Hiked up the jeep road and it rained a little bit on my way up. The sun came out when I got to the top. Nice hike with great views and a fun scramble at the end. Saw 2 desert tortoises on my down close to the car. Great day!
Headed up here with Mom & Dad for a telescope tour. Pretty fascinating place! Headed toward the 4m telescope with mom then peeled off for the summit. Pretty summit with dynamite views! Always a treat to hang out in Southern Arizona.
Parked at mile post 9 and walked the road to the summit. Pretty impressive telescopes, and great views. True summit is 50 ft N of the largest telescope.
Back in 1995, I drove to the top and didn't have any idea where
the true summit was, until I asked somebody.
The white Granite outcrops were impressive, and really stand out
among the "brown-tinted" surroundings.
I read that "light pollution" from neighboring Tucson has been
kept to a minimum, but that will probably change in a few more
This is the date of my second visit because that was easy for me to research. But, it was my first visit a year earlier that was most memorable. I was there with several USAF coworkers and we got caught in an extremely intense thunderstorm. It was reminiscent of that famous photo of the telescopes with lightning all around. We were held up in the Mayall 4-meter observatory waiting out the storm. Afterward, the top of the mountain was almost magical. The storm clouds were still all around, the ground was soaked. I felt as if the gods were letting us have a brief look into their kingdon. It was my most intense "mountain top" experience ever (and why I've made this entry, despite driving to the top). And there I was without my camera! --mark d.
Ok, I hate snakes and my wife and sister in law almost steped on a massive one. I spotted it just in time.
I drove to the top, great views in all directions!
Drove up after a climb of Baboquivari because I was in the area. Wish I'd had more time to explore around. Trip Report
Took the jeep road from the bottom. Good work-out to the top. Fun scrambling the last bit to the top and very interesting to see all of the telescopes.
HP and register are just NE of Mayall telescope.
Drove up with kids, we looked over scopes and
visitor center after dinky scramble to HP.
I took the easy way up but I paid a little bit for it as my 20 minute hike was in the middle of storm. I couldn't even see the telescope from the summit even though it is like 100 feet away.
I remember being up here during the season were there are millions of lady bugs. You can literally scoop up handfuls of the pretty little bugs.
Walked the jeep road. Will come back to visit the telescopes soon!