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Apr 05 2019
BiFrost
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BiFrost
Backpack35.20 Miles 10,146 AEG
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We did 3 day backpack in the Rincons which John put together. He got permits for first night at Happy Valley campground so we drove up from Phoenix early and started hiking around 9am. Took us only 2 hours to make it to Happy Valley where we setup up camp. Then headed up Rincon Peak for the afternoon. Nice hike with decent trail and carrying day packs made it easier. Took about 20 minute break on the summit which would have been longer except the strong winds kept it short. Hiked back to camp and then enjoyed a relaxing night around the fire.

Next day we backpacked over to Happy Valley Lookout on Heartbreak Ridge trail. The lookout is still very much intact and was open for us to check it out. Cool spot and glad we took the extra 20 minutes to check it out. The eventual goal was to camp at Manning Camp but from there we stopped by Devils Bathtub first to check it out. Good water at Devils Bathtub with some cascades and some pools. Water was the theme of the weekend as we had no issue finding water at any point. From Devils Bathtub we headed to Manning Camp and had some hail and rain but nothing too bad. Arrived at Manning Camp and setup camp around noon.

In the afternoon it was off to day hike the top. There are many trails on top so we made a loop hitting Spud Rock first and then Mica Mountain. Great views on Spud Rock but Mica is just a high point but no views. A few patches of snow lingering on the north facing slopes. Next stop was Reef Rock which is on the east side facing the Galiuro's with great views and the sun came out so we took a fairly long break there. Then it was back to Manning Camp for the night. It was bit colder at Manning which is 8,000 feet as opposed to Happy Valley which is 6,200 feet. Still relaxing night around camp and there were several other groups in the campground.

Last day we hiked out Turkey Creek trail to make it a loop. Turkey Creek trail is steep but it gets the job done and we were at the bottom in 3 hours. However, to make it a loop hike we did have to walk some road past the Turkey trail head and connect with the Miller Creek trail head. Regardless it went fast and we were at the vehicle before noon. Great weekend in the Rincon's and thanks to John for getting the permits!!
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Nov 11 2018
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Hiking16.00 Miles 4,775 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   2.42 mph
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Rincon Peak had been on my target list for a while, and today was the day to finally do this hike.

This was an out-and-back hike that began and ended at the Miller Creek TH. The dirt road into the TH was in good shape, although there were 5-6 creek crossings with water in them, so I would definitely recommend an high clearance vehicle.

This was one of the more enjoyable hikes that I have done, although it was one of the tougher day hikes that you will do. The trail gets pretty steep the last half mile or so, but the views at the top are worth the effort that it takes to get there.

On the way back we saw a couple of coatimundis, but that was the extent of the wildlife on the trail. On the drive back on the dirt road, we saw several large wild turkeys in a field. The turkeys apparently didn't realize that Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away.
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Mar 17 2018
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Hiking20.50 Miles 5,970 AEG
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Since I didn't know of any Irish people to hand out with on St Paddy's Day, I went with the Norwegian option. They drink beer too. After I managed to offend the donut lady at 5:30 in the morning (I don't think she ever likes me, I stop in there all the time), we made good time to the trailhead, starting our hike before 8:00. Great temps to start with, a little cool, but we quickly warmed up as we made our way uphill.

The walk through Happy Valley is one of my favorite parts of this hike, nice scenery, and a good reprieve before the uphill starts again. We ran into two hikers about a mile from the top, chatted with them for a moment, then I started my whining for that last mile. Chumley stayed far enough ahead to where he didn't have to hear most of it. Views from the summit were great, very clear day, but it was windy. After a few minutes up there, we retreated back down a little to eat lunch out of the wind.

Once back at Happy Valley, we looked at the campground, then decided to head over to the Happy Valley Lookout. I was originally told that it was an additional 900' of aeg, but was later informed that it was really more like 1100'. Either way, it wasn't bad, as that trail was in great shape, with lots of steps built in to the rocks. It was windy up there too, with no place to find escape from it. Sitting in the sun was the best choice to warm up, windbreakers were actually helpful for a couple of miles even though most of the day had been comfortable in just a short sleeved shirt.

