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Morning Sunrise Along The Trail   Leave a comment

Jeri & Virginia VisitMorning Sunrise Along The Trail — Image by kenne

 

Posted June 14, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Photo-Artistry, Poetry, Saguaro

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A Fun Hike, When Water Is Flowing   2 comments

Seven Falls in Bear Canyon — January 2012 Images by kenne

This Friday the SCVN hike will be to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon. The trail crosses the creek coming from Seven Falls seven times and there should be plenty of flowing water at the falls.

kenne

Bear Canyon Trail   3 comments

bear-canyon-trail-8901-blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

“I do not know if the desert can be loved,
but it is in the desert that my treasure lies hidden.”

— Paulo Coelho

 

Experiencing Your Secret Destinations   1 comment

Seven Fall 2011Seven Falls In Bear Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains (02/07/11) — Image by kenne

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
Martin Buber

Altar Of The Mountain Gods   8 comments

Bear Canyon Trail at 7 Falls blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Blessed with clouds
And only spotted rain,
Hiking the twelve-mile
Sabino Canyon loop trail
Down through Bear Canyon
Was rewarding and inspirational.

Entering the lower canyon
Above the falls
The clouds opened
Atop Bear Canyon
Kissing the peaks
Lighting nature’s altar.

Below the altar’s pinnacles
The Bear Canyon trail
Curves away from
The dry creek bed
Under which water flows
Feeding the seven falls.

The steep rocky canyon walls
Provide a stark environment
For plants to grow.
Even so, the stately saguaros
Are able to survive as sentinels
In this mountain sanctuary.

Offering a serene haven
For the mountain gods,
Keepers of the mountain ways,
To nurture the healing spirits
Honed by the ancients’ as
Guardians of the canyon trails.

— kenne

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Hiking The Sabino Canyon To Bear Canyon Loop   3 comments

A few postings back, I shared photos and a video of our recent hike to Thimble Peak. This was a twelve-mile hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where we took the Sycamore Reservoir trail to the Bear Canyon trail, then on the Thimble Peak trail and back, all under windy, but beautiful weather. A good part of this hike was in the Push Ridge Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

A week later, the SCVN Friday hike was scheduled from Sabino Canyon to Hutch’s Pool, with the option of taking the East Fork trail to Bear Canyon trail, looping back to Sabino Canyon Center. The loop hike is also a twelve-mile hike through the Push Ridge Wilderness, this time continuing on the Bear Canyon trail through the Seven Falls area of Bear Canyon. The significant difference for this hike was having the contrast of a cloudy day vs. the blue sky weather a week earlier — both were very alluring hikes.

Hiking The Loop-8865 blogNear The Start Of The East Fork Trail — Images and Video by kenne

At the fork where Box Camp Canyon merged into Sabino Canyon, six of us opted to take the East Fork to Bear Canyon, the others taking the West Fork to Hutch’s Pool. Once at the saddle between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, we began heading south on the Bear Canyon trail. At this point, most of our hike through Bear Canyon was downhill.

Once we reached Bear Canyon creek, the trail crosses the creek, running parallel to it, veering to the left where the creek runs into Seven Falls. The view above Seven Falls allows one to see all the trail switchbacks that are not visible from where the south part of the Bear Canyon trail leads to Seven Falls.

After hiking down through Bear Canyon, it’s hard to understand why anyone would hike to Thimble Peak through Bear Canyon, rather than coming from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds. The distance maybe a little less, but the gain would not be worth the elevation change.

The following video contains photos and video clips from the loop hike, November 15, 2013.

kenne

Las Vegas-8899 blogThe Bear Canyon Trail Coming In Next To Seven Falls With Sun Light Peeping Through.

Bear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls   6 comments

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Bear Canyon Trail Above 7 Falls-8901 blogThe Sun Peaks Through The Clouds Above The Seven Falls Ridge And The Bear Canyon Trail Coming From The Upper Canyon
— Images by kenne

Capturing Moments To Remember — Five Naturalists Hike To Thimble Peak   9 comments

Thimble Peak-1 blogPanoramic Image from the Mountain Meadow Below Thimble Peak — Images by kenne

As Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) we spend a lot of time in the Canyon and the Santa Catalina Mountains leading children and adults on outdoor activities. One of the iconic images of the Canyon is Thimble Peak. It can be seen from the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area Center, the tram ride up through the Canyon, Bear Canyon and many of the area’s hiking trails.

One very popular trail is Blackett’s Ridge trail located between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon. This difficult hiking trail ends about a mile from Thimble Peak, separated by a deep ravine — “So close, yet so far,” is the thought most people have when reaching the end of the Blackett’s Ridge trail. Serious rock climbers might venture on, but most adventurous hikers look for other options for hiking to this majestic pinnacle.

One option is to hike, or take the tram, up through Sabino Canyon, then taking the Sabino Canyon trail to the East Fork trail, looping around to the Bear Canyon trail.

Another option is to take the Bear Canyon trail out of the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area up through Bear Canyon passed Seven Falls.

A third option is the one that five SCVN members (Phil Bentley, Alexa Bieberstein, Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl and Kenne Turner) decided to do when learning that the elementary school class coming to the Canyon on November 7th had been cancelled.

