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Lizard Rock – Sunset and Moonrise, June 2013

1306 Sunset 2 from Lizard Rock

A bit after Goosehead Rock, just across from the Matterhorn, before crossing Willow Canyon and close to the General Hitchcock Highway is Lizard Rock – it is visible from many different locations in the Santa Catalina Mountains, but I rarely hear anyone mention it…


From the parking pullout we take an obvious trail that leads past a campsite and up a sandy/rocky path to a fantastic, but short, rocky ridge to the top. This is a short hike – it is windy at the top – we settle in – alone – to enjoy the views and wait for the cloudy sunset –

1306 Tucson in the Sunset from Lizard Rock

– the city lights –

1306 Tucson City Lights from Lizard Rock

and the moon…

1306 Moon over the Santa Catalina Mountains from Lizard Rock 2

Lizard Rock – HikeArizona.com, Mountain Project.


A Night Hike to Point 4981 – May 2013

1305 Tucson Lights from Point 4981 above Hairpin TurnPoint 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.

1305 Coral Snake

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.

Directions/Info/Map/GPX for Point 4981 from cmiles-outside.info

2013 May Point 4981 Night Hike flickr set