|Hiking||18.00 Miles||4 Days || |
|2,300 ft AEG|| || || |
Spent the last two weekends visiting the Garden via different routes. Last weekend an in and out on the Tortilla Trail. This weekend a solo death march, involving a trail not on the USGS TOPO map, but it got me to my destination anyway. Mother of all bushwacks down Sycamore, I gave up on the trail due to vegetation higher than my head, but got to Rattlesnake canyon finally and swam in some big pools. Some idiots left some trash at the base of Power Hill, the next time I can get my Jeep in there it'll be clean up time.
Main canyon of Rattlesnake quite different from what I remember due to flooding. Still a fair amount of water flowing. Everything green and grown up. Made it to the Garden this trip with only about an hour of daylight left. Visited the spring the next morning, then out Corral Canyon and Kennedy Peak. Some trail finding on this one too but at least I could find a trail. Some nice small waterfalls in Corral. The spring was so overgrown I lost the trail there and ended up at the rock wall that was flowing very well. More trash!!! Some saddlebags with various items still inside and a fleece blanket.
Pretty warm this time out and I was tired when I got down Kennedy Peak/East Divide, cheered up some at the unreal grassy meadows. Saw two rattlesnakes and a very pretty color banded snake, not sure if a coral snake or not. Also saw some awesome deer, bucks, one as big as a small pony and carrying a huge set of antlers.
All in all a tough but excellent weekend.
Point in fact, the Klondyke/Aravaipa road is signed closed at Bonita and at the Klondyke road intersection, due to wash repairs needed.