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Finding Solitude Out On The Trail   Leave a comment

 

Saguaro Cactus-Edit-4-72-2Bear Canyon Trail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
— from “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After the Rains   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon (1 of 1)-painting-blogAfter the Rains (Bear Canyon Trail in Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bear Canyon Trail
Leads the way to many
Sabino Canyon trails
Providing many options 
For winter desert hikers.

Visitors and snowbirds
Flock to the canyon
To escape cabin fever,
In the Sonoran Desert
Sharing Instagram photos.

— kenne

 

Bear Canyon Trail   3 comments

bear-canyon-trail-8901-blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

“I do not know if the desert can be loved,
but it is in the desert that my treasure lies hidden.”

— Paulo Coelho

 

Breaking The Cowboy Mystique   Leave a comment

landscape (1 of 1)_bear canyon trail blogBear Canyon Trail — Image by kenne

Walking the trails
in the lower canyon
with children and adults
loving the outdoors,
wanting to learn
of nature.

She gives so much
asking only that we
be good stewards
of her bounty
preserving balance
and harmony.

Seeking to break
the cowboy mystique,
by going back
to the future
rather than
forward to the past.

— kenne

A Hiker’s Stairway To Heaven   3 comments

Stairway To Heaven (1 of 1)-2 blogBear Canyon Trail To Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

— from “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

Altar Of The Mountain Gods   8 comments

Bear Canyon Trail at 7 Falls blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Blessed with clouds
And only spotted rain,
Hiking the twelve-mile
Sabino Canyon loop trail
Down through Bear Canyon
Was rewarding and inspirational.

Entering the lower canyon
Above the falls
The clouds opened
Atop Bear Canyon
Kissing the peaks
Lighting nature’s altar.

Below the altar’s pinnacles
The Bear Canyon trail
Curves away from
The dry creek bed
Under which water flows
Feeding the seven falls.

The steep rocky canyon walls
Provide a stark environment
For plants to grow.
Even so, the stately saguaros
Are able to survive as sentinels
In this mountain sanctuary.

Offering a serene haven
For the mountain gods,
Keepers of the mountain ways,
To nurture the healing spirits
Honed by the ancients’ as
Guardians of the canyon trails.

— kenne

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Hiking The Sabino Canyon To Bear Canyon Loop   2 comments

A few postings back, I shared photos and a video of our recent hike to Thimble Peak. This was a twelve-mile hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where we took the Sycamore Reservoir trail to the Bear Canyon trail, then on the Thimble Peak trail and back, all under windy, but beautiful weather. A good part of this hike was in the Push Ridge Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

A week later the SCVN Friday hike was scheduled from Sabino Canyon to Hutch’s Pool, with the option of taking the East Fork trail to Bear Canyon trail, looping back to Sabino Canyon Center. The loop hike is also a twelve-mile hike through the Push Ridge Wilderness, this time continuing on the Bear Canyon trail through the Seven Falls area of Bear Canyon. The major difference for this hike was having the contrast of a cloudy day vs. the blue sky weather a week earlier — both were very alluring hikes.

Hiking The Loop-8865 blogNear The Start Of The East Fork Trail — Images and Video by kenne

At the fork where Box Camp Canyon merged into Sabino Canyon, six of us opted to take the East Fork to Bear Canyon, the others taking the West Fork to Hutch’s Pool. Once at the saddle between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, we began heading south on the Bear Canyon trail. At this point, most of our hike through Bear Canyon was down hill.

Once we reached Bear Canyon creek, the trail crosses the creek, running parallel to it, veering to the left where the creek runs into Seven Falls. The view above Seven Falls allows one to see all the trail switchbacks that are not visible from where the south part of the Bear Canyon trail leads to Seven Falls.

After hiking down through Bear Canyon, it’s hard to understand why anyone would hike to Thimble Peak through Bear Canyon, rather than coming from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds. The distance may be a little less, but the gain would not be worth the elevation change.

The following video contains photos and video clips from the loop hike, November 15, 2013.

kenne

Las Vegas-8899 blogThe Bear Canyon Trail Coming In Next To Seven Falls With Sun Light Peeping Through.

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