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Nov 20 2020
ttretta
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56 female
 Joined Jul 28 2015
 Gilbert, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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ttretta
Backpack22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
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Day 2 of my four day trek through passages 8, 9 and 10. Got an early start from my campsite at Rincon Creek, and really enjoyed the hiking until beginning the ascent. Hope Camp was really cool. Love the stone steps up the south side of the mountains. Stopped at Grass Shack for a much needed break and some water. There was some in the creek about 100 yards or so past campsite 3. It was a bit gross with tadpoles, but filtered fairly well and was cold!! That got me through to Manning Camp, where I stayed for the night. Plenty of water in the spring there at the bottom of the hill behind campsite 1, but it has an oily layer on it. Hopefully it filtered out... The restroom had two buckets with pump water, soap and hand sanitizer!!! What a welcome site! The next morning had the final climb to the top of Mica Mountain, and then the descent from hell. There was lots of cool water in Italian Spring, and I knew it was my last water source until the end of passage 10, so carried a bunch down that mountain. That was tough on my old knees and very slow going for me. When I finally got to Redington road and looked back, it was amazing to see how far up and down I had actually gone. Went a few miles into passage 10 to find a wash to camp for the night.

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Plenty of clear cold water

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Plenty of water here, but had an oily residue on top.
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Nov 14 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Mica Mountain - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,599 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.46 mph
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Mica Mountain had been on my radar screen for awhile, and the stars aligned just right so I decided to put the pedal to the metal.

I started and ended the hike at the Turkey Creek TH. You'll need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to travel the last couple of miles to the TH. As best as I can tell, this is the shortest way to hike up to Mica Mountain.

I hit the trail at 8:20, which was later than I intended. That kept me from going to Spud Rock because I did not want to chance driving back in the dark on the 4WD portion of the road. The road wasn't too bad, but there were a couple of iffy places.

This was a nice hike and I really enjoyed it. The first couple of miles were through a grassland and did not have much elevation gain, although there was a bit of up-and-down. After the first two miles or so, the going got a bit tougher, gaining 2,000 feet or so in elevation over not much more than 2 miles. The tread was a bit rocky, and for me this was the least enjoyable part of the hike. From there, once I got to about 7,000 feet of elevation, the grade diminished and I gained about 1,600 feet of elevation over a bit more than 4 miles. This portion of the hike was well shaded by ponderosa pines, and there were some rock outcroppings with nice views along the way. There were lots of switchbacks, which made for an enjoyable hike.

It took me about 4 hours and 20 minutes to hit the summit, so I decided that it would be best to pass on going to Spud Rock and I started making my way back to the TH. It took me a little over 3.5 hours to get back to the TH.

I saw a couple of deer near the summit. On the way back, about 1.5 miles from the TH I saw a buck, and shortly after that I saw 3 does.

It is hunting season out there, so I imagine that the hunters had the deer a bit spooked. I talked to a couple of hunters and they told me that it was a muzzleloader hunt -- I doubt if there were many deer killed out there with a muzzleloader. I never heard a shot fired all day.
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Nov 01 2020
Mountain_Rat
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Italian Spring Trail to Spud RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking21.92 Miles 5,456 AEG
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I’m not sure how, but Linda roped me into this one a while back 8-[

Despite all the preparation I made for it, this hike really beat me down. In fact, I’m pretty sure that somehow I did the final few miles “out of body”, and that Linda must have dragged my lifeless shell back to the truck. I will say that the weather was very accommodating; neither too hot nor too cold, neither too cloudy nor sunny, a comfortable breeze most of the trip. It was really the right day for a long hike like this.

The difficulty aside, it was really great to get into the Rincons again. I love this range, as I’m sure many do, but any adventure into these mountains requires a full day commitment at a minimum. As brutal as it is/was/will be, this is one for your list over which you’ll have no (long term) regrets.

It was great hiking and chatting with Linda again. I don’t know how she does it - leaving home at 03:00, hiking pre-dawn to sunset, all the while putting up with my complaining, then traveling another 3 hours to finish the day – but I’m glad she did, it was wonderful day and certainly one to remember.

