   3.01 mph
2,299 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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Officially completed my first ‘marathon’! We started our morning from a campsite in Las Ciengas. Gobbling turkeys and howling coyotes sang us awake. On our drive to the TH we spotted a Pronghorn!

The hike was nicely flower filled and hot. The temperatures soared into 90s. But there was a nice breeze that kept us from getting too hot.

We had a nap and lunch just shy of the half way mark. There was a grassy area with shade that was really inviting.

We stopped at one of the trailheads about 20 miles in and found a cooler of cold water marked for public use. We were so excited! It was enough to give us a boost for a few more miles.

Close to the end we were treated to a desert tortoise on the trail. That was a nice way to end a long hike!
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Mar 01 2019
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ 
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 01 2019
Hippy
Backpack152.00 Miles
Backpack152.00 Miles17 Days         
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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 19 2019
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Las Colinas - AZT #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
toddak
Hiking20.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   8 Hrs      2.56 mph
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SOBO, Segment #7 Sahuarita Rd crossing to FR 4072 access at south end of Segment #6. Bike shuttle between start/end. Pools / light trickle flows at several of the drainage crossings in the vicinity of Scholefield Canyon.
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Jan 18 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Rincon Valley - AZT #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2019
toddak
Hiking23.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.76 mph
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SOBO, Loma Alta trailhead to the Segment #7 crossing at Sahuarita Rd / Hwy 83. Bike shuttle between start/end.

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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rincon Creek @ AZT Medium flow Medium flow
Good clean flow
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Jan 13 2019
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Azt 7-8, AZ 
Azt 7-8, AZ
 
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog31.53 Miles 2,031 AEG
Run/Jog31.53 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   3.88 mph
2,031 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Last of the AZT passages I have yet to log... Went into this a little under the weather, and wasn't really sure how I'd feel 30+ miles in, but charged on anyways.

Got a shuttle assist from a friend in Tucson, and got dropped off on the highway near Twin Tanks, with another friend in PHX.

Passage 7 was just mostly flat desert. It's nice I guess, but pretty boring even in comparison to Passage 6.

Passage 8 started off nice; the Cienega Creek area is definitely pretty, and the flowing water was nice. Then came the climb up and over and back down into Colossal Cave Park, which was a relatively scenic area. Stopped off at the campground to refill water. After that, I kind of boarded the struggle bus, with a full half marathon or so to go.

The jog across the Rincon Valley was OK. Flat, but really nice views of the Rincons from an angle I hadn't seen before. The creek was flowing, and we actually took off shoes to stay dry.

After that, we hiked a lot, took a nice long break to explore Hope Camp, and strolled into the end. Overall not a bad day considering how I was feeling going into it.
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Jan 12 2019
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66 female
 Joined Jan 01 2019
 Sierra Vista
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
clyde_joelle
Hiking12.50 Miles 643 AEG
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643 ft AEG
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Two Day-hikes 1/12/2019 and 1/30/2019 that included some portions of Passages 6 and 8
Dec 27 2018
garyc57
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64 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
garyc57
Hiking13.52 Miles 974 AEG
Hiking13.52 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.37 mph
974 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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As a Christmas/Anniversary gift, my oldest daughter and her husband offered to go with me and my "Trail Angel Extraordinaire" on a couple of hikes. I chose AZT#7 Las Cienegas and AZT#8, Rincon Valley. This is the story of Day One.

My daughter drew the "short straw", and got to hike with me first. We left Mesa in the wee hours of the morning, and shortly before 8:30, arrived at the access road (N 31.90845, W 110.661762) that leads to the start of this segment. Boots on the road soon after. We walked right past the trail crossing, and would have missed it altogether, but for Route Scout shouting at me! Thanks, Joe! (ATA? A sign would be nice there.)

It's a really nice trail, well marked, well-maintained, and easy to follow.

My wife and son-in-law drove back to the E Sahuarita Road crossing, and hiked in 3.3 miles to meet us. YIKES! All told, they hiked 6.7 miles, round trip.

At the Sahuarita Road crossing, my daughter and son-in-law switched, and he continued hiking with me.

Again, great trail, easy to follow, no problems.

My daughter and wife drove to the Gabe Zimmerman trailhead, and hiked back 1.5 miles to meet us. They met us at the I-10 underpass, and we all hiked to the trailhead together, arriving at 2:38. Round trip for them was 3.1 miles.

Met lots of bikers and hikers.

