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Canada del Oro Trail #4 - 6 members in 27 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 05 2018
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Samaniego Ridge Trail #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2018
toddak
Hiking24.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   1.92 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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The plan from Mt Lemmon was to drop down SR7 > road walk 736 > back up CDO4. As others have noted, the SR trail gets increasingly overgrown, faint and unpleasant north of Samaniego Peak. I eventually turned around, took the connector over to CDO, hiked down to the Red Ridge trail junction, then back to the summit.

Strong, clean flow down in CDO canyon below about the 6000' level. Deer, skunk and coati sightings.
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Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
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32 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
I wanted to hike CDO again, but with a few changes from the Red Ridge loop we did last year. We travelled down Oracle Ridge and also started from the top of Lemmon, taking care of Aspen Draw and the road at the beginning.

Oracle Ridge was great in the cool morning weather. Catalina Camp is just as amusing a trip as I remember it being last year. There was water near the trail from the CC/RR junction all the way to the homestretch of the CDO trail. Since I finally remembered to bring a filter, we were able to refill our water a few times (I easily finished 4 liters and a big gatorade). Cooling down in the water made a big difference too.

Now for the whining: wear long pants. The trails are easy enough to follow, but my shins and knees got pretty torn up in the overgrowth - especially above 6k on CDO and in the burnt-out portions of Sutherland. That being said, CDO is gorgeous from all the recent rains and it was still worth the annoyance. There's a lot of climbing to do in the final miles of this hike, but my CO trip left my legs in good shape, so nearly all of my ranting was at the overgrown trails.
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Aug 14 2016
MSimmons
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33 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
MSimmons
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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1st trip
This was a little expansion on the Red Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop. Parked at the very top of Lemmon and took Aspen Draw down to the road, and then the road down to Oracle Ridge. With all the recent rain, everything out there was delightfully green. At Catalina Camp someone had fittingly left a paperback copy of the eating-your-pals-in-the-mountains classic "Alive".

The highlight of the day for me came a bit later, out on the northern leg of Red Ridge Trail, where the views of Reef of Rock are just awesome :worthy:

The first few miles of Canada del Oro were a nice stroll through an exceptionally wide riparian strip. Later on things became a bit tedious, with tricky path-finding, scruggley overgrowth, and loads of buggos. I don't recall it being quite as bad last year. By the time we made it out of the canyon, I had this annoying headache going (don't know why because my legs and lungs felt good and I was drinking plenty of water!) which kept me from really enjoying the cool, sunny afternoon and beautiful pine forests :stretch:

Still, a good day and a grand loop!
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Sep 12 2015
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
BiFrost
Hiking15.96 Miles 8,250 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   1.78 mph
8,250 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
We did this hike 2 years ago and it was interesting to see how much the trail changed. From Catalina State Park to Romero Pools it was the same but above the pools the trail has deteriorated significantly. There were quite a few significant wash out sections, lots of tree fall across the trail, and overgrowth. On the plus side there was a ton of water in Romero. So it was slower going up to Romero Pass but once on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 no issues. Took a break at great lookout spot near WOR turn off before continuing on to Radio Ridge. At the turn off for Sutherland we decided to add more AEG and mileage by dropping down to Shovel Spring. Checked out the spring and took a nice break before heading back up to Radio Ridge. Part way up Radio Ridge before the parking lot our friend and ride back to Catalina State Park met us with cold beverages :D Once at the TH we headed for The Sawmill in Summer Haven for eats.
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Sep 12 2015
slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking15.96 Miles 8,250 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   1.78 mph
8,250 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
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We were out to train on elevation gain.
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Jul 25 2015
Pivo
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64 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
Pivo
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Long day, with once again very mild temps for this time of the year. We had cloud cover most of the day except for maybe 30 minutes. Lovely, scenic area. Two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes were spotted by Amy.
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Jul 25 2015
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
RedwallNHops
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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1st trip
Nice long hike even tho i was pretty sluggish all day. Post hike beer and pizza was the highlight for me.
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Jul 25 2015
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
Great day! The CDO trail should be called the Poison Ivy Trail. Saw two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes! As usual they retreated promptly. There was water in the first drainage you cross when you come down Red Ridge. Also the middle of the CDO was running. There was also water at Shovel Spring.