Thimble Peak-8673 blogWash Leading Out Of The Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site (Historical WWII Prison Camp)

This option involved driving the Catalina Highway to the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where under a beautiful blue-sky morning, we began the twelve-mile hike in cool temperatures, with a forecast of sunny warm temperatures in the afternoon — windy with gusts of 40 mph.

Thimble Peak-8684-2 blogTim, Ed, Alexa and Phil At The Sycamore Reservoir Trail Saddle (Part of the Arizona Trail)

The Arizona Trail, which runs from Mexico to Utah goes through the area making use of many existing trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains. As predicted, the winds were gusty.

Thimble Peak-8687 blogPhil, Alexa & Tim

This sign at the saddle on the Sycamore Reservoir trail is a common site for those hiking to the Sycamore dam. On our way to Thimble Peak, we stopped at the dam for a break before continuing on to the Bear Canyon trail.

Thimble Peak-8718-2 blogThe Peak Is In Sight! (Phil, Alexa, Ed and Tim)

Even with the very windy conditions, it didn’t take long before we began shading layers of clothing.

Thimble Peak-8729-2 blogPhoto Taking Time (Phil and Alexa)

This scene is located where the Bear Canyon trail goes left down into the canyon to Seven Falls. After a few photos, we headed off to the right through a beautiful mountain meadow toward the trail that would take us to Thimble Peak.

Thimble Peak-8789 blogThimble Peak

We were now only a few hundred yards from the pinnacle. You can click here to see 44 images on my Flickr account of our hike in a full-frame slideshow. 

In addition to many photos, I managed to take several video clips, which I have edited into a video posted on YouTube and inserted below. The video contains a special treat with naturalist Phil Bentley singing America the Beautiful overlooking the Tucson valley from the base of Thimble Peak pinnacle.

Thimble Peak-8756-2 blogAt The Base of Thimble Peak Overlooking the Tucson Valley (Ed, Phil, Alexa and Tim)

Thimble Peak-8768 blogAlexa Climbing The Pinnacle (Thimble Peak)

A Thimble Full Of Life

All one needs
in life is

a thimble full of
this and that
to experience life. 

We determine
what 
makes up
THIS,

what makes up
THAT.

Do you have a thimble full?

— kenne

You can see all 44 images at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157637734025706/

Seven Dry Creek Crossings To Seven Falls   3 comments

One of the most popular hikes in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is the trail to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon. The trail to the falls crosses the Bear Canyon creek seven times (seven crossing to seven falls). Usually there is water in the creek, adding to the hiking adventure. 

Last Thursday, Ed Rawl, Jan Labiner and I hiked the trail from the Bear Canyon road entrance to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Even after 19 inches of rain during the monsoon season (July, August, September), the creek is dry. There is some water at the falls, but it disappears underground once down in the canyon.

The now over eleven-year drought continues to impact the Sonoran Desert ecology. As pointed out in previous posting, invasive plants are competing for water in these drought conditions, i.e., fountain grass and buffelgrass. You can learn more about these and other invasive species at “Invaders“, a project of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Seven Falls 01-27-12One Of The Bear Canyon Creek Crossings With Water Flowing, April, 2013 — Image by kenne

Hiking the Seven Falls Trail, October, 2013, No Water In The Creek (Click On Any Of The Tiled Photos For Larger Slideshow Image) — Images by kenne

Nature changes —

fall,

winter,

spring,

summer:

it’s not sudden

making goodbyes

intrinsic.

— kenne

Sacred Holy Tree In Bear Canyon Creek   1 comment

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This
Is:

Sacred
Holy
Tree

 It embodies
Everything
From
Jesus Christ
To Rock ‘n Roll
With a splash
Of sparkle
& ginger.

 Sacred Holy
Tree control
The pond H2O

Damage to
The tree results
In a mandatory
Fight to
The death
With Gandi.

(Recently placed near one of the few remaining pools in the dry Bear Canyon creek bed.)

Capturing The Moment — Greater Earless Lizard (Pretty Boy)   6 comments

Sabino Canyon August 7 2013Greater Earless Lizard in Sabino Canyon 

Sabino Canyon August 7 2013The  Greater Earless Lizard will distract potential predators by wagging its tail curled over its back. This action may save its life, but not part of its tail as pictures above. Images by kenne

Hiking To Seven Falls In Bear Canyon   3 comments

7 Falls April 2013

Panorama of Seven Falls

7 Falls April 2013

Panorama of Bear Canyon

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Images by kenne

The hike to seven falls, to and from, is about eight miles, crossing the creek seven times. The water flow is low since the winter snow and rain has been below normal.

It is a popular hike, especially during spring break.

kenne

Posted April 13, 2013 by kenneturner in Information, Life, Nature, Photography

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“The Way” At Seven Falls   Leave a comment

Seven Falls in Bear Canyon — Images by kenne

Last Friday we hiked to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon. That evening we went to see the movie “The Way.” Both are recommended highly.
If you have already seen the movie, then you recognize the backpack image.

kenne

“The Way” Movie — Source: Facebook

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Capturing The Moment — Looking In and Out Of Bear Canyon   Leave a comment

Upper Bear Canyon On Trail To Seven Falls (January 27, 2012) — Image by kenne


Lower Bear Canyon Looking Out Over Downtown Tucson (January 27, 2012) Image by kenne (Spot in the upper-left sky is a plane landing at TIA.)

Capturing The Moment — Joy At Seven Falls   4 comments

“Joy At Seven Falls” — Image by kenne

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Martin Buber

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