|The 3 ridges we climbed|
|We were still smiling at this point|
There were 8 of us this week on the hike. The weather was cool and sunny…perfect for hiking. I didn't eat breakfast before we left (which is not a good idea, you should always try to eat something) so the whole mountain looked like chocolate to me. There were varying beautiful shades of brown. I actually thought that was how the mountain got its name. Before we had gotten into the hike good I was already asking if it were lunch time.
|Careful, Gina! Don't get to close to the edge...|
That question is usually Ernie’s line, but I stole it for this hike. I was starving and the look of a chocolate mountain only made it worse.
This hike is not an especially notable hike as far as the terrain goes. We got a chance to see many saguaro, prickly pear, and jumping cholla (we will talk about these again later in the blog). There still aren’t any wildflowers in bloom, so we are anxious to see when that starts. The best thing about the Brown Mountain Trail is the surrounding views.
Again, I will apologize for the pictures I include in the blog for they just do NOT do justice to the views we see on the trail. I take a picture of a mountain view and you see just a shape of a mountain, blue skies, and a few cacti. We see every crag and the differences in the colors of the face of the mountains. It just isn't the same as seeing it with your own eyes. Everyone that is able should make the effort to take a hike in the mountains, even if it is one of the really easy trails. You are able to get a completely different feel for the real beauty here. Anyway…
Our hike moved along very well along the ridge on the way up the first elevation gain. This area is home to Old Tucson, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Gilbert Ray Campground just to name a few spots of interest. As the trail follows the ridgeline, we were able to get great views of Golden Gate Mountain and Wasson Peak, Saguaro National Park West, Avra Valley, and Baboquivari and Kitt Peaks off in the distance.
We finally reached the picnic area. Hallelujah! I didn't think I was going to be able hold out. I’ll make sure I eat something in the morning before we leave from now on. After about a 30 minute lunch break we headed back down. We followed a different trail on the way back. This trail was filled with all types of cactus and this is where the mountain wanted to let us know that although we are allowed to hike, camp, hunt, bike, and just sometimes come up and watch the sunset – it is still wild. There are wild animals, and JUMPING CHOLLA CACTUS!
|Not afraid of prickly pear....|
|JoAnn helping remove cholla from Jim's ankles|
Oh well, see you on the trails.