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Discussion: Hikes

in: Southwest Spring Week

Jan 29, 2016 7:14 PM # 
CCmarie and I are flying in to Phoenix Thursday, and we are looking for some suggestions on some of the best hikes in the Phoenix or Tucson areas for Friday and/or after O events Saturday-Monday. Can any locals provide some help?

So far we're looking at Picacho peak via hunters trail in Picacho peak state park and Wasson peak via king canyon trail in Saguaro national park, but are open for any and all suggestions.

We tend to like longer/harder good views over shorter/easier/more crowded good views.

Jan 29, 2016 11:43 PM # 
There is a lot of snow at higher elevations. Mt Wrightson is covered down to Josephine Saddle. Last week a father and adult son were lost overnight on the Old Baldy trail. Fortunately they had two large dogs with them and kept warm until they were located the next afternoon.

Could be an interesting run of weather. Beginning Monday, Tucson is expecting another unusual run of well below freezing nights, but highs in the 50's
Jan 29, 2016 11:52 PM # 
Talk to Cristina.
Jan 30, 2016 12:39 AM # 
Ahh, I wasn't considering snow, I forget about mountains being in Michigan.. Well, we can keep our hikes to low elevations, still up for suggestions!
Jan 30, 2016 9:26 AM # 
Both Picacho Peak and Wasson Peak (or anything in the Tucson Mountains) should be totally fine wrt to snow -- even if it snows that low it won't last long! And both are very nice hikes.

A hike up to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area) will be nice for in-canyon views, though you may have some company on a weekend. Going up Tanque Verde Ridge in the Rincons will likely be less-trafficked.
Jan 30, 2016 7:27 PM # 
I love the hikes up the south side of the Catalinas; there are several, including Finger Rock Trail.
Jan 30, 2016 7:30 PM # 
Here is a place to get an idea of where the snowline is.

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