The day is getting closer until I leave Tucson for the Camino Inglés. Andrea (another Camino veteran) and I decided to hike up on the mountain last Thursday.
The temperatures were forecast to be 109+ and we certainly enjoyed the much cooler temperatures at a 9,100 foot elevation.
We decided to hike the Marshall Gulch Trail. Straight out of the gate we encountered this trail marker.
The Arizona Trail along with the Appalachian Trail have been finding their way into my mind lately. Hmmm, both are trails I would love to give a try.
Well we climbed and then we climbed some more. The sights and vistas along this path were incredible.
It is so fabulous for me to be up on the mountain, I don’t mind desert hiking it can be fun but you simply cannot do it during the summer months – that is unless you awaken early and manage to get yourself on the trail before the sunrise.
Finally we came to the section where we made the loop around to get on the Aspen Trail and make our way back down the mountain to the trailhead on the other side of the parking lot.
We walked through a section that had been burned out during the terrible wildfire of 2003. Look at the picture below to see how nicely Mother Nature is reforesting this area.
This trail was tough with steep inclines as well as steep downhills but I loved every step of the way.
We were out hiking for 3 and 1/2 hours and you can believe me when I tell you, we had a wonderful meal and an adult beverage in the Sawmill Restaurant before we made our way back down to the valley.