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Nov 14 2013
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71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Scheelite Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2013
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
3,200 ft AEG
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I wanted to get down into the area during fall colors again, but this time actually do the hike up to Gate 2 versus just staying down in Garden Canyon. Had to go for Thursday as it would be a nice day between storms. Paul joined me, since both of us had only hiked it once before back in November 2002. It was fun seeing how much we remembered about it...turns out not a lot other than it was steep! :lol:

What a beautiful dark shaded canyon it is. :) Can't believe I waited so long to return, but that is due to it being on Fort Huachuca. It is more of a scramble than a trail in places and obviously doesn't see much traffic (probably more bears than hikers). Sort of difficult to follow in places, especially in the steep switchback section up near the top where it is covered with leaves and pine needles. We originally were going to make a loop out of it by coming back down Sawmill Trail, but decided against that with all the time burned taking pictures and route finding. That turned out to be the right call.

Following the hike we stopped at La Casita Restaurant and Cantina in Sierra Vista for some good Mexican food and a beer.
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Nov 06 2012
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71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Garden Canyon, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Nov 06 2012
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Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Down to the Huachuca Mountains to check things out and get the first field photos with my new camera. Let the learning curve begin. The main goal was to go on the base and visit an area I had only been to one other time about 10 years ago...Garden Canyon. I started late and didn't feel very energetic, so hiking was minimal. First stop for the day was Miller Canyon looking for fall color. This proved to be a disappointment, as the once tranquil lower canyon has been so heavily impacted by fire and flood. Sad in a way, yet walking around there is a reminder of the incredible power of nature. :o Even in its freshly ravaged state the beauty remains; it can't be denied.

After lunch it was on to Fort Huachuca and Garden Canyon. It had been so long since my last visit that it seemed new. Most folks know about the more famous Ramsey Canyon, but this is also another of the Huachuca's crown jewels. At present you can drive up to a parking area near the last picnic spots. Walk around a gate and head up the old road. Guess it is about 4 to 5 miles to the end, but I only went about 2 miles in, passing the Scheelite Canyon trailhead. I didn't get as far as the best maples, but I'm sure they were decent even though some hikers I met said the colors weren't that good this year. Seems like that is a recurring theme for some places. But there was more than enough for me! The sycamores and ash trees were the stars of the show this day.

I'll go back to do more of a hike next time, but it was good see some of this pretty area again after so long. :)
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Jun 15 2008
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 Joined Feb 15 2003
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Scheelite Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedRoxx44
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
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Nice hike in the Huachucas which I had just about written off due to the trashing of this range by the illegals. This trek was on Ft Huachuca property; maybe that made a difference.
Getting in the main gate was not hard just present an ID, vehicle registration and insurance if you are driving. I followed the signs for Garden canyon and since I was there pretty early, was the first to open the not locked yellow gate before the picnic areas. Once the road turns to dirt I drove until I saw the sign for Scheelite Canyon parking, a pullout on the side of the road. A short road walk and the canyon trail takes off up a narrow wash bed, rocky, winding in and out of the drainage, in heavy vegetation. Soon the limestone walls rise dramatically and the trees become large and impressive, pine and oak mainly. A sign states this is a "sensitive" area, and i guess a popular one with birders. In the upper canyon I had an owl fly right in front of me, not sure if it was a mexican spotted owl or not.
Clouds came over and it was humid. Seemed almost like a rain forest with the huge old growth trees, and now lots of maples. Could be bomber in the fall. The lower canyon was very nice, I started seeing a bit of trash here and there as I approached the Crest trail, and along a slow stagnant spring area. As I climbed I could see part of Sierra Vista. The trail steepened up at the top, reminiscent of the "brutal slog" to Kennedy peak in the Galiuros.
Suddenly in the pine duff I came to Gate 2 and the Crest trail, signed. Immediately the trail took a downhill contour, and soon opened up to great views toward Mexico, Miller Peak. I continued down the rocky, manzanita type vegetated path and soon came to a small saddle and the signed Sawmill Canyon, my return. It gently sloped down into the pines once again and soon I passed a spring running pretty well out of a pipe. On down I go until I intersect the closed road which will take me to Garden Canyon Road.
Have a map or something as trails do take off here and there and there are several roads in here.
The road goes to a boyscout camp cabin. Before you get there you go through an old picnic area, the concrete tables sitting lonely in deep weeds, almost hidden.
At the cabin I hung a right, dreading the almost two mile road walk back to my car. Wrong!! It was a pleasure walking this road, in a narrow and deep canyon, with a vigorous stream alongside, small waterfalls, flowers, pictographs, a little shade, and a riparian wonderland. I saw two vehicles, one stopped and I spoke with a young man just stationed at the fort from Nebraska via Texas. He was inquisitive about the hiking and the border situation. We had a nice ten minute chat, and then he as on his way.
I was too soon to my car. This was a very nice about 9 miles trek with some sections I would love to visit again. I did not have that high an expectation for this area and was reminded once again----don't take nature for granted. The wildlife viewed was impressive in this small area-- deer, javalina, the owl, all sorts of strange bird calls, antelope on the firing range, a bear near the crest trail, and wild turkeys on my way out.

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Good flow out of pipe and small catch basin was overflowing
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Mar 06 2005
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 Joined May 06 2004
 Sierra Vista, AZ
Scheelite Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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We went from trail head to the Huachuca Crest Trial and ended up spending most of the hike picking up a bunch of trash from illegal immigrants. Near the top of the canyon a storm rolled in and dumped quite a bit of snow. The snow made the canyon absolutely beautiful. It also made for a rather slippery and nasty decent as most of the trial is in the stream bed.
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 Joined May 29 2004
 Sierra Vista, AZ
Scheelite Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jbetsch
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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Although this would have been a nice hike to escape the heat of June, this trail is currently traversed by numerous illegal aliens. The discarded water jugs, clothing, and other waste greatly distracts from the beauty of the local scenery.

Until the border situation improves, I would not recommend this trail to hikers. A better area for hiking locally is in the Coronado National Memorial.
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Nov 17 2002
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 Tucson, AZ
Scheelite Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,173 AEG
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A club hike guided by Deb Moyer to find some fall colors in the Garden Canyon area of Fort Huachuca. We went up Scheelite Canyon to the Crest, back down Sawmill to Garden Canyon Road, then back down the road to the cars. This is the only hike I have ever done on the base, and it is a winner. We caught it at just about the right time for the fall colors too.
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