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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 11, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Start: Coronado National Monument Visitor Center
End: Tub Springs in Miller Peak Wilderness
Daily Distance: 11.7
Trip Distance: 11.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,042
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Guestbook Views: 335
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Arizona Trail Monument at Mexican Border

Finally Hiking in the Desert

After being dropped off by Tony, the congenial and informative driver of Sunshine Tours (520-803-6713--they cost less than Arizona World Express which was also listed on the AZT website) from Tucson via a motel room in Sierra Vista I am finally starting the trail at 7:30 AM from the Coronado NM VC. Up the Joe's Canyon trail then down to the border then backtrack and hike through Montezuma Pass. A long stiff climb--I didn't pack enough water, but the snow near Miller Peak (about 1/2 mile of intermittent hard slush, no problem crossing)was a refreshing addition. One Border Patrol truck at Montezuma pass with a remote sensing device strapped to a long boom towering on top of it. Always aware of the border crossing conundrum.I saw only three dayhikers on their way up to Miller Peak. Great views down to Sierra Vista, where it was in the 80's today while I was in the snow on the trail. Tub Spring was full with good water and I had a great view camp facing the east on a ridge above the spring (no camping allowed at the spring to allow wildlife use). Two thru hikers that I had met in Tucson several days ago were actually chased away from their camp at Tub Springs by the Border Patrol--they must have camped right next to the spring. My strategy is to be as invisible as possible with camps and avoid confrontations of any sort. Great Verizon cell reception at the camp.

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