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Chihuahua Hill - Bisbee - 4 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 22 2017
WaitingForRain
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 Photos 5
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31 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
WaitingForRain
Hiking2.60 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour      2.60 mph
700 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dec 26 2016
AZHiker456
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 Guides 28
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 Photos 7,418
 Triplogs 184

39 female
 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking3.10 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.04 mph
889 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Day 4 – Hike 1
Screw the shitty weather reports and screw the comforts of a bed [that all too easily lead to sleeping in]: if I wanted to match [let alone surpass] my March 2016 Chiricahua stats, it was time to leave the nest and get down business. My mileage stat comparison for the close of Day 3 / beginning of Day 4 was 24.03 miles [this trip] vs. 37.82 miles [March 2016 Chiricahua trip]. Needless to say, some major catching up was in order.

I was Chiricahua-bound once again but had a few stops along the way. Visiting Bisbee has been a long time item on my general bucket list, so I decided to break up the drive to the Chiricahuas with a day of hiking in this neat little town. While I thoroughly enjoyed myself both on & off the trails, it didn’t take me very long to realize that access to Mule Mountains can be a total son of a bitch… hence the reason for my cropped GPS routes!

I’d originally planned to hit up Youngblood Hill, Chihuahua Hill, and a few other nearby summits, but after the first mile I realized that I was way overdressed. The extra weight of all the layers I’d taken along definitely put me over the edge in terms of being able to really leap through the air and effortlessly cruise at a good clip vs a weight where it feels like each and every step is a total drag, like with backpacking.

Not wanting to feel like I was on a backpacking expedition, I decided to head back to my vehicle to drop off the extra layers after Youngblood & Chihuahua Hills. Problem was: my typical, loop-style routes that tend to add awesome variety and make for some pretty epic adventures in rural areas left me shit outta luck in an area like Bisbee. Let’s just say, after dropping several hundred feet from the summit of Chihuahua Hill, [only to find fences & locked gates where going under, between, or over were not options without major risk of laceration], creativity got me back to Brewery Ave without having to backtrack…
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Mar 26 2016
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2016
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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Afternoon hike with Shauna, Katie, Al and Swati before heading home from a fun day in Bisbee.
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Feb 15 2015
winotron
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38 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2015
winotron
Hiking2.84 Miles 947 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles   2 Hrs      2.27 mph
947 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Stayed the weekend in Bisbee with my girlfriend, and we decided this hike would be a good way to spend an hour or two. The weather was completely overcast again, making for a nice day but not nice photos. We were a little confused where this hike started, but I loaded up the route and realized that walking down OK Street was actually part of the route, since there's no public parking available anywhere along OK Street. It was cool walking and seeing all the colorful houses along the way. We walked to the very end of OK Street and the beginning of the trail was pretty obvious on the right, though unmarked.

This trail might be short but it is actually fairly steep. Kind of like climbing the Mormon Trail at South Mountain. Very rocky terrain. The views of Bisbee open up pretty quickly. Just before the top of the first hill, Youngblood Hill, we came upon a small Buddhist shrine under a tree. A couple minutes later we were at the top and came across a much larger Catholic shrine. I'm not a person of faith, but I always like seeing stuff like this. I appreciate the effort and the dedication it took to build something like this up here, and it was a really nice spot. We stayed there for a little while.

We could see the trail continuing down and then up over to Chihuahua Hill. It turns into an old 4WD road at this point and isn't particularly exciting. It was another 100 ft or so climb. Honestly, Chihuahua was pretty much a bust. Nothing up there, and there's pretty much no view through the trees. You get a pretty good view of the Lavender Pit just before the peak, but that's about it. I feel like Youngblood is really the destination on this hike, and it didn't even seem worth going over to Chihuahua. Still a nice hike if only for Youngblood, and I'm glad we did it. We headed back down the way we came and enjoyed the rest of our day wandering the streets of Bisbee.
Named place
Named place
Old City Park - Bisbee
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Jan 19 2015
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 833 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
833 ft AEG
 
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Day trip to Bisbee with Shauna: parked downtown, hiked up to the top of Chihuahua Hill, had lunch, hiked back down, walked around Bisbee, and then headed for home.
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Mar 24 2013
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2013
RickVincent
Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.25 mph
700 ft AEG
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Chihuahua Hill via 114 Steps

I woke at 6am up with the intent up strolling around old town Bisbee. Next thing I know, I'm hiking up a mountain. Must be my natural calling. It was those darn steps, all 114 of them, that led me out of the city and up towards Chihuahua Hill.