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Could see water from the trail a few miles above. Looked clean from my view.

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From a distance, I could see it had a good amount of water.
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May 13 2020
clyde_joelle
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65 female
 Joined Jan 01 2019
 Sierra Vista
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
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3 DAY BACKPACK 5/13 TO 5/15 W/ CAMPING AT GRASS SHACK AND MANNING CAMPS. HIKED TO REDDINGTON ROAD TO TOTAL OF 26.5 MILES
Dec 15 2019
ShatteredArm
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 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog26.65 Miles 6,607 AEG
Run/Jog26.65 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   3.37 mph
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Over a year ago, I started an endeavor to run the entire AZ trail, south to north, in chunks (usually 1-2 passages). Yesterday I finally found a decent opportunity to run the next passage (weather and logistics are the biggest factors).

Quilter Trail to Grass Shack really just has two climbs, interspersed with flattish, runnable terrain. All of the drainages were flowing. Grass Shack was beautiful, much more so than I expected from a place called "Grass Shack". Would be an excellent camp ground when there is water in the creek.

Grass Shack up to Manning Camp was a long, slow beast of a climb. Not extremely steep, but very few flat sections of trail. The views looking back are excellent, and once you hit the Devil's Bathtub junction, you're in beautiful forest. Another creek crossing, a short steep climb, and then I was at Manning. It was cold up there, and there's still some snowpack just upcanyon.

Past Manning Camp was a beautiful flowing creek and lovely woods. I skipped the little out-and-back to the Mica summit because it was cold (and now windy), and I've already been there and know there's not much of a view... Whatever snow was left on the north slope was thin and icy, not much of it but it did require a little attention. Stopped at Italian Spring to top off my water; the seep was pathetically small considering the fact that everything else was flowing (water tasted good though). There's water charging out of the ground where the trail crosses back across the same drainage a mile down the trail...

All the little creeks down low were flowing. Even the wash near Italian Trap had water, and I had to get my feet wet crossing it.

Good little adventure. Gotta be one of my favorite passages thus far (Passage 1 is tough to beat though).

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Water tasted good.

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Plenty of water.
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Oct 12 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking25.57 Miles 6,547 AEG
Hiking25.57 Miles   14 Hrs   42 Mns   1.89 mph
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We completely fell in love with Passage 9 (Sections 16, 17, 18 for AZT in a Day) yesterday! Were dropped at X-9 Ranch Road by a Lyft driver and started hiking at 5:23 am. X-9 Ranch Road to Grass Shack is shockingly beautiful. The sun rose exactly over the peak of what may have been Rincon Mtn and spread light over the giant Saguaros and Ocotillos. We met a sleepy rattlesnake who did not want to be disturbed, some very large green, orange, and black grasshoppers, and two separate backpackers (one was the AZT Passage 9 trail steward)! Grass Shack had water and would have been a pretty place to break but there were a ton of mosquitoes so we snapped a pic and ran. The elevation gain was relentless from here to Manning Camp. But the bear poo along the trail was very cool to see so that kept us moving! Filtered water at Manning Spring and cooled down by the clear lovely pond formed in the rocks. Finally the last push up to Mica Peak and we were beat. Down sure felt good after all that up. The north side of the mountain was a completely different experience from the south. We scurried through tall pine trees, alligator juniper, manzanita, ferns up to our chest at times, and tall grasses. The view looking north was gorgeous and felt like such a reward at that point in the hike. We finally got to the Saguaro NP boundary around 5 pm with 7 miles to go. If this event was planned to fall on the full moon, we sure appreciate the planning. Wow what a moon and what a beautiful night hike. We were definitely hurting the last few miles but were loving the quiet peaceful night. Until a large deer jumped across the trail just feet in front of my friend! We made it to Redington Rd by 8 pm and our super kind new trail angel friend was already there waiting. What a perfect end to a perfect day. I'm so happy we took the chance to contact a trail angel and made an awesome new hiking friend in the process!
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Mar 30 2019
GrottoGirl
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 Tucson, AZ
AZT Sections 8 & 9, AZ 
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Backpack41.01 Miles 8,286 AEG
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Day one was filled with lots of flowers. Day 2 was filled with lots of water! I had a big of anxiety after I signed up for this trip, but I proved to myself I could keep up with the 30 somethings and carry and overnight backpack longer than I had before. My legs are tired and I hope I can walk tomorrow.
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ 
Arizona Trail 2019, AZ
 
