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Aspen Draw Trail #423 - 13 members in 73 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 18 2021
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Shady Lemmon Loop 2, AZ 
Shady Lemmon Loop 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2021
Jim_H
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.12 mph
2,650 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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A near repeat of a hike I did in June of 2015 just before I moved to Phoenix. This time it wasn't hot, and I came all the way down via the Aspen Trail. I forgot that was a bit longer than the Marshall Gulch. I was able to hear some Whip Por Whils as I was getting done, so that was nice. I only went to the gate, since Mount Lemmon isn't really much of one, these days.

Obvious signs of fall are starting. Lots of water everywhere.
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Sep 10 2021
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Lemmon 9,157Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking6.65 Miles 1,812 AEG
Hiking6.65 Miles
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After work hike to the true summit of Mount Lemmon via Radio Ridge and Mint Spring trailhead. Wildflowers are on the wane on Radio Ridge. Signed the big notebook in the giant summit register jar. Beautiful and cool on the summit. Took Aspen Draw Trail down to upper Sabino Canyon for the return hike. Sabino Creek is flowing strongly. Enjoyed a couple of freshly picked apples while passing through Summerhaven. Made it back at dusk.
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Aug 31 2021
PrestonSands
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Aspen Draw Trail #423Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking4.15 Miles 1,101 AEG
Hiking4.15 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.93 mph
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After work hike starting at Iron Door restaurant parking lot. Took advantage of a break in the storms and went up Aspen Draw Trail to the top of Radio Ridge. Copious rain and damp gave the trail a rain foresty-feel and clouds/fog swirled through the trees. Great wildflowers on top of Radio Ridge, and a cool view looking south onto a blanket of clouds far below in the distance. Returned the same way but took a side trek down upper Sabino Canyon trail for some extra woodsy time in the light but steady rain. Beautiful and not another person to be seen. Changed into dry clothes at my truck and then made the slow and memorable drive down Lemmon through heavy fog for the first half, and then heavy rain the second. Unknowingly drove through a torrent of water rolling across the highway below Molino Basin, didn’t care for that. Amazing evening.
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Aug 27 2021
PrestonSands
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44 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Radio Ridge loop, AZ 
Radio Ridge loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2021
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.86 mph
1,470 ft AEG
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After work hike starting at Mint Spring Trailhead. Moved quickly up Radio Ridge, cautiously eyeing a growing, occasionally rumbling thunderstorm parked over Pusch Ridge. Cloud cover and cool temps, but high humidity had me sweating. Great summer wildflowers near the top included pink cosmos. Late summer is my favorite time of year in the sky island country. Went down Aspen Draw, noting the night and day change in the plant life since my pre-monsoon hike here in June. Super green and hydrated forest now. Lots of water in upper Sabino Creek too. Beautiful as always. Walked the road through an unusually mellow Summerhaven, then completed the loop by walking back up to Mint Spring trailhead.
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Jun 29 2019
joebartels
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
joebartels
Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking15.58 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
3,600 ft AEG      41 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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9 Year hiatus hiking Wilderness of Rocks #44 is... inexcusable.

We jumped on Marshall Gulch Trail #3 or so we thought. Rather a sucker use-trail with some tree fall to negotiate. Route Scout hollered and we corrected the situation on a lighter use-trail up to the real #3.

The Aspen Fire burned 84,750 acres. While it wiped out areas such as lower Aspen Trail #93, Marshall faired extremely well.

Wilderness of Rocks #44
Massive pines, criss crossing the clear creek and the rock formations within... my idea of a great trail in Arizona. On a 110 degree day in the desert today it's toasty even at 7k on the lesser traveled west side.

Mount Lemmon Trail #5
Thanks to increasing clouds and a nice breeze the ascent back up went from get'r done to damn this is nice! Only a hint of hikers in the farthest reaches but I was impressed more than anticipated.

Meadow Trail #5A
Still a gem of a trail. We lunched on a popular 9,090 ft overlook above 8,808 Lemmon Rock Lookout.

