I have been incredibly busy planning my upcoming Arizona Trail Trek– a thru-hike to promote the trail, our new guidebook, and the Gateway Communities. I’m starting on March 14th and it’s been a challenge to plan all the things that go along with a thru-hike plus all the fundraising events in the communities along the way. Here’s a promotional poster for the hike, I’ll have the website is www.aztrail.org/azttrek. Getting excited to actually get out on the trail!
Today was one of those days where I just had to turn off my phone and go for a hike. Haven’t been up this trail in a while and figured the hike to the pass would provide a good workout.
Started around 9:30 and made my way to the pools, lots of blooming fairy duster lining the trail. Only encountered a handful of folks beyond the pools. I forgot how beautiful the trail is above Old Trail Camp, winding through the oaks and junipers and big boulders.
I took a break at the waterfall campsite, which has a wonderful log seat with a backrest. The weather was perfect for the last climb to the pass.
The pass was windy, as usual. Great views down the West Fork toward the snowy Rincons. I said hi to the Arizona Trail and cut my break short because I was getting chilly.
As I left the pass, I noticed that Romero Canyon looked like it was getting rain, but up at 6000 ft I got snow flurries! They were short-lived and I made my way back down to the waterfall campsite to lounge for a bit on the log seat.
This trail is so beautiful, I would really like to do the canyoneering route in Romero Canyon one of these days. I stopped to take pictures of all the different wildflowers I saw- nice variety, hopefully we get more rain soon.
I reached my car and decided to wait and watch the sunset before leaving. So glad I did, it was a symphony of light and color on the Catalinas as well as to the west.
In Wildlife Rehabilitation news, I have not been able to volunteer much lately at Wildlife Rehabilitation Northwest Tucson because I am so busy planning my thru-hike. I miss the birds!! Here’s a picture of a hungry hawk- your donations keep these guys fed and housed! I am going to be taking a short break from fundraising for the Wildlife Rehab and switching my focus to fundraising for the Arizona Trail Association during my Arizona Trail Trek. I’ve got an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with unique and exciting incentives coming up to raise $20,000 for the Arizona Trail Association starting on March 28th.