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Backpack152.00 Miles
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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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Nov 16 2018
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking20.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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SOBO from Redington Road to the top of Mica Mountain and back. Great climb. Light flow at Tanque Verde canyon crossing.
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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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What a beaut!
The Rincons don't disappoint with sheer density of plant types from giant crested saguaros to delicate trailing flowers. The views of and from the mountains are breathtaking and nestled between the the crags and ridges are some of the most idyllic camp sites.
We undertook this trip as a section of the Arizona Trail in a Day event, our section of the trail being the center of Passage nine across the top of Mica Mountain. It had been raining before we went so we found streams trickling thru pools as we ascended and plentiful water at the predictable sources at Grass Shack, Manning Camp and Italian Springs. On our descent we were treated to an amazing light show as clouds carrying heavy rain and hail painted the mountains in a mosaic of light and shadow.
Sadly, we were greatly disappointed in the condition of the trail itself within the National Park. It was largely overgrown making for difficult way-finding and and eroded in many places to the point to where a 30" vertical step became common. This is really discouraging when the community puts so much time, effort and expense into building these trails.

Rincons! :y:
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May 12 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
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Done.
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Azt #8-#15, AZ 
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Some highlights from the passages

Rincon Valley - finally met other thru hikers headed all the way to Utah, and a pack of cub scout camping at La Sevilla.

Rincon Mountains - saw a Gila monster and more thrus. A long tough climb to the top, and then a steep descent.

Redington Pass - brutal sun during a heat wave.

Santa Catalina Mountains - The east and west forks of Sabino are beautiful. Too many people at Hutch's pool. That climb from Romero Pass to Wilderness of Rocks is killer. It's mid afternoon, can we make it to Sawmill Restaurant before it closes? The cheeseburger challenge is on. We make it in time. Joy!

Oracle Ridge - They should move the trail to the control road. Seriously though, there are some great views along the trail, but the steep tread, loose rocks, and overgrowth spoil it. This was harder than the ascent.

Oracle - Easy trail. Something to do on a rest day between two nights at the Chalet Village motel.

Black Hills - Down, up, repeat. Good water sources though.

Tortilla Mountains - Trail magic (sweet fresh oranges). Racing across the trail in high winds, rain and hail. A desert tortoise near the end.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
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Hiking19.50 Miles 6,061 AEG
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Arizona Trail – Day 32

Hiking is an event controlled more by nature than a watch. However, my three dogs have conditioned me to awake by 6AM. Chow time for them. In the desert, south of the Saguaro National Park 6AM was the beginning of light on Wednesday morning. I like my 2 cups of Starbucks instant coffee and a hot meal. Delight is one who sleeps just a bit longer but once up, she’s on the go.

As I drank my first cup, Digger who had camped south of us, was up and packing. He and the gent from the UK (Robin) left camp in the predawn of 6:30. By 7:20, Easy D and I were on the trail.

This was a special day. Camp was near 3000 feet in elevation. Fifteen miles into the park would put us at 8500 feet. A 5500-foot climb. Then another 3 miles to clear the park. Without a permit, you can’t camp in the park and we didn’t have a permit. Next water source for the night was at least 19 miles away. If you’ve ever hiked in the desert and run low on water, you know how sweet the taste of water is.

The issue. Simondi is working on her hiking legs and this kind of climb is a challenge.

We passed a trail crew 5 miles in. Young, healthy people who had hiked in with their shovels, picks, cables and tools to move earth and rock creating a smooth walkable trail. Awesome kids.

Surprised a Gila Monster sunning on the side of the trail. Ever shy, he skirted into the grass before I could get a good picture.

