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Oct 18 2019
DixieFlyer
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Heliograph-Webb-Clark, AZ 
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,399 AEG
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I had never been to the Pinaleno Mountains, so I decided that now would be a good time to go. My main goal was to bag a couple of 10,000 foot peaks that I haven't hiked: Webb and Heliograph. While I was out there, I figured that I would go ahead and bag Clark also. I managed to talk Tracie, my favorite and intrepid hiking companion, out of hiking Silly Mountain and to come to the Pinaleno's instead. She was glad that she did!

Our first hike was to Heliograph Peak. We decided to do the peak the short way via Shannon Campground. We took SR 366 (the Swift Trail) to the turnoff for the campground, and we parked at the turnoff just before a locked gate. SR 366 was narrow and curvy, but it was paved all the way to the campground turnoff. We had intended to do a loop hike that would take us to the Heliograph summit about half-way through the loop. However, it was VERY foggy, and visibility was limited to no more than 200', so we just did an up-and-back hike on the easy-to-walk on forest road. We saw 3 deer near the summit, and came across some nice fall foliage while walking the road. However, with the fog, we could only see the trees that were right in front of us. Fog also kept us from seeing much of anything at the summit.

Second up was Webb Peak, which we did via Soldier Creek. By the time that we got back to my truck after coming down from Heliograph, it started to rain -- and it was a wet ride to our parking spot for Webb Creek. To get there, we continued on SR 366 (which became unpaved just past the Shannon Campground turnoff). SR 366 eventually becomes FR 803, which is also unpaved. Even though the road is unpaved, it is very well maintained and virtually any vehicle can drive on it. We continued to FR 88 (Webb Creek Rd), where we turned right and parked a short distance before you come to a gate. It was still raining so we sat in the truck for a few minutes until the rain stopped. It was still very foggy, so we again decided to do an up-and-back hike to the peak on the forest road. I had originally thought about doing a loop by coming back down on the Ash Creek Trail, but several recent triplogs cited lots of deadfall on the Ash Creek Trail, and we didn't want to deal with it in the rainy weather. There were quite a few yellow-leaved aspens along our hike to the summit, but with the fog we could only see what was right in front of us. When we got back to my truck we saw 4 deer a short distance away.

Our third and last hike was to Clark Peak. From our parking spot for Webb peak, we drove about 5 miles to the end of FR 803 and parked. It was still foggy, and we started out on the Clark Peak Trail but we were going downhill and I thought that we might not be going the right way. So we backtracked a bit and walked on FR 730. By this time the fog had lifted and we got to see lots of fall foliage on FR 730. We then backtracked again back to my truck, and this time followed the Clark Peak Trail to Clark Peak, where we had to do some off-trail scrambling to get to the summit. Now that the fog had lifted, we finally got to enjoy some nice views atop Clark Peak.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 3 peaks:
Heliograph: 4.6 miles; AEG of 962'
Webb: 3.6 miles; AEG of 712'
Clark: 2.8 miles; AEG of 725'

The mileage and elevation gain above is the sum for the 3 peaks.

I enjoyed this area, and plan to go back again!
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There were quite a few yellow aspen leaves, and now is a good time to go and check them out.
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Sep 15 2016
SkyIslander18
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,320 AEG
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Solo afternoon trip up into 10,000 ft land.
Chose the counter clockwise route for this day.
Added the out-n-back spur trail at the start.
T shirt weather on the climb up, pullover fleece on top and down Arcadia.
The aspens are a turnin', good amount of summer flowers left, still many raspberries left to pick, Shannon CG creek flowing very well & very green pines throughout.
Wildlife was scarce today producing only 1 white-tail doe sighting.
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Jul 17 2016
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.32 mph
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Day 3 (Hike 5) –
A short ways down Rt. 366 from Grant Hill was the Shannon Campground, the takeoff point for the next two peaks on my list: Eagle Rock and Heliograph Peak. The plan was to hit the peaks up as I made a clockwise loop. The trail is in excellent condition for the first mile to the saddle and this first mile is completely shaded while still offering excellent views.

