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Jan 03 2015
GrottoGirl
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 Tucson, AZ
Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking4.18 Miles 1,933 AEG
Hiking4.18 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   1.29 mph
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Needed a good off-trail hike so we did the peak and then explored in a couple drainages to look for peppers. Found an abandoned poorly gated mine. Interesting day!
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Jan 03 2015
Pivo
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 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking4.18 Miles 1,933 AEG
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Nice area, third time we have visited in the past 3 months.
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Oct 04 2014
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Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking6.84 Miles 3,193 AEG
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Total Belinda bushwack today; 9.5 hours for an under 7 mile hike. We never saw a trail/route once. There was a short road segment near the end. Everybody brought 5L + of water, however with the total sun exposure, and the time out, most of us ran out of water. Thankfully due to heavy late season rainfall there was water in the small creeks we were able to filter.

Lots,and lots of late season wildflowers, in addition there were wild Chiltepin peppers in the canyons.
Great day was finished off nicely at Wisdom's Dos in Tubac.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rock Corral Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Oct 04 2014
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Hiking6.84 Miles 3,193 AEG
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Tumacacori Peak is a great hike and I'm sure rest of the high points in the area around Rock Corral Canyon are also great hikes. But why I decided to combine them in one hike for Alt Hiking meetup while it's still freaking hot out is beyond me...

Anyway, we choose a weakness in the cliffs on the southeast side as an approach up the peak. We went up a gully and then up a short chimney with some easy climbing moves. From there we scrambled up the ridge to the peak. Great views from the top in all directions. It was especially nice to look at the Santa Ritas from that angle.

From there we worked our way down the north east side of the peak. We were stopped by cliffs so we headed a bit north to work our way around them. Cliffs seemed to be the name of the game from there out. In addition to the cliff, the vegetation was lush and high, we couldn't see the loose rocks below that we had to step on. Every step was a mastery of balance and a prayer that a rattler wasn't hiding below.

It was hot and we stopped a few times in the shade when we could to rehydrate and eat. It became apparent that there was no way we were completing the hike as planned. Finally we were struggling to find a way around a cliff when someone said they only had one of their bottles of water left! So, we planned a retreat. We were in a really crappy spot but we decided it was best to head down. Once we made the decision we looked up and saw a bunch of bees (or other bugs) swarming near the peak we were close to. I was glad not to have to go through that.

The route down was extremely steep. We tried to make sure we were not in the fall line as we traveled. At some point, someone yelled "Rock". I saw it coming and moved out of the way. This rock was HUGE! And it acted more like a bowling ball curving down a lane. It was directly heading towards one of my friends and he didn't seem to realize it. I yelled down to him that "A rock is coming straight at you! MOVE!" I saw him leap out of the way, but was he all the way out of the way? That was the long couple of seconds, waiting, waiting for him to say "I'm fine." Whew! He later said I saved his life because he thought he was well out of the way of any rocks that might have come down and so he was ignoring all the chatter he was hearing above...

Anyway, we ended up in a drainage and we successfully completed the second objective of the hike: to see the Chiltepin in the wild! I have one in my backyard that looks like it will deliver about 700 peppers in the next few weeks. That's great, but to see a wild one was the real reason we were in
the Tumacacoris. This area of the Tumacacoris is in the little known Wild Chile Botanical Preserve.

We still weren't done. We continued down the drainage but the vegation just would let up so we moved up on a ridge. Travel was still extremely difficult but some better. We took another break to make sure no one was getting too tired. A couple of the group was ready before the others and they started out. I didn't see where they were until I saw them heading back into the drainage. There was no way I wanted to fight that level of vegation. We yelled down and then headed up the ridge. We almost regroup but yet another cliff was in our way. So we went down into a different drainage, which actually had some clear spots and more Tepins! We finally regrouped and hit the Rock Corral Canyon 4x4 road and returned to the car. We were a bit tired, our clothes were caked in seeds, and we were a bit battered. But alive! Nothing like a good bushwhack to remind you how precious life is!
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Sep 02 2007
Kazarian
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 Joined Dec 06 2007
 Tucson, AZ
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Kazarian
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New to the Santa Cruz River Valley; the "Palm of God's Hand." My second time up Tumacacori Peak.
6 of us went out: 3 young bucks, 3 older bulls. Approached Tumacacori Peak from the North. Surprised at how lush it was from my last visit in late May. I took my fellows to the west of the ridge that juts North of the Peak. Great hike. Looking to establish a shorter way up, certainly from the East. Got some good shots from the top.
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Jan 29 2006
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Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles
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Tumacacori Peak - January 29, 2006

On one of those hot fudge sundae Arizona days -- the kind where you're shivering at dawn and soaking your T-shirt by noon -- Ruth and David and Dennis and I hiked to a saddle just below Tumacacori Peak.

There are no trails in this area, so we approached via a 4WD road that hooks around the south of the mountain. We parked the Taco Ma about two miles in, and staked out a route that would take us along a comb just to the right of the wash.

The wash is packed with dollops of yellow tuff, and the sides are riddled with caves, pour-offs and abandoned mines. When the ledge Ruth and I were following dead-ended at a cliff, we had to exit through a rabbit hole.

It took us about an hour-and-a-half to reach the saddle. The summit is actually some distance south of this point, and the saddle may not be the best approach.

For the return trip, we decided to cross over to the other side, following along the base of the impressive castle of yellow tuff at the head of the canyon.

There was even more brush on the west side of the wash, although we did encounter occasional "trail-like" conditions.

There are some fine-looking basins near the bottom of the wash. We vowed to return after a good rainstorm. For today, we had to make do with ice cream and coffee in Tubac.

Photos at http://www.desertlavender.com/tumacacor ... i_peak.asp
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Dec 11 2005
Hakatai
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This was several months back so the details are a little sketchy and the date is approximate. The access around there is interesting due to a housing development in in the canyon north of the peak. We parked at the private property boundrey and headed south. We crossed the drainage then worked our way to the east side of the mountain. Followed the path of least resistance up a drainage missing the cliffs. Only a bit of scambling but about 3/4 up some pesky brush was encountered. Also very steep and somewhat loose footing.

The summit was pretty nice but not particularly inviting as a rest stop. On a clear day it would be even nicer.

We didn't want to try our luck going back down the same route. So we headed northwest then almost due north before heading back east to avoid the steep east side of the peak. In retrospect that may have been a mistake. All was going well but then we realized why we hadn't picked that route for the acsent, the cliffband. Not to bad but Lucky the dog wasn't in to being lowered. So we ended up going much farther north than we would have prefered to weave through the cliff band on talus and brush.

All in all it was more fun than being beaten with a baseball bat and having a bag of cats dumped on your head, less fun than most other stuff. Would I do it again? Maybe.
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Feb 27 2002
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
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Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.60 Miles 1,400 AEG
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SAHC - Group
Club hike in the Tumacacori Mountains.

Note: This hike was in 2002. I did not return to this area again until November, 2016.
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