I was innocently walking down OK St, minding my own business and enjoying the eclectic artwork that adorned the streets and walls of Bisbee. Cyclists dressed in their tights, a lady walking her old dog, a janitor cleaning the sidewalks in front of St Elmo Bar were the only people I saw this early morning. I roamed the streets, the alleyways and hidden narrow walkways carrying my Canon and a sack of lenses. The streets of Bisbee are quiet at this time of day and I enjoyed my directionless wander through the pre-dawn solitude.

Then came those steps. A glance to my right was all it took. I saw the lady I had seen earlier, walking her dog. She was far away near the top of the steps, but easily seen in her bright orange shirt. I watched her and her dog disappear to the left and decided to follow.

A mild case of OCD kicked in and I started counting the steps. 1, 2, 3, 4.......113, 114. I was at the top of the steps. Heart beating a little faster than when I started. The lady in orange and her dog were gone, and I was standing in familiar terriroty; a dirt trail on the side of the mountain. After a couple hundred feet and a few switchbacks I now realized that I was no longer strolling through Bisbee. I was hiking. Never planned on it. This was going to be a non-hiking weekend touring Southern Arizona, tasting wines, perusing over-priced art and artifacts, dining in historic buildings and drinking with friends "old west" style.

The trail towards Chihuahua Hill runs along a thin ridge lined with red rock and scree that looks unnatural, blown to bits, I assume, by years of mining these hills. Stay on the trail and you are fine. Step off trail onto the scree covered slopes and you may find yourself on your rear end. I stayed on the trail, constantly looking over my shoulder at Bisbee which was slowly starting to reveal itself from behind the shadows of the hills.

As you near the top of the hill, the trail intersects with a much larger path that resembles a single lane dirt road. I made a right turn at the road and headed towards the summit. Views of the Lavender Pit, mining operations, Mexico and the Town of Bisbee are the prize at the top. The landscape up top is dirt, jagged red rock and short bushy trees that somewhat interfere with your views. There is also a large area of white paint covering a 6 foot by 12 foot slab of earth. My unscientific hypothesis is that this was left over paint from the painting of the "B" just below the summit. Why waste energy lugging excess paint down the hill? Just pour the rest out up top. I don't know, maybe someone just dropped a full 5 gallon bucket up there.

I snapped a few shots of Bisbee which had almost completely risen out of the shadows before returning back down the way I came. My stomach soon reminded me that I wasn't supposed to be going this far on my morning "stroll." A bottle of water would have also been a welcome addition to my belt pack. I made it back down the trail to the 114 steps that turned my morning stroll into an impromptu hike. Just to be sure, I counted them again. 1, 2, 3, 4.........113, and yep, 114.
Named place
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Lavender Open Pit Mine
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Nov 19 2012
big_load
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61 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2012
big_load
Hiking4.50 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
950 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Mrs. big_load and I took this quick jaunt to stretch our legs and enjoy the views over town. It was a cool morning, but still sweaty in the sun on the way up. We enjoyed the cool breeze at the shrine on Youngblood Hill, which I liked better than Chihuahua Hill for its range of views.

To add some distance, we went up Brewery Gulch onto the apparently unnamed trail into Wildcat Canyon. There were a bunch of check dams along the way, some with CCC inscriptions, and a big stone and concrete tank along with some oddly-placed foundations along the way.
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Sep 30 2012
Pivo
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64 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2012
Pivo
Hiking2.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.30 mph
700 ft AEG
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Nice morning hike in Old Bisbee.
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Aug 29 2010
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2010
PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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A bit warm today, but pretty as always!
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Feb 25 2010
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2010
PrestonSands
Hiking1.50 Miles 714 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
714 ft AEG
 
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I did this one as the beginning segment of a hike to Mural Hill. I had only gone as far as the top of Youngblood Hill the previous weekend, and I wanted to do the rest of this hike. The view from the south side of Chihuahua Hill out to the Lavender Pit and Mexico is totally worth it!
Geology
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Pinal schist
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Feb 21 2010
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Chihuahua Hill - BisbeeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2010
PrestonSands
Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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I heard about this one from a local while discussing hikes in the Bisbee area, while spending the weekend there. Although a shorty, it is a nice little hike, and one that is worth checking out if you are looking for something to do while in Bisbee.
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average hiking speed 2.12 mph

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