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Mar 01 2015
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Newman Peak TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking6.34 Miles 3,406 AEG
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Newman is a prominant peak seen while driving between Phoenix and Tucson across I 10 from Picacho Peak. It can be viewed from hikes in the Superstitions, Catalinas, and many points elsewhere.

I have been wanting to hike Newman since the first time I stood atop Picacho Peak. Access to Newman has always been an issue. 17 miles of dirt road put this one on the back burner for years. Until now.

rwstorm (Randy) decided to show some HAZers a route up the west side that includes much easier access to a trailhead. A great opportunity for me to meet Randy and knock out this rugged peak.

The drive in is a little rough in spots, but passable with 2 wd with medium clearance. I wouldn't try it with a low clearance vehicle.

The hike begins by crossing the CAP canal which is cool by itself. The route goes by an old mine site with interesting relics lying about. From there it's up a big boulder strewn wash, hang a left up a ravine, and head for the peak!

Beautiful scenery all day. Views, rock formations, geology, flowers...

The hike across to South Newman is outstandin as well and the views from there are incredible. The route down is at a decent grade, so not too sketchy. The footing is pretty good throughout considering the type of hike this is.

Love this hike. Many thanks to Randy, Todd, and Kelly for including me. Great to meet Randy finally. Thanks for driving Todd and for the after hike ice cold Dale's. Fantastic day! :)
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Feb 16 2015
Jim_H
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Despite what I wrote in my last log, I realized that I simply had to go back out. I was to just be "smart" about it, however. I went up and down the same route, I stuck to the gully, and I avoided hazards as I could. I cliffed out only once and in the gully, and only ran into cat claw, which still tore me up but was better than cholla. I bled more, though. I also got tired of the cobble road and since the last time on it threw my tire balance out, I stopped much lower and added some elevation. The walk in is nice, and actually the desert out here is worth visiting even if you aren't going to the top.

Conditions were a little nicer this time, but it is rather humid from that low in Mexico. The views were hazy and it was cool, but still above "normal". I much prefer 80s. Some grass is losing it's green, but there are abundant bird calls.
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Feb 14 2015
Jim_H
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,530 AEG
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Two days in a row saw me driving back out to the wildlife watering tanks to hike this. Unlike yesterday, I didn't cliff out half way up. Instead, I went a bit further south of the ridge I was climbing due to cholla, rocks, and unfamiliarity with the hike, and went for a sub-peak. It wasn't the big one, but that is further away. I went over to the summit and had to avoid a few more cliff sections. From there, down to the tanks, again cliffs, and made a huge mistake going well below where I should have been and cliffed out above where I cliffed out below, yesterday. Then I ran around like a mad man, gaining and loosing ground, going back and forth burning precious daylight. I didn't want to become a statistic and forced myself on a steep path with lots of lose rock, sharp pointy plants that are filled with hate, and greasy green grass over the rocks. I was back on the less deadly slopes before sunset, and my car by 645. I won't do this again for a while, and would only do it with other people. I think, for me, it is just stupid solo. My corpse would fester out there for days, before someone missed me. It is too steep, cliffy, and treacherous to hike like I hoped, and though I may summit once more, I doubt it will be another orange dot hike any time soon.
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Feb 13 2015
Jim_H
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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I considered tagging Newman and making this a generic hike titled, "Newman Attempt", but I think a tag has the same affect as logging a trip, with respect to the map dots.

Anyway, an attempt on Newman. I got my car out to the wildlife tanks, and could have made the summit if I had paid more attention to the cliffs above me. I sat for a while, descended thinking I would regain ground and eventually I accepted I was going to have to return tomorrow. It is a lot harder than it seems, but it is all off trail.
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Feb 08 2015
Jim_H
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking3.67 Miles 2,180 AEG
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I have wanted to do this for several years, at least since 2012 and maybe 2011, as when I would drive past it coming from Kayenta and/or Flagstaff, it is such a impressive and exciting looking mountain that I really wanted to summit it. It is sort of harder to access, and if I should repeat it as I hope to do before the weather warms to high over 90 or so in the desert, I expect to not get my Outback in as far as Chumley's truck and thus I will have several more miles and a few hundred more feet of AEG. It is however, an interesting and currently a very green area to enter. Lots of birds in the area, too.

