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Yesterday I took the bus out to the northeast edge of Tucson, then biked to Sabino Canyon and hiked up the Phone Line Trail. It starts near the mouth of Sabino Creek. It goes 4.7 miles to the head of the canyon then meets a trail and I turned there and went down the main Canyon of Sabino.
Beginning of the hike on the Sabino Canyon Road. Its used by tourist shuttles and walkers and goes 3.4 miles to the head of Sabino Canyon.
Rattlesnake peak (center) and Cathedral Rock on its right above a Sonoran Desert landscape off the to NW of Sabino Canyon road.
This Saguaro might be female?
After about a 1/2 miles the road starts to drop into Sabino Canyon.
A dead Saguaro stands in the mouth of Sabino Canyon.
A Ocotillo plant gets green leaves when the water supply is just right, it can bloom with new leaves at anytime of the year.
Lower Sabino Creek surrounded by Sycamore,Willow and Cottonwood tree's waiting for spring. Bear Canyon in distance.
Sabino Dam at the mouth of the canyon controls flooding. Built in the 40's it has backed up with silt.
A multi-armed Giant Saguaro and a old road share the landscape at Sabino's mouth.
Downstream from Sabino Dam. The gold color of the water is from sap in the desert plants.
Trailhead marker for the Phone Line trail and others. The sign tells of the seasonal flood's that come through around the Monsoon's and high snow melt times.
One final view of Sabino Dam at the edge of the Phone Line Trail. The building on the left hill top is a pump station that supplies water to the public toilets and water fountains along the Sabino Road.
A pair of Mallard ducks along lower Sabino Creek.
Starting in the morning shade the Phone Line trail heads through the desert forest. Looks like water is present from a spring dampening the trail center.
A Century Plant (Agave) stands where it bloomed recently along the Phone Line Trail. These Agave's once were thought to take 100 years to grow and bloom Actually they take about 20 years to grow from seed to spiny leafed plant and then when the water is just right the tall stalk can grow in a few days and spread the flower tipped blooms. Once it goes to seed, like many flowers it dies. The stalk makes an excellent hiking staff as its super light weight.
A double trunked Saguaro stands on the edge of the trail overlooking the Tucson foot hills to the southwest.
Looking down into lower Sabino Canyon with Rattlesnake creek/wash coming in at center and the city of Tucson and the a mountain range by the same name.
Thimble Peak comes into view.
Thimble Peak and the upper reaches of Sabino Canyo leading up to Mt Lemmon and the Catalina Mountain Range.
Hikers decend the trail heading back towards Tucson.
A huge vertical drainage drops from Rattlesnake Peak down into Sabino Canyon at Anderson Dam.
Another Giant Saguaro above the look back on Sabino Canyon.
A spur trail from middle Sabino Canyon comes up a rocky pointed ridge.
The spur trail descends a lower ridge.
The end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle road.
Wild Poppies are everywhere along the sunny stretches of the trail.
The flower pollenator sticks its face into the Poppy and takes food home to its young and makes honey.
Anderson Dam is a natural granite and quartz shelf that stretches across Sabino Canyon Creek.
Different views of Thimble Peak from Sabino Canyon.
Another un-named granite dam spans the creek.
Road sign warns bicyclists of the bridges that are along Sabino Creek. Cyclist's are only allowed before 9 am and after 5 pm year round. The tourist shuttle runs daily after 9 am and until 5 pm. The climb up the road is a good challenge and the descent a thrilling coast, but the road is also covered with walking hikers and the bridges are at right angles to the road.
The day was one of the years first 90 degree days. This weekend and the beginning of this week are supposed to be in the high 80's to low 90's. Its getting HOT!
Soon I will be cycling my way to the north western part of New mexico and Arizona/Utah for work this spring to fall.
Yesterday I rode the bus to within 4 miles of Sabino Canyon then rode to it and after walking about 8 miles returned to my home with a 20 mile ride.