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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

Trail Gate   Leave a comment

Turkey Creek TrailTurkey Creek Trail Gate — Computer Painting by kenne

The Little Rincons

East of the Rincons
Fenced-in weathered grasslands
Near Turkey Creek.

4X4 drive reachable
From tall oaks along the creek
To golden meadows.

Enter a new world
Hidden from desert norm
A breath of cool air.

Passby cattle lands
A short dirt drive north of I-10
Near Hidden Pastures.

A wilderness route
Not considered a trail hike
Takes cross-country skills.

— kenne

 

Hidden Valley Panorama   Leave a comment

Hidden ValleyHidden Valley Panorama by kenne

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

–Dorothea Lange

Hidden Pasture Trail In The Little Rincon Mountains   1 comment

Hidden Paster Trail 2014-2 blog

Hidden Paster Trail 2014-1 blogPanorama Views On The Hidden Pasture Trail In The Little Rincon Mountains by kenne

Images by kenne

There’s a special place on the east-side of the Rincon Mountains, named “Happy Valley.”
A primitive road goes passed ranches as the terrain and vegetation evolves 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 previously 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

Capturing The Moment — Desert Phlox In The Little Rincon Mountains   4 comments

Hidden Paster Trail 2014-0407-4 Desert Phlox blogDesert Phlox Wildflower — Image by kenne

Flowers have spoken to me
more than I can tell in written words.
They are the hieroglyphics of angels,
loved by all men for the beauty of the character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.

— Lydia M. Child

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

 

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