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Friday, April 4, 2014

Field Trip app in the news

Screen shot of a hike

Okay, so I'm gonna brag a little bit here.  Unbeknownst to me the Google app "Field Trip" that features my Arizona Hiking content was on national TV this morning. The Today show tech guy Willie Geist demonstrated the product calling it his "favorite app" and also "a life-changer".  View the clip below and download the FREE app by clicking on the icon on my home page.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead to Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Cienega Creek is a reliable water source

Also known as the "three bridges" section, Passage 8 of state-traversing Arizona Trail winds through a swath of desert south of Tucson.  Although it's one of the shortest and easiest of the 43 passages that comprise the 817-mile trail, this 14.8-mile trek is special because it's home to the first stands of saguaro cactuses encountered when hiking the trail from south-to-north. The hike begins at the Gabe Zimmerman trailhead with a contemplative stroll around memorials to the victims of the January 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. From here, the route descends into Davidson Canyon and the fringes of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve where perennial waters and shady cottonwoods make for a popular camping and water stocking spot. (Note: if you want to leave the trail and explore around the creek, permits are required. See link below.) Beyond the creek, the trail roams under and around three railroad trestle bridges then heads north into Colossal Cave Mountain Park.  The privately operated park offers camping, water and tours of subterranean limestone caverns and is a good turnaround point for a day hike. The passage continues on to Hope Camp at the border of Saguaro National Park where you can continue north to Utah or hike three miles west to the nearest car shuttle location at the Loma Alta trailhead.

One of the "three bridges"

LENGTH: 4.7 miles to Colossal Cave
RATING: easy
ELEVATION: 3098' - 3650'

Arizona Trail heading into the Rincon Mountains
Gabe Zimmerman trailhead

GETTING THERE: Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead:
From Phoenix, go south on I10, take exit 281 in Tucson, go 3 miles southeast, then north on the frontage road (Marsh Station Road) to the trailhead on the right.

INFO & MAPS: Arizona Trail Association
Colossal Cave Mountain Park: 520-647-7275


Monday, March 31, 2014

Where's Sirena? Part 2

Hikers join Sirena on AZT Passage 8
ARIZONA TRAIL TREK: March 14-May 31, 2014
Sirena greets hikers at an event in Vail on March 29th

During the month of April, Arizona Trail thru-hiker Sirena Dufault will be trekking north through the Santa Catalina Mountains and into the Superstition Wilderness to raise awareness and funds to maintain and promote the state-traversing Arizona Trail. She'll be stopping along the way for meet-and-greet events and day hikes with supporters. Here's just a sampling of upcoming AZT Trek events for you to connect with outdoor enthusiasts, learn about the trail and speak with Sirena to understand how this 817-mile trek will benefit the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

KEARNY: Fri. April 11: fun and, food and  fundraising at Union Hall:

SUPERIOR: Wed. April 16: Picketpost trailhead day hike.  Registation required, sign up here:

SCOTTSDALE: Sat. Apr. 26: more fun, food and fundraising at Juan Jaime's Tacos & Tequila

Teaching moment on Arizona Trail Passage 8 

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