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bug springs up and back

  • Le Buzz

    9121 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ (map)

    32.257874 -110.798090

  • we'll meet out in front of lebuzz
  • Please read the entire description before signing up, and please be on time. Last Saturday's hike was nearly 1/3 no shows and i was not happy.

     

    Let's do an evening/night Bug Springs up and back. This is going to be fairly difficult; most people do this one way, but we're going to go up and then come back down. The ONE WAY mileage is 4.4 miles with an accumulated elevation gain of 1500 feet. For us, this means an 8.8 mile trip with 1500 feet on the way up and 1500 feet on the way down. (1500 feet of gain on the way up, 500 feet of gain on the way back down due to hills for a total climb of 2000 feet). Please do not sign up for this hike unless you are 100% sure you can do a hike of this difficulty late at night. We will take a break on the way up and take a slightly longer break at the upper trailhead before coming back. I plan to move at a relatively liesurely pace on the way up, so that we are not burned out for the return trip.

     

    The HikeArizona website has some good information on the elevation change; there is an elevation map showing how the trail elevation changes throughout the route. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1591

     

    We will meet at LeBuzz at 6:15pm and depart from there no later than 6:30pm. Please arrive no later than 6:15 so we can work out carpools and get out on time. We should be at our lower trailhead by 7:00pm. I expect this to take about 5 hours, so we will finish the hike around midnight, possibly later. It should be an interesting adventure.

     

    Please make sure you have enough water; i expect 3 liters is sufficient. Please also bring a snack if you like. We will be burning some serious calories on this trip. Flashlights are a MUST. Do not show up for this without a good flashlight. A backup or extra batteries are a good idea, too. We will be in the dark for at least 4 hours. Snakes and other wildlife are possible...

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  • Philip M.

    Yeah, it's not looking like its going to get any better. It looks like all of Tucson is going to be pretty wet tonight, so i'm just going to cancel this. No alternates...sorry. I haven't yet mastered the weather. Stay safe and dry tonight!

    August 2, 2014

    • Kenn

      Okay, thanks Phil. Hopefully another time for this trail.

      August 2, 2014

    • Ed N.

      Discretion is the better part o' Valour, as I had posted - probably a good idea - in any case, the trail, and the Mountain, indeed, are not going anywhere -

      August 2, 2014

  • Kenn

    Looks like the chances for rain drop off from 7 to 8pm and go back up to 75% after 9pm. I'm not sure about being up a trail I don't know in rain, is there any shelter along the way to wait out a downpour?

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still down to go if this hike is still on!

    August 2, 2014

  • Philip M.

    Its looking like we'll have some bad weather tonight. I am going to keep an eye on the forecast, but for now it looks like storms from 7 on through the night. I'll probably have to cancel, but I won't do that just yet. If I do, I'll try to find somewhere else we can try to go.

    August 2, 2014

  • Cindy C.

    Hey you guys! I just got my "Spot the Station" email; you are in for an added treat tonight! The International Space Station will make an appearance "around" 8:32-8:38, moving Southwest to Northeast! Hope the sky's clear for you!

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Carlos

    Had to skip this one.

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like fun!! I'm excited.

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Philip M.

      Its definitely going to be tough. I hope its also fun!

      1 · August 1, 2014

  • Stacey Marron H.

    Sorry had to cancel on this one...

    August 1, 2014

  • Stacey Marron H.

    Is this similar to Blackettes?

    July 31, 2014

    • Philip M.

      This is going to be tougher than Blackett's...if that is believable :)

      July 31, 2014

    • Stacey Marron H.

      Yikes!!

      August 1, 2014

  • John Carter R.

    Regarding the helicopters in Pusch Ridge...
    I think their phrase , "accepting public comments" says it all. It's a done deal. But they want to be polite about it. Oh, and the deadline is today. Nice lead time
    John Rodgers

    July 30, 2014

  • Jessica

    sounds like fun, but i don't know about the elevation gain. I haven't got to hike in a while due to my schedule but maybe I can join one soon I hope. Have fun

    July 30, 2014

  • Ed N.

    I read the trail description and I really would like to do this, but during the day - the scenery sounds great!

    July 29, 2014

    • stephanie s.

      Awww, dont let a little darkness keep ya from comin. Lots of cool thing to see at night... The desert comes alive at night (crazy hikers do too)! Just sayin'

      3 · July 29, 2014

    • Ed N.

      Please do not sign up for this hike unless you are 100% sure you can do a hike of this difficulty late at night." - Hi Stephanie - Discretion is the Better Part of Valour, as they say - I have been on the mountain many times at night and I love it, the vibe is terrific, but not in a situation such as this, have not hiked a trail at night up there - I could do it and probably be OK I think, but this is a long trek and I think I need to do something easier to acclimate - call me a Wuss if you like...:)

      July 29, 2014

  • Ed N.

    "Please do not sign up for this hike unless you are 100% sure you can do a hike of this difficulty late at night. "

    July 29, 2014

  • John Carter R.

    For those who have not done night hiking, it is much more challenging that in daylight. Unless you wear a lamp on your head you will always be using one hand to carry your flashlight. If you have to use both hands for balance or climbing, hands you may put it in your pocket or possibly put it in your mouth if you need the light. Walking in the dark may incline you to want to walk slower to feel well balanced. I did not not see many scenic views after dark except for the night sky, and if you are using your flashlight your eyes will not be acclimated to night vision and you may not see much in the sky either. This is not a complaint or warning just a description of my experience a few weeks ago going with a group hiking up an "unnamed wash" over by the Desert Museum. We had daylight going up and darkness returning. The animal life after dark was interesting and we had a leader who could name a variety of desert creatures and knew where we were likely to see them.

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Carlos

    New trail for me, looking forward to do it.

    July 29, 2014

  • Randy S.

    I like crazy. Stephanie I will be more than willing to give you pointers with your hiking poles

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Philip M.

    Good to see some of my hiking friends are also in for this crazy adventure!

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • stephanie s.

    This sounds like a good one to try out my poles with. Any and all tips on how to use them will be greatly appreciated! :-)

    July 29, 2014

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