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Joe's Canyon Trail - 10 members in 20 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 16 2020
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
fricknaley
Hiking7.15 Miles 1,798 AEG
Hiking7.15 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.94 mph
1,798 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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seriously long time since i hiked this. so much so, i couldn't remember a thing.

started at the visitor center. really nice trail with some great views.took the spur out to coronado peak. excellent views for sure. saw only 2 people.

the yaqui ridge trail down to beginning of AZT segment 1 is currently closed.
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Oct 28 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.21 mph
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Day 3 of 3 and the AZT is in the books! SOBO up the monster climb in gorgeous Scotia and Sunnyside Canyons and along the crest, then my gracious wife / shuttle driver met me at Montezuma Pass and we did the final leg down to the border together.

All told I spent about 50 days hiking the AZT, mostly since 2017 when I started getting increasingly focused (obsessed?) with completing the whole thing. Mostly I did long day hikes, with 2 day/1 night backpacks for Passages 16/17, 18/19 and 35/36. Section hiking had the advantage of mixing up the hiking direction as well as the seasons. I was able to loop hike or bike shuttle about half the passages, car shuttle for the rest.

It's hard to describe the appeal of the AZT. No doubt there are long stretches that will never be featured in Arizona Highways, but every passage held beauty, interest, diversity and great appreciation for the vision and effort that went into building it. Definitely a case of the whole being much greater than just the sum of it's parts. AmaZingTrail.

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Jul 13 2018
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,909 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   1.96 mph
1,909 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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I arrived at the trailhead just after 9am. The trail starts off not too steep, but gets steeper as it approaches the saddle. The humidity was in overdrive, and I was almost immediately drenched in sweat.

From the saddle along the ridgeline the views are phenomenal. I saw two deer on the way up, but they were gone before I could get any pictures.

I went straight up to Coronado Peak and then headed down to the parking lots at Montezuma Pass. From up there, I could see a storm was rolling in from the NW. It seemed to get stronger the closer it got, and the thunder was booming, too.

I ate my lunch at a nice covered picnic table, hoping the storm would change direction or peter out. Neither happened. I started to head back down, hoping things wouldn't get too bad.

I really wanted to hike the Yaqui Ridge Trail down to the border and back. It would be nice to have this little section of the AZT done. Unfortunately, as I approached the junction, the thunder was more frequent, and the clouds behind me were catching up over the ridge and looked pretty menacing. I made the reluctant decision to head straight back to the car.

Then, of course, there was only one more thunder boom. It was kind of loud, but overall the storm activity on that side of the mountain seemed tamer. Murphy's Law strikes again. Most of the day there was sunlight all around me.

Saw 2 more deer as I was leaving the trailhead, got a picture that time.
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Apr 23 2016
PatrickL
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 Buckeye, AZ
Miller Peak via Joe's Canyon, AZ 
Miller Peak via Joe's Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2016
PatrickL
Hiking16.30 Miles 4,880 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.81 mph
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Finally got around to this one. Route Manager projected 5000ft AEG but my track came up a little short. :-({|=

Hit the road at a quarter to 4am. Stopped in Tucson for breakfast and made it to Coronado's visitor center by 8am. Poked around for a little bit and hit the trail 20 minutes later. Joe's Canyon was a great choice - beautiful views of the Huachucas and Mexico.

The views never let up along the Crest Trail and neither did the wind, especially higher up. I only spent 10-15 minutes on Miller because it was under constant barrage. When I stood up to move to a different spot, I was promptly knocked over. :lol: Of all the mountain ranges in the area, my eyes were continually drawn to Sierra San Jose in Mexico (the pointy one to the southeast).

Took a few minutes back at Montezuma Pass to air out my socks. The wind came back with a vengeance on Joe's Canyon. It did a great job of keeping the bugs, heat, and monotony at bay throughout the day. I'll take it over those three any time. Made a stop at El Guero Canelo for some Sonoran Dogs on the way home - always a good choice.
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Apr 02 2016
DevilChild
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 Joined Apr 03 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Joe's Canyon / Yaqui Ridge / Coronado Peak, AZ 
Joe's Canyon / Yaqui Ridge / Coronado Peak, AZ
 
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DevilChild
Hiking9.02 Miles 2,683 AEG
Hiking9.02 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   1.71 mph
2,683 ft AEG      56 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This was an old hike but a memorable one so I figured it was time to post the route and triplog for it. I became intrigued with the National Park System's I Hike For Health Challenge and set out that day for a hardcore (for me) day trip. Leaving phoenix about 3:45 AM I arrived to Coronado National Memorial visitor's station about 8am to start my planned hike.

