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Dec 01 2020
azbackpackr
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67 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking3.56 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   1.57 mph
250 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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My first hike in the Catalinas in quite a while. I have to say, (preaching to the choir I'm sure), I've never seen it so dry. It really is kind of worrisome. The prickly pears and saguaros look very shrunken and stressed.

My friend and I used two cars, and walked downhill from Prison Camp to the highway. I don't recall ever having hiked this trail before.

I'll be living in Tucson for two or three months beginning in mid December. There are lots of hikes I'd like to do while I'm here.
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Oct 03 2020
SpiderLegs
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53 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 03 2020
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog7.35 Miles 2,178 AEG
Run/Jog7.35 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   3.53 mph
2,178 ft AEG
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We may need a power hike category, faster than a hike but I certainly didn't run everything. Trying to expand my horizons and decided I'm going to make an effort to drive all the way across town a few times a month to see what trails on the east side of town look like. Perfect weather for a big climb, in the low 60's when I parked at the trailhead. The first mile will definitely get your attention, if it were any steeper it would be a scramble. Probably the steepest trail I've done in a while that didn't require me to use my hands on the uphill.

Will need to keep this area in mind for future visits, some of my favorite type of hiking/running. Steep trails that lead into beautiful canyons. Did the whole trail and then went immediately left into a drainage, then rock hopped down into a canyon to explore for a tiny bit. Felt pretty decent and was able to get from my car to the AZT in 50 minutes. Then came back up and proceeded to run on the nice wide AZT over to the Sycamore Canyon trailhead and then turn around to go back the way I came. .
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Apr 08 2020
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,898 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.79 mph
1,898 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Dec 26 2019
ShatteredArm
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37 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Redington Pass - AZT #10Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 26 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog17.40 Miles 2,552 AEG
Run/Jog17.40 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   4.31 mph
2,552 ft AEG
 
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Didn't have any plans for the day after Christmas, so I decided to attack the next segment of the AZT. Tried to park at Hirabayashi, but the guy at the checkpoint wouldn't let me go without chains/4wd (of course they opened the road just a half hour later). Pretty lame, would be cool if they were allowed to use common sense, but I didn't mind adding Soldier Trail (wish they would at least let me park a mile farther up though).

Didn't get started until after 12:30pm at Redington Road, so I figured I didn't have too much time to dawdle, or else I'd be coming down Soldier in the dark. Made pretty good time across the flat stuff (the constant gunfire in the distance helped). All the big and little drainages were flowing, and the Agua Caliente Wash crossing even required me to go up about 50 feet to find a spot that was jumpable...

Made it to Catalina Highway (10.7 miles) in just about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The signage at Molino was pretty terrible; there was a sign directing you to AZ trail, but the next junction was unmarked, and the trail to the campground looked more well-traveled. So I went that way, and ended up walking through the campground, unsure if it was correct. There was even an AZ trail sign on the road. But at the other end, I found the trail meanders around the south side of the campground...oh well.

Got to Hirabayashi very tempted to hitchhike back down, but then decided I have time, so I might as well see Soldier Trail... Which was fun, except the mile and a half along the road to get back to the car.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Fork Molino Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Feb 10 2019
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier/AZT/La Milagrosa, AZ 
Soldier/AZT/La Milagrosa, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Feb 10 2019
fricknaley
Run/Jog15.85 Miles 3,450 AEG
Run/Jog15.85 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   4.42 mph
3,450 ft AEG      10 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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challenging run and a loop i like.

it was chilly for most of the run and super humid. sun came out the last couple miles. lot of water on the trails.

handfull of hikers here and there. yo yo'd for miles with a couple of very nice mountain bikers and we ended up finishing at the same time. that was pretty cool.

saw 3 horses out on the AZT bellota segment.

felt pretty good today. took 15 minutes off my last time

went to work afterwords for a bit
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Mar 24 2018
BiFrost
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51 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
 
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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!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Fork Sabino Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
plenty of large pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hutch's Pool 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Soldier Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
few small pools
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Mar 24 2018
slowandsteady
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46 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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Mar 08 2018
trekkintoo
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49 male
 Joined Mar 23 2009
 Central AZ
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
trekkintoo
Hiking3.60 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.54 mph
541 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break30 LBS Pack
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been wanting to get back to Sedona and stretch the legs out a bit on some different trails. read up on Brins Mesa and figured it would be nice to do a good lil hike and then head to downtown Sedona just down the road from the Jordan TH for a brew & dinner afterwards. this is a great loop hike uo to the top of mesa, over soldier pass and down to devils kitchen. ill def be back to see some of the other trails in the area
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Apr 02 2017
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier/AZT/La Milagrosa Loop, AZ 
Soldier/AZT/La Milagrosa Loop, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 02 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog15.55 Miles 3,239 AEG
Run/Jog15.55 Miles   4 Hrs      3.99 mph
3,239 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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good big loop using catalina highway, soldier trail, the AZT and la milagrosa ridge. perfect day. felt decent for the most part. saw some people here and there.

