UphillJunkie had mentioned to me that she was going to do Bassett Peak. I had never even heard of it so I looked it up on HAZ. Once seeing others photos of the Fall Colors I just had to go! Oh my gosh I am soooo glad I made it down to check this out. It's pretty cool because I have been doing some hiking in the area recently but nothing quite like this.
It was raining and overcast the whole day and at times we weren't sure if we would make it up to the peak. It didn't really matter because this hike was about seeing the trees change. The colors were AMAZING! We pretty much had the whole trail to ourselves all day with the exception of a hunter who was out caching water for his post Thanksgiving expedition. He was carrying 14 liters!
Once at the spring we continued to push forward and up the hill. As we went higher we approached the low hanging fog and clouds. Once up on the ridge and the final push to the top we were pretty much completely in the thick of it and the rain kept coming down. Tugger was a champ and so was Amy! We made it all the way up where I bushwhacked to the top and signed us in. On the return there were more photos to be had but the rain was coming down so much that it made it almost impossible. I would have to say this was one of the most scenic hikes I have ever been on. Personally, I think this would be a great hike even when it's not Fall.
The road from Willcox at Exit 340 is the fastest way in if you are coming from Tucson. Amy has a jeep so getting to the Trailhead wasn't too bad except for a couple spots. In a passenger car I would say park down the road 1.5 to 2 miles before the actual Trailhead and just hike it in.
Thanks Amy for allowing me to join you on this great hike and thanks for bringing the Jeep!