Good weather for this hike since it was cloudy.
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spring box was full
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Jul 25 2015
slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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1st trip
It's been far too long since I've seen anywhere near 5000 feet of aeg in one day. I just needed to do it within 10-12 hours and keep up a 2 - 2.5 mph pace and not require a horse rescue.
We went down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge. We took a side trip over to Catalina Camp and then down to the CDO, I have heard much about. Once we got up to Shovel Spring, we started getting a pleasant breeze. We knew we were close to the top when we started seeing people...and people in flip flops. I was shocked at how much elevation we had to drop on the Aspen Trail. Then a quick climb up to the road and 1/4 mile of road walking to our cars.
Joseph and I agree that Slim Jims are yummier than egg yokes.
This whole hike was all new territory for me!
Great hike, a great group and all three requirements were met! :y:
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Jul 25 2015
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
BiFrost
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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1st trip
Great hike...lots of AEG :sweat: Once down the Red Ridge Trail we reached the Canada Del Oro creek which had some decent water. Very hot and humid in the CDO but as we climbed out of the canyon it cooled off. Up on the ridge there was a cool breeze where we took a break and filtered water at Shovel Spring. Then continued over Mt Lemmon and passed by the ski run back down Aspen Draw Trail to the vehicle.
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the spring tub was full and decent to filter
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Jul 25 2015
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
uphill_junkie
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.74 mph
4,910 ft AEG   2 Hrs   58 Mns Break
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1st trip
I've fallen off the grid again, but am still out there! This one I got to copy, so get to go the lazy route! Will try to get some of my Glacier backpack trip deets up too! (Yeah right!) ;)
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Jul 03 2015
jrousoshammond
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32 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2015
jrousoshammond
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,420 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles
4,420 ft AEG
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1st trip
Started a little before noon down the Red Ridge Trail. We took a little detour to the Catalina Camp, which I'd never visited (I took the liberty of tinkering with the mileage and AEG; hopefully that's kosher...). The lower sections of the loop were pretty warm, but since you don't have to climb much, it wasn't too bad.

The CDO trail is terrific. If it was more easily accessible, it would be as popular as any trail in southern AZ. It must be amazing to hike this in autumn. The route finding is easy for the most part. It disappeared a few times around 3-5 miles up the canyon, but the path-of-least-resistance put us back on the trail each of those times. A couple places before the switchbacks are pretty overgrown. The final climb out of the canyon to the Samaniego Ridge trail is really fun ;)

Aspen Draw Trail at sunset (with no mountain bikers) was a great way to end this hike.

This is a tough hike for July. I brought over a gallon and a half of water and Gatorade, and that wound up being just enough. 2 gallons and/or a purification system would probably be smart in this heat.
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Jan 26 2014
iborrego
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27 male
 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Canada del Oro Trail #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2014
iborrego
Hiking15.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.14 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Sep 11 2013
writelots
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47 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 11 2013
writelots
Backpack16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
Backpack16.40 Miles2 Days         
4,180 ft AEG
 
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Sirena and I decided it was time that I knocked the CDO off my "to-do" list - and the promise of post-monsoon lushness made early-September the perfect time. We threw our packs on and spent two glorious days down on the northern slopes of the Santa Catalinas, and I was not disappointed by the beauty and rugged isolation of this canyon. It has definitely seen the brunt of the devastation from the fires and their resulting floods - and there is a good bit of route finding that must be done to keep track of the trail tread. However, if you keep your eyes open and your skills sharp, you should have no trouble.

We brought Lilo, trail dog extraordinaire, as well. She gave the whole experience a definite paws up...

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Jul 27 2013
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2013
GrottoGirl
Hiking13.88 Miles 3,696 AEG
Hiking13.88 Miles   9 Hrs   41 Mns   2.25 mph
3,696 ft AEG   3 Hrs   31 Mns Break
 
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I joined Mitch and the Sierra Adventure Meetup on a hike because Joel was on-call and couldn't stray far from town. A few of my friends from the Alt meetup also went. I don't often join other groups so I thought it would be an interesting experience.

We left one car at the Red Ridge trail and then went up to the Mountain Lemmon TH.

The pace was a bit slower than our normal pace but I worked on resetting my mind to think of this is a leisurely hike. After a while, it became apparent that one of the guys on the trip was struggling some with the downhill. I kept hoping that maybe he is just one of those people who prefer uphill. I also wondered if he should turn around. But it wasn't my hike so I didn't say anything - which in hind site I probably should have.

I was amazed by the CDO trail. I hadn't been on it before and I found it to be quite lush and beautiful. It also had a fair amount of poison ivy on it. As we dropped in elevation the water level in the creek rose. I had stopped rock hopping and just waded in the creek and found that at times the water was up to my knees.

A few storms rolled in and we were rained on but nothing serious. However, the thunder all around us seemed angry.