As we ascended the mountain two young energetic hikers cruised past us. Hopeful* from Pennsylvania and Rocks* from Virginia. They’re through hiking the trail with a 45-day respite from work back east. *(trail names).

Eventually we made summit. Came upon Hopeful and Rocks eating dinner. We drove on. Wanted to make camp by sundown (18:30).

Hiking downhill is not always faster. Especially when the legs are sore and tired. By 18:50 it was headlight time. Finally made camp in the dark a 19:20. A twelve-hour day.

Miles: 19.7
Total AZT: 364
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 Payson, AZ
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven, AZ 
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven, AZ
 
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The_N
Backpack70.00 Miles 16,000 AEG
Backpack70.00 Miles2 Days   13 Hrs   45 Mns   
16,000 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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Day 1: I decided to join Dallin on a portion of his Spring Break AZT dash. We were dropped off at Gabe Zimmerman TH on Saturday a.m. and started the trek at segment #8. It was a sunny, beautiful day. The trail is mostly flat and winds through a scenic desert. Saguaros dominate, Rincon Peak looms and neat geology surrounds. The smell of spring Creosote wafted through the air. Plenty of mountain bikers on this stretch. We breaked at Rincon Creek and enjoyed a brief soak. Heading up and into the mountains we would cross many flowing drainages and even saw a distant waterfall. After some climbing, we both hit a wall and stopped for camp on a rock slab 2 miles short of Grass Shack. Worst campsite ever. We were joined at camp by Anna, a solo backpacker on the 2nd night of her maiden voyage, who we'd been leap frogging in those last 6 miles.

Day 2: We woke up refreshed and determined to make up some milage. We started our climb up Mica Mountain. The ever changing terrain kept me in awe. Unlike anything I'd seen in AZ. The Juniper grasslands gave way to pines. The trail was beautiful and easy to follow. The creek at Grass Shack was flowing good. Temps dropped as we climbed and we didn't see any sunshine all day. Our nutrition / water break at Manning Camp was fairly chilly. We reached the top shortly after and enjoyed the stunning views. We hit a few snow patches on the north face of Mica. Nothing too bad but the slow melt made the trail loose and slick. We made our way down through the oak and manzanita forest before a nice afternoon/evening stroll over the rolling grasslands. Winds were ripping, deer were grazing and we both nearly stepped on a very lethargic baby rattler. After an impressive sunset and 1.5 hours of night hiking, we settled on another lousy camp site, but made it work.

Day 3: Didn't start well at all. I woke up with a screaming IT band and a serious case of pumpkin chaffe with a 25 mile day ahead. I threw an elastic knee brace on and went commando to help combat the chaffe (it helps). Needless to say, it took some warming up before I could move. I limped my way up the pass and down to Molino Basin. Dallin informed me that this was one of my last bail out options, but encouraged me to keep going, so I did. Once we topped out and I saw the views down into Sabino Canyon, my spirits were instantly lifted. I pushed on through the pain and was grateful I did. Wouldn't want to miss this canyon. We made our way back down into Saguaros and a lush riparian zone. The entire canyon and every drainage was raging. Quite a few day hikers and a few backpackers along this stretch. I can see why, Sabino is a showstopper. Despite my ailments, we were cruising along the canyon and making great time. Romero Pass put an end to that. I could barely lift my right leg at this point but we pushed on. Eventually we topped out and down into Wilderness of Rocks. More snow patches in this area. Some icy, but no additional gear is needed, just a careful step. The snow melt fueled good flowing water everywhere. We had about 5 miles left and I was hurting, completely drained and flat out delirious. Spending another night wasn't an option. Temps dropped quickly and darkness fell. We had a couple hours of night hiking with some interesting route finding along snowy creeks. It took some teamwork but we made it out and to our ride after road walking up from Marshall Gulch TH. Temps were already in the mid 30's. Burritos and beverages saved the day. Overall, an amazing and epic trip. We knocked out a good amount of trail with big climbs but I also got my pumpkin handed to me a few times throughout. Well worth it.
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Brittles and poppies mostly. Still too early.

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Murky and green but filterable.

