When we found that fellow bloggers Eric and Laurel (Raven and Chickadee) were going to be in nearby Gilbert Ray Campground on the last day of our visit to Tucson, we took the opportunity to meet them and share a hike up to nearby Wasson Peak. We did this hike two years ago with Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road) and were anxious to tackle it again.
On Friday morning we drove out to Gilbert Ray Campground and found their site in Loop A. After introductions we loaded up in the Jeep and headed just a few miles away to the trailhead.
There was some significant rain in the area a couple of weeks ago, so the wildflowers were beginning to bloom.
This area is filled with Saguaros, so we were not surprised to spot a Crested Saguaro just off the trail on the way up the mountain.
The hike up to Wasson Peak involves an increase in elevation of almost 2,000 feet in four miles on a rocky but nicely maintained trail. As we climbed we could see the trail down below us.
Eric spotted this Crested Saguaro along the return trail way up on top of the mountain behind us. Great eyes, Eric!
The return trail we used was a bit longer than the one we used going up. But we finally returned to the parking area after a hike of ten miles. It was a beautiful day and a great hike. We really enjoyed spending some time with Eric and Laurel and look forward to seeing them again somewhere down the road!
Next up for us – Bisbee, AZ. More on that later . . .