As we approached our junction the vegetation changed. We started to see a lot more oak, juniper, and sycamore. There was even some yucca in bloom.

On the way up, the alt hikers took the lead and just waited whenever the trail was a bit iffy. The storms blew away so I put up my umbrella and rain cover.

The slow guy was starting to show a lot of distress. We stopped for a lunch break at the junction to Catalina Camp. It took him a long time to get there. Gary went back for him and made sure that he found the way. The hiker was tired, dehydrated, and cramping up. He rested with his feet up for a while.

The crew stocked up on water and then started the final three mile climb out. After waiting several times the debate about whether to call in for help started. We decided to split up and have three of us complete the car shuttle while the others worked to get the distressed hiker out. Mitch organized us in a manner that made sense. A nurse practitioner happened to be with us so she helped take care of the hiker. Mike, who typically hikes with Alt and always carries a ham radio in case of emergencies, so he also stayed. We were about two miles from the TH when we split up.

As we reached the crest, we saw a helicopter searching over by Oracle Ridge. We figured it was looking for our group. Soon it made it's way to Red Ridge. However, there was no where to land so it went away after radioing in the location of the group.

When we got to the trailhead, two sheriff's deputies and a crew of mountain rescue hikers showed up. We gave them some details and then they headed up the trail. We finished up the car shuttle and one of the other guys came up. He had started to feel really tired so he thought it was best for him to complete the hike instead of possibly becoming a patient, too.

After a bit Gary showed up and said that the rescuers had reached them so he came up. He reported that a horse had been requested.

Soon a horse rescue team showed up. I went to watch them saddle up and I was impressed with the efficiency they exhibited. They took off on the trail to bring the patient back on horseback.

The incident commander for SARA came by and so did the SARA horseman. Things went very smoothly. I assume that the call for help went out just before 4 PM and by 6 PM everyone was back at the TH.

Thank you SARA, Pima County Sheriffs, and the Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue teams. We are lucky to have a lot of volunteers who are willing to help out!
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May 22 2013
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Oracle Ridge Canada Del Oro Mount Lemmon Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge Canada Del Oro Mount Lemmon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2013
markthurman53
Hiking17.60 Miles 4,969 AEG
Hiking17.60 Miles   10 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
4,969 ft AEG   2 Hrs   52 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Good loop trail to cover the top of Mount lemmon and the major trails on the north side of the mountain. Oracle ridge down to Dan Saddle is easy to follow and pretty much all downhill. Good views to the north and and east and to the west of Red Ridge and the Reef of Rocks. Once at the Dan Saddle, the Catalina Camp Trail #401 heads west and down toward the Hartman Mine and Canada Del Oro Trail. The Red Ridge Trail heads back up to Mount Lemmon near the Hartman Mine. The east fork of Canada Del Oro runs in close proximity to this trail once past the Red Ridge Trail junction. There is usually water in this in spring. There were no issues following this trail. The Canada Del Oro Trail heads north up Canada del Oro Canyon and follows along the creek until about the last mile where it climbs the west side of the creek to a saddle. The Canada Del Oro Trail was easy to follow with the exception of the very lower parts were the brush and ferns were so thick that it made the trail hard to see. I had no problems with losing the trail though. Be careful of snakes along this portion. From the saddle the trail meets up with Sananiego Ridge Trail and continues on a good climb to the Southerland Trail. from here the trail continues to climb to the Mount Lemmon Trail. Trail is in good condition but a bit steep. Once on the Mount Lemmon Trail it is fairly level walking to Radio Ridge over Summerhaven. I continued on down a road to Summerhaven and back to the Oracle Ridge trail head. This is a good trail to take in late spring when the snows have melted and the streams are running.
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May 18 2013
camiles
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46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Meadow Trail #5ATucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2013
camiles
Hiking20.95 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking20.95 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   2.26 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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1st trip
Meadow/Mount Lemmon/Sutherland/Samaniego/CDO Shortcut to the main attraction of the day the Canada del Oro Trail - a new one for both me and my friend/hiking partner Lance! From the triplogs and description here and Sirena's blog post on the area - http://desertsirena.wordpress.com/2011/ ... oro-trail/ - we suspected it would be pretty interesting, but in person it was truly spectacular - miles of running water, great birds, bear scat, big trees, ferns, lovely trail, interesting views of the ridges above... It does not seem like this trail gets too much use but there is usually a clear path, rarely overgrown at all, and cairns. We hiked out via FR 736 and saw 6-7 different vehicles along the road (it was Saturday) - the road provides some nice views as well although as we approached Saddlebrook and crossed the Canada del Oro for the last time we were ready to be out of the heat! Great Hike!! Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/set ... 533766318/
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Apr 25 2013
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Samaniego Ridge Trail #7Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking22.89 Miles 5,320 AEG
Hiking22.89 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.74 mph
5,320 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to take these 2 trails off my list for quite a while now...they didn't disappoint! Rugged and beautiful.

