Saturday, January 17, 2015

SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS AND MADERA CANYON

Friday, January 6, 2015 – The Ohio Buckeye victory earned us a box of delicious Oregon chocolates from fellow blogger, Russ. Russ and Donna live in Eugene, Oregon, and are huge Oregon Duck fans. Thanks Russ. The candy was awesome!

Oregon Wine Truffles…Yummmmmy!
chocolates

chocolates

Had to burn some calories so we could enjoy those chocolates, so we headed out on a hike to Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest.

Madera Canyon is known for its exceptional and varied hiking trails. Our campground is just east of the Santa Rita Mountains. We can easily see them from our campground, but wouldn't you know, we have to drive about 45 minutes to the north side of the mountain to enter the National Forest. So close but yet so far!

Santa Rita Mountains

We chose the Nature Trail to begin our hike. The trail begins at the Santa Rita Lodge (which we forgot to check-out) and makes its way along Madera Creek and into Mount Wrightson foothills for about three miles one way. This is a well-maintained trail with about a 1000' elevation gain. There are very nice views of Madera Canyon and the Santa Rita Mountains.

The trail takes on many different looks from crossing the Madera Creek to gravel to large rocks.

Santa Rita Mountains

trail

At the beginning of the hike, we followed the Madera Creek for about half mile.
Madera Canyon

At the end of the Nature Trail there stood Mt. Wrightson with some snow showing.Mt. Wrightson

After completing the trail we had to walk the road for about one mile to reach the Bog Springs Trail. This is a short trail of a couple miles that would lead us back to the parking lot and our truck. This trail was not well marked, and we wondered around quite a bit searching for the Bog Springs Campground which was our destination. This trail had only about a 600' gain in elevation but was pretty rocky in places. We did enjoy some bird watching just before reaching the campground.

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See the woodpecker?
woodpecker

The views were lovely.
Madera Canyon

Marsha used to enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. She swears she did one that looks like a picture she took.

Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon

We were very pleased with today's hikes. The trails were very nice, the weather was super, and we got a fairly nice workout. Marsha received a Fitbit from the girls for Christmas. It reported she traveled over 5 miles and 12,735 steps. Her busiest time was between 12:30 and 12:45, when she walked 1359 steps. We recommend Madera Canyon in Green Valley, AZ, for our hiking friends!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

15 comments:

  1. Pretty neat hike. That should burn off enough calories for you to eat those truffles. LOL
    So glad they got to you before you moved on. Thanks again for sharing the photos. Gives me a sense of being there. It was beautiful here yesterday, sunny, in the upper 50's. Today it's raining all day. You remember what it's like in Oregon!

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  2. Sounds like my kind of perfect day!! The hikes looks beautiful. I love any hike with some water. The scenery is gorgeous:)

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  3. Another great hike and some delicious truffles to enjoy as well, sounds like a great day.

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  4. One thing good about those hikes this time of year is that the snakes aren't out. I think that's a real good thing!

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  5. as we head east we now have some places to check out along the way...

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  6. We've done that hike, nice trail. Been thinking about getting a Fitbit. Remind me to talk to you about it!

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  7. Looks like a great place to hike. We really like Arizona. When are you heading up this way?

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  8. If you have time today, (Sunday) check out Gammons Gulch north of Benson. It's only open from Wed-Sun and I remember you said you were leaving Wed. Neat place to visit.

    http://www.gammonsgulch.com/

    Have fun out there.

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  9. wow. . .again with a great hike!

    I can see I will need to get some better hiking shoes with all those rocks. . .

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  10. What a great area to hike and work off those calories! :)

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  11. We went there with the intention to hike but the snow and ice was too much for us. Glad you got the chance to get out on the trail :)

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  12. Have to remember these truffles next time in Oregon.

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