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City: Peoria
State: Arizona
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 9, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 9th, 2019
Start: 161.6 Catalina Highway
End: 157.3 Agua Caliente
Daily Distance: 4.3
Trip Distance: 4.3
Hours Hiked: 2.5
Daily Ascent: 700
Daily Descent: 1150
Min Elevation: 3900
Max Elevation: 4800
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 320
Journal Visits: 879
Guestbook Views: 4
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Mrs. Tabasco and I drove from home to Tucson this morning and set our trailer up at the KOA, where she will stay while I am hiking. We then stopped at a subway, picked up dinner and drove up the Catalina Highway to the trail intersection at Molino Basin and off I went. This stretch will be 37 miles and fill in one of my two remaining gaps in the Tucson area.

My gap is between X9 Ranch Road, south of the Saguaro National Park, and Redington Road, north of the park. For an explanation of why I had this gap (and others) in the trail, anyone interested can check my 2017 journal. Because the road to the Redington Road trail junction is so long, dirty, and bumpy, we decided to start at the Catalina Highway instead which will give me about 10 miles of overlap, in the opposite direction from my 2017 hike with Poppa Smurf.

I didn't get started hiking until 4 pm so only went a few miles. Coming off the road I went up a big up and down, crossed the Molino Saddle, then it was relatively flatter after that. Nice views of the long valley between Mt. Lemmon and the Rincon Mountains, I don't know if the valley has a name. After coming down onto the flatter area there was plenty of water along the way including a big cistern which stores water from the drainages for livestock. Coming up to the Agua Caliente basin I crossed the canyon and had to go out of my way to avoid putting my boots in the water because it is so deep after all the rains. Found a campsite just up the hill and was happily setting up when I heard footsteps. It seemed strange since I hadn't seen anyone on the trail since I left but I took a closer look and it was a horse. Wild I think, but maybe from the ranch. I said hello and he wandered away and never bothered me all night.

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Arizona Trail - 2019

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