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Samaniego Peak – June 2013

1306 Samaniego Peak and RidgeSamaniego Peak from the Sutherland Trail.

A few weeks ago Lance and I went down the Canada del Oro (often called the ‘CDO’) and had plenty of time to gaze at a location that neither of us had ever visited – Samaniego Ridge – it was too much to resist… Our hike down the CDO was amazing – but definitely hot, so rather than do the entire Samaniego Ridge Trail we decided on an out-and-back hike to Samaniego Peak from the top of the mountain.

Mount Lemmon Trail – Sutherland Trail – Samaniego Ridge Trail – CDO Shortcut Trail – Samaniego Ridge Trail – The first part of our trip was familiar from our trip down the CDO and from the Shovel Springs Loop (Traci on this loop in May). From there the Samaniego Ridge Trail was easy to follow – winding in and out of older trees and areas where the Aspen Fire burned a decade ago – with just a little bit of wandering to locate Walnut Spring.

1306 Walnut SpringWalnut Spring – a small amount of water was flowing in the drainage.

Walnut Spring was an unexpected treat – green grass growing around a small but flowing drainage – trees shaded the area and it was impossible to resist taking a break.

From Walnut Spring Lance and I began to work our way towards the peak – as we went the foliage became more dense – and sharper – and we eventually abandoned elegance and hopefulness for (literally) crawling under and thru some of the thicker sections.

1306 Below Samaniego PeakLance emerging from the brush onto a boulder – I am completely sure we did not take the best path up, I am also fairly sure that there is no best way up…

Occasionally it appeared that the boulders might offer a clear path to the top – but for the most part the effort of clambering on top of them only offered a great view of the increasingly daunting bushwhack! Eventually the peak…

1306 Lance on Samaiego PeakLance enjoying the view and checking out the rather impressive vertical drop on the other side of this block!

Samaniego Peak is a joy – great views – and today a swarm of Ladybugs! The hike to the peak took us longer than expected so we did not linger too long before bushwhacking down and heading (uphill!!!) back to the trailhead.

Trail Descriptions we used:

Samaniego Peak is named for Mariano Samaniego – this document hosted by the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation is an interesting summary of information about Mariano Samaniego.

1306 Samaniego Peak

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Canada del Oro – 2013 May

The CDO! Neither Lance nor I had ever been down the Canada del Oro trail and this was a great trip – Montezuma Quail, Painted Redstarts, Western Tanager, Horned Lizards, Black Rattlers, Flowers, Bear Scat and WATER! Both Lance and I were surprised to find miles of flowing water, quite a treat! Thanks to Alison and Erin for shuttling us and picking us up!

Great photos and post about the hike from Lance

A post from Sirena about her CDO hike – both Lance and I read this several times to get an idea about the area and what to expect – great!

HikeArizona description of the hike – as always on HikeArizona be sure to check out the Triplogs which can give you some great ideas on recent conditions and what to expect.

My GPS Track

1305 Lance in the Shovel Spring Area1305 Lance at the Junction down into the Canada del Oro13055 Old Skeletons and New Growth1305 Arizona Black Rattlesnake Warning Us on the Canada del Oro Trail1305 Arizona Black Rattlesnake with tongue out on the Canada del Oro Trail1305 Bear Scat
1305 Lovely area along the Canada del Oro Trail1305 Unexpected Water1305 Arizona Black Rattlesnake1305 Blue Trail Marker1305 Lance in the ferns1305 Balloon
1305 Ballon Debris1305 Mirror Match 11305 Underwater Spiders1305 Old Dam Remains in the Canada del Oro1305 Butterflyweed near the CDO1305 Stream Bottom
1305 North Ridges1305 Silverleaf Nightshade1305 Lance at the junction with 7361305 Old Style Trail Sign near FR 7361305 Mining Claim Sign along FR 7361305 Looking back on Forest Road 736

2013 May Canada del Oro, a set on Flickr.