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Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CG - 13 members in 51 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 16 2021
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Fail, AZ 
Fail, AZ
 
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fricknaley
Run/Jog6.30 Miles 1,316 AEG
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Feeling very off from the get go, i decided to try running out to douglas springs anyway. that was a mistake. the wheels came completely off a little over 2 miles in and by 3, i had decided to just call the day a fail and turn around.

doesn't happen much, but it is always frustrating when it does
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Dec 29 2019
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
Pivo
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,509 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.58 mph
2,509 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Oct 14 2019
jrousoshammond
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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 14 2019
jrousoshammond
Backpack12.90 Miles 2,509 AEG
Backpack12.90 Miles
2,509 ft AEG   22 Hrs   15 Mns Break
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The plan was to camp at Juniper Basin and hopefully get up to TV Peak around sunset, but when I got to the visitor center to pick up my permit, they said that TVR/Juniper/Quilter/Grass Shack were all closed for herbicide :( They said the road to Miller Creek has been really bad lately, so that left Douglas Spring as the only option.

It was not a fun hike up in the afternoon, but luckily there was a decent breeze. Once I set up camp and the sun started going down, the weather was great. I scrambled up the little rock outcropping N/NW of the campground and enjoyed some more expansive views. The moon was BLINDINGLY bright overnight - I only needed a headlamp once or twice. The return trip in the morning was lovely.

Pretty buggy - bring repellent. Lots of pools, but didn't see much (if any) running water.
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Jan 24 2019
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Bridal Wreath Falls Loop, AZ 
Bridal Wreath Falls Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2019
markthurman53
Hiking8.09 Miles 1,384 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   2.30 mph
1,384 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
My visitor from Texas wanted to do something with a little more bite than the Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon but not as much as say Rincon Peak so I choose the Bridal Wreath Falls Hike. This hike has a fair amount of AEG and the trail is in good condition and To top it all off it has an interesting destination. There was a good flow over the falls or maybe I should say a heavy trickle. On the return route I chose the new Carrillo Trail (I guess it's not new now) to the three Tanks Trail then returned on the Wild horse Trail.

The GPS route along the Carrillo trail did something funny so the track isn't quite correct. Don't know what happened but when I left the Douglas Spring Trail onto the Carrillo Trail it went off on its own. It shows me climbing some hill before making a correction putting me back on the trail. Gremlins I guess.
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Dec 27 2018
thedesertmat
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45 male
 Joined Aug 23 2018
 Queen Creek, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 27 2018
thedesertmat
Backpack12.90 Miles 2,509 AEG
Backpack12.90 Miles1 Day         
2,509 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Went out for a quick overnighter with a good friend. The trailhead was packed and lots of people were out enjoying the idyllic Southern Arizona weather. By the time we passed the Bridal Wreath Falls junction, we only saw a couple other people. The forecast had been clear up until the morning of our departure, and rain was suddenly all-but-guaranteed. The skies began to darken later in the afternoon and about a half mile from the campground, the weather caught up to us and it began to rain. Thankfully, it let up long enough for us to setup camp and eat some dinner. We went to bed with a light drizzle and about 40 degree weather. I was woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of a large clump of heavy, wet snow falling from the mesquite above my tent. That morning we woke up to about 4 inches of show and frozen rain. We had breakfast, broke camp and headed back down. After a quick stop at Bridal Wreath, we concluded our trip just in time to grab some lunch in Tucson. There was a good amount of water available at the Spring.

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Wet and flowing. Lots of filterable water
Oct 28 2017
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 28 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog13.35 Miles 2,539 AEG
Run/Jog13.35 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   4.40 mph
2,539 ft AEG      8 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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nice to get out here sometimes.

the trail beyond the route to bridal wreath falls is a little overgrown with catclaw.

nice morning. a little toasty at the end but not too bad.

i officially declare pointy stabby pokey grass season open :y: :o :pout:
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Apr 09 2017
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 09 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog17.81 Miles 3,718 AEG
Run/Jog17.81 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   3.70 mph
3,718 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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first time up to cowhead saddle. douglas springs trail gets pretty steep after the campground, but it's nice up there

jogged what i could. legs felt really bad on the way down though. like really really bad :o