The hike back down was easy and uneventful. There was plenty of water in the creeks and drainages on almost the entire hike, but that water will likely be mostly gone before too long. Great day, and a great hike, which felt easier than what the stats would imply. I posted my route, which was from Route Scout, but used Chumley's stats, since the Route Scout on his phone always seems to be more accurate than mine.
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Hiking20.50 Miles 5,970 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   9 Hrs   53 Mns   2.33 mph
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For some reason, I'd never previously set foot anywhere in this sky island, nor anywhere in Saguaro National Park. Spoiler Alert: Not a single Saguaro was seen the entire day! ](*,)

Miller Creek #28
This trail starts off with an easy warmup mile along the creek before the climb begins near the NPS boundary. The climb is steady and switchbacks frequently through bouldery terrain. The highlight of this trail is the half mile in the oak woodlands along Miller Creek below the junction with Heartbreak Ridge.

Heartbreak Ridge
The half mile between Miller Creek and Rincon Peak trails is fantastic. This area is called Happy Valley, and it's amazing. I kept thinking that this is what all the sky islands used to look like before catastrophic wildfire. There are enormous old growth ponderosa and fir along with sporadic desert scrub, nicely spaced and overall just healthy looking. Though not reliable, there was water flowing intermittently in the sandy drainage along the trail.

Rincon Peak Trail
The first mile of this one continues the pleasantness of Happy Valley, with a bit more climb. It passes through a couple of drainages that were lightly flowing with winter runoff. There's a tiny flat spot near the map marked point at 7330 where a sign indicates the end of stock use. From here the trail steepens significantly pushing the final 1100 feet to the summit. If I were to guess, this point was actually the end of the original built trail, with the resulting climb having been pieced together over time from use. It just doesn't seem to be a professionally planned or built route. Very odd actually. Nonetheless, despite it's steepness, I really enjoyed this final climb. A bit below the summit there's an affixed register box. It's in need of a new notebook as there is a single sheet of paper that is completely full of writing.

The summit features excellent views in all directions, including the largest summit cairn I think I've ever seen. Another oddity for this peak! The winds today were strong on the exposed summit so we dropped back down a bit to shelter for lunch, before heading back down to Happy Valley.

Happy Valley Campground
I was curious about this "campground" marked on the map and with a sign along the trail. It's really quite nice. Three sites with bear boxes and fire rings, and even a pit toilet! One site was occupied and the backpackers there reminded me that this is a national park, so camping there requires a permit and $8 nightly fee. Unfortunately, there is not a reliable source of water here, though there was still some running in this mid-March.

Happy Valley Lookout
Since I was feeling great, I suggested we continue north on the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, instead of heading directly back down. This was a 4-mile addition to the day and featured outstanding views and the best NPS-quality trail construction I've seen south of Grand Canyon! The lower part eases through shaded oak forest and other desert scrub before climbing into an old burn area and a steady climb. Near the peak, the trail exits the burn area that again reminded me how nice all the sky islands must have once been. We took the spur trail up to the old lookout but the cabin was boarded up and locked, providing no break from the wind which had now picked up even more. After a quick snack, we headed back down to Happy Valley and the return trip on Miller Creek to the trailhead.

This was a great intro to the Rincons and I'll definitely be back. :y:
Drive time to the trailhead was a little over 2 hours, and I think we counted 7 other people all day. My kind of crowds! :) Though the wind on the summits was a bit chilly, the temperature overall was ideal. Sadly no wildlife sightings, save for the loose heifers near the trailhead.
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May 13 2017
GrottoGirl
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Trans Rincon Birthday Hike, AZ 
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Hiking18.47 Miles 4,099 AEG
Hiking18.47 Miles   11 Hrs   7 Mns   1.98 mph
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Did a trans-Rincon hike for my birthday this year. I had never done the Rincon Creek trail so it was nice to do something new. It was cool in the morning but as we approached Rincon Creek we could tell it was going to be blazing hot. After a nice break we wet down our clothes and started the climb. The Rincon Creek trail is in amazing condition considering the lack of use it gets. A trail crew had done some maintenance during the winter. We decided not to do Rincon Peak and took a nap at the campground instead. From there we hiked down the Miller Creek trailhead to meet our shuttle driver. Great birthday hike!!

