Sycamore Canyon to Bear Canyon via Thimble Peak

5:41 p.m. on November 17, 2010 (EST)
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On Wednesday the 10th I woke at about 7 am, had breakfast and packed up at Hutches Pool to head back out from my overnight hike. Below is a video I made of me talking about the hike. Then pictures from the second days hike, 10 miles from Hutches Pool to the mouth of Bear Canyon...


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Morning day 2, Hutches Pool.


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Heading out Sabino Basin towards Sycamore Canyon below blue ridgeline on horizon.


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A granite boulder with a ancient indian grinding hole. The Pima and other southwestern tribes ground Gamble Oak acorns into bread flour.


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A Giant Saguaro and a old Mesquite Tree. Saguaro's are known to grow 20 years before making there first arm. This one has 6 arms about the same age and a trunk about a foot and a half in diameter.


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Cholla Cactus fruit ready to eat. Just burn off the hair needles and peel. The hole in the end is where the flower grew before the fruit ripened.


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Climbing out of Sabino Basin towards Sycamore Canyon, Thimble Peak second from right. Fires burnt thru the basin in 2003, grasses and Mesquites have grown back since.


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Lower Sycamore Canyon drains towards Sabino Basin right to left.


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A burnt out stump is all thats left of a old Mesquite tree along the trail.


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Stopped at the pass between Sycamore and Bear Canyons.


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Sycamore Basin


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Looking back the way I came today. Hutches Pool is in the deep V in the lower center about 4 miles away.


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The trail head south towards Thimble Peak and where I will have lunch.


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A balanced rock of Granite up on the ridge above the trail.


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The Santa Rosa Mountains 60 miles away on the horizon with Tucson and Thimble Peak. At the edge of the grass in the middle is a 1000 foot cliff above Bear Canyon. I sat there and had lunch. Mexico is about 75 miles away south, 15 south of the Santa Rita's.


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Looking from about halfway down from the cliffs near Thimble Peak towards lower Bear Canyon. The trail is visable on the other side of the canyon.


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Looking down into upper Bear Canyon. A Agave Century Plant on the right.


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Put 'Em Up!

A Saguaro and Thimble Peak.


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Saguaro covered hill above lower Bear Canyon.


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Four armed Saguaro plays Hide & Seek, covering its face while counting to 1000.


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Another balanced rock...


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A young Saguaro with no arms holds up its fallen brother(sister?)  Many Saguaros live to a ripe old age, but sometimes die after falling with too many arms.


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Adult and young Saguaro watch as I I walk down the trail. Is'nt the little one cute?


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Middle Bear Creek has many pools of water from the October Monsoon rains.


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The trail switchbacks down a long slope above Bear Canyon.
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Eventually the switchbacks make it into Lower Bear Canyon. Looking south towards Tucson.


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Across from the switchbacks is Seven Falls a natural area with falls and cascades with deep pools of water between each one. Its now about 4 pm and the suns shadow rolls over the pools.


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At the lower end of Bear Canyon the creek ends up in small mirror pools as it slowly decends into the desert below.


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 Jughandle Arch marks the bottom of the trail out of Bear Canyon, still about two miles away.



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Fish hook Barrel Cactus awaits the cooling shade of sunset. The Pineapple like fruits with dried flowers are like a lemon taste. Called fishhook because of the curled purple needles.


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Sunset on Saddleback Mountain above Bear Canyon on right.


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Saguaro sunset against the Catalina Mountains around 6 pm.


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The sun's last rays of light on Cacti and mountain peaks














 














11:35 a.m. on November 18, 2010 (EST)
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I need to take more picture of my travels. I enjoy looking at others trips. Your area is so diferant than the area I'm in.

12:25 p.m. on November 18, 2010 (EST)
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What part of Oregon is Reedsport in? Where did the name Reedsport come from? I have some friend living in Eugene. I came thru Oregon last in 1977 when I was one the road hitchhiking 8000 miles around the USA. I would someday like to do a bicycle tour down from Washingtons Olympic Coast to San Francisco. Oregon looks the most interesting!

1:17 p.m. on November 19, 2010 (EST)
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Gary, Great Photos and Thanks for Posting for so much did enjoy.

Have a Good Day!

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