Tarzan - Beat Chest
We passed a couple guys running ( more of a whining shuffle ) the short but steep loop with lookout. Per usual I asked if they were on their fifth lap. The gym dude lays into me how this was their second after lugging 60lbs on the first. He calmed back down to earth after congratulating and rooting 'em on. Didn't see a weight vest. Probably best as I may have tried and failed running away with it...lol

Aspen Draw Trail #423
Just an uber coolness to me about a ski lift above Tucson. We hiked down a ways then beelined it over to and under the lift. Looked like a nice hike straight back up so that was the ticket... Noticed 423 on topo. Researched and added to Lyding's 2007 Guide. Interestingly there is a 422 on the flipside of the lift. Couldn't find any info on that but would make a nice little loop.

Mint Spring Trail #20
Great trail IMO. Obvious signs of the fire. On the same token it's flaunting green all over. A fern stroll that reminded me of Butterfly. The eye catcher was ten foot fluffy pines in a few spots. I wouldn't drive the 40+ miles up and down the mountain behind slow sightseers just for this trail but it works in this loop.

We got hammered by gentle sprinkles finishing up the hike.

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Heading in I typically dread the drive. Down to Tucson. Across the city void of freeways. Then a crawl pace up the nice highway. It isn't that bad and I love this mountain.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Very tiny pool but it is sprinkling
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Jun 29 2019
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
BiFrost
Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking15.58 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
3,600 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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1st trip
Long time since I've done this hike and like Joe mentioned it's worth the drive. We hiked up Marshall Gulch and into Wilderness of Rocks. Really great trail that makes it way through the rocks and pines as we traversed the WOR. It was a bit warm but given the heat in Phoenix we were not complaining. Good water in two crossings around Lemmon Creek which also had plenty of shade. We took our time crossing the WOR since it was the highlight.

However, once we started up Mount Lemmon trail #5 we were pleasantly surprised with a lush fern forest as we made our way up to Radio Ridge. We stopped along the top and found a rock outcrop for lunch with great views of the WOR that we had just traversed. After lunch we continued past the top of Mount Lemmon and over to the ski lift. We decided to go down the Aspen Trail just far enough to then hike back up the ski run under the lift. Back on the ridge we continued over to the Summerhaven side of the mountain and down to Mint Spring trailhead.

From there it's an easy hike on good trail over to Marshall Gulch junction. Again the ferns were abundant especially around Mint Spring. A little rain started to fall but nothing too heavy as we finished up the hike back at the trailhead.
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Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
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 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Catalina Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog22.40 Miles 5,210 AEG
Run/Jog22.40 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.63 mph
5,210 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I few months ago I came up with idea of doing a "circumnavigation of Mount Lemmon". I needed some miles, so decided to make an attempt on a late June weekend. Maybe it was a bit brash to try such a route during the summer months.

The goal was to start at Butterfly TH, go down to Crystal Springs trail, up the Oracle Control Road, down Oracle Ridge to Dan Saddle and then down to Catalina Camp, then down to CDO, up to Samaniego Ridge and then Lemmon Trail, then head down to WoR, back across Marshall Saddle, and connect with Sunset to finish the loop. A solid loop if I do say so myself, probably pretty close to a marathon with 6000+ feet of ascent.

The plan held up until Catalina Camp, where it started to get warm, and I really started to question whether I had it in me. This was the last bail-out point, and I took it. Luckily there was a trickle in the creek, so I was able to fill up before heading up Red Ridge (the first time I've had the, let's call it a privilege, of seeing this trail in the uphill direction). Surprisingly, I saw three other people on Catalina Camp and Red Ridge trails. Thought I was the only one stupid enough to be down there in late June.

When I got to Red Ridge, clouds had rolled in, and I was feeling much more alive. So I added a few miles back on by heading up the road to the ski resort, and heading down Aspen Draw (where it even sprinkled a little bit!), before taking a Mint Springs to Marshall Saddle detour.