beautiful day for sure. saw a snake climb a tree in about 1 second. that was very bizarre!
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Jan 15 2015
BrettVet
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71 male
 Joined Apr 23 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Horseback avatar Jan 15 2015
BrettVet
Horseback10.00 Miles 2,509 AEG
Horseback10.00 Miles1 Day         
2,509 ft AEG
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Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue. They work with Pima County Sheriff’s department to haul hurt or lost hikes out of the mountains surrounding Tucson. The Sheriff’s department had a tryout for their elite Search and Rescue Division and needed a 185 lb. rescue dummy packed into the mountains so they could find it and haul it out on a stretcher. Previous attempts ended in frustration and I was volunteered by a friend. Apparently mule packing is becoming a lost art. I took it up when my arthris and AARP membership prevented me from doing any serious backpacking. The key to it is balance. Side to side and top to bottom and of course having a awesome pack mule ”Rosie.” Most of the "rescues" are hikers with twisted ankles or summer heat problems. A equine can carry them out a lot easier than a stretcher or helicopter. I must say we got some odd looks from passing hikers. Especially with the line of 15 deputies in uniform following close behind.
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Nov 29 2014
SpiderLegs
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 29 2014
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog13.20 Miles 2,509 AEG
Run/Jog13.20 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   4.28 mph
2,509 ft AEG
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Quick trip to Tucson to visit a friend from college and to see my folks. Decided to check out Douglas Springs and get in a run this morning before I left. Left my parent's house and it was a balmy 46 degrees and by the time I got to the trailhead it was barely 30 degrees. Couldn't believe that the temperature could drop 15 degrees in 8 miles. So the run started off pretty chilly.

Was one of the first cars in the small parking lot and after 10 minutes I had the trail all to myself. Nice steady climb up to the campground. First half of the trail was wide and clear, but the second half of the trail was quite overgrown. Couldn't see where I was putting my feet for large chunks of it. Plus a lot of the overgrowth were thorn covered shrubs of some sort, so my legs look like they went through a blender, had trails of blood running down my legs by the time I was done. One of the bushes up there had dried seed pods with the seed floating around in the middle of it. As you brushed by the bush, it sounded like a rattlesnake. Made me jump a little the first time it happened.

Went up a little past the campground, turned around and went back down the trail. Impressive views of the Catalinas, Tucson, Kitt Peak and Baboquiveri can be found on this trail. Got back down to the trailhead and couldn't believe how many cars were lined up down Speedway so people could hike on this trail. Looked around as I was driving off and noticed a distinct lack of HAZ stickers at the trailhead. Saw more HAZ stickers on I-10 driving home this afternoon.

Definitely a trail to keep on the short list when I visit my family. Only takes 15 minutes to get there from my parent's house.
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Aug 12 2014
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2014
The_Dude
Hiking13.40 Miles 2,509 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   3.17 mph
2,509 ft AEG      14 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I finished up with work a little early today, and the pending weather gave me ideas of taking a longer hike...this is the first hike I have been on in some time that I did not need my sunglasses for, kind of surreal. I made good time initially, but it started to sprinkle about a mile from the campground. I waited it out for a few minutes before stopping to stow all my electronics in a dry bag and grab my pack cover. The sky promptly opened up and dropped a ton of rain on me. There were some pretty close by lightning strikes, definitely a little close for my comfort level. When I got to the campground, I huddled inside the vault toilet (newer construction, didn't even stink yet!) to get out of the rain and re situate some things in my pack. I know huddling in an aluminum building in a thunderstorm is not the smartest ploy, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Now finally outfitted with my rain jacket (and completely soaked clothes otherwise) I left the privy and headed back to the trailhead, the rain stopped after about 10 minutes so I could take off the jacket again. Great views of Tucson and the Catalinas getting rained on. I had my phone packed up so not many pictures on this trip. Tanque Verde Peak was shrouded in clouds most of the trip, but it did pop out into view from time to time. Rincon and Mica were both out of view this whole trip. I did run into a few folks back by the trailhead, but otherwise another great dose of Desert Solitaire.
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Mar 07 2014
Jeffshadows
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43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2014
Jeffshadows
Hiking12.60 Miles 1,916 AEG
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Great day out there. Forgot to post last week. The trail crew has been out so it's in great condition. They also did a lot of work on Carillo and rerouted it so check that out on your way back to the TH, lots of good wildflower action up that way. The falls were trickling.
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Jan 18 2014
writelots
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48 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 18 2014
writelots
Backpack12.60 Miles 1,916 AEG
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Took a group of newbies out to Douglas Spring for the night. It was my first backpack in a long while, and it felt really good to be out on the trail with my world strapped to my back!

Trail was busy, no sign of wildflowers or even sprouts... I think it's going to be a dull spring in that part of the desert at least. The fairydusters were doing their best to make up for it, though.

