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Elephant Head New Years Pilgrimage

Lets begin the new year on a great hike. Ganesha is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles.

Elephant Head - this is one of my favorite hikes in this area.

Here's the stats: Distance: under 7 miles round trip, however almost 3,000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN!

This is a difficult hike over very steep up & down terrain on a minimal animal trail with many clawing, scratchy, and tearing bushes intended to draw blood!

There is scrambling over rocky terrain with some exposure near the top. If you are afraid of heights, you will not finish this hike.

After hiking uphill for about 2 miles or so there is a deep ravine (5-800') that must be hiked down and then back up. The return is harder. This is a strenous hike and your skill level should be intermediate to advanced.

Bring plenty of water and snacks or a lunch. Don't forget to bring your elephant trinkets or tributes for the memorial at the top.

We'll meet at Fry's Food Store just east of I-19 on Irvington Rd and carpool from there.

This hike will be at your own risk!

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  • Donna

    Super hike with a strong group of hikers!

    January 6, 2013

  • Paul Y.

    this was a great hike! Thanks Jeff :)

    January 5, 2013

  • Vagabond J.

    My phone number is[masked] if anyone has any questions, etc.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I took a little spill yesterday, I should be right as rain tomorrow. I'll bring my F250 for Ruth and I and will fit 3 others or as many more as want to ride in the back...

    January 4, 2013

    • Vagabond J.

      took a spill on what?

      January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      separated my pubic symphesis just before entering 7 Cataracts, fun hike out with that one ... Katie will put me back together tonight

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok back on with big truck, if I don't need to bring it I won't as I'm driving from Phx and would rather drive my prius for gas but don't mind either way just let me know by the end of todays posts. :)

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll plan on bringing it down. From Google it looks like it should take me 2hours 15 minutes, I know there is some traffic in Tucson and construction so I'm planning an extra 30 minutes or so for that, as you're from down there (sometimes) do you think that's enough extra time? Not wanting to be late.

      January 4, 2013

    • Vagabond J.

      I would think that's plenty of time. The construction isn't that bad especially on a Saturday morning.

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Backtrack organizing travel, if I get to meetup spot can Both Ruth and I jump in with someone, I have a daughter and dogs that will need my vehicle possibly.

    January 4, 2013

  • Mike

    I have room for 2 + more in the bed for those who want to ride in the back of the little red truck that can ;)

    January 4, 2013

  • Vagabond J.

    We did this hike about 3 weeks ago. There are 3 things everyone should know about this hike.

    1. I've changed the meeting place back to the usual meeting place at Midvale Medical Center.
    2. The road is getting worse. It is very rocky and while it may not require 4WD or high clearance, it is highly recommended.
    3. The trail is getting worse. The trail is usually difficult & strenuous. It is even more so now because of the overgrowth of prickly things along the trail. I never wear long pants, but I'm wearing them on this one. If you get faint at the sign of blood, bring smelling salts.
    4. Hiking poles will help on this hike. Ok, that's 4 but it deserved it's own number.

    Let me add something else about this hike. If you have not been hiking recently, think this is a get in shape hike, or think this a stroll/amble across a dewey meadow, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and change your rsvp to can't make it. There is always next year's Elephant Head hike.

    January 2, 2013

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