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Muddy seep filled with algae. Filterable but will clog a filter quick.

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Snow melt fed. Ice cold. Good water.

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Good, clear water. A ribbon of life in the desert.

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Flowing down to the Highway.

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Great flow throughout.
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Mar 04 2017
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
AZT Spring Break 2017, AZ 
AZT Spring Break 2017, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2017
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Backpack159.40 Miles 34,237 AEG
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Sep 18 2016
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Your shoe's untied - Rincon's North Slope Loop, AZ 
Your shoe's untied - Rincon's North Slope Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2016
tibber
Hiking8.32 Miles 1,580 AEG
Hiking8.32 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   1.76 mph
1,580 ft AEG   2 Hrs   27 Mns Break
 
1st trip
It says "would I do this hike again?". Not the North Slope for sure unless there is some trail maintenance. You do get some sweeping views, nice flora from time to time and it does make a loop but not much else to say altho you know I'll end up with several paragraphs.

After a nice nite, other than all of us getting cold feet in our sleeping bags for some reason, we had a leisurely breakfast before heading off for our various hikes of the day atop this mountain. Wendy wanted to go say hello to Helen so we headed northwest out of camp. Once again, there are sweeping views as you get to the edges, and there are lots of edges up here. We stopped for a selfie with Wrightson in the far background since we both were up there together in 2010. From this same point we could hear and then see Karl on Helen walking around so we got a couple pictures before heading on our way.

We continued on a nice trail across to the other side of the mountain where we met up with K&K as they were coming down from Helen. They headed off to Spud and we continued toward Italian Spring via the so-called North Slope Trail except that Wendy decided she was hungry. We stopped so she could fuel up and then she decided she wanted to go up and close with Helen. I waited below as I was still a bit sore from the previous day's climb, I mean hike. I could hear K&K up on Spud Rock and soon Wendy came back and off we went.

Well as soon as we rounded the corner to the other edge of the mountain, the trail blazing began. I think both of us thot it would be short-lived so we pushed thru ferns and over downfall and searched out the missing trail. But this went on for nearly two miles. We were going thru a burn section (I think from 1994). It was quite obvious there hadn't been any trail maintenance for a very long time. By the time we were wanting this to be over, it was really too late to turn back. My hopes were that after Italian Spring that the trail conditions would improve. So we pushed thru trees and brush and over and around deadfall that was on a narrow path of this slope. We were constantly having to tie our shoes :bdh: on top of trying to find cairns and metal blaze markers. Many times we found the markers but they were in the deadfall that we would have to negotiate. Oh, and one time we saw a big pile of bear scat and went "oh ya, bears"... kind of forgot about that.

We did stop to take in the views as you could see quite far today. As we paused for lunch not too far from Italian Spring in amongst some boulders, I pondered that we were the only ones up here; what would happen if something happened to us? No one would have a clue where to find us. Well that soon passed and we headed on down to Italian Spring. The trail from here on out was not too bad altho there were still moments when we lost the trail. Glad we stopped where we did too because there was nowhere to really sit around the spring area as it was surrounded by ferns and bees. At the spring there are two different trails to take too.

We continued up the hill thru the turning ferns with the light coming thru the forest for the trees. I'm still not fond of this "UP" process again but it wasn't too bad. Toward the end of the climb I was doing my tired dog imitation and hiking from shade to shade :lol: . Now our original goal for the hike was to do this little loop and then head back to camp where we would go to the Devil's Bathtub. Well that plan went out the window so Wendy suggested we hike to Reef Rock, a place she hadn't seen up here. We used the Fire Loop Trail once we topped out.

Now this plan worked out very well and we had a nice hike on this east side of the mountain. We came to where you could start seeing far yonder and came upon a flat rock area with a big boulder. I thot this was Reef Rock but it wasn't. So I just call it the Eastern Overlook. We had incredible views here including of Rincon Mountain. We checked out the area and then continued on our way to Reef Rock at 8300 feet. The views were equally awesome from here and you could see the trail we came in on way below between the Park Boundary and the TH saddle.

From here we headed UP again but I knew there wasn't much elevation to be gained on this mountain so we eventually ended up on a nice forest floor and headed toward Mica Meadow. We hung a right and headed up to the meadow but then realized we didn't want to go that way. The signs are a little confusing up here so you have to decipher them. For instance, :-k the question became: are we on the trail to Mica Meadow or is this the Mica Meadow Trail? The trail we eventually took is somewhat marked on the topo but not a named trail. So we took that and when it didn't quite match up we got a little worried but once it hung a left, it joined up with the Mica Mountain Trail... at least I think it did. We're not sure if that's a re-route or what.

But from here it was pretty much clear sailing back to camp. We followed a creek, altho those are not named on the topos, and thru some more fern-covered forest floors back to Manning Camp. It wasn't quite what Wendy had in mind for the day and I certainly didn't want to put those kind of miles on but it was quite an adventure and we covered a lot of the top of this mountain. We did encounter water everywhere too.

This mountain top has so much to offer as to its terrain with meadows and rock mountains and overlooks and creeks and all sorts of stuff; definitely worth a two-nite stay. However, please heed our warning, the North Slope Trail is really not and according to Karl, neither is part of the East Slope. It's too bad but if there's not enough traffic to justify the maintenance, I guess it's understandable.

K&K showed up about 1/2 hour later I think. I had quite a few scratches at that and some bruises from the day. K&K covered a lot of the mountain as well. We made ourselves some dinner, Karl kept a nice fire burning or we would have retired much earlier.


2-14-17 Part 1 to Helen's Dome and starting on the North Slope Trail [ youtube video ]
Part 2 North Slope Route not too far from Italian Spring [ youtube video ]
Part 3 Italian Spring via Fire Loop [ youtube video ]
Part 4 Reef Rock to Manning Camp via Mica Meadow [ youtube video ]
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Sep 18 2016
writelots
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 Tucson, AZ
Your shoe's untied - Rincon's North Slope Loop, AZ 
Your shoe's untied - Rincon's North Slope Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2016
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Hiking8.32 Miles 1,580 AEG
Hiking8.32 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   1.76 mph
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Argh! What was going to be an easy day turned into a hard workout. But, it was truly amazing to see how resilient the mountain is.
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Mar 24 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ 
AZT: Vail to Oracle, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 24 2016
DallinW
Backpack75.48 Miles 16,192 AEG
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March 24th
Miles: 17.46
AEG: 5,520 ft

We flew through the first couple of miles to X9 Ranch Road, where we left off the last time we got off the AZT in this area.

Back on the AZT!

Soon we reached the Saguaro National Park boundary. Up until this point the wildflowers were sparse and withered, but from here there were plenty of great looking blooms for the next couple of miles. After taking a short break at the Quilter Trail water crossing, we passed our first thru-hiker of the trip and started the long climb to the top of Mica Mountain.

As we climbed the environment slowly transitioned from saguaros and ocotillos, to shrubs and century plants, then oak grasslands, and finally pinion-oak as we rolled into the Grass Shack Campground. Here we met 3 other thru-hikers. One was on her first thru-hike, and the other two (No Trace & Unbreakable) are triple crowners (those who have completed the PCT, AT, and CDT). We stopped to eat lunch and enjoy the company at the campground. It's always fun to pick the brains of triple crowners.

After finishing up lunch, we filled our bottles at the spring and continued on the trail up to Manning Camp. From Grass Shack, the environment transitions to a hearty ponderosa pine forest. At the campground there was one other person staying the night, a section hiker from Canada who had picked up the trail at Grass Shack and was planning on continuing to Superior.

By the time we were going to bed I was feeling pretty crappy. Extremely soar throat and congested. Before starting the trip I was still getting over a chest cold, and apparently I wasn't better yet. We expected it to be very cold at 8000ft, but surprisingly we both kept pretty warm the entire night.

March 25th
Miles: 21.97
AEG: 2,910 ft

Today was our "long day", with minimal AEG. Our goal was to make it to Molino Basin Campground. I woke up feeling slightly better.

