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Jan 25 2020
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking9.31 Miles 2,412 AEG
Hiking9.31 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.17 mph
2,412 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Nov 21 2019
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2019
Mountain_Rat
Hiking3.56 Miles 603 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles      59 Mns   3.62 mph
603 ft AEG16.2 LBS Pack
 
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Went to pick up my new pack, and head home, but then decided I could spare an hour to test it out. The timing was perfect too, as the sky was pretty heavy and it was spitting a little bit. I hit the button at 13:35 and headed into a light mist. By the 1/2 mile mark it was officially raining, and by 1-1/4 I was officially freezing (had rain gear in the pack, but didn't want to burn time getting it out). The next 1 mile would be behind a hill blocking the wind, so I had a decent break before the chilly home stretch. It had cooled down quite a bit, which kept me moving the rest of the way. As short as this hike was, it really scratched an itch that I've had for days.
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Nov 15 2019
Mountain_Rat
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 Guides 11
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2019
Mountain_Rat
Hiking6.75 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.43 mph
1,400 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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Started out heading for Wasson, but the wind was in my face the whole way up canyon, so I cut it short at King Saddle. Maybe tomorrow.
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Mar 16 2019
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.08 mph
2,180 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Took 3 guys out on a hike, first time in Tucson Mountains for them, and some of them the first time hiking in a long time. They made it but were quite tired. Was a nice little outing for me. Had heard the wildflowers were the greatest in years now in this range, but this trail didn't have all that much.
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Mar 09 2019
SpiderLegs
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53 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
SpiderLegs
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.45 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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Forgot how much I enjoy cool, crisp hikes as long as it's not windy. Hit the trail bright and early, again finding out that Tucson hikers must like to sleep in because I had almost the entire parking lot to myself upon arrival. Probably the easiest 2100 feet of gain I've ever hiked along with well marked and non-technical trails. Bonus points for being able to hit the trailhead in just about 20 minutes from my house if I hit the traffic lights just right.

Nice introduction to the Tucson Mountains and a chance to get the lay of the land. Will have to keep this area in mind when I get back to trail running and need non-technical trails that are somewhat runnable.
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Jan 06 2019
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 06 2019
fricknaley
Run/Jog9.20 Miles 2,228 AEG
Run/Jog9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   4.38 mph
2,228 ft AEG      3 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 
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chasing off the storm. had a pretty solid run up wasson from sweetwater. up in 1:11

summit totally socked in and pretty cold.

much better weather down low. more people than i expected.
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Jun 08 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 08 2018
Mountain_Rat
Run/Jog5.70 Miles 1,110 AEG
Run/Jog5.70 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   58 Secs4.12 mph
1,110 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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Sweetwater Preserve was PACKED with mountain bikers by 0630, so I shifted my plan to run the Sweetwater Trail instead (confused? Everything in the area has 'sweetwater' in the name). The 5.7 mile distance was the significant control for today's event, but the enormous difference in AEG threw everything out of wack.

Though a trail run was my intent, and it is listed as such, this one almost fell back into the 'hike' category. It was tougher than anticipated, for sure, but was the awakening of a new challenge that I plan to put a whoopin on at my very earliest opportunity.
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May 20 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.21 mph
2,320 ft AEG
 
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Had the chores done by 07:00, with nothing on the books til noon. Only 2 deg hotter today, but without a breeze, it seemed much warmer.
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May 06 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs      3.18 mph
1,345 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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08:50 start
Sunny, 94 - 102 deg, light breeze kept me cool.
Carried 100 oz (for consistent weight), drank ~30

The ironwoods in the Tucson Foothills are casting a subtle, lavender huge to the area lately.
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May 01 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.90 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   3.39 mph
2,150 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 
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Just in town for a few days. Went out to burn some energy for the 3 hours I had to spare. Excellent weather for mid-day, desert hiking.
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Apr 19 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,320 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.21 mph
2,320 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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After spending most of the previous 72 hours trapped in a moving vehicle, I really needed a leg stretcher. As wiped out as I was, I had a ton of energy simmering inside, so I just swung in to the TH and went. I must have been only semi-conscious, cuz the whole thing is kind of blurry now, but I know it was really windy. Other than that, it was pretty pleasant out and I was appreciative to be out.

Had a pretty good run, all things considered; Up in 01:29, down in 01:22, 85-ish deg, winds 15-ish w/ 25+ sustained along the upper ridge, drank 40 ozs of warm water, saw only 1 couple the whole trip.

Now if you'll excuse me, I really need a nap. :zzz:
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Mar 13 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking6.37 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking6.37 Miles   2 Hrs      3.19 mph
1,335 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
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Short on time, but last chance for the week. Set a timer for 1 hour then turned back. Finished in exactly 2:00:00. My uphill and downhill speeds seem to be tightening up. Not sure if that's good or bad. Also, my average HR on the up averaged 147 bpm (I was pushing) for a solid hour. The overall hike averaged 135 bpm.
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Mar 01 2018
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   3.03 mph
2,180 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Day 106 of recovery:

Did pretty good today. I'm up to 194 lbs and wore a pack for the first time. Though only using about 8 ozs of water, I carried 110 ozs. I also carried a bunch of crap that I would use on an all day hike, just to see how that would work out. I'm still a few minutes behind my benchmark, but with less pain and repercussion.