Ended up a pretty good outing still, even if the whole circumnavigation has to wait until another (possibly cooler) day.
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fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
fricknaley
Hiking16.05 Miles 4,330 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   3.62 mph
4,330 ft AEG      14 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
still dealing with this calf injury so i was very noncommittal on what i was going to try, even on the drive up i switched plans.

decided to bring my day back and therefore commit to not running. i jogged some, hiked some and just generally tried to move efficiently

out and back upper sabino riparian, then aspen draw, and reversed the aspen/marshall superloop, back down aspen draw and upper sabino riparian one more time. just because

rains have pumped some life into the mountains. mint spring trail is in the best shape i have probably ever seen it. powerline road is getting overgrown in spots and remains a beatdown!
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Jun 25 2017
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen Draw Trail #423Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,207 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
1,207 ft AEG
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Shauna and I decided to escape the hellish heatwave and enjoy the Lemmon high country for a hike around the summit. Climbing out of my truck at Ski Valley, I promptly hugged an aspen tree, thankful to be in the forest and not suffering under oppressive desert heat. A climb on the Aspen Draw Trail was up first. Growing thunderstorms moved east without unleashing any lightning, thankfully, as the Catalina forests looked very, very dry. Hazy views, blooming sneezeflowers and a mountainside of bracken ferns greeted us on Radio Ridge. Continuing on to the true summit of Mount Lemmon, we added our names to the previous HAZ lineup, and then did an out-and-back on the Meadow Trail. We descended to the Ski Valley parking lot along the summit road, where a corkbark fir was begging for a hug. A fiery orange and red sunset demanded a photo stop on the old Mount Lemmon road before driving home with half the population of Tucson. An afternoon well spent.
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Jun 10 2017
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen Draw Trail #423Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2017
fricknaley
Hiking5.59 Miles 1,409 AEG
Hiking5.59 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.07 mph
1,409 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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spent the weekend up on lemmon with some good friends. did a nice hike saturday. up aspen draw, then meadow/lemmon loop and back down aspen draw. everyone was impressed by the big trees and great views. perfect weather. sierra did this high elevation hike no problem :y:
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fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Mt Lemmon Torture Fest, AZ 
Mt Lemmon Torture Fest, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 30 2017
fricknaley
Run/Jog19.00 Miles 4,678 AEG
Run/Jog19.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   3.68 mph
4,678 ft AEG      20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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big day up on lemmon. i parked at the mt lemmon trailhead. went down aspen draw, upper sabino riparian to summerhaven and back. loaded up the pack then hit mt lemmon, wilderness of rocks, marshall gulch to TH and back, then died up radio ridge on the aspen trail back to my car.

i've recently highlited the post winter conditions of some of these trails. new reports:

Aspen Draw: from the top of radio ridge to the upper sabino riparian juntion is clear. there is a nuisance tree down on the spur to ski valley parking lot

upper sabino riparian: a couple of big down trees that are surprisingly tough to get over/around depending on the route you take (these are on the singletrack, not the nearby wider roadbed.

Mt lemmon: totally clear to WOR from my recollection. awesome of course

Wilderness of Rocks: clear from my recollection. love love love this trail. not much water in upper lemmon creek but definitely some

heading into the beastly final climb up aspen trail to radio ridge nearly killed me today. Wow

cold at the start (upper 30's at 9000 feet)

killer route
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Mar 29 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking26.81 Miles 7,918 AEG
Hiking26.81 Miles   12 Hrs   10 Mns   2.26 mph
7,918 ft AEG      17 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Set out to do some testing, training and assessment.

Testing:
* Altra, Lone Peak 3.0 w/sof-soles. Nice on the feet, great grip, extremely stable, but wearing fast in the tread (I give them less than 100 miles). Great for long hauls, but not every day trails.
* Fenix 3. 12 hours of Nav while Tracking took me down to 10% battery. Stats were unbelievably on the dot.
* Packing. Camel ultra-10 weighing 10lbs, front-belt pack at 5lbs. Used 60 oz before Quartzite Spring, drank ~20 while there and loaded up with 80. Drank another 60 the rest of the trip. Could have easily gone with half the weight, but wanted to keep it a bit heavy today.

As for training, this was time well spent. A 295 FPM average, sustained for 12 hours is a productive day.

On to the assessment. According to the spreadsheet, this came in at 74% of my ability. As of 20 hours later, I feel more like it was 100% of my ability. I'm not impressed with the results. Gotta beef it up.

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Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
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33 male
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 Tucson
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to hike CDO again, but with a few changes from the Red Ridge loop we did last year. We travelled down Oracle Ridge and also started from the top of Lemmon, taking care of Aspen Draw and the road at the beginning.

