Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Crystal Springs Day Hike
when August 17, 2019
where Tucson, Santa Catalina Mountains
the hike     The Crystal Springs Trail near the cool summit of Mount Lemmon is an enjoyable walk through a diverse biological area with beautiful views. This trail is like the Butterfly Trail that the club just did. It is one of the few trails on the north side of Mt Lemmon. The club has not done this hike, so it will be new experience.
    We will do this hike as an in and out. Starting at the Upper Butterfly Trailhead (7700') we will take the Butterfly Trail down to its junction with Crystal Springs Trail (6600’) . There may be butterflies, but this trail does cross a lot of little streams that make for many waterfalls just above or just below the trail. This trail will take us through scenic canyons with great views to the north. The town of Oracle may be seen from time to time.
    This trail is part of the Arizona Trail, the wildness bypass. We will stop eat our lunch when we get to the Control Road. Then, after lunch, head back up hill to our cars. This trail maybe overgrown, so this is a half bushwhack.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Snacks
•  Hiking poles
•  Camera
distance 10 miles
time 5-7 hours
EC +-2500' elevation change
elevations Upper Butterfly Trailhead (7700') to Control Road (5200’)
type In and Out
starting at Upper Butterfly Trailhead
on trail 100% — Butterfly Trail, Crystal Springs Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The trailhead requires a $5 per car fee or a National Park pass. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Summerhaven
meet 6:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot and not in the Einstein’s common parking area.
•  From the carpool location, take I-10 south toward Tucson.
Take exit 256 for Grant Road.
Turn left and follow Grant Road east for 8.5 miles to the junction with Tanque Verde Road.
Turn left on Tanque Verde Road and follow it for 3.3 miles to the junction with Catalina Highway. We will stop at the MacDonalds here to regroup.
Take Catalina Highway (Mount Lemmon Highway) for 27 miles to the Upper Butterfly Trailhead on the right side of the road.
Total driving time from the carpool location to the trailhead is about 2 hours 30 minutes. All roads are paved and suitable for any vehicle.

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