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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.

Capturing The Moment — A February 1st Tarantula Siting   4 comments

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13Tarantula — Images by kenne

This tarantula was a surprise siting Friday while hiking at about 4,000 feet on the Hutch’s Pools trail — that’s February 1st folks, not a likely time to see a tarantula since they live underground and prefer the warm summer nights when they spend time hunting.

For what it’s worth, my take on this guy is that it’s a young male (females a usually stockier and more brown) that is too horny to know that most females are not going to be out this time of year, especially in the daytime.

Let me know what you think!

kenne

Capturing The Moment — Moss And Ferns On The Mountainside   3 comments

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13Moss & Ferns On The Mountain-side — Image by kenne

While hiking the trail to Hutch’s Pools in the Santa Catalina Mountains, fern and moss plants have turned the ground green because of recent rains. This image was captured at about the 4,00 foot level yesterday. I could have spent much of the day photographing these beautiful plants, but our purpose was hiking.

kenne

Hutch's Pools 02-01-13Images by kenne

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