I ran into a couple of the Saddlebrook girls, Bertie and Margaret who had diverted here to avoid snow on Tanque Verde Peak (their original plan). Good to see them again.

Nice to get out on a pretty perfect day. :)
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Feb 18 2018
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ 
Tucson Mountain Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking12.90 Miles 3,107 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.82 mph
3,107 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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When they said 90 days recovery, they meant it. This is day 93, and while it's still a bit uncomfortable getting out of bed in the morning, I feel pretty good once I'm vertical.

I set out today to do a test run on my benchmark trail, Wasson Peak. When I'm on par, it's 1:30 to the peak from the ECDC TH. While it was 1:37 today, about half of that discrepancy goes to the 25 hikers that I had to wait for as I tried to pass. All said, I am back to normal as far as pace goes. With that thought now seated in my head, I'm curious about my endurance.

I decided that since it was such a nice day, and I had only used a little of my water, that I would stretch this one out by taking the Hugh Norris :next: Sendero Esperanza :next: King Canyon route back, adding 3.75 miles to my trek. This worked out nicely, taking exactly the 5 hours I had to spare before getting back to not having a life, here on the couch. :?

The take away seems to be that I've got my speed back (at least reasonably so), but my dogs are barking a bit over a 13 mile stretch. Looks like I have to work on my long game now.
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Jan 06 2018
Mountain_Rat
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 Guides 11
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 Photos 625
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.14 Miles 998 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.57 mph
998 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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First hike of 2018 and day 57 of being incapacitated. Nice to see some sample of a trail, but very frustrating at the same time. I figure I'm at about 20% right now. Recovery seems sooooo sloooow! Shooting for the King Saddle in a few days and Wasson Peak within the week.
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Sep 01 2017
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Mines 'n' Such, AZ 
Sweetwater Mines 'n' Such, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.65 mph
1,300 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Went exploring in the hills near home.
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Aug 30 2017
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
SNP West Sweetwater Sendero Esperanza Loop, AZ 
SNP West Sweetwater Sendero Esperanza Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2017
markthurman53
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,026 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.70 mph
3,026 ft AEG      55 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Started the hike at 0530 at the El Camino Del Cerro trail Head on Saguaro National Park West. Great time to start so I could be done by 1100. Some of the benefits of starting early is that you get great views of the night lights of Tucson and you get to see the sunrise over Redington Pass. If I started any earlier I would of had to bring a flashlight to check the trail for snakes, as it was there was enough light to see the trail, kind of. Made it to Sweetwater Saddle and the King Canyon Trail in just a little over an hour. Continued on up to Wasson Peak. The King Canyon Trail to Wasson Peak is fairly steep but with a steady pace it wasn't difficult. There are a couple of abandon mines along the trail on the way up to the Hugh Norris Trail and took a little time to check them out. They are fenced off but still worth the stop. The Views from Wasson peak (and the ridge before Wasson Peak) are awesome, good view of all of Saguaro National Park. Stayed a short time on the peak but not too long because I wanted to get done with this hike before it got too hot. From Wasson Peak I took the Hugh Norris Trail to the Sendero Esperanza Trail. The Hugh Norris Trail is in really good condition and the lower parts from Amole Peak west are like a freeway, 3 mph down hill is easy to do. From this trail there are some good views of the Mile Wide Mine and saguaro National Park north (Though not as good as from Wasson Peak). Took the Sendero esperanza Trail back to the King Canyon Trail. This Trail follows what looks like an old road, probably leading to various abandon mines, one of which is the Gould Mine. This was one of the larger and more profitable mines that were in the Tucson Mountains. Once on the King Canyon Trail I took this back up to the Sweetwater Trail. From the King Canyon Trail junction there is a 600 foot climb back up to Sweetwater Saddle. By 0930 it was definitely getting a little warm for this portion of the hike and I opted to take a break at the saddle to cool down, Luckily there was a slight breeze. Made it back down to the start point in just a little over an hour, thanks to the fact that the Sweetwater Trail is in pretty good condition. This would be a fun hike to do maybe an hour earlier to be on Wasson Peak at Sunrise or start on the King Canyon Trail and allow about an hour to get to Wasson Peak.
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May 18 2017
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,312 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.26 mph
1,312 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
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SAR mission for my glasses. Hard to find my glasses without my glasses.
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Mar 16 2017
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.00 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   3.30 mph
950 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
 
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Did Pusch this a.m. Had time to throw on a little weight and burn out a few miles.
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Nov 30 2016
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Tucson Mountain Tour, AZ 
Tucson Mountain Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking20.27 Miles 4,979 AEG
Hiking20.27 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.94 mph
4,979 ft AEG      2 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Thanks to old machinery breaking, I managed a couple of days off again. Though much of my time will be spent in personal biz, I needed a long beater to burn today away. As I did last week in a similar situation, I hit the Tucson Mountains. With the weather like it is in Tucson right now, the time is perfect to hit these hills. I figured I had time for about 20 miles, so that's what I did. These lower altitude hikes are probably gonna remain on the menu for the next several months, or until I get used to wearing warmer clothes.
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average hiking speed 2.46 mph
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