Mount Lemmon Summit from CSP, ABC Classic, CTC Junior - Get Trained

You know me, I am all about new trails.  This is our new replacement for the CTC Training hike.  My apologies if this negatively effects anyone.  I made this change 6 months ahead, dated 11/01/2013. 


Mount Lemmon Summit and Ski Valley from Catalina State Park is an American Back Country Classic.  It is 15.2 miles long and we will climb 6,400 feet in elevation gain and 7700 in total accumulated gain.  This will be a great training Session for Cactus to Clouds.  The locals call this Prickly Pear to Pine Cone, or a Cactus to Clouds Junior.  The 7 different climate zones that are traveled through make this amazing, topping out at 9,157 ft in elv at the summit. 


WARNING:  This adventure is only for those willing to think outside their comfort zone.  We will have to mentally prepare, much like we will have to for CTC.  This is for strong fit hikers only. 


There are two ways to do this hike and I am open to either way:


Option 1:  We will need to meet at 1AM at Safeway at i-10 and Chandler BVLD, which is the exact same time we are meeting for CTC.  Our first leg of the trip will be to drive 3 hours to Mount Lemmon, where we will need to drop some cars, as we are shuttling around to the other side and this is a car shuttle hike.  It is then a 1 1/2 hour drive back around to the trail head departing the trail head no later than 6AM, placing us in Ski Valley in the late afternoon around 2pm.  Eat, leave, return to Phoenix around 6:30pm. 


Option 2:  We leave PHX by 2pm on Friday, drop the cars at the Summit on Fri evening around 5pm, drive back to a hotel, Holiday Inn Express, just down the road from Catalina State Park,  which we would be checking in around 7pm.  Waking up around 5am, start hiking at 6am, finishing around 2pm, eat, leave, return by 6:30pm.  I like this way personally so I can sleep prior to the hike.


Because of the infrastructure that goes into a hike, this is most likely a one time gig.  A lot of planning and driving.  However, it is a Bucket Lister for anyone in Tucson, and anyone that knows the respect it takes to be an American Back Country Classic.

    


If you RSVP, I need to know which Option you would prefer.  If you don't post it, I will be emailing you and nagging you for it.........lol. 


http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1366


http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/HIKE5.HTM




 







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  • Laura H.

    Wow, awesome pics everyone!!! Thanks for sharing all of them! Absolutely an incredible journey......that put our strength and fitness to the test and pushed us beyond our limits! I agree, everyone did a really amazing job out there, and together TLC ROCKED IT!!! A real reflection of the caliber of hikers that we have in this club....... which is all a result of the caliber of leadership we are so fortunate to have in this club! Thank you Eric for all your time, work, (and driving), in coordinating this EPIC adventure! Also, special thanks to our team of shuttle drivers, Peter, Russ and Bob Jonson!

    April 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing hike that is best analyzed after the fact due to how freaking tough it was! Now that it's over I can say I'm glad I did it and feel a sense of accomplishment. All who finished felt what is was like to test the limits of what your body is capable of. Super Job!

    3 · April 14

    • Eric K.

      You did great Jim!

      April 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      Paul and I missed the "12" and ended up at the top of the ski lift. We were able to ride down to the bottom courtesy of a couple of super nice fellow hikers who knew the ski lift operator. A nice treat not to have to hike back down to the Iron Door after a long day of sheer brutality! enjoyed every minute of it! Once again thanks for getting this organized, Eric!

      2 · April 15

  • joe c.

    A great way to spend a saturday

    2 · April 13

  • Laura H.

    That was absolutely one heck of a HEAVY DUTY Hike!!! Our stats.....14.7 miles.....8000 feet elevation.....which we completed in 7-7.5 hours....WOW!!! A tough and brutal journey.....but was awesome and......we ROCKED it.....and GOT TRAINED!!! Loved every moment of this, EPIC adventure....thank you, Eric!!! :)

    2 · April 12

    • joe c.

      Bob and neal....giggity

      April 13

    • Brad B.

      You probably missed me because I was hanging out with fire ranger Mack in the fire lookout tower!

      1 · April 13

  • joe c.

