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Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby IdahoSummits » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:15 pm

I'm going to be in the Tucson area in the beginning of March. Is there local guidebook that covers some peaks in the area?

I'll be there for 5 days, so suggested peaks are welcome too. I'll have like 1/2 days to be able to hike, so looking for 4-5 hour hikes within an hour or so of town.

So far it looks like Safford/Panther, Golden Gate, Wasson, and Keystone may be good choices.
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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby seano » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:49 pm

Picacho is short and fun. Wrightson is a popular half-day with a nice summit view.
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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby IdahoSummits » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:54 pm

Thanks! My only worry with Wrightson that early in the year is snow...
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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby seano » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:08 pm

Running down Wrightson in the snow was a blast when I did it last January, and it seems to see enough traffic that the trail will probably be packed soon after any storm. Wait and see what El Niño brings, I guess...
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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby mstender » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:38 pm

IdahoSummits wrote:Thanks! My only worry with Wrightson that early in the year is snow...

I did it last year on Easter Sunday and it was shorts and T-shirt almost all the way to the top when it got a bit windy and I added a layer. There was no snow on the ground.
My vote goes for Ragged Top! Fairly short drive from Tucson, fantastic desert scenery down low (better than Saguaro NP imho), nice scramble and great views; easily doable in 3-4h round trip.
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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby Tonka » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:23 am

Yep, Ragged top is a quick fun scramble.

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Re: Tucson Area Peak Bagging

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:40 am

I think the +8000' peaks already have over 1' snow. Expect it.
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