Ineo Mons

This site is dedicated to exploring and hiking into wilderness, and since I live in Tucson it focuses mostly on this region.  Tucson is fortunate in having a relatively large amount of varied wilderness within a short distance.  I'm hoping the descriptions and photos contained within will inform as well as inspire others to explore these areas, possibly adding some hikers to the trails but hopefully those that will value and protect the land for preservation.  This site is also basically just a journal for my own purposes, and to share with friends and family.

I used to hike mostly with achieving destinations like summits in mind, but I've progressively become more aware and observant of the biodiversity and myriad of complex interactions that can be found along the way.  I'd recommend reading up on the native flora and fauna because it does allow a deeper immersion into the surrounding landscape.  This is why I named the site Ineo Mons, which is "the mountain enters" in Latin.  I think everybody could benefit from having the wilderness entering their perspective.  For me wilderness isn't just something to look at, it's something that feels like a component of being human that is often subtracted out. 

The map below shows the more prominent mountain ranges in the area, Tucson is the gray patch south of the Catalinas.  I've labeled the mountains informally as I usually refer to them.  The Mexico border is the faint line running east-west just south of the Huachucas and New Mexico is at the far right.  The big white patch is Willcox Playa, which is a dry lake bed. 
Courtesy NASA/JPL


Updates...
10-18-09: Site is first published
10-26-09: Added 10-10-09 Italian Spring hike
10-29-09: Added Mica Mountain page
11-09-09: Added Sawmill Canyon page
11-25-09: Added Chiricahua section
12-14-09: Added Sage Peak page
12-25-09: Added Happy Valley Lookout page
12-29-09: Added Wilderness of Rock page
12-31-09: Added Guthrie Mountain and Pete Mountain pages
01-04-10: Added Sabino Creek page and 10-06-07 Happy Valley Saddle hike
01-09-10: Added Upper Bear Creek page and some GPS tracks
01-17-10: Added Upper Molino Canyon and Bug Springs Trail pages
02-04-10: Added Big Casa Blanca Canyon page
02-12-10: Added 02-06-10 Bear Canyon hike
03-07-10: Added Turkey Creek page
05-02-10: Added 03-11-10 snowy backpack to Happy Valley Lookout and Rincon Peak pages
08-10-10: Added Wenatchee Mountain Loop backpack and Lightning photos to a new Other section
08-15-10: Added Zion National Park page
01-08-11: Added Sycamore Canyon / Rose Peak page
01-28-11: Added Prominent Point page
01-31-11: Added a few more photos from last summer to the Lighting page
03-06-11: Added Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park page 
08-02-11: Added 04-08-11 loop hike of Wilderness of Rock and 04-22-11 hike through Florida Canyon to peak 8853
08-08-11: Added Ramsey Canyon page with hike up to Carr Peak
09-05-11: Added Scheelite Canyon page
09-09-11: Added Huachuca Peak page
09-13-11: Added Samaniego Ridge page
11-28-11: Added Butterfly Trail page and 08-07-11 semi-loop hike in Ramsey Canyon
11-29-11: Added 10-02-11 loop hike to the Four Springs Trail page 
12-12-11: Added 10-07-11 hike up to the Mica Mountain summit
12-28-11: Added 11-04-11 hike to the southern summit of Window Peak on the Ventana Canyon page
12-29-11: Added 11-11-11 hike up to Cathedral Peak to the Esperero Canyon page 
01-01-12: Added Romero Canyon page
01-07-12: Added some aerial photos to the Catalina and Rincon overview pages


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