    Anyone get a plate on the bus that hit me?

    1 · April 13

  • Peter M.

    brutal, punishing...the elevation gain constantly reminded you it was "right there"

    2 · April 13

  • Eric K.

    14.5 miles one way. 8,000 ft in Accumulated elevation gain. CRAZY difficult. 7 hours 20 minutes. We had some serious "ballers" in our group today. Everyone made Summit. This, IMO, was harder than R2R. The elevation gain made your legs feel like jello. We all had to dig deep on this one. An incredible adventure shared with some special people. We went through 7 different climate zones. Cactus to Clouds will be tougher than this one, in two weeks. I love living in AZ. These kinds of hikes, where your heart rate is dancing between[masked] for 7 1/2 hours straight, is an amazing endurance accomplishment. Some people like to hike to see nature. We hike because of the fitness part of it, while seeing nature. Unforgettable.

    1 · April 13

    • Rene A.

      So doubt about it , unique select group of hikers that took the bull by the horns and didn't give up !!

      2 · April 13

  • Jennifer

    Another EPIC hike! TLC ROCKED THIS! Thanks Eric!

    1 · April 13

    • Eric K.

      Thanks Jennifer! You kicked ass!

      1 · April 13

  • Bob J.

    Awesome hike - strength, endurance, mind - they were all tested! And everybody got an A!

    3 · April 13

  • Brad B.

    This was another epic TLC hike!!

    2 · April 12

  • Anna E.

    Kicked my butt! Awesome!

    2 · April 12

  • Mike S.

    Good trek, glad we could all make it!!!

    2 · April 12

  • Brian M

    Great Hike. One of my favorites. Had water, big pines, cool rocks, all sorts of stuff. Tough, long day. But absolutely worth it.

    2 · April 12

  • Eric K.

    Please print out there instructions and bring them along with you: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1366

    April 11

  • Al C.

    I have to back out my friend. Sciatica is flaring and I leave for Europe the 20th for 3 weeks so best try to get it settled down before I head over the pond. You all have a great hike and I'll see you at Buckskin Gulch.

    1 · April 9

  • russ

    I believe the summit trailhead is about a mile from the restaurant. There may be a bonus mile if you miss a ride to lunch.

    April 9

  • Brian M

    Hey guys, what kind of weather/temps are we looking at? This website shows a little chilly, but by the time we get up there I'm thinking it will be OK. And what are we looking at regarding the trail---long pants or shorts--- a pretty clear/open trail or bushwhacking. Thanks. http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/US/AZ/Mount_Lemmon.html

    April 8

    • Eric K.

      Yeah, you may want to pack a light sweatshirt at the most.....but wont be that bad, maybe a temp of 65-68 when we Summit......you could manage even without the sweatshirt.....

      April 8

    • Brad B.

      Last year in February I went half way up this trail and it was 20 degrees - I had a light sweatshirt for first 20 minutes and then it was just t-shirt and shorts. I was trail running though...We will be climbing so it won't be cold.

      April 8

  • Eric K.

    5:45am Meet Up Time, so we can launch at 6:00am sharp.

    April 8

  • Eric K.

    Just in case anyone was wondering, this area is a designated US Federal Big Horn Sheep area which means NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED. Even if Dogs were allowed, we wouldn't have room for them in the shuttle cars.

    April 8

  • Eric K.

    I'm wearing shorts.

    April 8

  • Eric K.

    Sutherland Trail shaves the 15.2 miles to 12 miles, but same elevation gain....... 6700 ft. Long pants is highly recommended

    March 31

    • Peter M.

      bring a machete

      2 · April 7

    • Laura H.

      Can I borrow yours??? :)

      April 8

  • Rene A.

    Who has room in their vehicle that lives in the east near tempe , mesa , chandler ?

    April 7

    • Rene A.

      Thanks Eric and Thanks so much Laura , I have a ride with BK . I appreciated :) see you there, Khara told me that you are getting really fast out there in the trails !! Uraaaa

      1 · April 7

    • Laura H.

      Hey thanx Rene (and Khara)......well I try!!! LOL! Glad you're coming! :)

      April 8

  • Eric K.