Otherwise, what can be said? A fun scramble hike for long periods going up, interesting terrain, attractive vegetation with massively tall Saguaros and a few really old junipers on the top, awesome views, bird calls, perfect warm temps (for me), interesting Geology: Pusch's smaller brother?, and an over all great hike. I wish access was slightly easier, but I expect familiarity with the area would improve that aspect of the hike. Also, a lack of a trail, a trailhead, and the unimproved roads means solitude in a very populated area on a prominent and impressive peak, that would otherwise be overflowing in a fashion similar to Picacho Peak. Either way, a great hike!
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Feb 08 2015
chumley
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking3.68 Miles 2,182 AEG
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Jim was interested in summiting Newman and I was interested in a return trip. With Sunday off after a long work week that ended around midnight Saturday night, I was ready to get back outside. But it made for a late start on a warm day. We took a leisurely pace up, and stayed to the right of the gully the entire way. Winter rains have made everything incredibly green. There was grass everywhere, and I found it more comforting to hike on the driest, sun-exposed slopes.

Don't know if this peak is visited as rarely as it seems or if people just don't sign the register. There were only 4 entries since my last visit just over 2 years ago!

For the trip down, I opted for a new route, out to the east a bit. I wanted to check out the big water tanks I had seen on the way up. Looks to be just the remains of an older and unmaintained system now. From there we went down a nice ridge before cutting the corner a bit back toward the road, opting to stay above the wash that would have led directly to the truck.

It could be the last couple of miles of rough dirt road, or maybe the State Trust permit required to access the area, but this is a really fun mountain and it gets relatively little use for how close it is to the 5 million people in Phoenix and Tucson.
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Jan 26 2014
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking4.10 Miles 2,230 AEG
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:y: Out Geocaching, had to make the trip up. Where the trail split in the GPX file, we up the ravine. Came down the northern trail in the GPX file... I think that would have been easier going up. Winds were calm at the top, great weather. Almost missed the benchmark under the summit logs. Took 45 min break at top. :y:
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking4.10 Miles 2,230 AEG
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Chumley was in touch with Bob about hiking Newman Peak. He asked if I was interested and of course I was. We made our way to the trailhead followed by Liz & Tim. We arrived and started making our way up. Right from the start it's all off trail and you follow the drainage up. As we proceeded we kept looking back and finally saw a group of HAZers making their up near the trailhead. We continued on and followed the drainage up.

The "hike" up is definitely some work but nothing overwhelming. We made slow and steady progress and eventually reached the saddle. From there it was a short hike across the ridge followed by another scramble towards the summit. Finally we neared the summit and cruised up the final section. The hike up took roughly an hour and fifteen minutes.

Once on the summit Chumley and I had a look around. It was extremely windy and chilly. After a few minutes Liz and Tim joined us. We were getting ready to return when Bob's group showed up. After a few minutes chatting we combined forces for a lunch break in a small clearing surrounded by rocks that helped block the wind. We chatted for a while and then our group started making our way back towards the saddle. Bob's group was going over to the south end and we were heading down. We said our goodbyes and then the four of us proceeded down.

We got back to the truck and started making the drive out when we passed Bob's SUV parked along side the road. Chumley stopped his truck with an evil grin on his face and jumped out. He walked over to Bob's car and cleaned the back window and then placed a HAZ decal on the window. I wonder if their group saw it. See pics

Afterward we made our way back to Phoenix. It was good meeting everyone and hope to hike with all of you again down the road!
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Jan 06 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,536 AEG
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Helloooo Jerry!

The drive in is blah. Don't think a Caddy will suffice, high clearance best for some dry mud ruts.

Ridges are my preferred off-trail way to ascend as ravines typically get choked with vegetation. Bob mentioned a ravine up and I was skeptical. It turned out to be quite awesome. It's loose and steep in areas but nothing remotely technical.

