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Mt. Lemmon Fall Colors And The Story Of The First Ski Slope   1 comment

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images for larger view and slideshow.)

For you non-locals, Mt. Lemmon (9,157 ft.) is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, part of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona.

At this time all National Forest Services continue to be closed because of the government shut-down. However, access to Mt. Lemmon via the Catalina Highway is available since the highway is a county highway.

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) are part of the Forest Service and regularly provide educational programs, nature walks and hikes — the schedule is published on the SCVN website. Some of the SCVN members continue the hiking schedule (unofficially), recently hiking the Bear Wallow trail to take in the fall colors.

Parts of the trail goes through the area where the original Mt. Lemmon ski slope was located back in the 40’s and 50’s. Since part of SCVN mission to the public is to educate, Ricki Mensching shares the story of early skiing on Mt. Lemmon during the Bear Wallow hike this past Friday. Current skiing takes place each at winter at Ski Valley, the southernmost ski destination in the continental United States, and receives approximately 180 inches (4.6 m) of snow annually (Wikipedia).


Forest Thinning On Mount Lemmon   Leave a comment

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13Forest Thinning On Mount Lemmon — Images by kenne



Hiking The Phone Line Historical Trail In Sabino Canyon   5 comments

Phoneline 12-21-12

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SCVN Member

Every Friday the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) provide a guided hike to the public. This past Friday we hiked the Phone Line Historical Trail, which provides great views down into the canyon. The schedule is on the SCVN website —


Help Prevent Forest Fires!   Leave a comment

Butterfly Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

As hundreds of acres continue to burn in Arizona, I thought I would share this image taken recently on one of our hikes. The fire that burn much of the area around Mount Lemmon took place eight years ago. What is destroyed in minutes take years to recover. Currently, because of the continued drought, this area is not assessable for camping and hiking.




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