The plan: Start on Joe's Canyon trail head; hike to Yaqui Ridge junction then do an out and back on Yaqui Ridge; return to junction then hike up the steep side of Coronado Peak to the viewing station; hike down Coronado Peak to Montezuma Pass then return to the starting point back at the Joe's Canyon trail head. Oh and of course swing by the visitor station to retrieve my I Hike For Health pin.

I found the hike up Joe's Canyon very enjoyable with nice switchbacks and plenty of shade at the start that transitions to more switchbacks and less tree cover. Great views back towards the visitor's station and Montezuma Peak. Exiting the canyon places you on a generally level hike along the ridge towards the Yaqui junction.

Yaqui was a short out and back but worth it to see the start of the Arizona Trail and stand at the border. Total silence and absolute solitude at this point. Just me and relentless wind. The hike back up got my legs burning and my breath huffing while taking in wonderful borderland views.

Hiking up the South side of Coronado peak seemed questionable after start, the trail which seemed clear at the start quickly proved to be more of a trace through the grass and loose gravel. Worth it for the surprised looks on the faces of visitors at the viewing station to see me stumble up out of nowhere.

The hike down Coronado to Montezuma's Pass was very straightforward, made a quick stop to the registry and observed the highly militarized border patrol and forest service presence. Something only found in the Southern reaches of the state. Return to the visitor station to high five the ranger, get my pin, and grab some awesome books from the bookstore to start my long drive back to Phoenix with a giant smile on my face.
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Sep 05 2015
chumley
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48 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Montezuma Pass to Mexico, AZ 
Montezuma Pass to Mexico, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
chumley
Hiking4.02 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.87 mph
1,033 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Decided to add to my mileage on the day and visit another country. Easy trip down the hill. Didn't see anybody else, resident or alien, until JJ showed up just after I had begun to head back to the truck.

I spooked a deer who got stymied by the fence and then decided to charge straight at me down the trail. It took a second before I realized it was a deer and not something else, and I yelled "hey!" quite loudly! :o We were both startled, and it decided that charging me wasn't the best plan and hopped off into the long grass. A neat close-up experience. :)

On the way back up, JJ decided to hit the south side of Montezuma Peak, while I took Joe's around the east. Boy am I glad I did that! I saw an enormous bird in a dead tree, and despite being aware of my presence it seemed content to stay there. As I got to within 15 feet of it, it decided to fly off, but I was filming! I assumed it was some kind of eagle but I don't know my birds so I asked Outdoor Lover, and she opined that it is probably a juvenile bald eagle! I had no idea they didn't get their white markings until they get older!

I'd hesitate calling this guy juvenile anything! (I'd like to see that egg!) It stood over 2 feet tall when perched in the tree and had a wingspan greater than mine! Easily 5-6 feet! Just an awesome experience to see at such a close range! :y:

Video here: https://youtu.be/bM ... 4Lhg
Make sure to change settings to HD 1080p if it's not there to begin with and view full screen for the best effect.
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Feb 16 2015
winotron
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 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2015
winotron
Hiking7.83 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking7.83 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.47 mph
2,150 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break5 LBS Pack
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The last stop on our Southeast AZ weekend road trip, the Huachucas. My first time here. The drive in to Coronado National Memorial from Sierra Vista was beautiful (despite having a HUGE dog run in front our car and try to attack us while driving down Coronado Memorial Road!). It was overcast and threatening to rain when we got there, but it never did. It was warm, cold, cloudy, and sunny at different times during our hike. In other words, typical AZ weather! There were a few other cars in the parking lot.

We walked across the road, read the warning about smugglers, and started our hike. It started climbing pretty much right away, but it was pretty gentle. The whole hike was a steady but gentle incline, actually. The trail narrowly cut through chest-high grass as it climbed up through the canyon. There was a trickle of water in a few spots. The canyon was alive with birds. We didn't see any other hikers until a couple miles into the hike. Eventually we were out of the canyon and up on the grassy ridge, and the views all around us were awesome, especially to the S and SW into Mexico.