Had a friend who had a Rhino (and a friend of his with a new CanAm) ride Nick and I up the Gap Road all the way to the CDO Trailhead, a little of 9 miles. We took off from there on foot. As we reached this trailhead, we heard a wild turkey in the bushes but never could get an eye on him.

The first quarter mile of the CDO was a little sketchy there, had trouble finding it. Eventually we picked up on pretty good trail. A couple of spots that were a little sketchy but by and large much better than I expected the CDO to be in. Only a small part of it showed burn damage. Water in the CDO was still running fairly well.

The last mile or so of the CDO got a bit more steep, and we were feeling it. We took the CDO Shortcut Trail over to the Samaniego and hiked it all the way to the Sutherland Trail junction, then turned back toward Samaniego Peak. Made it the Samaniego Peak and tried to do the offtrail bushwhack to the peak, but it was covered in really nasty, thorny, knee-high bushes, and we saw the bushwhack time was going to take longer than we had time for, so we gave up on that effort.

We took the Samaniego Trail all the way to the Charouleau Gap. It was a little rougher trail in spots than I figured, a little hard to follow in a few spots but comparable mostly to the CDO. There was one spot where we were surprised to see cables attached to the side of the rock to hold onto since the trail was eroded and had a steep drop. We then hiked the Charouleau Gap road the 6+ miles out to the trailhead.

We saw several deer all day, mule deer and whitetails. We also saw a couple of small rattlesnakes on the Charouleau Gap road.
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Apr 25 2013
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Canada del Oro/Samaniego Ridge, AZ 
Canada del Oro/Samaniego Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2013
fricknaley
Hiking22.13 Miles 5,206 AEG
Hiking22.13 Miles   9 Hrs   36 Mns   2.64 mph
5,206 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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azdesertfather
Dave is the man for setting this up!

After a super fun ride out to the CDO trailhead by a couple of very nice gentlemen we set sail to hike 2 of the elusive few trails left for me in the Catalinas. As soon as we hit the trail we got clucked at by a turkey though we never saw it. The hike up CDO was way more pleasant than I thought it would be. There was nice water running nearly the whole way and some areas of fantastic oak forest. was sucking wind by the top.

we hiked samaniego up to it's junction with sutherland so that we could hike the entirety of samaniego ridge down. This trail was great as well and exactly as i thought it would be, except the views were even better. at times they were jaw dropping, for me at least, as i have a special fondness for the wilder backside trails.

overall the trails were in way better shape than i would have ever imagined for backside trails. must have been some serious work put in to both and i hope hope hope they stay this way :pray:

saw more deer than i could count. 2 rattlers and heard but didn't see a gobbler

was sick going in to this one and a little worried about how i'd do. did fine on the hike though slower than normal on the ascent. paid the price when i got home though as the chills, cough and fever said "my turn"..oh well i'd do it again in a heartbeat

thanks again Dave for setting this up :worthy:
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Oct 29 2012
nicolelee
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37 male
 Joined Dec 01 2010
 Tucson, AZ/Long
Canada del Oro Trail #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2012
nicolelee
Hiking14.90 Miles 3,792 AEG
Hiking14.90 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.75 mph
3,792 ft AEG
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We started out around 8:30 on the Oracle Ridge Trail. Not my favorite trail, very rocky and slippery on the way down with lots of painful sticker bushes. We then connected down to Catalina Camp and hung out at the cabin for a bit. Someone named "Dr. Daisy" fixed the place up a lot, especially the outside. According to the sign-in sheet he will be back over the winter making improvements. We then headed down the steep lower portion of the Red Ridge trail which got a little confusing towards the intersection of Canada Del Oro. We got turned around a bit but climbed some rocks and found the trail. After that it was a gradual incline up the beautiful Canada Del Oro canyon. Lots of water and fall colors. At the end of the canyon it was a few short but steep switchbacks up to the Samaniego Trail which we were able to find Shovel Springs, which was clear and plentiful. Up, up and up the to the Sutherland Trail then finally up the Mt Lemmon road (which is always lots of fun after hiking all day :? ) We got up around 6:30 and were hoping The Sawmill was open for a burger but they must of just closed.

Great hike, got home and passed out! :FG: :zzz:
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Flora
Arizona Sycamore
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