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Dutch John Trail #91 - 3 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 28 2020
SpiderLegs
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
SpiderLegs
Hiking2.10 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.94 mph
890 ft AEG
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Note to self - get to Madera Canyon before 9 AM on a weekend. Had my college aged sons visiting for the weekend and they wanted to explore a bit. They are on a college kid's sleeping schedule so my compromise with them was to wake them up at 7 AM instead of their usual sleeping in till noon. By the time I got them out of their comatose slumber and out on the road, we didn't arrive at Madera Canyon until 9:15. Our goal was to do Old Baldy over to Josephine Saddle then come down Carrie Nation. After circling the parking lot 4-5 times with a stream of cars behind me doing the same thing, decided to try something new on the fly.

Went down to the Bog Springs Trailhead and strolled over to the map to see what options we had. If you know my last name, you'll understand why my son's first response was to look at the trail map and say we had to do Dutch John in honor of our heritage. So took off and did an out and back up Dutch John. Ended up going past the spring about a half mile until the trail began to get really steep and peter out. I didn't know that area very well, so we just headed back and watched my son's ski down the steep sections because neither one of them had hiking or trail running shoes on.

Not much there, worth exploring if in the area and want to blow off an hour. The spring is dried up and not much to see. But my sons live a mile or so away from Shaw Butte, so getting to hit a trail with actual trees on it was a treat for them.
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Jun 08 2017
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Dutch John Spring, AZ 
Dutch John Spring, AZ
 
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markthurman53
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,324 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.12 mph
1,324 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After finishing the Roger Rock hike I wasn't quite done so I decided to hike to Dutch John Spring. This is a short little trail but don't let the length fool you. It is quite a workout with a 1300 foot elevation gain in a little over a mile. At a little over a mile there is a water trough signed as Dutch John Spring, but the spring itself is further up the trail. I'm assuming this trough has water piped in from that spring(The trough was dry). I would like to do this hike again except earlier in spring when there is more water in the creek.
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May 26 2015
mdfabbrini
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63 male
 Joined May 25 2014
 Lake Shastina, C
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2015
mdfabbrini
Hiking1.90 Miles 818 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.97 mph
818 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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The little Forest Service pamphlet describes this hike as a "moderately easy" trail - REALLY? Over 800 elevation gain in a mile. My first real uphill hike in a couple of months, and I was not prepared for the pain that ensued. I've got a lot of work to do to get back into shape. Otherwise, it was a pretty hike up through the oaks, and I only came across 5 other hikers in the time I was out. I had to cut the hike short to get back to the camp by the time I had specified on the note I had left for my sleeping wife. Best not to wake the sleeping beast.
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Oct 19 2014
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking3.74 Miles 883 AEG
Hiking3.74 Miles
883 ft AEG
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sierra made it all the way to the spring from the santa rita lodge. :y:

beautiful day in the canyon. stormed later in the afternoon. excellent weekend getaway
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Jan 04 2014
wha
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 Joined Feb 10 2012
 Arizona
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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wha
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,363 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.73 mph
1,363 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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First time on this trail. For years I've always passed it by in favor of trails that go higher, but finally decided to check it out.

Like previous triplogs, the tank at the signed Dutch John Spring was not flowing. I suspect that the pipeline is busted since there was water in the drainage above. At the end of the trail is the location of Dutch John Spring on topo maps. There was quite a bit of water. I couldn't find a main source, more like lots of seeps. Found an old rock catchment for the spring, mostly buried.

On the way back down I took a sidetrip and poked around the Daniels Mine area, a copper molybdenum mine from around 1907.
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Daniels Mine Dutch John Spring
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May 24 2013
kdbosma
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51 female
 Joined Apr 18 2013
 Green Valley, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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kdbosma
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.42 mph
1,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Hiked this steep trail with Ken and Mica. Harder than Kent Springs Loop, but shorter. Whew! Beautiful weather and breeze. No water.
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Sep 24 2011
dsutekh
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 Triplogs 13

41 male
 Joined Sep 27 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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dsutekh
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Mar 27 2011
poohbeartate
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41 female
 Joined Aug 22 2008
 Vail, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2011
poohbeartate
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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The 3, 4, and 7 year old kids liked this trail, despite the 1000ft climb in just over a mile. At the very beginning, there was a part of the trail that was washed out and created a narrow section, but easily completed with holding hte 3 and 4 year-olds' hands. The trail continued past the spring, but considering that the map didn't have it at all (even as unmaintained), we decided not to adventure up it with the kids. The hike was so fast, we didn't need our packed lunch. Definitely a good morning hike with little kids.

dry Dutch John Spring Dry Dry
There was absolutely no water here and it looked like there hadn't been for quite a while.
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Nov 15 2010
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70 male
 Joined Nov 23 2010
 Green Valley, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2010
Survivor
Hiking11.00 Miles
Hiking11.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.57 mph
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Aug 22 2009
leadhiker
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81 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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leadhiker
Hiking3.32 Miles 1,360 AEG
Hiking3.32 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.21 mph
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This is a great short but steep hike in the Santa Rita Mtns. The trail continues another 0.5 miles past the spring but, gets very steep. It ends at an old spring that was dry on this August Day.
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Spring Box
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Dutch John Spring
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Mar 20 2009
Scott7160
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41 male
 Joined Jan 31 2009
 Tucson, az
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Scott7160
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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May 09 2008
Jeffshadows
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43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2008
Jeffshadows
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles      58 Mns   3.31 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Turns out the Proctor Road has a locked gate hidden along its course, so I had to quickly find another hike. Dutch John was one of the only ones I hadn't done, so I ran through there. There's a nice side trip from the wellspring that crosses onto a ridge offering nice shots across Madera canyon. Nice weather, at least...
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Nov 19 2006
fricknaley
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Dutch John Trail #91Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.13 mph
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Peaceful stroll up to Dutch John Spring before working all night.
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Sep 20 1997
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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After Wrightson we took a walk along Bog Spring and Kent Springs trails then set up camp at the campground.
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