Since New Year’s Day we have been doing some fairly easy hikes in the Tucson area. Twice we went out to the Robles Pass area of Tucson Mountain Park, where there are a number of trails that can be combined for a hike of any length. For one of the hikes we parked on the north side of the Ajo (A Ho) Highway and hiked through a storm drain under the highway.
We spotted a nice Crested Saguaro while on the 360 View Trail.
Along the Ledge Surfer Trail we stopped to check out the ruins of an old stone house located near the trail.
Later in the week, after a day of rain, we drove east of the city to the Douglas Springs Trailhead in the eastern section of Saguaro National Park, for a hike up to the Bridal Wreath Falls. One website described this as an easy hike, suitable for an inexperienced hiker looking to see if they would enjoy hiking. But we found this trail to be more of a moderate hike, as it gains over a thousand feet of elevation in less than two miles..
There is normally just a trickle of water coming down the falls but we could hear the roar of water as we approached it.
At the base of the falls we found the water flow to be very strong.
Along the trail on the return hike the nimble hiker’s keen eyes spotted an unusual Crested Saguaro just below the trail.
After two days of cold temperatures, overcast skies, and heavy rain, today dawned cool but sunny. We took advantage of the sun to return to Saguaro National Park and hike a series of trails beginning at the Broadway Trailhead. Snow on the Catalina Mountains to our north and the Rincon Mountains to our east provided great scenic views.
After hiking we stopped at a local coffee chain on Broadway for our reward. We found this shop has one of the best views we have ever found in our many “coffee house” experiences.
Originally we had planned to drive south last week to Naco, a small town right on the Mexican border near Bisbee to meet Dave and Sue and enjoy two weeks of touring and playing golf at the course adjacent to the RV park. But with the strong forecast of rain for the week we decided to stay in Tucson during the bad weather. With a prediction of sunshine each day in the upcoming week, tomorrow we’ll break camp and head south to meet Dave and Sue for a shortened visit to the Naco/Bisbee area.
More on that later . . .