The trail then turned north and followed the ridge for a couple miles. This was my favorite part of the hike, as we had great views on all sides of us the whole time. We could see the top of the pass, our destination, in the distance. We came to the junction with the Yaqui Ridge Trail, where the sign let us know we were only 1 mile away from the US/Mexico border. We could see the border down below, and it was tempting to hike down there, but we didn't have the time nor the energy to do so today. We made it to the top of the pass, where there were several other people enjoying the views. You can drive the main road all the way up here, but where's the fun in that??

My girlfriend hung out at the pass for a bit while I backtracked slightly and headed up to Coronado Peak. The climb was a little steep, but it was very short. There were panoramic views of Mexico up there, and it was breathtaking. I was really glad I didn't skip this little spur trail. Went back down to the pass and met back up with my girlfriend, and we started heading back. We made great time back, as it was a gentle downhill the whole time. Didn't see any other hikers the whole way back... and only saw a handful of people the whole day.

This was a beautiful hike, and I couldn't think of a better way to end our weekend trip. I've been to several of the Southeast AZ sky islands now, and what surprises me most is how they all have a very different feel to them. I've loved them all. I can't wait to explore more of them. I could see the Dragoons from both of our major hikes this weekend, and they looked very inviting... :)
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Dec 15 2014
BenTelly
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40 male
 Joined Sep 30 2014
 Borderlands, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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BenTelly
Hiking3.25 Miles 1,525 AEG
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Joe's Canyon is my favorite trail inside the Coronado National Memorial boundaries. I've hiked it a handful of times and the view from the ridge top looking south and east into Mexico is one that always inspires. During monsoon season thunderstorms gather in the Sierra Madre and lightning strikes the broad plain of the headwaters of the San Pedro. In the winter, raptors hunt the grasslands and high, golden slopes. Wildflowers thrive in the burn area of the 2011 Monument Fire, as do new Schott's Yucca, Palmer's and Parry's Agaves, and Cane Cholla.

A close look at the geology along the trail reveals a complex story of creation and destruction. Crinoid fossils embedded in limestone atop a vast shield of conglomerate rock with quartzite intrusions. The earth history here begs to be read and peaks the curiosity.

The ridge - Smuggler's Ridge I believe - falls steep on both sides, to the north and east, making the scenery more dramatic. I'm intrigued by a small cattle tanks and trailer just a few hundred feet south of the border. How different life is only a quarter of a mile away. No houses or structures other than this ranching outpost can be seen. Across the cienega and the San Pedro tributaries is the Rio Sonora and the handful of towns that line it. Directly south is Cananea and the yawning, foul and toxic waters of one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the region. But from Joe's Canyon trial, nothing seems to stir south of the border. It seems so... inviting.

Since I've traveled this trail a number of times I'm including a hodge-podge of photos from the summer and fall.

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May 04 2014
mazatzal
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64 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2014
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.93 mph
1,600 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I'd come up with a plan to shorten the 23 miles / 5000' elevation gain: skip the 3.5 miles to/from the border and finish near Sunnyside (ghost town of 3 buildings) about 4 miles from the end. This would put it nearer 15-16 miles with about 4000' aeg (much better for me) and I knew easy to come back and fill the two gaps.

I set off up the Crest trail while Dave and Bob went to the border. This would let me get a head start on the speedsters. After about a mile I realized this wasn't going to happen today due to lack of energy and nausea. So I went back to the TH and waited for Dave and Bob and told them I'd do the border trip and then I'd put Bob's vehicle at the end and hike the 4 miles to mine. After I got to my truck I left them a water cache near Sunnyside and took off.

