Point 4981 is a slightly obscure high point in the Santa Catalina Mountains located above Hairpin Turn (near the start of the General Hitchcock Highway). I doubt I would have ever sought out Point 4981 but in 2012 while looking for better ways up to Gibbon Mountain from the Prison Camp/Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site I came across an old trail/route that leads up to a ridge with good views of Tucson and then takes a beautiful line out to Point 4981. This is a subtle pleasure I suppose – not a high peak, not particularly remote, no name or history that I know of – but certainly worth a visit if you love the backcountry of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
I caught a snake just off the trail in my headlamp – with somewhat familiar colors I thought Kingsnake – pointed and moved on – but thankfully one of our friends took a second look and quickly identified this as a Coral Snake! This was a first for me – absolutely beautiful.