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Panther and Sombrero Peaks   Leave a comment

Panther and Sombrero Peaks West of Tucson — HDR Image Taken from Wasson Peak Trail by kenne

Panther Peak sits in the northernmost reaches of the western unit of Saguaro National Park in the Tucson Mountains northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Sitting just west of Safford Peak (locally known as “Sombrero Peak”), Panther Peak is a rustic little desert mountain providing views of the northeastern Tucson suburbs and mountains beyond. — Source:


Sombrero And Panther Pears West Of Tucson   Leave a comment

Sombrero And Panther Pears West Of Tucson — Image by kenne

The Trail Is Dusty   Leave a comment

West of Tucson — Panorama Image by kenne

The trail is dusty
Stirred only by our steps,
A soft breeze unable to lift
The dust above our boots

Often coming together as strangers
Sharing a love of the wild
And a desire to hear sounds
In nature’s best.

Nature walks are fine
Surrounded by experts
Who share their knowledge
Born with a feel for the moment

An eye for beauty and form
Nature speaking to the senses
Where nothing is perfect
And everything Is perfect.

— kenne

Hiking Sendero Esperanza Trail   2 comments

Panther Peak (1 of 1) blog framed

Panther Peak (1 of 1)-2 B-W blog framedPanther Peak and Sombrero Peak, Saguaro National Park – West in the Tucson Mountains northeast of Tucson, Arizona. —
View from the Sendero Esperanza Trail Hiking To Wasson Peak Images by kenne (March 14, 2014)

Cholla Forest Below Panther Peak   Leave a comment

Pather Peak Cholla Forest Panorama (1 of 1) blogCholla Forest Below Panther Peak — Panorama Image by kenne

Light shines in darkness.

Frontiers open to fresh vistas.

Love follows hard upon enmity.

From what is hidden comes revelation.

— from The Timeless Myths, by Alexander Eliot

 We have been gone from Tucson (in Houston and New Orleans) since December 23rd and only one day of sun, Christmas Day. Now delayed by icy west Texas roads, we are leaving this morning. Here’s a link to photos of a rare snow fall in Tucson yesterday.


Sendero Esperanza Trail View North   Leave a comment

Panther Peak (1 of 1) blog framed

Panther Peak (1 of 1)-2 B-W blog framedPanther Peak and Sombrero Peak, Saguaro National Park – West in the Tucson Mountains northeast of Tucson, Arizona. —
View from the Sendero Esperanza Trail Hiking To Wasson Peak Images by kenne (March 14, 2014)

Cholla Forest In The Sonoran Desert   4 comments

Panther Pear Hike-Panorama blog FramedCholla Forest at the Base of Panther Peak in the Tucson Mountains — Panorama Image by kenne

Sonoran Desert
by Tara Trewinnard-Boyle

How lucky am I? I have found my home!
In the place of dust and rock where the lizards run,
Where hot winds whip and the sun sears through a lapis colored sky.
Where Saguaros march uninhibited across the arid land.
Miles and miles of emptiness: freedom.

This is the place where Mother Nature still shows her true beauty.
Wild and uncompromising, she cuts me down to my rightful size.
Teaching me to live without; demand less; appreciate more.
Silently reminding me that the race is of my own making.
I can be free.

I have found my home. Not the home I was born to but where I belong.
The ache of leaving weighs heavy in my heart.
But today I can carry with me a gift, humbly offered to all who seek.
The desert is more than a place; it is a state of mind.
It is life and death, land and sky, struggle and freedom.

Slow! Your frantic pace does not matter here.
Breathe and be grounded in your humanness.
Be still and find your small place in this vast world.
You belong, just as you are. In the silence you can find peace.
This is the gift of the desert; for which I am eternally grateful.

Panther Peak And Sombrero Peaks — Panorama Views   Leave a comment

Cam Boh Trails 01-21-13

Cam Boh Trails 01-21-13L-R: Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak as Viewed from the Cam-Boh Trail — Images by kenne

Panther Peak

Hiking Panther Peak In The Tucson Mountains   4 comments

Paul and Jim On The Cam-Boa Trail Headed Toward Panther Peak — Image by kenne

We left the Cam-Boh Picnic Area , located off Picture Rocks Road, on the Cam-Boa trail at the western edge of the Tucson Mountain District of the Saguaro National Park – West. Part of this trail in the Panther Peak Wash, however we cut across the wash headed toward the draw or gully between Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak to the east. This time of year the floor of the desert is showing a lot of green from the early growth of desert wild-flowers.

Once near the base of the two peaks, the hike becomes a fun bush whack climb to the saddle between the peaks. This part of the park is beautiful, as is most of the Tucson Mountains — plenty of large saguaros, palo verde trees and cholla cactusMy hiking partners, Jim and Paul, shared time leading as we tried to pick the best route up through the draw, trying to spot an occasional cairn. Stopping along the way, I took several photos, some meant to form panorama images of the surrounding mountains.
Looking back down through the draw between Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak, with Wasson Peak in the distance.
This is a fun hike with beautiful views in every direction. People who know the area well can probably point out many of the southern Arizona landmarks. Click here to see a slide show of photos taken, Monday, January 9, 2012. 
Paul and Jim At The Top Of Panther Peak — Images by kenne
Happy Hiking!

Cholla Forest   1 comment

A Cholla Forest On The Trail To Panther Peak In The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

A Precarious Boulder Along The Hike To Panther Peak   4 comments

Precarious Boulder — Image by kenne

It is not as unusual as it may seen to see a large boulder resting on another large boulder, they are naturally occurring geological formations. However, when your trail leads right next to one like in the above photo, you step carefully — even more so when a closer inspection shows a crack at the point of balance. I have always been told not to be concerned since they only seem to be balancing, but are in fact firmly connected to a base boulder by a pedestal or stem. That’s by story and I’m sticking to it, not withstanding thoughts of “127 Hours” flashing through my head!


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