ended up being a small fire in molino basin the next day. yikes. certainly wasn't from me burning rubber :lol:
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Dec 14 2016
Trudge
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66 male
 Joined Nov 14 2016
 Tucson, Az
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2016
Trudge
Hiking2.60 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.56 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Nov 17 2016
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2016
uphill_junkie
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,898 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.08 mph
1,898 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Tug and I headed out on this perfect hiking day with Lee on the Soldier Trail to the prison camp. Haven't done this one in a while, and I forgot about the crazy tall grass that poor Tuggie has to duck under and go through blocking his vision to anything!
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Feb 05 2016
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 Joined Oct 07 2015
 Tucson
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2016
shinigami3y3s
Hiking2.60 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   5 Hrs      0.52 mph
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Jan 17 2016
AZHiker456
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 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Gibbon MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2016
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Hiking12.45 Miles 4,202 AEG
Hiking12.45 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   1.71 mph
4,202 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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“F*@#$g Epic!” are the only two words that come to mind when I reflect back on today’s adventure, [of just under 8 hours, just over 4,200’ AEG, and just under 12.5 miles… 9.5+ of which were completely off trail]. If ever there is a contest for awesomest route to Gibbon Mountain, I will definitely be entering the one I took today.

I’d written off the shorter approaches to Gibbon Mountain [via Molino Basin or the Gordon Hirabiyashi Campground] since I needed to work on my weakness [distance] and wanted to log at least 12 miles today; but approaching via the Soldier or Babad Do'ag Trails – and then bushwhacking to connect with the GPS route to Gibbon shown here – hikelemmon.com/gibb ... ain/ – was starting to appeal. When I first moved to the Tucson area, I remember overhearing an experienced hiker mention that the Babad Do'ag Trail is very beautiful…

…and, to my pleasant surprise, when I started entering “Babad Do'ag” into HAZ, there was not one but two Descriptions: “Babad Do'ag”, [the one I was expecting, which describes the out-and-back hike along the official trail]; and “Babad Do'ag Drainage”. Let’s just say, the moment I caught sight of the word “Drainage”, I was sold.

This drainage is a boulder’s hopper’s dream! With almost no brush, tons of solid boulders and countless small waterfalls to scramble up, [for 2+ miles], this drainage is pretty sweet to say the least. I’m not sure what is typical in terms of water, but today there was very nice flow, making things all the more beautiful.

Towards the top of the drainage and after scrambling up a ridge, you connect with the official Babad Do'ag Trail by which you can return, making a sweet loop. As awesome as the drainage was, I figured I’d be pretty beat by the time I got back from bagging Gibbon Mountain [and ‘pretty beat’ would be an understatement!]. Needless to say, I was more than happy to go back by way of the trail. It was a win-win-win: a) having a very beautiful trail with decent footing to return by after over 9.5 miles of bushwhacking; b) different scenery by doing a loop over an out-and-back; and c) by going down the trail, I got to really take in the awesome views.

It took me about 1 hr. 40 min to get to the official end of the Babad Do'ag Trail via the drainage route. After that, I was initially planning to use the bushwhack portion of part of a loop route that a few HAZ hikers have posted, which connects the Babad Do'ag and Solider Trails. From there, I would follow the route to Gibbon Mountain, shown in the link I posted above.

Plans ended up going astray [in a good way]. The going was proving to be extremely easy [for a bushwhack], and I still had tons of energy… so I ended up continuing more or less ‘as the crow flies.’ It was an absolute blast… but flippin’ exhausting! Let’s just say, if you think false summits are bad, try ‘false ridges’…! I lost track of the number of ridges I went up and down. In addition to the endless ‘ridge riding’, at one point I even dropped into another amazingly beautiful drainage, which I rode for a good ways. Like the Babad Do'ag drainage, this one also had beautiful flowing waterfalls and was tons of fun to boulder up. At least with my ridge-hopping, there were no false summits! When I eventually got to the base of Gibbon Mountain, I was in perfect position to head straight up toward the large saddle between the highpoint and another point on the summit that is almost as high.

