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King Canyon Trail To Wasson Peak, Revisited   Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago some of us did our annual King Canyon trail hike to observe the wildflowers, which in the past was part of our hike on up to Wasson Peak. However, this year the plan was not to go all the way to the Peak. I hate to admit it, but time is beginning to catch up with us. So, the best I can do is to revisit a posting from six years ago. My days of cheating time might be running out.

— kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Kings Canyon Trail — Images by kenne

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Wildflower Slideshow by kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Panorama of Wasson Peak Near The Top

SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft.
Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s).

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people
are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

A Symbiotic Relationship   3 comments

Lichen (1 of 1) blogLichens on rocks along the Wasson Peak trail. — Image by kenne

“Lichen is a composite organism consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc).” 

When teaching children about lichen, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists (SCVN) share this short poem:

“Alice Algae took
a lichen
to Freddie Fungus,

but now
their relationship
is on the rocks.”

Top of Wasson Peak   2 comments

Top of Wasson Peak (1 of 1) blogTop of Wasson Peak In the Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

Top of the mountain

My celebration of spring

The body renewed.

— 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)

Tucson Basin Panorama   Leave a comment

Wasson Peak 01-30-12Tucson Basin Panorama — Image by kenne
View from Wasson Peak, in the Tucson Mountains, looking towards the Tortolita Mountains,

Santa Catalina Mountains, and the Rincon Mountains.

Standing on a desert peak
you may feel like a
pebble of sand in a vast desert,

you are the entire desert in a pebble.

— kenne

 

Hiking King Canyon Trail To Wasson Peak   3 comments

Wasson Peak Group (1 of 1) blog

 (CLICK ON A TILED IMAGE TO SEE LARGER VIEW IN A SLIDESHOW FORMAT.)

Some images of the SCVN lead hike to Wasson Peak via King Canyon Trail, Hugh Norris Trail, Sendero Esperanza Trail, and Gould Mine Trail that took place last Friday (March 13, 2015). The trails form an eight mile loop with an elevation change 1,800 ft. from the King Canyon trailhead. Each year in March we schedule this hike because of the abundance of beautiful wildflowers in the Tucson Mountains.

kenne

Brittlebush (1 of 1)-2 blogImages by kenne

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
― David Brower

Panorama Image From Wasson Peak   1 comment

Panorama (1 of 1) blogLooking East Atop Wasson Peak In The Tucson Mountains (L/R Tortolita Mountains, Santa Catalina Mountains & Rincon Mountains)
Interstate 10 going north through Marana, Oro Valley and north Tucson– Panorama by kenne

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