The summit of Eagle Rock is located less than 1/10th of a mile off the trail, just before reaching the saddle. There is a noticeable route to the left, which leads from the main trail toward the large boulder pile that forms the summit of Eagle Rock. Under normal circumstances, I would’ve been leaping like a gazelle from boulder to boulder; but given that the equilibrium issue has impaired my bouldering ability considerably more than other activities, I was feeling a bit apprehensive as I cautiously stepped off the trail and made my way toward the boulders. Luckily, [with nothing coming close to a Class 3 climb], slowing my pace to what felt painfully slow and exercising extreme caution allowed me to safely reach the summit of Eagle Rock and even spend some time exploring the exceptional views from some of the other tall boulders on the Eagle Rock summit. The views were sensational and definitely earned a spot on my Pinaleno Fab Five list for best summit views of the 11 peaks I bagged that weekend. I spent some time searching for a summit register but was unable to find one in any of the places that seemed most obvious… however, with the tons of boulders and possible “hiding places”, it wouldn’t surprise me if I overlooked it.

Next up was Heliograph Peak/L.O. The trail conditions for most of the remaining way from the saddle to the peak were quite opposite from the first mile: there were tons of rocks and enough trees for most of the way to block the views but not the sun. While not an exhausting climb in and of itself, the energy expenditure of having summited 6 peaks [by the time I made it to the top of Heliograph] suddenly caught up to me, and I was feeling pretty beat when I first arrived on the summit. However, the sensational views and other interesting things [cabins, radio towers, the lookout, etc.] gave me newfound energy… [nonetheless, you know I’m beat when I’m very much looking forward to a dirt road finish!]. Before heading down, I spent some time exploring the summit and soaking in the exceptional views from various vantage points. The incredible views from Heliograph definitely lived up to reputation and easily made my Pinaleno Fab Five list… but like a storybook ending, the best was destined to be last…
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Jun 18 2016
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.56 Miles 1,470 AEG
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first visit to the pinalenos
two night car camp with john
drove up saturday morning, and were on the mountain by noon
checked out a few campgrounds, setting up at hospital flat
thought we might have trouble getting a site, but plenty were available in shannon and arcadia
this area has been on my wish list for some time
good timing for getting away from record temps in the valley
picked out a handful of hikes with some input from fellow haz members
started out on this loop around 4:00, taking the trail from shannon campground
good trail up with some nice views to the north
really liked the grassy aspen area near the top
a collection of antennas, a cabin and a fire tower at the summit
no one home, so we went up as high as we could before the locked gate
great views from the tower
took the road down to make the loop
drove down a few miles to hit ladybug peak from the saddle
cute little summit with good views but no ladybugs
headed back to camp
cooled off quickly once the sun went down, so we enjoyed the fire john built
very quiet night, brightly lit by the nearly full moon
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Jun 18 2016
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Kelly and I have been talking about a trip to the Pinalenos for a year or two. Finally got it together. Beautiful up there. I was surprised by all the fir trees. They outnumber the pines and aspen on the upper reaches of the range.

Heliograph and Lady Bug are nice hikes with great views at the top. Good first day. :)
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May 07 2016
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking4.20 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   1.45 mph
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Second hike of the day after Graham and friends. Took a few minutes to scramble up Eagle Rock on the way up Arcadia.
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Feb 22 2016
SkyIslander18
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Heliograph Peak from Shannon GCTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Our one and only snowshoe trip of this winter and we almost waited too long to take it!
The Pinalenos' snow has quickly melted in the last 2 weeks leaving our first 2 choices non-doable.
We had to drive up and around to the backside of Graham all the way to Shannon for a continuous trail of snow, Heliograph Peak's service road to the top was today's ticket. Still holding about 95% of the road's snow, we headed up to the top, took in the great views from 10,000ft, rested & refueled, then back down the way we came.
Man ..... I had forgotten what a workout snowshoeing is, I'll be feeling it tomorrow, but we had a great time on this fun, well spent afternoon of play on the Big Island!!!
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Heliograph Peak from Shannon GCTucson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,131 AEG
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The trail up is great. It does get a little less appealing near the top where it has suffered some severe fire damage and is currently being overran by New Mexican Locust plants, hopefully the also abundant Aspen win the battle to reclaim this burned area. The top is cluttered with some contemporary stuff and several towers, but the views are solid. I took the road down and a series of old logging roads in order to hit Heliograph Spring for the dogs. The spring had water and we managed to cut some considerable sections of the closed road out of the hike back.