Chilly and windy up top. Good to see and chat with other HAZ'ers.

I really liked the area. The saguaro concentration was thick. Which was unexpected after the drive in. The light colored rock is a nice alternative.
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No water. Only witnessed a red Chuparosa or Penstemon type wildflower.
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Hiking5.37 Miles 2,765 AEG
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Jan 06 2013
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.82 Miles 2,009 AEG
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Liz, Tim, 9L and I got up at a ridiculous hour of the day to enjoy a spectacular sunrise at the top of Picacho Peak. On our way down we decided that it would be a waste of a day not to do something else, so we headed across the I-10 and grabbed a few delicious carbs at the DQ before the excellent adventure that is the road to the start of the Newman hike. If you ever need to get somewhere on a crazy road, you can't go wrong with Liz as your driver in her Suby.

It was 34 degrees and we headed up the drainage for 10-15 minutes before we all decided to lose a layer or two. In the distance we saw another vehicle headed our way and figured it could only be some crazy Hazzers. It took 9L and me 1:15 to get to the peak, with Tim and Liz a few minutes behind. It was nice to see the other Hazzers arrive a few minutes later. The top was uncomfortably cold, with a steady 30 mph wind. We descended a bit to a sheltered spot below the boneyard that both Bob and I had noticed on the way up.

After 45 min or so of snacking and humor we all headed back down to the saddle. We had a planned fundraiser to attend and decided to head down, while the others headed west toward the lower peak.

I somehow acquired a stack of HAZ stickers a year or two ago, and I keep them in my truck and usually offer them to fellow hikers when I first hike with them. As we were driving out I noticed that the other HAZ vehicle parked out there didn't have a sticker so I decided to do a good deed. Yeah. So that might not have turned out quite as well as I had hoped. Might not do that again.

Hiking-wise however, a good day all around!
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,536 AEG
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January 6th,2012, I went for a run at Reach 11 and spent a typical day doing fun stuff and then that night we went to dinner with friends.

January 6th, 2013, I went hiking with friends and then went to dinner with other friends and this time RJ joined us :y: .

Sometimes hikes start because of a comment or text or pm. Dr. Needle sent me a text and we came up with a date and he told me to invite Joey Gumdrop and anyone else I could think of that needed to be secretly biopsied.

I think Chris(Marlin) summed up the days events best 2 edits.....no notes. ;)
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,536 AEG
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bobby rocket feet invited me on his hike up newman peak, which i've wanted to do forever. the views up top were even better than i'd imagined, though it was pretty frickin cold and windy up there. we did find a nice spot to chat for a while, out of the wind.

great to see some familiar old faces and meet a couple new HAZers too. hopefully we'll cross paths again sometime soon :y:
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Newman Peak - Southeast RouteTucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,536 AEG
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Always wanted to hike this one after seeing it from Picacho. Nice hike, a lot shorter than I expected. Unfortunately the wind made it hard to enjoy the top. Probably better not stay too long anyways with all the EMF.

Thanks for organizing this, Bob and Nick! And thanks for driving, Bob! High clearance and a good GPS track is needing for getting to the trailhead.
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I can't top Chum's triplog, so here it is, haha: http://hikearizona.com/trip=84232 oh, the memories..
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Hiking5.05 Miles 2,279 AEG
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Wally and I got together for a New Years peak bag. Since I had the permit and he had the 4WD vehicle we were able to pull it off. Great hike, thanks for driving Wally!
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Hiking4.00 Miles 2,228 AEG
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Thanks for inviting me guys. It was fun. The beer at the end was :y: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd5PQpqBRag
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Hiking4.00 Miles 2,228 AEG
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Not sure but I think I saw Bob on this hike. He appeared to be somewhere near the start of the hike and was at the Jeep waiting when we got back down. Other than that he was just a blur! Cool hike for sure. This was the first time I looked down on Picacho and it looked SMALL.

