Okay, so if you’ve been following the blog weekly, you know that I admit to being a novice hiker – thus the title of the blog. I have been fortunate enough to keep up with the rest of the hikers pretty well every week. Last week I was even talked into taking the more difficult of two hikes and was able to do it. That being said….I was lulled into a false sense of security and thought the hike of Pima Canyon Trail this week would be a piece of cake. NOTHING COULD HAVE BEEN FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!! I was told it was an easy to moderate hike. We were to hike about 6 miles round trip with about a 700 ft. elevation gain.
Well, let me digress a little bit….I seem to be whining a little more than usual.... I have to admit that the weather was great. Sunny and a little on the cool side, which is wonderful for hiking. The scenery, resplendent with wildflowers, cacti and trees, was beautiful and the trail was clearly marked. We hiked through cottonwood trees and along a streambed (which was mostly dry) and we crossed it several times. When we finally reached the dam where we would turn around, I was pretty tired and hungry. We ate our lunch at this point and rested a little for the hike back down.
|Indentation left by Native Americans grinding meal|
|George & Jim having lunch|
|Sasquatch Mike's feet|
We made it safely back to the trailhead and one of the guys who had an altimeter (I am the only novice hiker in the group, so these guys have all the tools of the hiking trade with them when we go out) which showed that this hike had in fact been a 1,000 ft. elevation gain just like the one last week to Romero Pools. That is why it seemed so hard (to some of us) and why it seemed to take longer than a 6 miles hike should take.
|Dog-tired dogs - mine!|