Forgot to note we saw 5 deer and a pair of Cardinals along the Rincon Creek trail.
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Hiking15.45 Miles 4,676 AEG
Hiking15.45 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.35 mph
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this peak has been high on my list for a long time
finally had an opportunity to hike it with some good folks
loved the hike; one of my favorites
up miller creek to happy valley and on to rincon
some solid uphill
very nice summit area, although the wind made it a little chilly
had a break, then headed down
nice campsite at happy valley
good weather and great company
got to see what bk tacos is all about on the way home
nice to meet and hike with dave, dallin and nick
a worthy peak, and one that i would certainly do again
a new one for six of us
good times! :)

route scout mileage and aeg seem a little high
will see what a few others post, then adjust accordingly
*using linda's aeg
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Hiking14.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
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Had only recently set eyes on this peak and became intruiged. Nice to get it done today with a great group and perfect weather. The climb up was more gradual than I anticipated, until right before the summit. Beautiful pine forest up there. The summit area itself is awesome. 360 views and very spacious. Perfect for a large group. We enjoyed the peak and lounged like lizards in the sun while trying to stay low and out of the wind. The trip back down seemed to take longer than the hike up. Good times. Nice to meet so many of you for the first time. Definitely a peak I'd hike again.
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Hiking15.32 Miles 4,676 AEG
Hiking15.32 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.34 mph
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Kelly organized this Rincon Peak hike, and I was happy to join in. We all met at the trailhead, made the necessary introductions, around 8:00 and got started.

The first mile was relatively flat and easy, with a lot of walking through sand. After that, the uphill begins. The trail is easy to follow, and is never steep. But I was feeling gassed right off the bat, off day I guess. Kelly was nice enough to hang back with me as I trudged uphill. The were some nice views to the east and north through this area, and walking through the boulders was enjoyable.

At around four miles, the trail turns south. There's another relatively flat mile, then it starts climbing uphill again, but not too steeply until the last half mile or so. That last half mile--wow--I really felt it. The ground was loose and slippery in some places too, which didn't help. The last stretch to the summit was nice, with the trail winding through the rocks. The summit was very nice, with great views all around, and lots of room for a large group. I was too tired to take many pics, and mostly rested and had a snack. It was cold and windy up there, but felt sort of nice since I know how warm this week is going to be.

The walk back down was mostly uneventful. A steady downhill, but good footing once past that top half mile. Lee threw in some creative route finding at one point, but we made it back to the trailhead around 3:00. We all headed to BK Tacos for a late lunch, which was a good way to finish out the day. Fun hike to a good peak with a great group!
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Hiking14.79 Miles 4,651 AEG
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Second time up Rincon, doesn't disappoint. Nice, beautiful day, still pretty windy as before. Great hanging out with a few regulars, meet some new faces. 3:28 up, 2:42 down. Long day, only rucked an added 10 lbs of weight this time.

