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Roaming the Rincons:  Turkey Creek to Deer Creek

Roaming the Rincons: Turkey Creek to Deer Creek

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Rincon’s lately wandering around the foothills and valleys of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness. The Wilderness surrounds Sahuaro on three sides. The terrain ranges from rolling scrub desert to shear walled riparian canyons, and despite its proximity to Tucson access to much of the Wilderness is limited. If you don’t want to compete with the crowds on Mount Lemmon, the Ricons are a great alternative.

What to Bring for your Dog on a Hike

What to Bring for your Dog on a Hike

Here is a quick rundown of gear to consider if you take your dog hiking.

Springtime in the High Desert

Springtime in the High Desert

Yes, I completely dropped off the face of the blogasphere for six months.  Work, family, chores, and all of life’s other little pleasures swamped me.  Every week without a post makes it just that much harder to go back and next thing you know you’re wondering why your readership is still growing when you haven’t […]

Lost Hiker Does it Right

Lost Hiker Does it Right

Here is a link to the story of Ross Mason, a hiker that got “lost” in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico earlier this month.  Ross was a little unprepared for the trip, had a little bad luck, and took one wrong turn on the trail.  Like most hikers unfamiliar with the desert, he underestimated […]

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life

I’ve been a bit busy lately, so here is a short video of Saja showing what is really important in life.

Reddington Pass by the Numbers (Miles 5-7):  Shooting Ranges

Reddington Pass by the Numbers (Miles 5-7): Shooting Ranges

Heading east on Reddington Road, you hit a series of tight switchbacks just past the Upper Tanque Verde Falls trail head.  There are no significant trails on this section of the road.  To the south the terrain drops off steeply as you climb to the first pass, while to the north a gentle valley flows […]

Tanque Verde Falls Water Level

Tanque Verde Falls Water Level

We’ve had a couple of good, strong rains over the past week in northeast Tucson and I’ve seen an increase in search hits for water levels in Reddington, so I thought I’d give a quick update on conditions in the Tanque Verde valley.

Packing for a Day Hike Revisited

Packing for a Day Hike Revisited

My recent day hike into Redfield Canyon Wilderness highlighted that not all day hikes are created equal and safety considerations dictate that the prudent hiker will pack accordingly.  A couple of months ago I posted Packing for a Desert Day Hike.  The article outlines the gear I carry for a typical out and back hike, […]

Redfield Canyon Wilderness

Redfield Canyon Wilderness

What a wonderful soreness a strenuous hike brings!  I love it but have a sneaking suspicion that Saja doesn’t share my feeling!  She’s exhausted after our weekend romp and slept most of the day today.  I can’t blame her.  Climbing out of the canyon was the toughest mile I’ve hiked in a long time.  But […]

Reddington Pass by the Numbers (Miles 0-5): Tanque Verde Falls

Reddington Pass by the Numbers (Miles 0-5): Tanque Verde Falls

Reddington Pass is one of Tucson’s most accessible recreation areas and provides for a wide range of activities from hiking to shooting to four-wheeling.  Most of the pass falls within Coronado National Forest’s jurisdiction but there is also a fair amount of private land.  As always respect the rights of the private land owners, leave […]

Hiking in the Oven

It was hot today; well over 100F with little cloud cover.  I spend a lot of time outside under the Arizona sun, but today was a bit much even for me.  The heat saps your energy.  Your heart feels like it’s racing.  Your throat is parched again two breaths after a drink.  Every movement becomes […]

A Night on Mt. Lemmon; or, Is Davis Spring Trail Just a Myth?

A Night on Mt. Lemmon; or, Is Davis Spring Trail Just a Myth?

The worst thing about hiking in the desert is that water weighs 8.3 pound per gallon. Somehow I managed to take a 60 pound pack on a one night trip. To make matters worse, Saja and I ended up going cross country in some rugged terrain when the Davis Spring Trail vanished. It was time for the old map and compass…

Taking Your Dog Hiking

Taking Your Dog Hiking

OK, so you think it would be a good idea to take your dog hiking on Tucson’s trails, so you just take him with you next time. No big deal. Right? Maybe not a good idea.  Here are three big things that you have to consider before you take your dog hiking: Conditioning Suitability (Breed, Temperament, […]

Molino Canyon Day Hike

Molino Canyon Day Hike

Molino Canyon is one of my favorite Tucson escapes when time is limited.  The trailhead is just past the fee station on Catalina Highway, about 5 miles up the mountain.  You can’t miss the parking lot.   Once you arrive, you have three trails to choose from.  The first is off to the west and […]

Packing for a Desert Day Hike

Packing for a Desert Day Hike

So what do you carry for a day on the trail?  I’m a bit of a boy scout so I tend to overpack and prepare for the worst.  My basic philosophy is to assume that every day hike will turn into an overnight.  Here is my basic kit (you can get most of this stuff […]

Espiritu Canyon Trail

Espiritu Canyon Trail

I’ve been looking for a dog friendly, backpacking trail into the Rincons, which is a bit of a challenge since dogs aren’t permitted in Saguaro National Monument.  Tanque Verde Valley has some good camping areas but it gets too much traffic.  After checking out the Rincon Mountains map I picked up from the Visitor Center […]

Reddington Trail Run

Reddington Trail Run

Most of my running is done on the 49er’s golf course and washes.  These are peaceful runs with plenty of trees and soft grass (Saja’s Note: and plenty of cool things to smell!), but they aren’t especially challenging unless you are into sprinting.  Every runner needs a change of pace once in a while, and […]