After packing up camp and getting some more water at the spring, we headed up the trail for the top of Mica Mountain. Along the way we passed No Trace and Unbreakable again. The pine forest on top of Mica is quite impressive. Once we topped out and started down the other side, views of the basin below and Mt. Lemmon open up. Italian Spring had drinkable water but lots of algae on top.

We started the long descent into the basin below, and then the traverse across the hills to the base of Lemmon. Beautiful grasslands! By now the mistake of wearing newish shoes for this hike had caught up with me and my right foot had been rubbed raw on the back. I tried fixing things up with some mole skin and some bandaids.

Just before the Lake, we caught up to the section hiker from Canada who was going to stop at the next drainage. We stopped with him at the drainage to get some water for the last hump into the campground.

Once we got to the campground we greeted the camp host to get a spot. We asked him if there was any water around, he claimed "there is no water, it's dry out here." We were both surprised a little considering how much water we had seen getting to this point. He kindly offered us a liter each to make it through the night, and gave us a spot which was right next to the AZT. We didn't quite believe him about the water situation, so once we set up camp we dropped into creek bed below the campground and sure enough there were spots that had running water (not even 200 yards away from the camp host, I might add...)


March 26th
Miles: 17.25
AEG: 5,133 ft

I woke up feeling terrible, super congested, coughing up lots of phlegm, and running a small fever. I thought about bailing at the Highway next to the campground, but decided to try a few miles before making the decision. The going was extremely slow, probably less than 2mph.

We reached Shreve Saddle and took a quick break, I popped some Tylenol for the fever. I knew after this point I was going to be committed for some serious uphill either going forward or turning back. I decided to keep going.

We saw lots of people along this stretch going to Hutch's Pool. It was cool to see Saguaros again near the bottom, because at the end of the day we would be back up in the Pines. I'm a sucker for "transition hikes." Once we reached the bottom, we took another break in Sabino Canyon where there was flowing water. This was the point where I was either going to commit all the way to Summerhaven or go back. I nearly turned back here, but there was just too much planning that went into this and I wasn't sure I would be able to come back to finish this up for a long time.

We passed the junction to Hutch's Pool and started the long climb up through the west fork of Sabino Canyon. This place is stunning. With every foot of elevation gain the views got better. The trail itself is graded extremely well so the climbing felt almost effortless. Once again we got to see the transitions from saguaros, to sparse pines on Romero Pass. There were plenty of pools and spots with running water in the canyon.

I was starting to feel a bit better after we took a 30-45 minute break at the pass. It was a good thing too, because this is where the real climbing starts. You aren't graced with very many switch back after this point, it's just straight up. About half way through huffing and puffing, I looked at my Arizona Trail app to see how much further we had to climb and let out a little snicker. My cousin asked "what's up?" and I told him "do you really want to know?", he said "yes", I told him "it gets steeper." We both laughed and continued up the mountain.

After topping out and taking a break, we joined the Wilderness of Rocks trail. This was by far my favorite part of the hike. This is one of those places that feel really special, a feeling of reverence overcame me. We meandered through the beautiful giant boulders and trees, before reaching an awesome spot to camp right next to Lemmon Creek.

By the time we were going to bed I felt great, except for my feet. I used some alcohol wipes, and anti-septic wipes before reapplying a few bandaids.

As we drifted to sleep I heard a series of bangs/explosions in the distance, which culminated into a bunch of bangs/explosions at once. Fireworks in Tucson?

March 27th
Miles: 18.8
AEG: 2,609 ft

We got up excited for a real meal in Summerhaven. It was actually warm enough during the night that I started sweating in my quilt. After eating a quick breakfast and filling our bottles with water out of Lemmon Creek, we started the gradual 1000ft climb to where we would meet the Marshall's Gultch Trail. I was still awe struck by beauty and grandeur of the Wilderness of Rock. We made our way to the paved road we would walk into town on.

After satisfying a soda and candy craving at the General Store, we ate some breakfast at the Sawmill Run restraunt. The manager or owner (not sure which) came out to talk to us and asked if we were on our way to Utah. We told him we were ending this segment in Oracle.