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Jun 27 2015
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Heliograph Peak from Shannon GCTucson, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,024 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.85 mph
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Took a great hike up from Shannon to the peak and back down the road to our vehicles. There were a few down deadfalls on the trail, but the FS will be clearing trail the trail prior to 7-15-15, so I expect it will be in great condition for a while after that. It was a perfect day for hiking--the entire day was cool and shady. The sky was filled with large thunder clouds, and by 4:00 a wonderful monsoon storm drenched the mountain. This meant crossing the burn area was not the usual nearly unbearable oven like conditions. Walked back down the private road to our vehicles and marveled at the beauty of the day.

Just a quick note: The gate at the bottom of the road is there and locked not because of the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel. This gate predates the squirrel controversy, and Heliograph Peak is well out of the Red Squirrel Refugium. The gate protects the communication towers on Heliograph from easy access of potential vandals.
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SkyIslander18
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,170 AEG
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Perfect day on top of the mountain with a trio of good friends!
We started the day with a very nice loop hike of Heliograph Peak.
We then traveled the Swift Trail to it's end on this opening day of the back road.
Then it was down to Riggs Lake for a short loop around this most beautiful (cold) mountain forest lake. Quite a few people fishing & catching limits on day #1 of the reopening.
4 turkeys were spotted along the way.

Thanks Dave, Kathy & Addie - look very forward to the next one!
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Starting to pick up now, mostly yellows.

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Gushing waterfalls down the creek along the Swift Trail pullout, snow melt has it flowing about as good as I have ever seen it!

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Everybody catching trout limits within an hour on this opening day.
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Booneman
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,398 AEG
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Once we determined reaching the summit of Mt Graham wasn't going to happen, unless we wanted to risk prison time or a 5,000 fine, we opted for another peak hike instead. Starting from the entrance of Shannon Campground, we hiked up a forest service road and down the Arcadia trail to make another nice loop/peak hike in the Pinalenos. This area is amazing, possibly the most impressive, and unique sky island I've seen yet!
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SkyIslander18
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,230 AEG
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Pam and I drove up the Swift Trail to the backside of the Pinalenos for a couple of high forest hikes. We first made a brief stop at Ladybug Saddle to accumulate to the altitude a bit before continuing on around to the backside. First up was Grant Hill Loop which we looped clockwise around the outer trails stopping for a break at the 2 big overlooks. Then it was off to one of my Pinaleno favs - 10,022 ft Heliograph Peak Loop. We started from the Shannon CG looping the trail clockwise with a brief stop at the Eagle Rock overlook before continuing on up to the peak. I just love the top of this peak! The historic cabin, meadow, towers and views down to the valley will have me coming back season after season, year after year! The sun was getting low after Heilograph, but we still had a little daylight left to drive down to one of the prettiest little places on the whole mountain, Snow Flat. As we arrived at the flat, we spotted a big tom turkey with 6 of his hens and were able to get a few pics before driving down to the little lake for sunset. After getting our lake pics, we drove back on down to town ending a real nice day spent on the mountain!
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Hiking4.40 Miles 1,030 AEG
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After doing Grant Hill Loop as a warmup/elevation adjusting Hike, Chad and I were off to Hike the main attraction for the day. Chad thought that I needed to bag at least one peak while I was here, and after he told me about this one, I was all for it. I have not had the opportunity to see a close up of a Fire Tower yet, so seeing one that was on the Historic Register seemed very cool.

