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A Grassy Meadow Known As Thimble Flat   Leave a comment

A Grassy Meadow Known as Thimble Flat  (Thimble Peak On the Left) — Image by kenne

Thimble Flat

We gathered early one November morning,

now we were going to turn words into action 

by hiking six miles to climb Thimble Peak.

Starting at the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground, 

we hiked the Sycamore Canyon trail to the

Bear Canyon trail, then leaving the trail at a flat

grassy meadow called Thimble Flat to traverse

around a deep gulley, making our way through rocks

and brush to the base of Thimble Peak, where we paused

to determine the best way to climb this pinnacle on a

mountain ridge, overlooking Tucson known as Thimble Peak.

— kenne

Hiking Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail   1 comment

Friday Hike Oct. 4, 2019-72

Sycamore Canyon-721st SCVN Fall Hike, Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail  — iPhone Images by kenne

Today, we led a small group of ten hikers on the first Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) fall Friday Hike. This hike is annually done in the fall and spring. The hike is about 5.5 miles, starting in the old Prison Camp (Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds) the trail leads to the reservoir that supplied water to the Prison Camp. Click here for more historical information on the Campgrounds.

— kenne

A Mariposa Lily In Sycamore Canyon   Leave a comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampMariposa Lily — Image by kenne


The desert blue sky, replaced
by high rainless clouds.

The brittlebush has no blossoms
nor leaves of green without rain.

Your song little bird sings of love
among the branches of thorns.

Nearing the saddle,
the winds chill the skin.

Pausing at the top, we wait
for aunt visiting from Germany.

Then I took my Nikon to capture
a mariposa lily dancing to the breeze

waiting for the moment the
wind will make a flower of gauze.

One eye, the button pushed as
April goes flying by.

— kenne

Hiking The Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail   3 comments

SCVN members Ann, Jeff and I were the guides for a small group of five hikers yesterday hiking the Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir out of the Gordon Hirabayashi campground. The campground is at 5,000 feet, a little over half way up Mt. Lemmon. One of my favorite hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the trail leads up to Shreve Saddle where hikers stop to take in beautiful mid-range views before following the trail down to the reservoir, 2.5 miles from the campgrounds. The elevation change is approximately 600 feet.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1) blogA group picture at Streve Saddle.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-2 blogThe Sycamore Canyon Reservoir Trail just below Shreve Saddle.SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-3 blog

Hiker Liz pauses to observe the waters of Sabino Creek flowing over the reservoir dam.
SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-6 blogLiz is one of the new SCVN trainees.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-5 blogLooking down at the base of the dam with a view of Thimble Peak.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-4 blogMany Turpentine Bushes are in bloom in the canyon. — Images by kenne

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