Cholla & Golden Gate Mtn

Cholla & Golden Gate Mtn

On New Year’s Eve we hiked on the North Trail from the Desert Trails RV Park into the adjacent Tucson Mountain Park. We followed the Caliche Flats Trail to the Ironwood Picnic Area, We returned via the Ironwood Trail and Prospector Trail. On this beautiful day we encountered several mountain bikers and heard steady sounds coming from the Tucson Mountain Park Shooting Range. On New Year’s Day we took a short route on the Coyote Loop and a gravel road before the rain forced us to hurry back to our RV. About two hours later the sky had cleared and we headed out again along the Far West Trail and some unmarked trails from Jay’s RV Park. We crossed the boundary fence for the Pima County Tucson Mountain Park and followed the Prospector Trail before returning on the Old Indian Path. Teddy bear chollas glistened in the sun while the brown colored buckhorn cholla looked dead. A few of the saguaras were distressed with their arms pointing down. Some very large fishhook barrel cacti were in bloom. The Tucson Mountain Park has many more trails for us to explore on a future visit.

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