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Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   2 comments

Old Ski Run Hike-5-72The SCVN Friday Hikes began this past Friday (June 7th) with a short hike up to the old ski run.
Ricki Mensching loves leading this hike each year
and the opportunity to share some the history of the original ski run on Mt. Lemmon.

Old Ski Run Hike-8-72.jpgAs the hikers gathered at the base of the ski run they noticed smoke coming from a camp fire on up the ski slop.
Campers had left the camp fire without making sure the fire was out. Sadly, this kind of happening is not unusual.
We call 911 and the nearby Summer Haven fire department came and extinguished the fire.

On this same day a very large uncontained forest fire began burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix.
This marks the beginning of the fire season in Arizona, most all of which are man-made.

Old Ski Run Hike-10-72After getting the fire under control, Ricky continued her narration on the old ski run,
before continuing the hike to the top of the ski run.

Old Ski Run Hike-6-72Images by kenne

HELP PREVENT FOREST FIRES!

 

 

Start of the SCVN Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

This post first appeared seven years ago. Since the SCVN summer hiking schedule on Mt. Lemmon remains pretty much the same year after year, I’m revising the post in recognition of our new hiking season.

Butterfly Trail“Upward and Onward” — Image by kenne

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists (SCVN) lead the first Friday summer hike on Mount Lemmon yesterday. The schedule will every Friday through August 31st. You can get the complete schedule by going to http://sabinonaturalists

Yesterday’s hike on Butterfly #16 and Incinerator #18A to Leopold Point. This hike is one of my favorites and one of the few that Joy and I have hikes together. If you click here to see my blog posting on our hike a year ago. If you watch the video, you can see why Joy doesn’t hike with me anymore.

There were about 18 people in yesterday’s SCVN hike. While yesterday’s temperature hit a record 107 degrees, the temperature on the mountain was in the upper 70’s, which is way we spend the summer hiking on Mount Lemmon. A slideshow of my photographs can also be seen on my Flickr account;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157630015836120/show/

— kenne

A Two Year Old Girl That Loves Hiking   1 comment

Each Friday, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) lead two hikes for the public. One is is a slower-paced nature hike allowing time to identify and discuss desert plants.

Yesterday’s hike was a four-mile hike in Kings Canyon in the Tucson Mountains, which this time of year has a lot of wildflowers. So, I chose to assist in guiding the hike so I could be a part of the wildflower discussion; providing an opportunity to photograph spring flowers. 

The majority of hikers on our SCVN hikes are retirees; yesterday’s hike included a young mother and her 2-year-old daughter — they both love hiking. 

— kenneHikers-72

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Hikers-3-72Images by kenne

 

Hiking To Romera Pools — Revisited   Leave a comment

Sunrise On The trail (1 of 1) Jeff & Phil blogJeff and Phil lead others to the base of the ridge — Images by kenne

The trail begins merciful,
level and wide for
our first steps.

The sun greeting us
rising above the mountains
warming the morning air.

Our path is straight
into the canyon
through winter’s brown.

Soon the trail narrows
turning left, then right
with carved rock stairs.

The pace slows as
fellow hikers snake-line
up the steep slopes.

As we near the first ridge,
the sky seems smaller,
staying alert with each step.

Hiking the lower canyon walls,
soon we reach the first saddle,
we break for the vistas.

Seeing no bighorn sheep,
only white rocks mistook
for their white rumps.

Climbing up and
around the next ridge,
water flowing from its top.

A steep drop in the trail
beckons thoughts of yet
another ridge to climb.

Reaching a thousand feet
above the trailhead before
hiking down to the pools.

Winter rains have provided
plenty of water for breathtaking
views of the pools and falls.

Spring break will bring
students’ cliff jumping into
the deeper Romero Pools.

I share a silent moment
above the pools with
only my shadow companion.

— kenne

Romero Pools (1 of 1)-25 blog shadow companionImages by kenne

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PHOTOS OF HIKING ROMERO POOLS TRAIL, JANUARY 2015.

 

SCVN 1st 2019 Hike   Leave a comment

SCVN Friday Hike January-72 .jpgImage by kenne

About eighteen hikers took part in the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
1st hike of the year (January 4, 2019) on the Pontatoc Ridge trail.

Pontatoc Ridge trail
A steep, rocky canyon hike
Beautiful vistas.

— kenne

Hiking The Southerland Trail in Catalina State Park — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Southernland Trail Panorama- blogHikers On Southerland Trail, March 2, 2018

 

Hiking The Southerland Trail in Catalina State Park (Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.) — Images by kenne


This trail is usually an excellent wildflower trail, not this year. The primary reason is very little rain this winter. Some recent rains will help for propagating next year’s wildflowers — no “Fields of Poppies” this year.

Rainy Day Reflections   Leave a comment

Aspen Loop, hiking, Mt. LemmonTwo of My Fellow SCVN Hiking Guides, Ricki and Tosh (August 2013) — Image by kenne

This Sunday we are experiencing some rain, the first since early August (already several inches of snow on Mt. Lemmon), so I’ve been going through some of my old photos and ran across one of two my favorite people.

This photo is on the Aspen Loop on Mt. Lemmon, this part of the trail, which was burned during the 2003 Aspen Wildfire.

— kenne

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