    To play it safe, I think we should stick to taking Romero all the way up instead of Sutherland.

    April 8

    • Mike S.

      Yes man you DO NOT WANT Sutherland, I speak from experience, its like walking a creek bed for 7 miles, then you do a trail finding extravaganza along a ridge where it seems like 15 people decided to carne the entire thing. Dont get me wrong its a doable trek but youll have to take assumed trail time and add a few hours to it.

      April 8

    • Mike S.

      Plus Romero has a ton of great views!!

      1 · April 8

  • joe c.

    Im gonna go down friday night and camp. Ill meet up with you at the trailhead 6am. So i dont really have a preference to option

    April 1

    • Eric K.

      And no one wants the room, because the rest of the guys are going down Sat morn. So caveman has to stay in a hotel room......

      1 · April 8

    • Mike S.

      Hey Joe have you already acquired a spot? I just rented A15 today, you are more than welcome to join my site and save yourself the 5$ registration fee!!

      April 8

  • Eric K.

    Paul, Al, and Jim all have their wives picking them up at the Summit.......Room for Mike Speer.

    April 8

  • Eric K.

    minimum of 4 liters of water, should carry 5 liters to be safe. Take 2 bladders. This is a training session and you will be climbing 7,000 ft.

    April 1

    • Peter M.

      hikeaz said there was "plenty of water" on the trail.... recently did Mt. Wrightson and drank right from the Bellows Spring...spring water dont bother me... your take?

      1 · April 7

    • Eric K.

      Pete, the point is that this is supposed to be a training session for C2C. Yes, while you "may" be able to filter water from a creek, carrying two bladders is something you will not be able to get away from when doing C2C. So, prepare yourself in the training session. Plus, while you may lighten your loan by carrying a filter, but you will also have to pull over more times and take 15 minutes to filter. There is a mile you will fall back.

      3 · April 8

  • Eric K.

    Ricardo please call me at[masked]

    April 7

  • Eric K.

    If you are waitlisted, you can still go, but please know you will need to set up your own shuttle as we have no room left in our two shuttles. Be forewarned, please. But if you got your ride set up, please join us.

    April 6

  • Brian M

    We're up to 15!!! Anyone jumping in beyond that needs to set up their own shuttle, since 15 was the max...

    1 · April 6

    • Eric K.

      Exactly. That's why I shut it down. No one else can sign up. It's cut off. We are at maximum.

      April 6

  • Eric K.

    Important message: If you are going on this hike we are launching the hike at 6am sharp. Please have your bathroom break done before 6am. Additionally, if you plan on shuttling with us from the top you can not be longer than 90 minutes behind or you can hike with Jason St Louis, who is running his own hike at his own pace because he is bringing his Dad. If you are more than 90 minutes behind, that means you are about 4-6 miles behind. If you are 4-6 miles behind, you shouldn't have come on this hike. If you do shuttle with us, it is $30 per person for the shuttle. We will wait 90 minutes for you at the top while we go eat at The Iron Door Restaurant, and if we don't see you by then we will assume you turned around. It is important that you assess your capabilities before you launch. I am only concerned about 2 peeps in the group at this time, everyone else will handle it well.

    April 4

    • Eric K.

      Additionally, if you were to miss our two Shuttles, Jason St Louis, as I mentioned is going with his Dad. But they are starting around 7:30am. I would like to be at the Restaurant around 1PM. Jason may come in at 6pm or so. So if you miss the first wave, you will still get back, but you will have to wait a long time for Jason to come out. SO everyone is covered, but you just have to choose which car shuttle which will depend what time you get home.

      April 4

  • Eric K.

    Here's the scoop guys. It will be a $30 Shuttle Charge per person. Since only 3 of us are shuttling the vehicles the day before to the top, we believe $30 for time and gas is more than a fair price. Russ, Peter, and I will split the shuttle proceeds 3 ways. Have Cash ready that morning or when we reach the Iron Door Restaurant.

    March 31

  • Jennifer

    Julie emailed me. She only wants to stay one night. At 300 bucks per night I really don't see myself spending that kind of money. Please talk to whoever is in your room . See if they will accommodate one more

    March 28, 2014

    • Anna E.

