I know I'm probably very boring when it comes to the weather on our hiking days. It seems to always be sunny and warm with beautiful blue skies. Well, I have to finally say it hiking fans….we had a day that actually started out cloudy and remained that way for most of the hike. Don’t get me wrong it didn’t put a damper on the hike in the slightest. A cloudy day in the Old Pueblo is better than a sunny day anywhere in the world to me. It was cool and cloudy and beautiful! We hiked one of my favorite trails this week; we returned to Sabino Canyon and followed the Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls.
We had something new to keep our eyes peeled for on this hike. On Monday, they had released 31 bighorn sheep in Catalina State Park. Rumor has it, one of them headed toward Bear Canyon. I would think I had died and gone to heaven if and when we ever spot one of the sheep! Unfortunately, we saw no wildlife at all….
I have hiked this trail several times since 2011 and the one thing that stands out to me is how much progress I have made as a novice hiker. I don’t think I complained of tiredness or pain one time. My first time on this trail, I thought I wouldn’t make it to the top, to the falls. I never felt that way this time. Maybe having an idea of how much further it is to the end helps.
|Jim snapping shots at the falls|
|Finding good spots to relax for lunch|
We made pretty good time reaching the falls and discovered there was not much water at all. There was a little trickle coming down the rock, but it was still a great place to relax and have our lunch.
|Just a trickle of water at the falls|
|Rock formation resembling a totem pole|
After our rest at the falls we packed up picked up and headed back down the canyon. Oh I guess I should put in the part about me doing a little rock climbing to retrieve a tee shirt someone had stuck in an opening in the rockface. This is a beautiful area, and it just hurts to see how some people will deface or leave trash lying around.
I don’t think I will ever tire of this hike, no matter how many times I am lucky enough to do it. It is just as beautiful if not more, every time I go.
See you on the trails…..