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Kelly's 52 Hikes in 2022
Photo credit: Pete Mecozzi
The goal is to go on and document 52 hikes (avg one per week) over the course of 2022. Most of these will take place in southeast Arizona, but a few may be travel adventures.
This post is going to be a brief synopsis of each hike. Some posts may also get a post of their own, which will be linked to in the title. If you’re friends with Kelly on Facebook you can see more pictures from these hikes.
This post will be updated as new hikes occur, so check back often.
Hike #1 Garden Canyon, Fort Huachuca~
Love the views of the Huachuca Mountains.
Hike #2 Colossal Cave Mountain Park~
The desert scenery in this area is really nice.
Hike #3 Milleville Historic Site
Established in 1878 and Petroglyph discovery trail said to include Hohokum Rock Art over 600 years old!!
Hike #4 Brown Canyon In From Ramsey Road
Really beautiful overcast skies this morning.
Hike #5 Lower Ramsey Canyon
This hike was special, as my mom was visiting and came along.
Hike #6 Lower Huachuca Canyon~
February 10th – my birthday!
It was so beauriful 67°. I was so incredibly happy to take a break from everything and just enjoy nature.
Hike #7 Frozen Carr Falls At First Light
The only thing cooler than waterfalls is frozen waterfalls.
Hike #8 San Pedro Valley Less Travelled … Little Boquillas Ranch
Sometimes you just want to go explore old buidings.
Hike #9 Sunset Cliffs And Cave San Diego, CA
It's only accessible by carefully navigating down the cliff in low tide and wading through the water to the entrance. Breathtaking area!!
Hike #10 Dry Canyon
It was gnarly and the sportman there today were not shooting responsibly so I didn't go as far as I hoped. At least I got out there. The weather is sooooooo peefect!!!!
Mini Hike #11 - Field Trip To Carr Canyon
I was lucky enough to be off today so I could attend my son’s 6th grade field trip in lower Carr Canyon. It was a beautiful day to learn OUTSIDE!!!
Hike #12. Urban Hiking Around The Lake At Mountain View Golf Course
Did a bit of urban hiking around the lake at Mountain View golf course between my son’s track events. I got in a little over 3 miles. The scenery was beautifu,l and I've never found a petrified snake before so it was a great use of my time.
Hike #13 Ghost Town Of Charleston Via The San Pedro River
The town was abandoned in 1888 and there is very little of it left. It was used as a practice bombing site by the us military during WWII. It was a beautiful day to walk and wade.
Hike #14 Hamburg Trail From Ramsey Canyon~
Had a half day at work today so naturally I went hiking. It was only windy at the top, lol ~
Hike #15 Reef Townsite - Camping
Who wouldn't want to hike THIS at sunset, then fall alseep and wake up to THOSE views.
Hike #16 Carr Peak ~
I really got after it today. I made it from the trailhead to the top the mountain in 2 hrs and 8 minutes. I wasn't trying to hurry. It just worked out that way. Makes me feel grateful that I'm able.
Hike #17 San Pedro River, San Pedro House Access Point
BIGGEST bullfrogs I've EVER seen!!
Hike #18 The Purgatoire River In Trinidad, Co.
Had to pick a halfway stopping point on my trip back from Iowa. This view made Trinidad CO a natural choice. I sat here for a good half hour. Would have stayed forever if I could.
Hike #19 Coronado Cave
Fun with light. We decided to call this the Coronado Cave Dragon.
Hike #20 Murry Springs Archeological Site
As always, I had a fun morning out on the trail.
Hike #21 The Historic Clanton Ranch
This area sits on public land in the San Pedro Riperian. On the other side of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday were the Cowboys and the Clantons. A huge part of Arizona history and the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral once resided in the rubble I visited today. Super stoked to have some friendly ranch dogs along for the hike.
We did 10.6 miles in about 6.5 hours. Such a perfect day for it!!
Hike #23 Where The Pavement Ends On The Southeast Side Of Sierra Vista
A little bit non traditional, just exploring the washes where the pavement ends on the Southeast end of Sierra Vista. Over 4 miles counts.
Hike #24 Reef Campground To The Top Of Carr Falls & Carr Mine
We kicked around Reef campgroud, through a really nice loop trail wandering the old mill area and stopped at the top of the Carr Falls where I headed up to the mine~
Hike #25 A Couple Miles Along Perimeter Trail~
Hike #26 San Pedro River Fairbanks Access Point
Got totally caught in the rain today. Soaked to the bone, still a great time.
Hike #27 Scott Reservoir Via Blue Ridge Cave Trail~
Beautiful area near Lakeside... Both the Ponderosa and the temps made it a stellar hike!!
