January 15, 2012 · 5:30 AM
Houghton Rd & I-10
Mica Peak & Spud Rock lookout Dayhike
Distance: 17.2 Miles
Elevation gain: Approx. 4200
Difficulty: Very Strenuous,advanced hikers only
Trailhead is about an hour and 15 minutes from Houghton and I-10, 4WD required.
Be prepared for snow and cold weather conditions.
Trailhead is located in happy Valley on the eastside of the Rincon Mtn's. The beginning is rolling grasslands which transitions to oak/juniper forest. Aside from Rincon Peak ,Spud Rock probably has the next best vantage point over looking all of the Tucson valley and surrounding Mtn ranges.There are two reliable water sources on this trail .This is an out & back hike taking Turkey Creek, Heartbreak Ridge & Fire Loop trails.
This hike will burn off the tamales and eggnog !
AS ALWAYS HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK