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Hiking The Lower Bug Springs Trail   Leave a comment

Bug Springs 2012Hiking The Lower Bug Springs Trail — Panorama by kenne

This morning we hiked the lower Bug Springs trail, which takes you through the 2002 Bullock Fire area. This rugged mountainous terrain still shows remnants of the fire sixteen years ago. The Bug Springs trail is favorited by mountain bikes leaving it with a lot of loose rocks and ruts, sometimes making it difficult for hikers.

— kenne

Monument To A Forest Fire   3 comments

Brunt Trees (1 of 1)_Art blogMonument to a Forest Fire (2002 Bullock Fire, Santa Catalina Mountains)– Image by kenne

I walk the mountain trails
where colorful flowers grow
along magical paths
for me to follow.

Over head the sun shines brightly
warming my skin in the cool breeze
as the tall grasses 
sway back and forth.

Scattered clouds begin to congregate, 
cool raindrops fall on my face
while quenching the thirst
of earth’s plants and animals.

The clouds grow darker
as the lightning thunder
shares the mountain sound stage
with the wind blowing through the trees.

Animals seek shelter in the forest
running from the lightning
striking the dry forest floor
leaving behind fire sound effects.

— kenne

The Sky Above, The Earth Below — An Abundance Of Beauty Between   2 comments

Butterfly Trail July 2013View of Oracle Ridge from Butterfly Trail on the north slope of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Butterfly Trail July 2013Decade old burn area recovering nicely on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. — Images by kenne

The Santa Catalina Mountains represent the “great escape” for year-round residents and visitors in Tucson, providing a refreshing escape from the desert’s summer heat. Surrounded by the Santa Cruz Valley to the southwest and the San Pedro Valley to the northeast , much of the mountains are still recovering from the 2002 Bullock Fire (28,957 acres) and the 2003 Aspen Fire (84,750 acres). To put those acres into perspective, the total acreage of the Santa Catalina Mountains is 128,000. Even so, there is a lot of beauty in the mountains that beckon us to this mountain Shangri-La. Recent rains have reduced the chances of forest fires in the Catalinas. 

One of the trials on the north slope provides a striking hike in a pine forest with beautiful views of the San Pedro Valley to the north. 


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