Monday, January 19 - With beautiful weather to brag about to those in the North (83 degrees today), we enjoyed a hike in Saguaro National Park. Here in Tucson there is a West park and an East park. We've hiked both, in previous visits to Tucson, as long-time readers may recall. The East park is closer to our campground at the Pima County Fairgrounds, so we decided to head there for our hike.
We stopped at the Visitor's Center to get input from the National Park volunteers on the best hiking trails. The trails in the East park are short and all interconnected so by careful planning you could put together a hike at just about any length. The only negative is the elevation gain is minuscule since the park is on fairly level ground.
We put together a hike of 5.3 miles which was enough to tucker us out. These trails were a little unusual in that they get so much use, that the trail is worn down below ground level. In some areas, the base is worn a couple feet below ground level.
The texture of the desert floor here is quite sandy with very small gravel mixed in. Almost "kitty-litter" texture, which probably leads to its wearing down.
For about .6 mile, our route took us down the Javelina Walsh. This was a killer. Much like hiking on a sandy beach. Talk about a workout! Whew! We don't recommend that for anyone. Stay out of those sandy washes.
We enjoyed our hike again today and especially enjoy the magnificent weather.
Once again we enjoyed hiking among the Saguaro cacti and other types of cacti. Hope you have an opportunity to venture out on a hike in the desert sometime soon.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!