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Hidden Pasture Trail In The Rincon Mountains — Panorama by kenne

Hidden Pasture Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located off of Mescal Road
on the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains in the Little Rincons.
Hiking to Hidden Pasture provides great Rincon Peak vistas to the west.

— kenne

Entrance To Happy Valley   3 comments

Entrance to Hidden Valley-blog.jpgEntrance To Happy Valley In the Little Rincon Mountains East of Tucson — Image by kenne

The trail is narrow
up and around boulders
through an opening
in the fenceline
up to the ridgeline
where happiness is
as I peer across the valley 
to Wildhorse Peak — 
happiness, real happiness.

— kenne

Hidden Pasture Trail In The Little Rincon Mountains   2 comments

Panorama Views On The Hidden Pasture Trail In The Little Rincon Mountains by kenne

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Images by kenne

There’s a special place on the east side of the Rincon Mountains, named “Happy Valley.”
A primitive road goes past ranches as the terrain and vegetation evolve
, creating a picturesque kaleidoscope of nature’s beauty.

The road slowly narrows with several curves lined with large cottonwoods, oaks, and sycamore trees, forming a belt along a fence-line above the trees.

On a previous trip into Happy Valley, we had identified a lone railroad post as a marker on the fence above a grove of trees where we could leave our car. Approaching the marker-post, we hiked the fence-line up through waist-high thorny bushes till reaching the gate to the Hidden Pasture Trail. Located in the Little Rincon Mountains, the trail slowly leads us through a maze of beautiful rock formations and scenic views.

The trail is not heavily used and can be difficult to follow, causing frequent misdirected diversions — not a problem as long as we followed a line parallel to Ash Creek, which snakes up the canyon below North Star Peak.

The views are superb — Enjoy!

kenne

Leaves Of Three, Let It Be!   4 comments

Miller Creek TrailPoison Ivy — Images by kenne

Our weekly hikes will start gradually heading to higher elevations as warmer weather comes on, which not only provides more presence temperatures and stretches out the wildflowers season.

Today we hiked the Miller’s Creek Trail on the east side of the Rincon Mountains — a beautiful area. The beauty of springtime also challenges the watchful eye to be aware of such things as rattlesnakes and poison ivy.

“Leaves of three, let it be.”

These images provide a visual confirmation.

kenne

Miller Creek Trail

 

Hiking Hidden Pasture Trail In Happy Valley   Leave a comment

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Panorama View Along The Hidden Pasture Trail — Images by kenne

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Images by kenne

Hidden ValleyHappy Valley is located between the Rincon Mountains and the Little Rincon Mountains. About ten miles from where the dirt road begins in the valley, there is a scenic, but rugged hike through a maze of spectacular granite rock formations, to a perched valley called Hidden Pasture. The trail to Hidden Pasture is challenging 3.5 miles and an elevation gain of 900 feet to Hidden Pasture. Not all the Monday Morning Milers were planning going all the way to Hidden Pasture, but Kristen, Tom and I were out front of the others with out sights set on reaching the perched pasture. We were about two miles or more when Kristen had a fall, twisting her left angle. We proceeded on until reaching a mountain stream area. Although there was not water in the wash, there was some remaining in the deeper holes. The presence of the water caused Kristen to stop and rest with her ankle in the cold mountain water. The rest give her some time ro reassess the situation and decided it might be best to not keep going to Hidden Pasture. Tom and Kristen turned back while I stayed back taking photos of this beautiful granite canyon, before returning.

kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — Turkey Creek Trail   2 comments

Turkey Creek Trail

Images by kenne

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Under The Shade Of The Old Oak Tree   12 comments

Turkey Creek Trail“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.”  ~Chinese Proverb

Turkey Creek Trail“Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company.  Only a few love to be alone.”  ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

Turkey Creek TrailThe large oak is located near the  Miller Creek trail out of Happy Valley on the east side of the Rincon Mountains. — Images by kenne

I never saw a discontented tree. 
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. 
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far! 
~John Muir

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