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Sycamore Reservoir   Leave a comment

Sycamore Reservoir B&WSycamore Reservoir Under Construction (1939) — Source Unknown
(Note: Thimble Peak In The Distance Through The Pass)

Sycamore Reservoir was originally constructed to supply water to the Catalina Federal Honor Camp, or Tucson Federal Prison Camp, located in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The camp held men subject to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. It had no security fence, boundaries were marked with stones painted white. 45 of the 46 prisoners were draft resisters and objectors of conscience transferred from camps in Colorado, Arizona and Utah, although Gordon Hirabayashi, who had challenged the exclusion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, was also held here.

This small lake has been made even smaller by flash floods which have washed huge amounts of rock and sand into the lake. Still, the reservoir and surrounding area remain a pleasant destination for a day or overnight trip.

Sycamore Reservoir Hike-8106-72The trail to where the dam is located. (October 2012)

Prison Camp to Sycamore DamSycamore Dam (October 2012)

Prison Camp to Sycamore DamAbove Sycamore Dam (October 2012) — Images by kenne

Hiking Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail   1 comment

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Sycamore Canyon-721st SCVN Fall Hike, Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail  — iPhone Images by kenne

Today, we led a small group of ten hikers on the first Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) fall Friday Hike. This hike is annually done in the fall and spring. The hike is about 5.5 miles, starting in the old Prison Camp (Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds) the trail leads to the reservoir that supplied water to the Prison Camp. Click here for more historical information on the Campgrounds.

— kenne

Sycamore Canyon   1 comment

Sycamore Canyon-Edit-2-blogSycamore Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

In a tangle of cliffs I chose a place — 
Bird paths, but no trails for men.
What’s beyond the yard?
White clouds clinging to vague rocks.
Now I’ve lived here—how many years —
Again and again, spring and winter pass.
Go tell families with silverware and cars
“What the use of all the noise and money?”

— Gary Snyder

A Mariposa Lily In Sycamore Canyon   Leave a comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampMariposa Lily — Image by kenne

THE LAST HIKE IN APRIL

The desert blue sky, replaced
by high rainless clouds.

The brittlebush has no blossoms
nor leaves of green without rain.

Your song little bird sings of love
among the branches of thorns.

Nearing the saddle,
the winds chill the skin.

Pausing at the top, we wait
for aunt visiting from Germany.

Then I took my Nikon to capture
a mariposa lily dancing to the breeze

waiting for the moment the
wind will make a flower of gauze.

One eye, the button pushed as
April goes flying by.

— kenne

Riding The Arizona Trail   Leave a comment

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Riding the Arizona Trail -2 blogUtah Couple Riding the Arizona Trail from Utah to Mexico — Images by kenne

Our April 27, 2017, SCVN Friday Hike was trail #39 (Part of the Arizona Trail) out of the Gordon Hirabayashi Camp Grounds to the Sycamore Reservoir. The trail head is near the horse corral where we met a couple from Utah who spent the night at the campgrounds before continuing on the Arizona Trail to Mexico. Now, that’s a real adventure!

— kenne

We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk.
The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness,
a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later
where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.

— Robert Pirsig

 

Sycamore Canyon Trail   Leave a comment

Sycamore Canyon Panorma IMG_3198 blogSycamore Canyon Panorama — Image by kenneSycamore Canyon-_Art III blogSycamore Canyon Trail — Computer Painting by kenne

Yesterday’s (April 28, 2017) hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds (4,880′ elevation) to the Sycamore Reservoir was the last SCVN Friday hike on our Spring schedule. Eleven people, including three guides, took #39 trail out of the campgrounds to the Sycamore Reservoir, a somewhat out of the way riparian area in the Sycamore Canyon in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The trail is 3.25 miles one way with an accumulated gain of 821 feet. The trail is also a segment of the Arizona Trail, providing majestic views, including Thimble Pear and Cathedral Rock.

This is one of my favorite hikes at the mid-level elevation of the Santa Catalina Mountains, so I was pleased to be the lead guide for the eleven hikers, which included three women from Germany.

The SCVN guided hikes will start again in June on Mt. Lemmon.

kenne

Sycamore Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

sycamore-canyon-on-the-arizona-trail-1-of-1-panorama-blogSycamore Canyon Along the Arizona Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains (October 7, 2016).
The Arizona Trail is a National Scenic Trail covering 800 miles across desert and mountains from Mexico to Utah.
— Panorama by kenne

Hunger Caterpillars On A Manzanita Plant   Leave a comment

Genus Datana Caterpillars On a Manzanita Plant (Sycamore Canyon Trail, Santa Catalina Mountains, October 7, 2016) — Images by kenne

(Click on any image to see in a slideshow format.)

 

Hiking The Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir Trail   3 comments

SCVN members Ann, Jeff and I were the guides for a small group of five hikers yesterday hiking the Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir out of the Gordon Hirabayashi campground. The campground is at 5,000 feet, a little over half way up Mt. Lemmon. One of my favorite hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the trail leads up to Shreve Saddle where hikers stop to take in beautiful mid-range views before following the trail down to the reservoir, 2.5 miles from the campgrounds. The elevation change is approximately 600 feet.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1) blogA group picture at Streve Saddle.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-2 blogThe Sycamore Canyon Reservoir Trail just below Shreve Saddle.SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-3 blog

Hiker Liz pauses to observe the waters of Sabino Creek flowing over the reservoir dam.
SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-6 blogLiz is one of the new SCVN trainees.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-5 blogLooking down at the base of the dam with a view of Thimble Peak.

SCVN Friday Hike 10-09-15 (1 of 1)-4 blogMany Turpentine Bushes are in bloom in the canyon. — Images by kenne

Sycamore Canyon Panorama   1 comment

sycamore canyon (1 of 1) blogPanorama View of Sycamore Canyon from Catalina Highway In the Santa Catalina Mountains (August 1, 2015)
— Image by kenne

Old Pueblo On A Cloudy Day   2 comments

Tucson (1 of 1)-2 blogView from Guthrie Peak Trail, Catalina Highway to the Right, Down Through Sycamore Canyon, Thumble Peak, Blackett’s Ridge, Tucson,
The Tucson Mountains with The Quinlan Mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation In The Distance.
— Image by kenne

Tall trees stand behind
Scrubs cover the mountainside
Through which a road runs.

Rocky peaks reach up
Form a desert silhouette
Above the basin.

Clouds move slowly by
Cover parallel ranges
Hugging Old Pueblo.

— kenne

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