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Mar 19 2016
afrankie
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 Routes 40
 Photos 353
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32 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2016
afrankie
Hiking0.33 Miles 97 AEG
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A quick scramble at Gates Pass to catch the view. It was a spandex paradise as cyclists outnumbered hikers bigtime on a gorgeous Saturday am.
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Jul 28 2015
The_Dude
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 Guides 1
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Tucson Mountains Tuesday Two-fer, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jul 28 2015
The_Dude
Hiking3.60 Miles 2,224 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   1.71 mph
2,224 ft AEG      42 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Ah, first hike back in the desert after a week in Anaheim for Disney and beach fun. First off, thanks to Philbeer for posting the tracks for Golden Gate and Bren mountain last week, I saw those and it got me thinking. I have been wanting to hit Golden Gate Mountain for a while, throw in another nearby peak and I am sold. Made it out to the Yetman trailhead about 3 to start my fun for the day. The trip up Golden Gate is very steep, but easy to follow. It is a pretty thin trail in spots, but the trip up is extensively cairned, a little overkill in spots even. Nice summit with good views out to the west and south especially. The weather was getting interesting, but I thought I would have enough time for a second summit before the storm started. Made it back down to the Yetman trail and then on to Gates Pass trail for a bit. I went up the west side of Bren Mountain, and there is no trail whatsoever. I found a drainage and followed it up quite a ways, but then the rocks turned to scree and it was mighty steep. It kept getting steeper, and the lightning was looming, but I actually figured I would be safer making it to the summit and going down the backside which looked to be less steep. I ended up going up a rock face for the last 40-50' up to the peak, and I was really happy to see some semblance of a trail on the other side. Very brief stop up top to see lightning hitting on the slopes just to the east of me, all the motivation I needed to haul butt down the other side. If I hit Bren again any time soon, it will be by way of the North and East route...Made it back to the van no worse for wear other than a few scratches, I managed to miss the abundant cholla up here, but had plenty of bursage to pull out of the socks and boots. Pretty short for my usual offerings, but this one was all work.
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Feb 22 2011
rogapl
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 Routes 2
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75 male
 Joined Jan 03 2010
 Tucson
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2011
rogapl
Hiking5.00 Miles
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2011-02-22

We followed a marked trail to the summit of Bushmaster Peak as entered by hiking member Samba in a link to the Gates Pass Trail. The trail just before the saddle that leads to Tower Peak is very narrow. The trail prior to reaching the top of Bushmaster Ridge is quite steep. It is not too bad climbing up but it is more difficult descending with the combination of being steep with a lot of loose rock. We had originally intended to top Bushmaster and then come back along the trail and hike to Tower Peak. We climbed to tseveral of the peaks at the top of Bushmaster Ridge and instead of returning to the trailhead by the marked trail we bushwacked down the South face of Bushmaster leaving the marked trail at the saddle below the peak ridge. This is a considerably shorter route down. It is not too steep but there is a lot of loose rock so one has to be careful to not slide. My Gps route was recorded by a Magellan meridian gps that indicated a W.A.A.S seting. The time indicated on the GPS is not correct. We started at 8:25 AM and reached the summit of Bushmaster in 1 hour and 47 minutes. It took about an hour to get back to the trailhead by the bushwack from the saddle.
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Aug 28 2010
lb4449
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34 female
 Joined Feb 01 2007
 Phoenix, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2010
lb4449
Hiking8.00 Miles
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Jan 22 2009
Scott7160
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40 male
 Joined Jan 31 2009
 Tucson, az
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2009
Scott7160
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs      3.00 mph
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Nov 02 2008
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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keepmoving
Hiking0.50 Miles
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May 31 2007
Sjcorrea
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37 male
 Joined May 09 2007
 Tucson, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Sjcorrea
Hiking3.50 Miles
Hiking3.50 Miles
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May 29 2007
Sjcorrea
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 Photos 95
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37 male
 Joined May 09 2007
 Tucson, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Sjcorrea
Hiking3.50 Miles
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Feb 03 2007
Skervy
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 Triplogs 52

46 male
 Joined Sep 14 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Skervy
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Not sure if this was the exact trail I took but I took off from this trailhead. Meandered south towards some retirement community and then eastish up over some ridges and then back to the jeep. Probably closer to 6 miles than 5.
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Dec 23 2006
Skervy
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46 male
 Joined Sep 14 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Skervy
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I guess this was the hike I did.

I started out at the Gates Pass trailhead under a thick layer of early morning fog. Initially, I hiked up to the junction and then made a right and started my way around the mountain. About halfway (I think) I turned back and returned to the junction. From there I took the Golden Gate trail (or what there is of it) towards the upper parking area. Along the way I climbed some rocks and took a few minutes to watch the fog settle in Avra valley. It looked like a sea of clouds with mountain islands poking through. I walked all the way down to the parking area climbing whatever peak that is just south of it. Saw two nice size does along the way and could have been eating good for a year if I had a bow.....
After reaching the parking area I went back down around the backside of the hills bushwacking all the way. Think I startled a couple of tourists in the parking lot when I came flying out of a wash.
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Sep 01 2004
Luno De Diablo
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51 male
 Joined Aug 09 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Luno De Diablo
Mtn Biking5.00 Miles
Mtn Biking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   4.00 mph
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Park at the G5 parking area, directly North from Climbing Boulders(biggest rocks). This is the second parking PULLOUT after passing the parking LOT (G1) mentioned in directions. This is all time great INTERMEDIATE level mountain bike xc riding.
If starting at that first bottom parking LOT G1, ride up saddle to meet Yetman Trail. Turn right onto Gates Pass trail, then descend one of the most technical, ledgy, stepped switchbacks in the area. ADVANCED RIDERS ONLY. Prepare to loose your knobbies.

