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May 11 2019
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
fricknaley
Hiking20.94 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking20.94 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   4.24 mph
3,181 ft AEG      15 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
took advantage of lower than usual temps to squeeze this loop in one more time before the infero sets in. ran it clockwise for the first time and this way felt tougher to me. did a side trip out to Hutch's Pool for the first time in years...still gorgeous!

saw a nice big LOUD rattler on the way back from the pool. i think it was a mojave

got hot towards the end. the falls were jammin, but that is to be expected on a gimme weather day like today.

didn't feel too good today but had a lovely trip nonetheless
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Oct 19 2018
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
toddak
Hiking22.50 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking22.50 Miles   11 Hrs      2.05 mph
6,000 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Parked the car at Summerhaven, hopped on the bike and (mostly) coasted 20 miles down the mountain to Molino Basin, then hiked back up on the AZT. I had already done most of this segment piecemeal, but continuous in one go it packs a lot of punch, definitely one of the better segments I've done so far. Very green after the rains, with tea-colored water flowing in most of the drainages.
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Apr 27 2018
bretinthewild
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32 male
 Joined Apr 01 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 27 2018
bretinthewild
Backpack24.00 Miles 6,300 AEG
Backpack24.00 Miles3 Days         
6,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
2 nights and 3 days out in the Catalinas

Day 1
~5 miles to camp

Hit the Romero Canyon Trail at 5p Friday night from Catalina State Park with a few good friends.

Tough hike up with heavy packs filled with extra water, since we weren’t positive on the water situation at our first camp. Still had sunlight a little past Romero Pools but not for too long.

Made it ~5 miles and ~2000 ft elevation gain to Old Trail Camp around 8p and I felt like I was moving pretty good. Still took longer than I thought and hiked the last 45 minutes in the dark. Rest of the crew made it by 8:30.

Great campsite in a grotto of trees right on the trail - you can’t miss it. Lots of space, nice fire pit, and best of all, pools with a running spring right behind the site. Not big enough to swim but perfect for pumping water.

We did find a black rattlesnake under the pile of old stuff left by a big rock.

Day 2
~4 miles to camp, then ~6 miles RT to Hutch's Pool

Finished off the last ~2 miles of Romero Canyon Trail, all uphill and over the pass.

Connected on West Fork Trail at the top of the pass, descended around 2 more miles to reach our Saturday night camp, at the junction of West Fork and Cathedral Rock trails. Dropped packs here and set up camp.

Another really nice, shaded, large campsite with an established fire ring. Only downside was no water source, though a note we found in a Geocache said there was an accessible pool a mile or so down the trail. We never looked hard for it since we had already planned to day hike to Hutch's Pool and back.

We set off the rest of the day to make the 6 mile round trip hike to Hutch’s Pool for water, swimming and cliff jumping. It lived up to the hype.

Nice hike, all downhill getting there. About half of it with tree cover and half exposed as you near the pools.

Only saw 2 day hikers at the pool. We submerged some beers to refrigerate and waded down to the deep end.

Thanks to whomever left the rope on the boulder to get up to the cliff jumping spot. It’s a little tricky from the water but totally doable. A bit easier if you walk all the way around from the backside, but what’s the fun in that?!

Hike back up to camp is all slightly uphill and tiring after a long day but the trip to Hutch's Pool is definitely worth the effort. You could also camp right there on the beach, but you'd likely have company.

Day 3
~9 miles to car

Completed this as an out-and-back trip, hiking ~2 miles up and over the pass on West Fork Trail and ~7 more down Romero Canyon Trail to the parking lot.

Stopped at Romero Pools to cool off on the way back. Saw more folks there and on the way out than we had seen all weekend.

After some well-earned victory beers from the cooler, had to hit up In-N-Out, right across the street.
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Deep end probably 20+ feet deep. First time there so hard to gauge how full but it had water end-to-end.

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Spring was flowing behind the campsite, some small but nice pools. Good water.

