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Hiking Trip Chiricahua & The Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour  Challenging

Dates: 3/11 - 16, 2018

  (6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)

 

Assembly Point: Tucson, AZ 

(Timberline van shuttle is included from Tucson prior to and following tour)

Not included: Airline service to Tuscon International Airport; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop - off time: 3 pm

Double Booking: $2,545/person

Single Booking: $2,920

  (includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps & narratives)

Roommate Rebate:: $325

Inn Highlights

  • Dreamcatcher Inn
  • Lodge on the Desert

Two long-time Timberline hikers from southern Arizona got our attention as they raved about hiking in and around their home in Tucson. Once back to our homes in wintry Colorado, we checked out their claims and quickly discovered the remarkable wealth of hiking trails in that area. This includes four mountain ranges that essentially ring the city, Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument.

For the start of our trip on Day 1 we will hike Cochise Stronghold (4 miles). On Day 2, we’ll visit Chiricahua National Monument. Set aside by Congress in 1924, Chiricahua is the site of a massive Chiricahuavolcanic eruption 27 million years ago that formed a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice that has since eroded into many remarkable and varied rock formations. During our visit to Chiricahua, we will hike a patchwork of park trails commonly known as the Heart of Rocks Loop that passes many of these formations such as Balanced Rock, Rhyolite Canyon, and Echo Park (10 miles).

The Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson are our destination on Day 3, specifically the Kent and Bog Springs loop. This hike passes a series of springs that create an unusually lush riparian area with large numbers of birds and wildlife and large Arizona sycamore and walnut trees. Day 4, we will hike Wasson Peak and on Day 5 we will hike Tanque Verde Ridge.

We’ll head back to the Santa Catalinas the morning of Day 6, where we will hike the Blackett Ridge East Trail, a vista-packed traverse of the ridge between Sabino and Bear Canyons (7 miles). We’ll stop for lunch then make our way back to the Tucson airport and the close of our Chiricahua and The Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Assemble in Tucson. Shuttle to Chiricahua area. Cochise Stronghold 4 miles
Day 2 Chiricahua National Monument 9 miles
Day 3 Kent/Bog Springs 6 miles
Day 4 Wasson Peak 9 miles
Day 5 Tanque Verde Ridge 14 miles
Day 6 Blackett Ridge East Trail 5 miles

Total hiking mileage: 47

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.