Another great day on the Arizona Trail!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Twin Tanks 26-50% full 26-50% full
Lots of water in the tank.
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Apr 15 2018
adenium
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47 male
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 Gilbert, AZ
Las Cienegas - AZT #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
adenium
Hiking13.34 Miles 643 AEG
Hiking13.34 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   6.06 mph
643 ft AEG
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Vail Scramble Half Marathon! This was a pleasant section of Arizona Trail to run. Starting out was a little slow, but the crowd thinned shortly. Starting out, the thermometer on my car read 48, and with a brisk wind cutting through my thin tech shirt I believed it. Soon enough, the sun was up and the runners were off. Temps were pleasant throughout. Was hoping for a beer at the finish line, but the salty coconut water hit the spot.
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Apr 15 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Vail Half Marathon, AZ 
Vail Half Marathon, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Run/Jog13.10 Miles 686 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   24 Secs5.72 mph
686 ft AEG
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Second time trail running this AZT event. Unfortunately it wasn't my day and struggled to find a good pace. Despite that I was surprised to finish 23 seconds faster than last years time.

Also, ran into @fricknaley and was nice to finally meet after PM'ing about other trail running events in the past. However, not able to keep up with Nick who smoked the course :app:
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i finally figured out how to get to the starting line of a trail race healthy. sign up at the last minute and don't prepare :lol:

i had a weird winter, with some seriously derailed plans. i guess this was kind of my consolation prize, though on a much smaller scale. oh well. que sera

it was nice to finally meet Karl and chat for a few minutes.

had a pretty good run. had my head in the clouds for the first hour and by the time i realized i had a chance for going under 2 hours it was too late. not sure i had it in me anyway, but it's fun to think about.

nice event. i had a great time!
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No Pain, No Gain!

163/800 Miles Complete! November 5, 2017

The Housholder Family Hikers worked on another flat recovery hike of around four miles this past Sunday. The hike started off a backroad very close to the Old Sonoita Highway crossing towards the Gabe Zimmerman - Davidson Canyon Trailhead south of Tucson.

"There's a Snake in my boot!" - Woodie

This portion of the Arizona Trail was perfectly flat for the most part, contouring along some ridge lines leading down to the "Snake Tunnel" (which everyone loved) passing underneath Interstate 10 and gently back up another ridge line along the west side of Davidson Canyon towards our end destination at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead.

Yes, there was pain in my recovering foot along the way but the trail is helping to speedily cure it through the gains of beautifully abundant nature in every step!

Our family had a great time and we are eagerly looking forward to completing more of the Las Cienegas - Passage 7 at a future date!

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February 3, 2018

185 / 800 Miles Complete!

The Housholder Family Hikers added another 5 Miles to our totals hiking South on Passage #7 - Las Cienegas Saturday evening.

We hiked from the Old Sonoita Road westerly underneath Highway 83 then past the Sahuarita Road Trailhead and onwards to a giant water tank where our vehicle shuttle was parked. Guthook App Mile 110 to 105.

This was yet another surprise section of beautiful Sonoran Desert where we enjoyed being some of the only Hikers out on the AZT for a wonderful sunset.

The Housholder Family Hikers are one short 5 miler away from finishing Las Cienegas - AZT Passage 7. We still need to complete the area from Twin Lakes to the Water Tank (App miles 100 to 105) which will be coming soon. My recovering foot did real well on the last five mile hike

AZT 7 ends near the town of Vail southeast of Tucson after passing underneath Interstate 10’s Snake Muriel at the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Trailhead. It follows beautiful Davidson Canyon into the Cienega Creek Nature Preserve where it receives it’s name.

After joining the Arizona Trail Association I found this nice background map in the members section which makes a fine base for another 16 X 20 inch family poster collage!

My recovering foot did real well on the last five mile hike as we knocked it out in roughly 2.5 hours. Still in pain afterwards for two days though. Bottom line no pain no gain on this endeavor!

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February 18, 2018

189 / 800 Miles Complete!

The Housholder Family Hikers completed another four more miles in breezy cool winter weather, from Mile 100 to 104 of the Las Cienegas Passage 7. We are excited to be nearing the 200 mile mark!

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196 / 800 Miles Complete! March 10, 2018

The Housholder Family Sauntuerers finished a couple final patches from Las Cienegas - Passage 7 of the Arizona Trail yesterday near the Old Sonoita Highway adding a short 3 miles of uncovered ground towards our goal.

Afterwards, we headed over to Craycroft and Swan to celebrate grabbing some delicious street tacos at “The Quesadillas!” This is the perfect place to feed trail hangry kiddos. Try the Ribeye Tacos 🌮🌮 or better yet the stuffed Pollo Bacon 🥓 Quesadilla with freshly roasted green chili’s. Mmmmmmm.... We ❤️ Tucson!

196 / 800 Miles Complete!

The Housholder Family Saunterers having some fun finishing a few in-between miles from Passage 7 of the Arizona Trail. Now that my foot is getting stronger we can finish some more moderate parts. One uphill near the Old Sonoita Road and two by the GIANT water tank, which btw has plenty of holes and no water in it.

Passages 7 and 8 have been fantastic, relatively flat and easy going since January. This is an excellent area of the AZT, not as rocky...perfect for anyone to train on who is recovering from an injury!
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