Dates: 3/13 - 18, 2016
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)
Assembly Point: Tucson, AZ
(airline service to Tuscan; Timberline van shuttle from Tucson airport prior to and following tour)
Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop - off time: 3 pm
Tour Cost: $2,495
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $433
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.
Ever vigilant of opportunities to extend our season beyond the traditional summer months, we’ve created this new 6-day tour.
We’ll start our hiking 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 volcanic 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 6 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.
|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
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.