OR as for this description, departing south on the trail across street from the G5 pullout takes you to the intersection of Gates Pass Trail at the Climbing boulders. Turn right at the cairns before steps. As mentioned before this trail is treacherous. DO NOT RIDE WITHOUT HELMET. Palo verde notorious Arizona pinstripers, jumping teddy bear cholla, waving prickly pear and saguaro's standing proud in your face. Even Jojoba offer delicious trailside treats. As mother nature has been trying to tell us all along, balance is key. After 45mins/1.25 miles of descending reached the asphalt road.
Turned right, heading west on Kinney road. Pass the Iron wood picnic area entry on left. Continue 0.4 mile on Kinney Road. Turn left, south, at opposing parking pullouts. Drop onto sandy "Sweet" trail from south corner of pullout. Moderate speeds weaving around cacti and wash switchbacks. After twenty minutes drop into small sharp wash. Be prepared to turn left at next trail, drop down steep wash. Exit wash under last and largest Ironwood in the picnic area. Did you miss turn and end up at fork into double track? Turn back if so.
Turn left, north, and head 0.75 mile back uphill over speed humps to entry on Kinney Road. Turn left, westbound on Kinney road. Return 0.4 mile to opposing pullouts. Turn right, leaving north pullout onto Ironwood Trail. This sandy double track is more strenuous than technical. Scratched passed a Palo verde, when I noticed a cholla stump in the trail. Dodge those hissing thorns. Slithering fat footer Gila was orange with black spots. It stopped running when I dismounted. As I took a step towards from ten feet away it hissed. It then predatorily moved on. Did I really even want to get closer? Whiff it's mega bacteria laden breathe, not to mention they don't let go when they bite. Move on little dude.
Rode straight through the sandy wash, and then straight up the trail, where the upstream wash bears right. Made it back up to Gates Pass Road after 30 mins on Ironwood trail. Turned right, east, and pedaled uphill to G5 parking pullout.

For abbreviated ride, exclude "Sweet" portion, turning right at opposing pullouts. Leave at least one hour prior to sunset. If not bring flashlight for emergency. Game wardens do not like stragglers in the Tucson Mountain Park. Beware they are strict after dark. Animals complain about the noisy invasive humans.
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Aug 29 2004
Luno De Diablo
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51 male
 Joined Aug 09 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Luno De Diablo
Mtn Biking5.50 Miles
Mtn Biking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.67 mph
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Gates Pass Trail is an all time thread the needle through the gap o' cacti, dropping off rock erosion guards and in between natural outcroppings. The +1 mile rolling 4% grade makes this one scenic descent, even for ADVANCED beginners. Make no mistake every thing will make you bleed if you hit it. Thorn proofs are the only way over cholla and prickly pear pads. Switchbacks occur at all the wash crossings. Ascents up the otherside require technical balance.
After one mile, reached Kinney Road. I headed straight across the road through the acacia. Very scratchy. This ADVANCED technical route is the beginning of Prospector's Trail. You will need mule legs to make it up this bushy scree ascent. Very loose rock more suited to hiking. Descending from the saddle, loose scree again, I slid over more natural outcroppings. Fields of teddy bear cholla glistening in setting sun begged for photographs. Took the first right turn heading down west to the south end of Ironwood Picnic Area.
The next thing I knew I was facing a pack of 4-5 scattering coyotes. They ran to the edges, stopping to watch me. Glad they couldn't read the Beef Jerky label. As a practicioner of minimal disturbance I would not have gotten so close so fast, just couldn't see them as was approaching from east with sun in my eyes.
Last approach to picnic area is deep sandy. Crossed under the big ironwood then began trail ascent up to Kinney Road. "Sweet trail was meant to be ridden one way and this wasn't it.
At Kinney Road crossed directly over to parking lot then through opening on left. The last 1.5 miles back up is only 4% but on sandy double track. Good cardio spot for trail runners as well. Went straight in sandy wash. Continued straight onto trail where upstream wash turns right. In less than a quarter mile was back onto Gates Pass Road. Turned right back up to car. Ended with spectacular sunset.
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Feb 15 2003
fatoldsun
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
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We didn't make it all the way around because of time issues but I will make it back again to completely check this out. I have to say what made this hike extra speical was not only the terrain but something completely independent of the terran surroundings which was the cloud cover was spectacular on this day as can be seen in the photos. There were cloud bursts everywhere with the sun breaking through creating beautiful bright rays making the sky look like heaven. No other way to put it. :wink:
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