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Nice deep pools, flow in some areas
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Mar 24 2018
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
BiFrost
Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
Hiking21.71 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.12 mph
8,554 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We wanted to try a different way to top of Mount Lemmon so decided to hike Soldier Trail near the bottom of Catalina Highway. Starting about 630 we headed up the very steep first 1.5 miles before it levels out. Eventually it hits the junction of Arizona Trail just west of Hirabayashi Campground. Headed west on AZT over Shreve Saddle and down to Sycamore Reservoir. Took a few minutes to check out the reservoir before continuing on to junction of Bear Canyon Trail. Once past that junction we headed down into Sabino on East Fork trail. Plenty of water in this part of the canyon as we passed the Sabino Canyon Trail junction.

The next section of trail is probably the nicest up West Fork Sabino past Hutch’s Pool and several other pools. The uphill also kicked in as we headed up to Romero Pass. The grade isn’t particularly steep but it’s seems to drag a bit. On Romero Pass we took a break before heading up the steepest part of the ascent. Eventually we passed the WOR junction but continued on the Mount Lemmon trail to the Sutherland junction. At this point we were done with most of the elevation gain for day and none too soon as the temps were around 40 and winds howling. One last uphill through the Meadow Trail before the parking lot and our pick up from some friends that were nice enough to pick us up!

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Mar 24 2018
slowandsteady
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45 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ 
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
slowandsteady
Hiking21.71 Miles 8,554 AEG
Hiking21.71 Miles   10 Hrs   58 Mns   2.12 mph
8,554 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Feb 26 2017
MSimmons
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31 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
MSimmons
Hiking20.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   1.48 mph
7,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Got a very early start up Esperero and met @jrousoshammond at Bridalveil Falls in time for coffee (he'd camped there Saturday night on his way from Pima to Sabino.) We set out for Cathedral around 8:30.

From Cathedral Saddle to the summit area was slow-going. Steep, ice-patchy, brushy, at times nerve-racking. It was also snowing on and off. There were cairns to follow, but I get the sense they mark more than one route. Directions for the route we ended up using are basically: (1) go straight up the little ridge from the saddle - there's a trail for this much; (2) when the trail fizzles and the ridge levels out, head to the next little ridge over to your right; (3) make for the line of cliffs which extends to the south of the summit rock; (4) meet the cliffs and take a right, following them northward; (5) as the cliffs come to an end, take a left to head up to the summit area.

Lots of neat formations to check out up there. The rope up to the very top was intact, but I wasn't comfortable going up. Still got great views of Pusch Ridge, Romero Canyon, Sabino Basin, and plenty more.

The the north leg of Cathedral Rock Trail was easy to follow, but steep and thorny. It was a relief to land down in West Fork, which must be the most lovely riparian area in the Catalinas. By the time we left the forest it was, in stark contrast to conditions up top, warm and sunny. The heavy flow made for one tedious crossing near Hutch's Pool, but other than that we were able to book it through West Fork and Sabino Canyon, and made it to the road *just* in time to catch the last tram back to the visitor's center :pray: .
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Feb 24 2017
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pima to Sabino, AZ 
Pima to Sabino, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 24 2017
jrousoshammond
Backpack26.56 Miles 9,650 AEG
Backpack26.56 Miles2 Days      52 Mns   
9,650 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
Started up Pima Canyon on a Friday night and camped about 4.5 miles up the trail. There was water the entire way up, lots of greenery, and the trail was in the best shape that I'd ever seen it. The views out of the canyon at night were amazing, and the weather was beautifully mild.

As I headed further up the canyon the next day, the water became spottier. Realizing that my next guaranteed source of water would be Bridal Veil Falls several canyons over, I decided to top off my water here. Carrying the full pack up to the top of Kimball was quite challenging, and I was worried I might have to bail out through Ventana Canyon if Window Peak was too much. After an hour on the summit of just eating and drinking as much as possible, I actually felt great, and the hike up to the Window and Window Peak felt much better than Kimball. The late afternoon weather was perfect yet again, and after using my last bit of cell service to learn that Oregon didn't implode against Stanford ](*,) , I headed down Esperero Canyon to spend the night at the falls.

