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Mallard Duck At Hutch’s Pool   Leave a comment

Mallard Duck Hutch's Pool-Edit-2-72Mallard Duck At Hutch’s Pool In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Hutch’s Pool is a small body of water that contains water year-round, located 8 miles for the Sabino Canyon  Visitor Center. Most people hiking to Hutch’s Pool will take the tram up to stop 9, thereby reducing the 16-mile roundtrip by 7.5 miles. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) usually schedule a group hike twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The hike provides very nice views
of upper Sabino Canyon,
images of which I have shared many times on this blog. This time I decided to share a photo of this male mallard duck few years back.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Friday Hike   3 comments

Up until the day before the Hutch’s Pool hike,

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He wasn’t sure he was going to do this SCVN Friday Hike.
It had been two years since he last hiked to Hutch’s Pool,
a combined eight miles up and back.

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This eight-mile hike usually starts at Stop 9 on the Shuttle route,
So hiking would provide his first opportunity to ride the new all-electric Suttle.

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Here the Sabino Canyon Trail intersects with the Phoneline Trail.

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The Sabino Canyon Trail winds along the east canyon ridge before 

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Opening into beautiful views of the upper canyon.

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Although it was a great day for a hike to Hutch’s Pool, he began to fall behind the hiking group.

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Frustrated by reoccurring joint issues, he decided to turn his back on the upper canyon,
starting the hike back to Shuttle Stop 9, then walking the remaining four miles on the Shuttle Road back to the Visitors Center. 

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In the end, he still did a combined hike/walk over eight miles on a beautiful sunny day in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

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

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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.

kenne

Capturing The Springtime Moment: Parish Larkspur WIldflower   Leave a comment

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parish larkspur (1 of 1)-2 blogParish Larkspur WIldflower Images by kenne

Conditions for wildflowers are much better this spring than last year.
Yesterday (March 20, 2015) we saw several parish larkspur along the Bear Canyon trail at about 2,700 ft.
There were many, at first glance I thought they were lupines.

Last year I posted images of a single parish larkspur April 16th near Hutche’s Pool (3,900 ft.)

— kenne

February 4, 2013 Was A Busy Day — Hiking To Hutch’s Pool   4 comments

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13Hutch’s Pool — Image by kenne

Blogging in 2013 was a busy year for Becoming Is Superior To Being. There were 726 new posts and the busiest day of the year was February 4th with 868 views. The most popular post that day was Hiking To Hutch’s Pool — One Of My Favorite Hikes. Hutch’s Pool is in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

I enjoying blogging and I hope you keep coming back — Have a great 2014!

kenne

Hiking To Hutch’s Pool   Leave a comment

On of my favorite hikes is up to Hutch’s Pool. Located above Sabino Canyon, it provides a good workout and excellent views.

kenne

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