Hike #28 Pat Mullen Mountain
I found the famous gnomes of the mountains. What a super fun hike even though I accidently hiked the wrong trail for a bit before I redirected~
Hike #29 Salt River Canyon - Apache Junction
Salt River Canyon was a challenge due to high temps and limited access. It was absolutely gorgeous. I hoped to hike the river, but not permitted by the Apache tribes.
Hike #30 Lower Miller Canyon
My eyes were just really drawn to the macro world today, and I love what I found~ velvet mites and spiders and grasshoppers oh my!
Hike #31 (Secret) Box Canyon
The only slot canyon I know of in the Huachucas~ Feel so fortunate to live where I do and be healthy enough to do what I love~ Good Vibes
Hike #32 Bob Thompson Peak
Got out at first light this morning and got after it... see the finger in the first photo? Yup that's where I went. If you needed evidence this was once an ocean there were white desert baked snail shells all over the peak. So cool!! The view from the top stellar as ever!!
Hike #33 Agua Caliente Park
This was a blast. Spent a couple hours walking around the lake and the trails at Agua Caliente Park with my teens~
I absolutely felt in my element immersed in this natural world, and so excited to have my youngest daughter along this trip!
I couldn't stay away so I picked a new starting point. Free climbed a bit, and even took a dip on my way down. Totally different perspective~
FANTASTIC end of Summer adventure with my oldest son hiking Tanque Verde Falls near Tucson. Way more water than we expected made the hike really interesting.
Hike #37 Empire Ranch
Incredible visit! This site is so well preserved it's like a time capsule. There's a really nice little nature loop to hike as well.
Mojave rattlesnakes, open mine pits, and bear tracks, oh my
Trail including Fairbanks Cemetary, the Grand Mill, a collapsed open mine, rattlers that kept my heart rate up, and bear tracks~ What a glorious 5 hrs
Hike #39 Fort Huachuca Historic District and Cemetary
It was beautiful afternoon to take in just over 3 miles through parts of the Fort Huachuca Historic District and Cemetary established in 1883.
Made the most of wait time for my son's xc practice, I did Resevoir Hill, a significant elevation gain, 2.8 miles, timed at 1:05 hrs w average heart rate at 149
Hike #41 Clark Springs Trail
This quick 4 mile out and back trip was such a fantastic way to spend time getting to know a new friend!
According to Trails of the Huachicas, 8.6 miles with a 2,025 ft elevation gain, most of which is on the last 1.4 miles before you reach the mine.
Hike #43 Parker Canyon Lake
It was wonderful weather at the lake. After our hike we met up with some friends, took a boat ride and grilled some dinner. So much fun!!!
Hike #44 Comfort Springs
A six mile hike with fields of wildflowers and interesting insects.
Hike # 45 French Joe Canyon
Rough Road, a lot of sun, no real trail, wash walking. 4 miles of very unique territory in the Whetstones~
Hike # 46 Ash and Lutz Canyons
Headed out at first light to find some balance~ built a 10 rock cairn on a turtle's back!
Hike #47 John Ward Ranch near Patagonia
There was not an official trail followed. I was compelled to find my way up the mountain for the incredible views~
Hike #48 Lakeside in Tucson
The weather was perfect to take in a couple flat miles around the lake after my son’s XC meet.
Hike # 49 McClure Canyon
Set out early this morning to look for fall colors. McClure Canyon on Ft. Huachuca did NOT disappoint!
Hike #50 Huachuca Peak
Hike #50 HAD to be epic. Took Huachuca Peak!! 11.4 miles plus detours with an elevation gain of 2,410 ft. My batteries are recharged and I'm ready to take on the workweek.
Hike #51 Powerline Trail (Lower Miller Canyon)
This is the powerline trail in lower Miller Canyon. There’s a nice stream that runs nearly the length of the trail as it winds through the trees. Reminds me a lot of Ramsey Canyon … but with far fewer other people.
We also hiked the new multipurpose trail from lower Miller to Hunter Canyon.
Hike #52 South Padre Island
It it was cold, windy and raining (and less that two weeks after having my appendix removed), but there was no way I was not getting a south Texas hike in while visiting my mom for Thanksgiving.
Hike #53 Coronado Peak
What to do on the 4 week date after an apendectomy? Hike #53, the same peak that kicked me off after my hysterectomy. Find THE thing that brings you peace and makes you well!!
Hike #54 Chiricahua National Monument
Did a big 9.24 mile loop from Massia Pount to Big Balance and the Heart of Rocks and back through Rhyolite Canyon. I AM BEAT~
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