Not a great day but I've got the first 6.5 miles and the last 4 of #1 but unfortunately I'm missing the middle 11.5 [-( New plans in the works for those miles using Miller/Carr canyons and an out and back from Sunnyside :) Saw 5 deer (3+1+1) in Scotia Canyon.
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Dec 02 2013
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Joe's Canyon Trail Huachuca Mountains, AZ 
Joe's Canyon Trail Huachuca Mountains, AZ
 
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markthurman53
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,354 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.64 mph
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This is a round trip hike from Montezuma Pass to the Coronado National Memorial Visitors Center. Great Weather and Great Views. One of those hikes you do when you are in the area and don't want to spend the whole day hiking. I did this in conjunction with the Yaqui Trail and Coronado Cave after driving from Tucson in the morning. Elevation Gain is mainly from Visitors center to pass.
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Mar 28 2012
MAVM
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 Joined Mar 15 2012
 Seattle, WA
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MAVM
Hiking5.14 Miles 1,712 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   1.89 mph
1,712 ft AEG      36 Mns Break9.5 LBS Pack
 
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Trailhead near to the Coronado National Memorial - A nice afternoon hike that is close to town and near to several better known trailheads. Trail & Parking lot @ the Coronado Memorial are extremely well maintained!

The vertical rise switchbacks ascending Joe's Canyon can find one in-and-out of shade if you begin the hike approaching mid-afternoon on a sunny day - a nice feature. Summer mornings will find this trail in full baking sun! Near to all of the coniferous tree stands in the canyon on the Coronado Memorial side of the trail survived the 2011 fires intact. Thus the canyon is lush and verdent; filled with song birds, the occasional raptor or gliding Turkey Vultures just returned from Central America at the time of this writing. Outstanding views of Montezuma Peak are also afforded from this side of the hike!

Upon meeting-up with the ridge - you'll find awesome views into Sonora await - opening up seemingly endless vistas to the south that span from horizon to horizon! :y: A dramatic contrast with the canyon portion of the hike. Running the spine toward the AZT is nearer to gliding after the bit of AEG you'll acrue to get there - well worth the effort. Montezuma Peak now shadows the route to the north. Run it out to the confluence of Joe's Canyon & Yaqui Trails where a nice set of boulders awaits. The return trip down is transcendent joy in my opinion... The overall avg. grade for this hike is 47.1%. GPS Route Available.
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Mar 23 2012
MAVM
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 Seattle, WA
Yaqui Ridge TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MAVM
Hiking4.01 Miles 1,317 AEG
Hiking4.01 Miles   3 Hrs      1.58 mph
1,317 ft AEG      28 Mns Break9.5 LBS Pack
 
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Trailhead @ Montezuma Pass: Begin on AZT heading south toward the border. - Another nice hike that is close to town and near to several other trailheads. Trailhead parking lot is vast & extremely well maintained! It is nearly downhill all the way to Border Monument #102. Arizona Trail forks to become Yaqui Ridge Trail - upon the return route you can bag Coronado Peak by taking the - 5+ level scamble goat path - clearly visible as you approach. Descend on the marked Coronado Peak Trail to parking lot. The overall avg. grade for this hike is 57.4%. GPS Route Available.
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Nov 03 2011
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,300 AEG
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After Miller Peak I headed down the Joe's Canyon Trail as it is in the book as well. Merrill decided not to join in and read a book while I did my thing. Down to the Visitor Center then back up I went.

Along the way back I just couldn't resist going down to the start of the Arizona Trail. I mean I was right there anyway. :) That was really cool and once again I popped over to the Mexico side for a quick photo. After getting back on the Joe's Canyon Trail I took a spur trail up the back side to Coronado Peak before returning to the car.