We arrived at the Shannon Campground and hit the Trail. I was starting to adjust to the elevation somewhat, and the Trail started out fairly level, so I got more of a chance to suck in some more oxygen, before the uphill began. :sweat: And it did begin, although it wasn't terribly steep at this point, so life was good...I knew eventually it had to get steeper if we were going all the way to 10,000 feet.... :o :D

We also ran into a little snow here and there, but it wasn't too bad. The Trail had some deadfall on it, apparently the crews haven't been in to clear it away yet. A few downed trees to go over, under or around, but nothing too awful. (I've already experienced awful deadfall this Spring, this was light by comparison).

After a few sucking wind stops and Photography breaks, we got to a nice overlook area and took a real break to enjoy the views. From Chad's comments, I knew we were getting close and I was really getting excited about hitting this Peak. Finished the break, and started pushing upward again. We arrived at a burn area just before the top and although I wouldn't consider a burn area horribly scenic, it kind of had it's own tragic beauty, especially with the white boulders and rocks encountered in that area as well. And then with one more push, we were there! Walking up to the Forest Service Cabin with the Fire Tower looming overhead was a very cool sight. Let the picture taking commence in earnest.... :D

Not only was the Cabin and the Fire Tower there, but also several other communication towers, one of which Chad stated had to be brand new, as it hadn't been there when he was there before. The new one, was now the tallest structure on the Mountain. It was incredibly high.

Lots of history up there and we spent about an hour going from place to place, tower to tower, and overlook to overlook, as the views off the side of the Mountain were incredible as well. Really enjoyed the visit at the top of this Peak.

Before long it was time to start back down and we took the Service Road all the way back to the Campground. We even had time to stop at another area for some wildlife and sunset viewing, so the day wasn't even over yet! (I'll post a different Log for some of the more scenic, nonhiking stuff).

Great Hike!! Another winner Chad!!! :y: First time I've ever been at 10,000 feet, actually hiking, so it was special in that way as well. Another awesome day in the books.... :)
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Sep 05 2011
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Hiking4.70 Miles 1,030 AEG
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Too bad the lookout has signs up that restrict tower access. When I got to the top it was mostly pea soup anyways.

The Arcadia trail starts out great, a wonderful trail for that first mile.

Ripe raspberries all over the backside (burned area). I helped myself to a few. And then a few more! Yum! Figured out I was competing with the bears. Plenty of evidence but none seen.
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Aug 07 2011
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Hiking4.90 Miles 2,830 AEG
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Got rained out about a mile or so into this one yesterday so I had to abort. Today however was a perfect day to come back and hike the Arcadia Trail up to the Heliograph Lookout Tower and then over to Shannon Campground and back down to the Arcadia Trailhead.

This is an amazing trail except for one big problem! From Mile 2 to the end of Mile 4 going up it is VERY overgrown and littered with fallen trees. Needless to say wearing shorts was a mistake. My legs are all cut up from the thorny plants that are everywhere. Once up near the Heliograph turn and up to the Tower it gets much better. Then the last mile from the Heliograph trail over to the Shannon Campground it is nearly perfect.

What was super cool was from mile 3.5 and up there were TONS of wild raspberries. I couldn't resist and must have had somewhere between 50 and a 100 of them round trip! Soooo Good! The best way to get to them if you are into such a thing would be to drive the road up to the Shannon Campground and then work your way down to them. It wouldn't take long and you wouldn't have to deal with the overgrowth and fallen trees.

Heliograph Tower was neat to see but sadly it isn't open to the public. I would have loved to climbed up and gone inside. It has a cool history and the elevation at the base of it is 10,028 so it is worth the side trip either way in my humble opinion.

On the way back down it started to sprinkle lightly which was just perfect and made the mountain with all its plant life super fragrant. I was enjoying the view and making good time when I nearly stepped on a 5 foot long rattler. He was right in the middle of the trail. Once I saw him I must have jumped a couple feet in the air and then away from him! He was not at all happy with me and coiled right up and was ready to strike. I asked him to smile for a couple photos and then went on my way.

