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.