Great day of Hiking down by the Border!
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May 14 2011
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 Tucson
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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NaturesResonance
Hiking20.60 Miles 5,090 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   12 Hrs   45 Mns   1.72 mph
5,090 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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A 2 hour drive from Tucson East side. Passed up 2 wild turkey and 3 deer just after the park service office on the way to the TH.
6:30 AM (40 min post sunrise) arrival: Montezuma Pass; 6600' Hit the trail south. Steep downhill with at least 3 trails leading to border. The marked trail is probably the easiest. Duh. :o +3 deer on descent. Double-back for a steep ascent with a good view of the challenge ahead.
8:30 AM we returned to the Montezuma Pass TH. My 20+ year older accomplice had to stop many times on the ascent/double-back. Crest Trail is across the parking lot.
9:15 AM Approx. 1.5 miles up Crest Trail. Left behind accomplice after I denied his request for a sherpa and a mule. He decided to walk west on Montezuma Canyon Rd. He was vomiting a little. So I figured it was for the best. I shall call him Scat. Passed up 2 mine shafts and a hiker before the first big tall ridge/boundary.
10:45 AM; 8100' A couple of miles past Millers Peak Wilderness Boundary. It was getting hot on the east facing slopes. The sweat was burning my lips. The heat waves were blasting off the mountain. And I stopped to reapply the sunscreen. And down a protein bar. The climb was still pretty steep.
12:00 noon 9200' I made it about half way up the Miller Peak trail. I looked out west and realized I had a long way to go. So I started back on Crest Trail.
1 PM Bath Tub Spring. The map doesn't show the spring located on the trail. It is directly on the trail. Cold. Flowing water in a tub. I drank about 50 oz and refilled Camelback with no iodine or filter treatment. It was good clear and cold. 5 days later. Not any sickness.
2 PM Bear Saddle. The wind was howling fast. Probably 50 mph.
3:15 PM Sunnyside Canyon TH. Sunnyside canyon had lots of downhill switchbacks in the beginning. Then it followed a wash that had plenty of stagnant water that I was unable to utilize. The Mud Spring well was dried up and filled with gravel. 2 more deer crossed the wagon trail that is Sunnyside Canyon Trail.
Approx. 5 PM Scotia Canyon TH The trail follows forest roads and goes through a few ranches. Most of the trail is marked well. But this section had me scratching my head a couple of times. The West TH of Scotia Canyon had a dead calf rotting beside it. :scared: I decided to take Montezuma Canyon Rd to Parker Canyon. It was shorter and I was famished. My delightfully caring wife met me on W. Coronado Trail @ 7:15 PM
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The well was filled with gravel. Stagnant water in the wash next to it.
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking23.31 Miles 5,318 AEG
Hiking23.31 Miles   10 Hrs   22 Mns   2.25 mph
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Long, Long, Long day... Up at 12:15 am home at 10:30 pm...but way worth it!

After dropping off Denny's car at the North TH, we made our way on the road to the South TH at Montezuma's Pass and the Mexican Border.
Wondering while driving Nick's 4x4 truck if Denny's fwd Focus would be able to make the 5 or so creek crossings. With a little luck, no rain, and 4 people to pick it up if it got stuck.... we waited until later on this portion of the trip.... Heck, that was 10 plus hours in the future and we had some hiking to do.

Border Patrol was prevalent on the road and especially at Montezuma's Pass.

We suited up and made our way down to the border for some border crossing shots (Camera). We were barely able to slip through the 3' gaping hole in the fence, but we did.
quickly taking pictures on the Mexican side, we scurried back up the hill beginning our AZT #1 Hike.

I'm really loving these sky Islands. Starting in lowers desert flora and making your way all the way to Aspens and water a-plenty. I enjoyed all the green, rivers, waterfalls, and fields of flowers. The river we had to cross 40 or so times became a little tiring after awhile.

GREAT hike with a great group of misfits!
(Remember the Christmas cartoon special "The Island of Misfit Toys"? Joe reminds me of that little dentist wanna-be dude)

Denny - Great AmphiFocus memories, I wish we had video of that!
Nick - forgive me for the fingernail marks in the Grab Strap and Dashboard
Dave - Say something special to the man for us (Especially Joe)
Joe - Can we go one trip without you diving in front of the Camera?

6 Passages, 118+ miles down.
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 Tucson, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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uadave
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,345 AEG
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 Sierra Vista, Ar
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Nature Girl
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.14 mph
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Nice hike with my sister. We started early. nice weather, took lots of pictures and saw lots of butterflies. The trail is well maintained and beautiful views at the top. We came back the way we came, making the tail about 6 miles.
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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~John Muir~
Sep 13 2003
vagabondbrad
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52 male
 Joined Nov 29 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2003
vagabondbrad
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
1,345 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Aug 31 2003
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2003
fricknaley
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
1,345 ft AEG
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Sick, but who cares. It was too nice of a day. The views along the way here were really cool. There were these little isolated storms out in Mexico that you could just watch as they moved along dumping little showers as they went. Made for great photos.
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Feb 19 2002
fatster
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57 female
 Joined Mar 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Joe's Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2002
fatster
Hiking1.00 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   3 Hrs      0.33 mph
1,345 ft AEG
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1st trip
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It's the journey, not the destination. ENJOY, and keep it SIMPLE
average hiking speed 2.22 mph

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