Oracle Ridge was great in the cool morning weather. Catalina Camp is just as amusing a trip as I remember it being last year. There was water near the trail from the CC/RR junction all the way to the homestretch of the CDO trail. Since I finally remembered to bring a filter, we were able to refill our water a few times (I easily finished 4 liters and a big gatorade). Cooling down in the water made a big difference too.

Now for the whining: wear long pants. The trails are easy enough to follow, but my shins and knees got pretty torn up in the overgrowth - especially above 6k on CDO and in the burnt-out portions of Sutherland. That being said, CDO is gorgeous from all the recent rains and it was still worth the annoyance. There's a lot of climbing to do in the final miles of this hike, but my CO trip left my legs in good shape, so nearly all of my ranting was at the overgrown trails.
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 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
MSimmons
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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This was a little expansion on the Red Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop. Parked at the very top of Lemmon and took Aspen Draw down to the road, and then the road down to Oracle Ridge. With all the recent rain, everything out there was delightfully green. At Catalina Camp someone had fittingly left a paperback copy of the eating-your-pals-in-the-mountains classic "Alive".

The highlight of the day for me came a bit later, out on the northern leg of Red Ridge Trail, where the views of Reef of Rock are just awesome :worthy:

The first few miles of Canada del Oro were a nice stroll through an exceptionally wide riparian strip. Later on things became a bit tedious, with tricky path-finding, scruggley overgrowth, and loads of buggos. I don't recall it being quite as bad last year. By the time we made it out of the canyon, I had this annoying headache going (don't know why because my legs and lungs felt good and I was drinking plenty of water!) which kept me from really enjoying the cool, sunny afternoon and beautiful pine forests :stretch:

Still, a good day and a grand loop!
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Jun 19 2016
fricknaley
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46 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
fricknaley
Hiking13.85 Miles 3,527 AEG
Hiking13.85 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   3.27 mph
3,527 ft AEG      18 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
upper sabino riparian out and back, then up aspen draw, down aspen, back on marshall gulch, mint springs, up radio ridge via the powerline road and back down aspen draw

i was post call and figured this would be rough since i wouldn't be starting very early, plus the record heat forecast. i ran the first half, shuffled marshall gulch and mint spring and took a savage beating on the powerline road. too hot and exposed. it was over 90 degrees above 8000 feet still :o

it's a beautiful high country route on mt lemmon
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Aug 09 2015
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Aspen Draw Trail #423Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2015
fricknaley
Hiking12.65 Miles 3,310 AEG
Hiking12.65 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   3.55 mph
3,310 ft AEG      17 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
insanely humid resulting in a rough outing. lot of flowing water and excellent flower show. beautiful loop up high

moving time was 3:38
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Jul 25 2015
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
Pivo
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Long day, with once again very mild temps for this time of the year. We had cloud cover most of the day except for maybe 30 minutes. Lovely, scenic area. Two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes were spotted by Amy.
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46 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
RedwallNHops
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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1st trip
Nice long hike even tho i was pretty sluggish all day. Post hike beer and pizza was the highlight for me.
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46 female
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
Great day! The CDO trail should be called the Poison Ivy Trail. Saw two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes! As usual they retreated promptly. There was water in the first drainage you cross when you come down Red Ridge. Also the middle of the CDO was running. There was also water at Shovel Spring.

Good weather for this hike since it was cloudy.
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47 female
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 Phoenix,AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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1st trip
It's been far too long since I've seen anywhere near 5000 feet of aeg in one day. I just needed to do it within 10-12 hours and keep up a 2 - 2.5 mph pace and not require a horse rescue.
We went down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge. We took a side trip over to Catalina Camp and then down to the CDO, I have heard much about. Once we got up to Shovel Spring, we started getting a pleasant breeze. We knew we were close to the top when we started seeing people...and people in flip flops. I was shocked at how much elevation we had to drop on the Aspen Trail. Then a quick climb up to the road and 1/4 mile of road walking to our cars.
Joseph and I agree that Slim Jims are yummier than egg yokes.
This whole hike was all new territory for me!
Great hike, a great group and all three requirements were met! :y:
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