It continued to sprinkle but never got muddy. What was amazing to me is that the whole time I was hiking I only saw one other couple on the trail.

I really enjoyed so many things about this one and would strongly recommend it. If you are going to do the middle section at all you may want to wear pants and save the shins. :)
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spent 8 days at Big Lake, Escudilla, the Rim, and then headed to Heliograph Peak. Camped at Shannon CG oct 3rd and hiked to the top of Heliograph Peak with my brother. Got to the top and rain storms where seen coming toward us, but never reached the peak. But got a great shot of a rainbow, actually there where 3 of them beside each other. One main one, the second less bright, and the 3rd could only be seen with polarized sunglasses. met a guy up there who was very nice, and one the way down met another nice guy GPSing the trail for this page. This is how I found this website. thanks guys. Posted pic on my ablum of rainbow
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After lunch with Randal at Chalo's Safford (whose food has gone downhill, by the way :( ), I drove up into the high Pinalenos for the 2nd time today. I parked at the Shannon turnoff, and hiked the forest road to the top of Heliograph, where I was greeted by numerous flowers, ladybugs, and bluish thunderstorm clouds building all around. Sixty five degrees and cloudy? Yes!!! I took dozens of photos, and watched an increasingly menacing thunderstorm grow to the east, over Safford. That storm rolled in as I left the top, and things got a little wild. With close lightning strikes and heavy rain, I moved quickly down the peak. At the bottom, I took a detour through Shannon Campground to Marijilda Creek, enjoying the peaceful rain soaked surroundings and the dark clouds overhead. Driving down, I paused to enjoy a great lightning show over Safford, near the forest boundary. A nice full day adventure it was.
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Aug 31 2009
imike
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Heliograph Peak from Shannon GCTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2009
imike
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,024 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.21 mph
1,024 ft AEG
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Interesting close to the month's hiking... looks like the month closed out with just a bit over 101,000 feet. This trail was a nice break from the drive back over to Tucson... and allowed for some more cool weather hiking. The upper mile was obviously devastated by a fire, and is in the first stages of recovery... some good soul has taken the time to cut away (chainsaw) over 175 deadfalls obstructing the trail in the upper region.
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Aug 16 2009
hhwolf14
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 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2009
hhwolf14
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,322 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
3,322 ft AEG
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Wow, that was miserable! I hiked this trail from the Upper Arcadia CG, to the summit, down the gravel road to the Shannon CG, and back to the Arcadia TH. The trail from the Shannon CG and the hike to the top from the trail junction were actually very sweet, a beautiful area. However the trail from Arcadia is SIGNIFICANTLY overgrown, and unfortunately I packed light, no pants for protection. :o The raspberry bushes are insanely thick and sharp! There is a lot of deadfall too, which I don't mind, but between that and the overgrowth, staying on the trail was a bit challenging. Again, this would be a beautiful trail from the Shannon CG. Or with a machete and football pads : rambo :
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Apr 10 2009
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 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Heliograph Peak from Shannon GCTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2009
desert_boonie
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,024 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.88 mph
1,024 ft AEG
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After doing the Graham trail, I decided to head over to Heliograph Peak. The Shannon campground was still closed for winter, but you can park at the gate and walk through the campground to the trailhead. A few spots where downed trees block the path but nothing too bad until you get higher up where the trail is almost all covered by some downed trees. Snow was present up on the top sections as well. Got to the top and the views were incredible. To the NE I could see smoke rising from a fire in the distance. Looking over at Graham seemed to be further than it should be, then there were great views of Dos Cabezas and the Chiricahuas to the south. Also loved the view of the Galiuro Mountains where I would be the following day. Some good gusts of wind up at top made it nice and chilly. I decided to head down the road to see the other side of the mountain which made the trek a tade longer but not bad. Water running down a channel from the melting snow made for a nice soundtrack to the hike.
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