MSimmons came up early the next morning, and we easily regained the elevation I lost the night before. We had some bizarre snow/wind/sun on our summit bushwhack, but nothing too ominous. Though we didn't attempt the true summit, I found the rope, and feel good about finding it again with less effort whenever I decide to go back. I started up the formation about 10 feet, was reeeeeeally temped to keep going, but with an old rope, a bit of ice, and worn-out shoes, I didn't want to get too committed.

The rest of the hike was a bit of a blur, since we were utterly desperate to catch the final shuttle out of the canyon. I hadn't been through the West Fork before, and the upper portions of it are top-notch. The stream crossing after Hutch's pool was really tricky, but if I had time I'd probably just take the boots off and walk through it. Hope to be back in this area again with some more time on my hands...
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Jan 14 2017
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2017
toddak
Hiking20.50 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Excellent loop, lots of water.
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May 07 2016
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino - Cathedral Peak - Mt Lemmon, AZ 
Sabino - Cathedral Peak - Mt Lemmon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
GrottoGirl
Hiking18.22 Miles 9,800 AEG
Hiking18.22 Miles   13 Hrs   24 Mns   1.93 mph
9,800 ft AEG   3 Hrs   59 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We started out the day just after day break. The pretty sunrise colors were still in the sky as we turned onto the Esperero trail. We took a couple short breaks at Cardiac Gap and Bridal Veil Falls. Mark had started with us but he wasn't feeling good so he turned around before the falls.

The first challenge was climbing into the Inner Sanctum of Cathedral Rock. The handline at the notch was missing. I'm 8+ weeks out from a total shoulder replacement and haven't done any climbing so Garrison grabbed by pack and Mike boosted me up until I could clamor up on my own. In the Inner Sanctum we ate our first lunch. I ate two pieces of pizza. Carole whips out pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies she baked me and then starts playing Happy Birthday on the harmonica! Josh pulls out an espresso maker and starts to brew me a double shot! He pours it into a fancy espresso cup that he had been carrying. These people are crazy! Did they really do this for me??? Yep!

After lunch, we go to the summit climb. I still hadn't committed to the actual climb. But let's face it, I had gotten this far do you really think I'd turn around without going to the top?? It's likely that the rope is the Sam one that had been hanging there since my first ascent years ago - scary! Remarkably it is still black! Josh who climbed first without using the rope checked it out and saw that the sheath is getting abraded but was still intact. I had left my technical gear the car but Garrison had decided not to use his so I put it on and scooted up the 5.4 crack on the rope using ascenders. After the climb I did the small exposed scramble to the top wth just a few tips from Mike. Soon, I was enjoying the best views of the area but also my third summit of Cathedral Rock. The rest of the crew had gone over to the another set of rocks so it was fun to get pictures of everyone.

After enjoying the views we headed down. The borrowed gear I had didn't include a descender and likely none would have worked because the rope was really thick, so I set up a munter on on a large HMS carabiner and down I went. We retraced our steps and then headed down the extremely steep Cathedral Rock trail to the West Fork.

At the junction with the West Fork trail we had another lunch where I finished my last two pieces of pizza. Suddenly, I realized I had eaten at least 5-6 cookies! It takes a lot of calories to do this hike!

The food gave me what felt like my first wind. The trail up to Romero Pass seemed easy! From there I knew it wasn't long until we would hit the Lunch Rock where I had cached water. We trudged long until we finally reach that milestone.

Chumley met us lunch rock. The breeze there was cold but the views made us sit on the rock and enjoy them. We enjoyed more cookies and drank lots of water to get us refreshed for the final push.

As we started again we could see the Mt Lemmon summit in the distance. It was hard to believe we still had that far to go. There was at least 5 miles and nearly 2000 ft of gain left. We were getting tired. I had done this stretch the following weekend and at that time it didn't seem so bad. So I kept that thought in my head and kept walking. It's amazing what the body can do when you put your mind to it. Granted good physical fitness, proper food, water, and gear are all important. It's not like we could just quit and sit there but it sure would have been nice if the last few miles of the trail had just magically shortened.

The sun started to set and the cold came upon us. I realized how wet I was from sweating. I was so glad I had a change of clothes in my car at the top. The thought of the car and the clothes made me press on even though a jacket might have been a good idea.

