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Life Beyond Stop 9   Leave a comment

Kenne-art blog“Life” — Digital Painting by kenne

Life Beyond Stop 9

Twisting trails to Hutch’s Pool
Switchbacks from Stop 9
Reaching the canyon wall trail
Down to East and West Forks —
Creek waters are high, some
Hikers are turning back to Stop 9.
I lead others up to where the falls
Form a mountain swimming pool.

Block by a lower ridge
Mt. Lemmon is due north
Bringing water over large boulders
Slippery and dangerous to climb.
Now, noon, I set by the pool
Encouraging others to rest
Sharing the spirit of downstream
on the southern slope of Mt. Lemmon.

— kenne

Forgotten The Way By Which I Came   1 comment

Hutch's PoolSabino Creek Near Hutch’s Pool — Panorama by kenne

I wanted a good place to settle:
Cold Mountain would be safe.
Light wind in a hidden pine —
Listen close — the sound gets better.
Under it a gray-haired man
Mumbles along reading Huang and Lao.
For ten years I haven’t gone back home
I’ve even forgotten the way by which I came.

— Gary Snyder

Crossing Creek On West Fork Trail   Leave a comment

The SCVN Friday Hike last week was to Hutch’s Pool. This is a hike that is about eight miles from Tram Stop 9, which saves another eight miles by not hiking from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. About twenty hikers were hiking the Sabino Canyon Trail to the intersection of West Fork and East Fork trails. The East Fork goes to Sycamore Canyon, the West Fork to Hutch’s Pool. There are two water crossing to Hutch’s Pool, the first providing the lesser challenges of the two. Still, on this day the water was swift, just below the knee and ice cold.

Because of recent rains and snowmelt on Mt. Lemmon, the water flow was much higher than normal causing most hikers to turn back or take the East Fork to Sycamore Canyon. Five hikers decided to go on to Hutch’s Pool. The images and video or of their return crossing at the creek near where the Fork trail connects to the Sabino Canyon Trail.

Crossing Creek On West Fork Trail — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Video by kenne

Hiking In The Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Hutch's PoolWest Fork Trail Leaving Hutch’s Pool — Panorama Image by kenne

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow.

But of course, without the top, you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides. So on we go—we have a long way—no hurry—just one step after the next—with a little Chautauqua for entertainment. Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it’s a shame more people don’t switch over to it. They probably think what they hear is unimportant, but it never is.”

― from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig 

 

Hutch’s Pool Hike, November 18, 2016   Leave a comment

November 18, 2016, SCVN Friday hike was to Hutch’s Pool, one of our favorite hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Here are some of the photos for your review. Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format. Enjoy! — Images by kenne

Hiking To Hutch’s Pool, November 13, 2015   11 comments

Panorama Sabino Canyon Trail(1 of 1) blogHiking the Sabino Canyon Trail to the West Fork Trail on our way to Hutch’s Pool — Panorama by kenne

The hike to Hutch’s Pool from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center would be a 16 mile hike, so we take the Sabino Canyon Shuttle to Stop 9, which cuts the hike distance in half. The hike involves taking the Sabino Canyon trail to the West Fork trail in the Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains where we find beautiful mountain vistas, and this time of year plenty of fall colors along the West Fork Trail.  

(Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Images by kenne

Kenne -- Looking Back At You (1 of 1) blogImage of kenne by Phil Bentley

Mama Spider and Hundreds of Little Ones   4 comments

Spider (1 of 1) blogMama Spider and Hundreds of Little Ones — Image by kenne

Spotted this spider web on a wild cotton plant yesterday while hiking to Hutche’s Pool in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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