While I haven’t done many hikes in the Catalinas, Gibbon Mountain definitely takes the prize for my hands down most beautiful summit views in this range to date, [better than Cathedral, Window Peak, Rattlesnake Peak, and Airmen Peak to name just a few]. I was surprised to not find a summit register since this is a SAHC peak. I’m usually pretty good at finding them too, but it’s possible I may have just missed it. The ridgeline that traverses the top of Gibbon Mountain is very fun and offers a great variety of spectacular views. I couldn’t agree more with this: “While Point 5801 seems to be marked/referred to as ‘Gibbon Mountain’ don’t stop there! For great views of the lower portion of Bear Canyon (and a nicer spot to stop and take a break) continue to the next prominent high spot (to the south-west)” hikelemmon.com/gibb ... ain/.

After continuing to the prominent high point toward the Southwest [which interestingly enough has a large cairn on top], I retraced my steps to the actual highpoint, then back to the saddle area, and then, [instead of descending from the saddle area], I decided I would take a different route back. Not only did I want to visit the third prominent highpoint on Gibbon, I was having tons of fun traversing the ridgeline… and it was definitely a lot less tiring than the ridge-hopping I did en route to the mountain.

Initially I rode the main ridge off Gibbon Mountain… then ended up on a different ridge… then crossed a small drainage… then contoured a minor peak… [maybe I mixed up the order of some of that; thank God for GPS!]. At one point, I spotted the trail I was initially planning to connect with on my way to Gibbon Mountain. This time, I angled my path toward it and touched down on trail at 8.25 miles, [all of which had been bushwhacking up to that point, aside from the few feet where I reconnected with the official end of the Babad Do'ag Trail]. Shortly after reaching trail, I arrived at the junction for the Solider Trail; and shortly after turning onto the Soldier Trail, I made a left onto an unofficial but well defined route that connects the Solider and Babad Do'ag Trails. The going was very smooth at first…

…but, [thanks to the combination of easy off-trail terrain and a good sense of direction], I realized that I’d strayed a fair margin from my ascent route by the time I decided it was time to spot-check my GPS. Not wanting to backtrack, I pushed forward, hoping that the ‘hypotenuse vs. two sides’ phenomenon would once again work out in my favor… and that I wouldn’t step on a rattlesnake in the process. My shortcut back involved traversing some terrain with very tall grass, [the kind where you cannot see what might be underneath], and the temps had warmed up enough to where the snakes might just venture out… luckily it all worked out well. When I touched down on the official Babad Do'ag Trail and looked back at the small drainage I ended up using on the return trip, I thought, “pretty cool… that’s the same drainage I was thinking about using initially…”
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Dec 16 2014
desertdutchman
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68 male
 Joined Apr 11 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2014
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Hiking5.25 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.91 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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A good, strenuous hike. Was surprised to see brittle bush blooming already in December.
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Brittle Bush
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Nov 20 2014
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2014
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,266 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
1,266 ft AEG
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After work hike to Soldier Canyon and back.
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Sep 30 2014
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking2.00 Miles 990 AEG
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990 ft AEG
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After work shorty.
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Sep 13 2014
Pivo
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 Tucson, AZ
Soldier CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 13 2014
Pivo
Canyoneering5.28 Miles 997 AEG
Canyoneering5.28 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.49 mph
997 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Very windy in the canyon, it made for some of us wishing for sun. Nice time with only a few surprises. The two Gopher Snakes in the grass woke Joel up in a hurry.

There was water today after the Monday visit from the remnant of Himmicane Norbert.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Soldier Canyon Light flow Light flow
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RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Canyoneering4.75 Miles 420 AEG
Canyoneering4.75 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   1.34 mph
420 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Belinda had a longer palisades trip planned, but was out of commission. The rest of us decided to do something a little shorter - plus I had not done Soldier yet. The canyon was great with all the water from the previous storm. We either did 4 or 5 rappels. There were anchors in place at every rap, but I replaced everyone. They either had hollow rap rings or faded webbing.

Fun half day of canyoneering. Temp was pretty perfect.
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Apr 19 2014
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2014
azdesertfather
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,801 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
1,801 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Nice little morning hike. On the way up Soldier we ran into 4 snakes, but nothing poisonous. Thunder rumbling in distance, but we stated dry. Looked around the prison camp site and down in Soldier Canyon a bit too.
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Lots of bull thistles
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Apr 19 2014
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Soldier Trail #706Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 19 2014
fricknaley
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,801 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
1,801 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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kidnapped the Padre for a quick morning hike. pretty funky cool weather
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