Ahead of me I hear a joyful yelp! I just figured it was Mike reaching the cars. I kept going until I too yelped! Our friends Kevin and Kim had met us. They had a cooler of drinks, crackers and cheese, and chips! We were done and a celebration was in order!!!

We changed, munched, and then headed down for my birthday dinner at Gavi near Sabino Canyon.
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Lemmon Rock Fire Lookout
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Jan 29 2016
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2016
toddak
Hiking24.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   11 Hrs      2.18 mph
4,000 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Bear - Sabino - Phone Line loop, with side trips to Thimble Peak and Hutch's Pool. Lots of water in the main drainages, but able to keep the feet dry at all the crossings.
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Nov 28 2015
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Bear-East Fork-West Fork-Cathedral-Esperero, AZ 
Bear-East Fork-West Fork-Cathedral-Esperero, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2015
Pivo
Hiking25.02 Miles 6,734 AEG
Hiking25.02 Miles   10 Hrs   41 Mns   2.58 mph
6,734 ft AEG      59 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We had planned to do a repeat of last year's Santa Catalina Front Range Traverse, however the logistics are not very friendly with just two hikers for that hike. A hiking partner suggested this after doing it last week; we were not disappointed. Beautiful day cold morning to start; 31 at my house when I left to meet Bill at the trailhead. It quickly warmed up once we started climbing out of Bear Canyon to our first junction with East Fork trail.

Beautiful running water and Fall colors in all of the major drainages. Surprisingly we didn't see many other hikers on a long holiday weekend. Most of the people we saw were on the West Fork segment. We took a lunch break at the Cathedral Rock West Fork Junction before we started the climb up Cathedral Rock Trail.

Made it back to the car before having to dig out the head lamp. Stopped at Falora Pizza to pickup some well deserved bad carbs. I had the "Fumo" Pizza: smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes, chevre, capers and red onion. Delightful!
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Seven Falls - Catalina
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markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Marshall Gulch to Romero Canyon, AZ 
Marshall Gulch to Romero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2015
markthurman53
Hiking20.10 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   10 Hrs   32 Mns   2.52 mph
2,800 ft AEG   2 Hrs   33 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Great hike along one of the nicer trails on Mount Lemmon, Marshall Gulch and Wilderness of Rocks Trails. The views of Mount Lemmon above are excellent and good photo opportunities with all the different rock formations. These are the Granite rocks that floated to the top through the layers of Granite and sedimentary rocks that form the side of Mount Lemmon, creating the Schist and Gneiss that frost the side of the mountain. The very inner core of the Metamorphic Core Complex. Okay I digressed (can't help it I get so excited). The trail through the Wilderness of Rocks like I said is one of the most scenic and leisurely hikes on the mountain, the only real elevation gain is at Marshall Saddle. The Wilderness of Rocks Trail connects up with the middle section of the Mount Lemmon Trail and starts the serious business of heading down to Romero Pass. This trail is in good condition but is a rather steep section of the Mount Lemmon Trail, I will be going down it though. Great views of Cathedral Peak and its numerous water falls coming down from the peak. At Romero Pass I will take a side trip down West Fork Sabino Trail to the Junction with the Cathedral Peak Trail. Sabino West fork was running real good on this hike. Originally I was suppose to head back the way I came but I didn't feel like hiking back up the Mount Lemmon Trail and decided to take Romero Canyon out. I needed to do this trail anyway because I have never done it before. The trail down Romero Canyon was a little hard to follow for the first mile but with the GPS was able to kind of stay in close proximity of where the trail was suppose to be. Once past this upper section, the trail is easy to follow. The Romero canyon Trail was very scenic with views of Cathedral Peak to the south and the ever changing creek along the trail. The trail follows Romero Creek til you get to Romero Pools then it exits the Canyon and crosses over to Montrose canyon. Good views in this Canyon also, particularly since the monsoon rains turned everything green. The trail leaves Montrose Canyon and walks across the lower desert until Southerland Wash and Catalina State Park. The end of a long day. The only problem with changing my plan and coming down Romero canyon is that my car is back up on the mountain. Oh well, will call Debbie to pick me up in Catalina State Park head back up to Mount Lemmon and get the car. Probably have to take Debbie to dinner after this though.
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tibber
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63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
AZT Passage 11 Work Event, AZ 
AZT Passage 11 Work Event, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 10 2015
tibber
Backpack15.96 Miles 1,735 AEG
Backpack15.96 Miles2 Days         
1,735 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
this was billed as "let's work an event and do some AZT which means a free shuttle"... sure. Sometimes I don't know what I was thinking ](*,) because when you work with Shawn, you WORK and this time with an overnite backpack to take on and off. Shawn also said something like the first section wouldn't be bad because they had taken care of a lot of dead fall last year. But then I looked at the over nite temp forecast and thot; what was I thinking again. I'm not good at 40 or below, well for that matter 50 or below. But if they'll listen to me whine; who am I to say no. Plus we are trying to do this as a group.