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Hiking15.32 Miles 4,676 AEG
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Kelly picked a great Peak, ordered in some nice weather, and wrestled together a pretty good group. The climb is a good workout. You do feel like you earn the views and they are pretty sweet. Good to get to hike and talk to so many Hazers. Although I got to talk to some more than others. That might have been by design :o . Lp pointed out a fox on the drive out. We all followed JJ to BK's for some great tacos. MmMm. Thanks everyone, good times! Like Haz, :yr:
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Beautiful hike. Excellent weather. Great group. Good exercise. Tremendous views. Heard some turkeys. Smelled some skunk. Saw a fox. Thanks all! :)
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Hiking19.70 Miles 5,546 AEG
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Miller Creek trail is fairly well maintained only got off trail a few times but with the GPS was able to correct before too long. This trail is steep with a lot of step ups which make it harder. There was water crossing the trail in many places but that's to be expected in February. The Rincon Trail was very well maintained for a trail that isn't used very often (The middle section was a little overgrown but not bad, the lower section was maintained and work on it was probably done within the last 2 weeks). Water was also readily available on this trail, again to be expected for February. I have not been on this trail since the mid 60's when we use to come up this way through the X-9 Ranch. I still think it was one of the best routes to get up to Mica Mountain. The trail has very little step ups like the Miller creek trail and is a slow steady climb.
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Run/Jog23.00 Miles 6,394 AEG
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Headed over to Happy Valley on Christmas Eve to get up in the high country ahead of the big weather system that was predicted to dump a bunch of snow. No cars at Miller Creek, perfect clear cold weather. Miller Creek trail in good condition, a little confusing in a spot or two as it crosses some drainages. Headed up Heartbreak Ridge, my first time on that trail - wasn't sure what to expect as I figured it didn't get much traffic. Trail in excellent condition, surprised to see tons of steps build on a trail so far in the backcountry - a total contrast to the brushy thrash-fests on all the trails on the "back side" of the Santa Catalinas (like Samaniego Ridge or CDO). I guess the National Parks have a much larger budget for trail maintenance... Lots of water along the way to Devil's Bathtub, which I had never visited, which was also flowing strong. Headed up to Manning Cabin, nobody there either except for a few deer, think I had the whole mountain to myself. (Plenty of water at Manning, as always...)

Ran up to Spud Rock, and the weather started changing fast, was suddenly in a windy cloud with the temps dropping fast and smoky wisps of fog blowing through the forest. Put on some layers (tights, windshirt, buff), ran up to the summit and didn't even stop, and bailed down the Bonita trail, and by the time I hit Heartbreak, I was beneath the cloud ceiling that was enveloping Micah and back in the sun, but the temp kept dropping. Crazy wind along the ridge, literally pushed me off the trail a few times, lots of birds flitting around, couldn't figure out how they don't get blown off the mountain. Made time to run up to the Lookout on the way out, another first - incredible views of Rincon and San Pedro Valley, worth the side trip.

Tried to keep a strong pace coming down Miller, but that is one steep, boulder-filled descent. Returned to the truck in a total time a bit under six hours for 23mi and 6400aev, and cracked a beer just as the sky went black and that huge weather system hit, exciting drive back to Tucson rocking down the freeway in the old 4x4 truck with high winds, sideways precip, and wrecks here and there...
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Mar 15 2016
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Hiking12.82 Miles 3,409 AEG
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Wanted a challenging day hike in the Rincons, but my hiking buddy wasn't quite at the Rincon Peak level yet...so we picked something that was just a touch easier. Happy Valley Lookout from Miller Creek is still not a walk in the park, but what a beautiful hike in the National Park it is! Lovely views from just about every step of the way and plenty of elevation to get your heart pumping. Not a bad Tuesday!
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Still early at the higher elevations, but we were seeing some early paintbrush.

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BiFrost
Hiking15.23 Miles 4,743 AEG
Hiking15.23 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.86 mph
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We were looking for some AEG with a cool peak summit so Rincon Peak was a good destination. Miller Canyon Trail in the lower section is rough and rocky as it switchbacks towards Happy Valley Saddle. About 1/3 mile below the saddle there was water in the canyon just off the trail which would be good source if camping at Happy Valley Saddle Campground. We took a break at the campground before heading for the summit. Steep climb of about 800 feet the last half mile to the summit but once on top it really is a worthy effort. Aside from Mt Wrightson the views on the summit are the best you will find of the Sky Island summits. We enjoyed a nice break on top but it was cut a little short by thunder storm that developed right over the summit. Some impressive close lightning convinced us to vacate the area quickly and headed back down. We passed by the campground again and took another short break. Just below Happy Valley Saddle we passed a group of backpackers headed for the campground. We chatted briefly as the thunderstorms were building again and they were trying to beat the rain. Unfortunately I think they were caught in the rain but luckily we were able to take refuge under some boulders to wait out the storm. We sat underneath the boulders for some 45 minutes watching the lightning flash and the crazy thunder cracks. Normally I would get off the mountain soon as possible but the boulders were a nice shelter and the closeness of the lightning convinced us to wait it out. As the thunder cracks became further away we ventured out to finish the hike and were fortunate to see some really nice waterfalls that filled once dry washes from the downpour. Finally reached the vehicle after an eventful ascent and enjoyed some tasty beverages :D
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Hiking15.23 Miles 4,743 AEG
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Rincon Peak has been on the list for awhile.

