November 14, 2012 · 8:00 AM
Distance: 9.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet or 2,000 feet accumulated
We'll do the Bug Springs trail on the Catalina Highway. This trail more-or-less parallels the road (but separated from it by a ridge) and runs from its southern trailhead just north of the Gordon Hirabayashi campground up to its northern trailhead at the Bear Canyon picnic area, just south of the General Hitchcock campground.
The trail is 4.6 miles long; I will be going out and back for a total of 9.2 miles; there is an approx. 1200' elevation gain end-to-end, but the true elevation gain is more as the trail has ups and downs as it crosses a couple of ridges. Depending on your hiking speed, allow 2 - 3 hours each way. This is an Intermediate+ hike. It's steep in places. This hike is not recommended for beginners! Hike at your own pace, don't feel you have to keep up with the faster hikers. I have a medium pace but I will stop occasionally to let slower people catch up. If there is a much slower (or faster) group we may split into two (or more) separate groups.
We will meet meet at LeBuzz Bakery at Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde at 8:00 AM for carpool.
Bring a good attitude and perhaps the following:
2-3 liters of water
No dogs please.
See you Wednesday for some fresh air and exercise!
The weather forecast for Tucson is 83F high and 50F low. It will be cooler at this trail elevation. Layering may be needed.
Hike at your own risk.