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Bear Canyon Trail — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Seven Falls Trail Saguaro Sun-art-72.jpgBear Canyon Trail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I sometimes choose to think that man is a dream,
thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun
. . . belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In 
rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock.
I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers,  eagles, storms,
drums, flutes, banjos and broom-tailed horses.

— Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

 

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   3 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 significant 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 downhill.

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 maybe 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.

Bear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls   6 comments

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Bear Canyon Trail Above 7 Falls-8901 blogThe Sun Peaks Through The Clouds Above The Seven Falls Ridge And The Bear Canyon Trail Coming From The Upper Canyon
— Images by kenne

Capturing Moments To Remember — Five Naturalists Hike To Thimble Peak   9 comments

Thimble Peak-1 blogPanoramic Image from the Mountain Meadow Below Thimble Peak — Images by kenne

As Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) we spend a lot of time in the Canyon and the Santa Catalina Mountains leading children and adults on outdoor activities. One of the iconic images of the Canyon is Thimble Peak. It can be seen from the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area Center, the tram ride up through the Canyon, Bear Canyon and many of the area’s hiking trails.

One very popular trail is Blackett’s Ridge trail located between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon. This difficult hiking trail ends about a mile from Thimble Peak, separated by a deep ravine — “So close, yet so far,” is the thought most people have when reaching the end of the Blackett’s Ridge trail. Serious rock climbers might venture on, but most adventurous hikers look for other options for hiking to this majestic pinnacle.

One option is to hike, or take the tram, up through Sabino Canyon, then taking the Sabino Canyon trail to the East Fork trail, looping around to the Bear Canyon trail.

Another option is to take the Bear Canyon trail out of the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area up through Bear Canyon passed Seven Falls.

A third option is the one that five SCVN members (Phil Bentley, Alexa Bieberstein, Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl and Kenne Turner) decided to do when learning that the elementary school class coming to the Canyon on November 7th had been cancelled.

Thimble Peak-8673 blogWash Leading Out Of The Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site (Historical WWII Prison Camp)

This option involved driving the Catalina Highway to the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where under a beautiful blue-sky morning, we began the twelve-mile hike in cool temperatures, with a forecast of sunny warm temperatures in the afternoon — windy with gusts of 40 mph.

Thimble Peak-8684-2 blogTim, Ed, Alexa and Phil At The Sycamore Reservoir Trail Saddle (Part of the Arizona Trail)

The Arizona Trail, which runs from Mexico to Utah goes through the area making use of many existing trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains. As predicted, the winds were gusty.

Thimble Peak-8687 blogPhil, Alexa & Tim

This sign at the saddle on the Sycamore Reservoir trail is a common site for those hiking to the Sycamore dam. On our way to Thimble Peak, we stopped at the dam for a break before continuing on to the Bear Canyon trail.

Thimble Peak-8718-2 blogThe Peak Is In Sight! (Phil, Alexa, Ed and Tim)

Even with the very windy conditions, it didn’t take long before we began shading layers of clothing.

Thimble Peak-8729-2 blogPhoto Taking Time (Phil and Alexa)

This scene is located where the Bear Canyon trail goes left down into the canyon to Seven Falls. After a few photos, we headed off to the right through a beautiful mountain meadow toward the trail that would take us to Thimble Peak.

Thimble Peak-8789 blogThimble Peak

We were now only a few hundred yards from the pinnacle. You can click here to see 44 images on my Flickr account of our hike in a full-frame slideshow. 

In addition to many photos, I managed to take several video clips, which I have edited into a video posted on YouTube and inserted below. The video contains a special treat with naturalist Phil Bentley singing America the Beautiful overlooking the Tucson valley from the base of Thimble Peak pinnacle.

Thimble Peak-8756-2 blogAt The Base of Thimble Peak Overlooking the Tucson Valley (Ed, Phil, Alexa and Tim)

Thimble Peak-8768 blogAlexa Climbing The Pinnacle (Thimble Peak)

A Thimble Full Of Life

All one needs
in life is

a thimble full of
this and that
to experience life. 

We determine
what 
makes up
THIS,

what makes up
THAT.

Do you have a thimble full?

— kenne

You can see all 44 images at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157637734025706/

Hiking To Hutch’s Pool — One Of My Favorite Hikes   7 comments

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13Two fellow hikers taking in the beauty of Hutch’s Pool. This image captures my own feelings. — Images by kenne

Last Friday’s SCVN hike was to Hutch’s Pool, which is one of my favorite hikes. On this particular Friday’s hike, the schedule offered options of either taking the West Fork trail to Hutch’s Pools, or the East Fork trail to Seven Falls via the Bear Canyon trail. Since I was not assigned as one of the guides to Hutch’s Pool, the East Fork option provided my first opportunity to take the loop to Seven Falls. 

Friday was a beautiful cool day for an outing, with 31 hikers taking the tram to Stop 9 in Sabino Canyon. The hike from Stop 9 to Hutch’s Pool and back is 8.2 miles. If one decides to not take the tram, then the walk to and from Stop 9 would add another 7.6 miles.

When we arrived at the junction of West & East Forks, although still interested in taking the East Fork to Seven Falls, I thought I would walk the short distance to check out the first of two streams crossing the trail to Hutch’s Pool. The height of the water caused many in the group to turn back. When I decided to cross the stream, that make it easier for our guides to not chance crossing, so I set out to the Hutch’s Pool guiding 13 of the original 31 hikers. Although some of us may have experienced wet feet, it was a fun and challenging hike.

The following photos chronic much of our adventure. Taking the loop from Sabino Canyon to Seven Falls through Bear Canyon back to the Visitor’s Center remains on my list of hikes., as well as staying on the West Fork trail past Hutch’s Pool through Romero Pass to Catalina State Park.

kenne

Click on any of the thumb nails to see a larger image in a slideshow format.

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