The first mile to the park boundary was lush with greenery. Miles two and three felt steeper since you had to maneuver up and over boulders. Then you sort of stroll into Happy Valley Campground which is an awesome place for a break. From there the next mile just warms you up for the final three going up to the peak.

Coming back down, I could take in the views and really appreciate the area.
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Day 1: Parked at Turkey Creek TH (not at the actual TH, just where the road gets bad), walked to Miller Creek TH, hiked up to Happy Valley, dropped our heavy stuff, and headed up Rincon Peak.

Day 2: HBR trail up to Spud Rock Campground via the Deerhead Spring Trail, again dropped stuff off, then waddled up the rest of the way to see Mica Mtn, Spud Rock, Manning Camp, and all sorts of other goodies I hadn't seen before. Everything up there was amazing and well worth the schlep...

Day 3: Down Turkey Creek Trail. It was a much nicer trail than I was expecting, but it's not something I would want to do during typical May weather given how exposed it is.

No issues aside from a few scary looking clouds the second afternoon and lots of very excited (but non-threatening) bees on the Heartbreak Ridge Trail on the way up to Happy Valley Lookout. The Manzanitas were blossoming and there was a constantly disconcerting buzz the entire time... :scared: Otherwise it's a fantastic trail.
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Mar 21 2015
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
Pivo
Hiking15.06 Miles 4,681 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs   57 Mns   2.54 mph
4,681 ft AEG   2 Hrs   1 Min Break25 LBS Pack
 
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We were expecting to see snow at around the 8000' level due to the rain from mid-week, however there was none to be found anywhere today. Really perfect conditions, water in most of the drainages, flowers, green, green green, and very pleasant temperatures on the summit and trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Mar 10 2015
Mountain_Rat
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_Rat
Hiking15.18 Miles 4,752 AEG
Hiking15.18 Miles   8 Hrs   58 Mns   2.15 mph
4,752 ft AEG   1 Hour   55 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Roy has said it all. This is an amazing trek. I had a great time with he and his gang. Views galore, diverse climates, perfect weather. I couldn't ask for more. :)
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Feb 28 2015
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking15.28 Miles 4,695 AEG
Hiking15.28 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   2.33 mph
4,695 ft AEG      51 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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With a bail on Plan A, we made a last minute decision to head south away from the rain.
The dart landed on Rincon Peak, so off we went. We left Ray Rd and I-10 at 5:30 and with one stop on the way down, hit the TH at 8am.

As we were driving in, it was quite obvious that The top of Rincon Peak was shrouded in clouds. But with the winds today, we were sure they'd blow off.

Chilly but sunny to start, and within the first 1/2 mile we picked up an additional hiker (Kara) that joined us for the rest of the day.

With the early morning sun and the scattered clouds, there were some neat shadows being cast. This is a pretty good climb, but the last 1/2 mile to the top was a real B Buster. Scattered snow patches made is tricky in spots. I was real glad I had my new shoes on. The new cleats held well.

There was little time spent up top because of the wind and temps.

Great 360 Views from the top :next: youtu.be/Gl4QG0yS8Tw

We gathered back down at the Happy Valley Campground and had a quick lunch. It was all downhill back to the TH from here.

A great group to hike with, hopefully a new HAZ'er.

Thanks for Driving JJ, muchly appreciated..

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Plenty of places to filter along the way. All the way past the campgrounds
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