Water was trickling at the campground. There were still patches of snow on the north facing slopes above us, including around Helen's Dome. We had our permits checked at the parking lot by the same ranger who I met at Manning Camp during my through hike in 2009's Easter snow storm. Love this place- such a small community of die hard fans!
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No sign of an annual bloom

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Flow in the creekbed
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Mar 27 2013
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Manning Camp via Douglas SpringTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking26.00 Miles 6,300 AEG
Hiking26.00 Miles   12 Hrs   55 Mns   2.29 mph
6,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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This was a long trail. Not too rough, just lllonnng. The grade averages only 10%, but it's really long. The weather was quit nice, 60 deg while I was at Manning resting. The air was pretty dusty, making for few decent pics. Coming down was not much easier than going up. Either way it was Really Long !!! :stretch:
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Mar 27 2012
michellancholy
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36 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2012
michellancholy
Hiking12.60 Miles 1,916 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   3.20 mph
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Mar 25 2012
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog27.60 Miles 6,674 AEG
Run/Jog27.60 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   5.89 mph
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James, Jamil, and I joined the Tucson Trail Runners for their annual Mica Mountain Marathon. After reaching the summit, we took a side trip to Spud Rock for a better view. Talk about a tough climb, 6000 plus feet of gain on the way to the summit! Pretty dry up to 7,000ft, where a little bit of snow melt created a few streams.
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Mar 17 2012
writelots
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48 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
writelots
Hiking12.80 Miles 1,916 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs      2.13 mph
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From the sublime, to the ridiculous to the sublimely ridiculous!

My friends Sarah and Carla have a 'walking birthday party' each year out on the Douglas Springs trail. Timing this year was perfect, and we headed out on St. Patty's day with full regalia and bling! So much fun. It was quite warm on the hike out to the campground, I actually got a bit of a sunburn in spite of using my new Chrome Dome over half the way. We hung around for about an hour at the campground, eating lunch and scratching our lottery cards. I even brought out a couple cans of nice Grand Canyon brew to share.

The hike back was in totally different weather. The wind picked up, making it hard to keep our bling on. The temp stayed high, but the wind cooled things off a lot. By the time we were back at the cars, it was getting less pleasant all the time. So nice to hike on a kind, easy trail for a change ;)
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Jan 07 2012
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2012
GrottoGirl
Hiking20.70 Miles 4,972 AEG
Hiking20.70 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.60 mph
4,972 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Started at 6:45 at Douglas Springs Trailhead. Continued on to Douglas Springs Campground where we had a snack. Went up to Cow Head Saddle. I had a bit of a struggle due to some leg cramping. The best I can figure is that sitting for hours during our big trip and jet lag decrease performance.

We made our way over to Tanque Verde Peak. In that section there was some catclaw that try to prevent our progress (not really but it's catclaw and catclaw is not fun). We encountered some snow patches as we got closer to the peak. In some spots it was on the trail and crusted over with ice. It's nice to see snow! We hung out at the peak for a bit and had lunch.n I fed everyone some truffles to help fuel them for the rest of the hike.

Then we descended to Juniper Basin. I had never done the section of trail between the peak and the basin so I was excited to cover some new territory. One of the things I saw was one of the tallest cane cholla I've ever seen. It was around 6 feet tall and it was using a tree as scaffolding. This section of the trail has barely been touched by fire and has beautiful trees.

We stopped briefly at the campground and then continued our way out on the Tanque Verde Ridge trail. We paused for a minute to say hi to Mr. Macdougal (a cactus that I visit every time I'm on that trail). As we got closer to the trailhead the more tired and sore I became.

Awesome hike! Definitely one to do again...

When we got home I was so hungry I ate half of a medium pizza and some bread sticks all by myself!

Big thanks to Bill and Batsheva for setting up the car shuttle and organizing the hike!
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46 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2012
RedwallNHops
Hiking20.70 Miles 4,972 AEG
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Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 07 2011
Mountain_Rat
Backpack18.20 Miles 4,461 AEG
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With the weather outlook improving, I headed out with the intention of doing a night at Douglas Spring, over to Juniper for a second night then out the TV trail. I started the trail late in the morning when it was pretty pleasant out, but it went cold very quickly as the sun set.
Sunrise came late with a chilly wind and cloudy skies. Not sure of the weather, I altered my plan down to hitting Cow Head Saddle without my pack, turning around and heading back out the way I came. I made the saddle and back somewhere around noon. Though still cloudy, the weather had otherwise improved and I was regretting my change of plan.
Plan C, I'll stay at Douglas one more night and formulate plan D. That went out the window at about 14:00 when it started to drizzle. Not wanting to spend the next 18 hours in a tent, I packed it up and headed home. Wouldn't ya know the rain quit as soon as I got to the car.
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Nov 11 2011
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 Portland, OR
Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CGTucson, AZ
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Run/Jog12.90 Miles 2,463 AEG
Run/Jog12.90 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   49 Secs4.38 mph
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I have been looking forward to doing this run for some time now. Today the weather was perfect: low 70s/high 60s, and a good amount of cloud cover. I have only been past the falls once, and I forgot how great the views are. As you head up the trail you get an excellent view of Mica Mountain, and on the way back the view of Tucson & the Catalinas is fantastic.
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