Oracle Ridge was hot. On the way down we met a 3 time triple crowner "One Gallon", who was taking a siesta in the shade of some cedars. We talked with him for about 45 minutes. Another very interesting person.

We reached the American Flag TH about an hour before the sun set.

This now puts us at just over 50% of AZT miles completed, and we have now connected a foot path all the way from the border to Roosevelt. Woo hoo!
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Running in some spots near the campground.

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Mar 13 2016
sandyfortner
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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 13 2016
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Backpack22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
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6,551 ft AEG
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Headed out Sunday morning after a nice night between Redington Rd. and Italian Trap. I kept looking at the mountain and saying, "Oh come on, it's not that high." Ha! By the time we FINALLY reached the high point, my vocabulary had taken a turn for the worse! :lol: We found water all along - pockets, streams - no problems. On the way up, ran into the first of a total of 13 NOBO through-hikers and 1 other section hiker. Although going up the north side of the Rincons was STEEP, I think that my knees would have never tolerated going down that, so up was best. Took a nice break at Tanque Verde Canyon were the water was flowing, clear and cold. My hiking partner - out on her FIRST backpack ever - was glad to soak her feet in the icy water before doing a little blister management. And so we went up, and up, and up, and UP! Ran into patchy snow that crowded the trail at times but we were able to pass by. FINALLY hit the high point and trail junction - very pleased to be going down and into Manning Camp. :y: Chose the first camp site we found and called it home! Set up camp, enjoyed a trip to a SIT DOWN toilet! and then went to filter water. Tired and almost dusk, I completely walked by the water in the corrals. Went down to the water, got my shoes/socks wet - UGH - but got water and hooked up the filter since both of us were low and would need it for the morning. When we went to get more water in the morning to filter, realized that I had walked right past all that great water in the corrals last night! ](*,) Headed down and out - 16 miles +/- to the car west of the Quilter junction. Met 12 more NOBO through hikers. Plenty of water going down also -even just inside the park boundary. More wildflowers on the south side of the Rincons. Didn't see any big wildlife until driving back through Tucson when a javelina crossed the street! One though-hiker said that he had crossed a rattlesnake by the spring below Grass Shack but he was gone when we passed through. All the through-hikers were having a great time and loving the trail!!!
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Desert lavender, brittle brush, several flowers I can't identify, bushes in bloom - the low section of Saguaro NP was BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
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Hiking22.13 Miles 6,551 AEG
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We did Passages 10 and 9 together for my first backpack ever. We headed out Sunday morning after a nice night between Redington Rd. and Italian Trap. It was weird because My friends phone clock switched to DST and we got up an hour earlier than we would have. We wondered why there was no light! Ha, ha. Good we had that extra hour, because, MAN, that was some climb! for my first backpack trip. Although going up the north side of the Rincons was STEEP, in consideration of knees, up was probably best. Took a nice break at Tanque Verde Canyon were the water was flowing, clear and cold. Ran into patchy snow that crowded the trail at times but we were able to pass by. FINALLY summitted and headed down Manning Camp. Chose the first camp site we found and called it home! After we set up camp, my partner went to get water. I couldn't move, so i told her I'd get mine in the morning. I put on every piece of clothing I had because it was going to be near freezing.

Woke up around 3:00 and needed a drink...BAD... I asked my partner if I could poach some of her water and she said yes, so I took a bottle into my tent. Then, I felt like I could poo which I had been unable to do, because, well, it was my first backpack and i just could not let myself poo into a hole outside...and Manning Camp had a toilet! In the morning, as my friend was going to show me where to find water, she realized we were walking past perfectly good water in the trough at the corrals. So, I scooped that. It was great!

Then, 16 miles +/- to the car west of the Quilter junction. I however was really hurting because my pack was not adjusted properly to my torso length and I did not figure that out until weeks later. So, I was walking like Quasimodo and my friend had to hoof to the car and come back and help me carry my pack the last mile.

We saw a total of 13 NOBO through-hikers and 1 other section hiker.

I hated it and loved it all at the same time. Once my pack situation got sorted out, I was completely and utterly hooked!
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