Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hiking Phoneline and Sabino Canyon Trails

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is just a coupe miles from where we are staying here in Tucson. It is full of a wide assrtment of trails from easy to difficult. This loop hike which spends the bulk of it's time on trails is moderate tending towsrds the easier end. You gain around 500-600 feet as you meander up into the mountains. Views are pleasant and when you don't hear the loudspeakers of passding park trams you can soak in the desert silence. If you are lucky you might spy some wildlife like we did, about ten whorthogs or something similar. The worst of the hike is the descent along Sabino Canyon Trail which is sandy and steep in spots.

We have been visiting this area around this time of year for the past decade. This year we saw very little water. The overflow just beyond the desert floor which last year was flowing briskly was bone dry. However, we found spots where pools still exist especially as we hiked down towsrds the tram road and along the road.

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