Headed over to the Sabino Canyo recreation area and hiked up to Beckett's Ridge. Distance from the parking lot is only 3 miles but once it starts climbing, it is the real deal with over 2000' in 1.7 miles and spectacular scenery. Lots of great trails in this area which is the main recipient of all the rain that falls up on Mount Lemmon. At the top is a good view of "Needle Point".
There is a paved road that a shuttle takes several times each day and then maybe you can make out the "Telegraph Trail" to the right, which roughly parallels the paved road, zig zagging above and then I am way above it on the ridge.
So, made it to the ridge in exactly 1 hour from the parking lot and there, some guy was talking to someone about all the times he has hiked Mt. Ranier, Everest, (yes that mountain), Kilimanjero (spl), etc... The person with whom he was talking has hiked the 13 highest peaks worldwide...cool. Anyway, the guy told me it took him exactly one hour to get to the ridge from the parking lot and I blurted out, it had taken me exactly that long too. He said, "You must be in great shape" Dude I thought, I am a very average endurance athlete from Ohio!
Coming later, the successful climb up Mount Lemmon and SNOW!