      Jennifer, r u talking about Lemmon or c2c?

      March 28, 2014

    • Jennifer

      cactus to clouds

      March 28, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Is Michelle going and is Kim going? Anyone know?

    March 22, 2014

    • Anna E.

      We have 4 in the room, Jennifer for c2c. If you find yourself in a pickle though, maybe we could figure something out, not sure, we will all need to talk.

      1 · March 28, 2014

    • Anna E.

      I know that Julie wanted to split with someone. However, she will only be staying one night.

      March 28, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Important update: Peter, Russ and I will be traveling down on Friday afternoon to drop vehicles at the Summit. We will drop Russ and Peters' SUV's. Pete can hold 8 and Russ can hold 7. However, the back row in Pete and Russ's SUV's are for smaller peeps, so we will need to structure this accordingly. Please note if you plan on getting a ride back in these two vehicles you MUST be cognizant of your hiking time. An hour behind is acceptable. 2 hours behind is not. We plan on eating lunch at the Iron Door Restaurant after the hike, as this is where we will end the hike, in their PL. If we eat lunch and finish our lunch and then you come in, you will not have time to eat lunch, just so you understand. If you are more than 2 hours behind, we will need to leave and call search and rescue for you......sorry, this is a very difficult hike to handle the logistics. If you are unsure of your hiking time, please schedule your own shuttles.

    March 22, 2014

    • Michelle D.

      I'd like a shuttle seat....

      March 23, 2014

    • Stacy

      Me too

      March 23, 2014

  • Brian M

    Hi hikers.. How many of you are setting up shuttles? How many cars will we have at the summit? Both me and Neal will be getting down too late to get vehicles set up, so we'd like to fit in somewhere if there's room. Will chip in for gas of course.

    March 21, 2014

    • Eric K.

      Peter and I are leaving at 12 Noon. I need to talk to Russ Lee. If he can also take his vehicle, we should be in good shape. Will update more once I hear back from Russ.

      March 21, 2014

    • russ

      I want to leave at noon also but departure time is dependent on work. Unfortunately I have to wait for others to finish their part. Won't be sure until mid-late morning if I can get out at noon.

      March 21, 2014

  • Peter M.

    cant think of a better time to spend my 44th birthday. Damn i'm friggin old.

    January 23, 2014

  • Eric K.

    As a reminder, if you are signing up for this hike, please know you need to coordinate with someone on a car ride back after we reach summit......that's why we are dropping vehicles the night before.

    March 16, 2014

    • Johnny

      Stop your whining Mildner! Damn if the stars aren't aligned for you you're always a "maybe". LOL. We didn't leave this past Friday till almost 5:15PM. If you shoot down the 87 and hit the I10 you will miss all the bad traffic leaving the city...

      March 16, 2014

    • Brian M

      Haha Johnny, you're not even registered for this hike... How about you meet us at the top in your caddy and shuttle is back down???

      2 · March 16, 2014

  • Joe

    I'm from Tucson originally, and have done this amazing journey before with my Dad & brother. The Catalina Mountains of Tucson have at least 6 tough hikes I can think of off of the top of my head that this group should do (Pusch Peak, Finger Rock, Mt Kimball to name a few). When we did this hike there was snow above 6,000 feet, which made for an interesting journey. It took us about 8 hours to complete this hike...and I was nowhere in the shape then as I am now. Luckily my father in law lives at the base of Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, so we no trouble setting up a shuttle. Having done C2C last October as well, I can concur that this is the perfect C2C training hike. Unfortunately my wife and I will be on a trip for our anniversary during this time or I would be there for sure!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Prefer option 2. Sounds like I'll need a training session for the training session! :)

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Brad B.

    I went up half way last Feb - snow on the ground the trail is not always clear but there is a stream and it is an epic hike. I used this to train for the rim to rim to rim. Looking forward to doing this with the group.

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Awesome Brad. This is and will be a truly Epic hike. I have been researching this for a few months now, and this beats a double flat iron any day.....

      1 · November 2, 2013

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