Ambika came down sick so she was unable to join us. We ended up staying in Tucson on Thur nite since the meet-up time was 7:30AM. I unpacked all my stuff on the bed for my backpack and realized I had forgotten one very important item, the tent :o . Fortunately, after Shawn texted out for help, one of our shuttle drivers, Lee, had one for me to use and it was light weight and everything. But, heh, at least I remembered the Fireball ;) and my trainer had made energy muffins too.
We met up with the group to be shuttled to the Marshall Gulch TH. There would be 10 of us, 1 would day hike so 9 for backpacking. Everyone had at least two tools and it was up the trail we went.

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • - got to finally hike the Marshall Gulch Trail
    - got to revisit the awesome Wilderness of the Rocks plus camp there overnite :D (Wendy had talked about camping down here when she first took me on the Lemmon Rock Loop back in 2010)
    - got to see some of the hardest workers I've ever seen work harder than I thot possible :worthy: including Shawn who had some competition with Doug (altho I think Doug is younger?)
    - the gang cut through about 8 trees I think
    - they hard-picked out numerous roots from shrubs so that they wouldn't have to be trimmed year after year; it is amazing how hard that was to chop out that nasty root :wlift:
    - the weather temps for the most part was nearly perfect; even before bedtime and in the AM. I was one happy camper :DANCE: .
    - it smelled good up there!
    - the views :y: coming down
    - got to hike from Romero Pass on the easier side.
    - the junction with Cathedral Rock was so beautiful, wish we had gotten to camp there.
    - seeing the infamous Hutch's pools for the first time from above, though briefly
    - all the water on display in the pools below us on the way out
    - the hike out, all the flora :D
    - think I'm one step away from getting my backpack back to the way it was back in the Spring of 2013
    - the tram ride through such a beautiful setting with water everywhere
    - meeting new folks and of course completing some more of the AZ Trail with Shawn and Tracy
The Not so highlights
- the taking on and off of the heavy backpack :sweat:
- the battle to get it comfortable again caused a bit of pain for me from time to time
- not bringing a lightweight shirt to avoid all the scratching my arms would take from cutting down the supposedly non-sticky shrubbery of the forest
- the constant buzzing of the bees after Cathedral Rocks Junction, it was like a movie or something as the buzzing was continuous and loud.
- the gnats :yuck: at Saturday's campsite until we got the fire going
- the pace was a little fast for me so I wasn't able to video much after Romero Pass. And the next morning, it was perfect conditions for taking pics of the fabulous flora but apparently some folks needed to get home to wash their socks ;) .

VIDEOS
to the saddle - [ youtube video ] ...
from the saddle - [ youtube video ] ...
the big log - [ youtube video ] ...
Wilderness of the Rocks - [ youtube video ] ...
Wilderness of the Rocks, part 2 - [ youtube video ] ...
DAY TWO including a sunset view from camp [ youtube video ] ...
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Apr 10 2015
Paintninaz
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57 female
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Oracle Ridge - AZT#12a Work Event, AZ 
Oracle Ridge - AZT#12a Work Event, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 10 2015
Paintninaz
Backpack15.96 Miles 1,735 AEG
Backpack15.96 Miles2 Days         
1,735 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Nov 29 2014
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Santa Catalina Front Range TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
Pivo
Hiking27.72 Miles 6,651 AEG
Hiking27.72 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   2.91 mph
6,651 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I will file a report later
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May 10 2014
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking23.47 Miles 6,965 AEG
Hiking23.47 Miles   13 Hrs   1 Min   2.33 mph
6,965 ft AEG   2 Hrs   57 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Long day, with lots of afternoon sun.The only water seen was in the Hutch's Pool area, however there was plenty of poison ivy in Esperero Canyon, and along the West Fork Trail too. We went to Gavi's for post hike refueling and hydration.
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May 10 2014
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking23.47 Miles 6,965 AEG
Hiking23.47 Miles   13 Hrs   1 Min   2.33 mph
6,965 ft AEG   2 Hrs   57 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
Happy Birthday to me! For my birthday (and training for Rainier) we decided to do Cathedral Rock as a loop.

I had a bit of drama to start as at least one person signed up for the hike who didn't have a clue what 24 miles with over 5000+ elevation gain meant. Luckily, I was able to convince her that the first hill we went up was actually pretty flat and her and her friend turned around.

Around Bridal Veil Falls we encountered poison ivy invading the trail. It was thick!

At the Cathedral Rock saddle, we lost another person do to a sore knee. We sent him back down the trail with plans to call for help if his car was still in the parking lot when we were done.

Then we bushwhacked up to the Inner Sanctum and enjoyed that for a bit before climbing the actual summit. The rope for the climb was in reasonable conditions. It's a pretty hefty black 11+ mm static rope. Joel free climbed whereas I used the rope a bit. The entire 6 man party got up the rope even though only Joel and I had experience climbing. Then we almost all went up on the summit past the scary step. What views! A great way to celebrate one's birthday!

On the way back to the saddle, someone thought they saw a big horn sheep as the backside was bigger than a deer and white tail was flashing in alarm.

The rest of the Cathedral Rock trail is getting to be a bit overgrown and has some downfall over it but it's still pretty easy to follow.

We ran into some backpackers at the West Fork Junction on their way to Hutch's. I swear one day I will stay at this junction. It has to be one of the prettiest camping areas in the Catalinas! I was content to at least just sit there for a bit and rest.

We did run into some more patches of poison ivy before we left the canyon floor. The wind started in on us while we hiked. I was glad as it would have been pretty miserable just being baked by the sun.

Finally, Hutch's Pool! What a delight to see! I instantly took of my boots and climbed in! That break was enough to refresh us to get the top of the Sabino Canyon road. From there we went on autopilot and made it back to the cars.

Prior, I had only done this trek as a 3 night backpack, never dreaming I'd be able to crank out the whole thing in one day. What an awesome feeling it is to go above your own expectations!
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RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Hiking23.47 Miles 6,965 AEG
Hiking23.47 Miles   13 Hrs   1 Min   2.33 mph
6,965 ft AEG   2 Hrs   57 Mns Break
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1st trip
Great hike. The top was spectacular as usual.
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Tough_Boots
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking21.20 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking21.20 Miles
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
I think I have the trails right-- 9L will have them correct since he collects them :D

Bear Canyon - :next: Seven Falls - :next: Bear Canyon - :next: East Fork - :next: West Fork to Hutch's Pool - :next: Sabino Cyn - :next: Phone Line Trail

This is an awesome loop that will definitely be repeated in the spring when more water is flowing. There's amazing views the entire way. Wildlife was good today-- we saw a bunch of deer, a roadrunner with a fresh lizard kill, and a snake scare a wren out of a saguaro. I didn't know snakes could climb cactus. We only ran into a handful of other hikers all day.
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John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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John9L
Hiking21.20 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking21.20 Miles
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
Big loop with Kyle on a Friday. We started from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and made a counter clockwise loop. We made stops at Seven Falls and Hutchs Pool. Both were very cool and had some pools of water. Not much was flowing. We finished our loop along Sabino Canyon. This is a really beautiful area that I hope to return to someday.
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