|Hiking||8.50 Miles|| 3 Hrs 45 Mns || ||2.27 mph|
|775 ft AEG|| || || |
Wow, right out of the box....this is a beauty as you move west along the river. The reflections were fabulous. And of course, we had that big ole moon watching over us for a little while too.
Once you come to the wash, you head north. Not too far you get to check out an oven on the east side but even cooler were the caves that Todd found back a little ways on the west side of the wash. So up we went to find a few caves, two open-faced and one narrow slot. Someone had been doing some excavating. Todd found pottery sherds at the open-faced caves. We also checked out the area above the caves.
You continue trodding up the wash enjoying the desert surrounds until the wash narrows as you head back east below Stewart Mountain. Little did we know what a fantastic view would be before us as we rose to the top of that hill where we could get photos of both the lake, the canyon wall and the Four Peaks. And then down you go into Horse Thief Wash, through the culvert, by a part of the river that flows out of Saguaro Lake, through the Salt Cedar tunnel and then you cross the Bush Highway where you encounter some giant saguaros here and there along with a mesquite-tree (?) shaded area.
Those last couple miles seem to take a long time but it gave me time to work with "Scout", my new GPS. It actually works as I could see that when I was walking I was following the route AZLOT69 had put up on HAZ. I am anxious to load the route to my Mapsource software to see how it looks. With Shawn's help and having the time to actually fiddle with it in true conditions, I learned a lot.
Thanks to AZLOT69 for sharing the hike description and to desertgirl for putting the hike together for the group's HOM. It was nice to hike with Amibka, Shawn, Todd, Diane, Tom, Traci, Linda and Michelle. I hadn't been out to Saguaro Lake since the very early 90s so that was a treat.
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.