Amy thanks for driving. Bob thanks for navigating. I would say getting to the start of the of the hike through the maze of roads and gates is more difficult that getting to the top of Newman.

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Wow, what an adventure! Just from the drive in, trying to find our way through a MAZE of non-signed dirt roads and dodging ditches and especially on the way out in the dark was an adventure on it's own! I would highly recommend anyone doing this to be as smart as Bobby & download the track to just get in! John & I would've been driving around for a long time trying to find our way to the start. Oh, and the road is horrible, so do NOT take your Cadillac back there! :D

We picked what we thought looked like the best 'route' up, in the main drainage. Lots of scrambling involved. I actually christened the adventure by stepping on a wobbly rock & falling on my tail bone. OUCH! My tail bone is bruised, but what hurts the most is the split open palm of my hand. That's the WORST spot to get cut open! I left some blood trails on some of the rocks on the way up, so you can look for that to follow our route. :lol:

I only put Bob as a partner because he did ride in the car with us for a while, but other than that, we only saw glimpses of him scurrying up and down the peak like a freakin' squirrel! ;) Thanks for saving us on the way in & out Bob, it was good to see your butt again anyway. :sl:
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Hiking7.60 Miles 2,155 AEG
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Victory - at long last. :y:

I don't know whether to consider myself stubborn or stupid but on the fourth try I finally summited this mountain. Being a native of Tucson I have passed Newman many times while shuttling between the cities and always wanted to climb it. Also, when I was very young, there was a tragic loss of two children who wandered from their parents broken down car toward the mountain. :pray:

Newman peak is the big brother to Picacho peak. Like a lot of "bigs" it is over shadowed by the curtness of the "little" However, what it lacks in cuteness it makes up in nastiness presenting itself as a long, steep bushwhack or impassible cliffs. :scared:

These are the obstacles you find once you overcome the drive to get to the trail head. This time the drive in was much better due to the rancher having spent some time grading the roads. The long dry spell also helped by making the road a slippery dirt bath rather than a mud bog. Even more amazing was making it without a single missed turn, back tract or look at the map. I knew we were on a roll when we pulled up to the fourth gate only 2 1/2 hours after starting in Scottsdale and the temperature pleasantly cool.

We hiked the road towards the drainage with no difficulty and the jackrabbits were out in force. I saw a sidewinder track in the sandy road but never saw a snake which was surprising given the recent warm weather. Someone had kicked over the cairn that marks the turn across the wash so we got to do a bit of warm-up bushwhacking before catching the road again.

The road ends near the bottom of the drainage and we than set off on the cairn less boulder hopping bushwhack towards the saddle. The first part is not too bad and you get to climb a few small falls, boulder hop between and occasionally walk the bank. This all stops at the big overhanging boulder which marks the beginning of the steep ballbearing rock slog to the saddle. I was pleased to see that the cairns I built for myself in 2009 were still there marking the critical approach to the down climb. They proved useful again on the return.

We made the saddle quite quickly and then followed the ridge line up. This last ridge walk went very quickly and of course I kicked myself for having given up on it on the last trip.

There is a final piece of the ridge which you can traverse around on the east or west. I went west above the very nice white cliffs and Lily traversed east around and through a bunch of boulders. My route lead past a long dead cow :yuck: and I was taunted by a flock of ravens hoping that would be me in a day or so.

Lunch on the summit was spent examining the antennas and admiring the rather old technology solar panels. You didn't think two engineers would be looking at the scenery did you? Actually the scenery was obscured by a lot of smoke from a southern Arizona brush fire so what should have been a great view turned into just looking down on Picacho.

We made great time going down and managed to avoid major rock or person falls. In fact we made such good time we could have climbed Picacho and still been home by dark. Instead, we opted for a stop at the Dairy Queen.

Getting this one off my list is very satisfying :GB: but just fuels the curiosity: Is there a better route from the north east? How did Randy find his way up from the North West? That second peak to the south looks like it needs company and it isn't littered with communications equipment. Dairy queen sure is good after being sweat drenched...
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