Saturday night date hike with Brad to check out the new loop off Granite Mtn loop trail.
Parked at the tiny pull out at Dove Valley Rd/136th Street.
The signs for the trail are temporary paper signs - I think this trail will be very popular once the word gets out. Cool water tank from ranching days. Older motorized vehicle trail signs still in place.
The little slot canyon is really pretty and we were down in it about 45 minutes before sunset - - the light was incredible. Very unique area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Had an encounter with a mountain lion - first time and I would be fine if it was the last time. In a bend of the canyon I saw up ahead him/her cross the canyon and I just froze.
Was far enough up ahead of me (and the only way out) that I wasn't sure that was what I had really seen. Brad came up past me with his headphones on - and I told him to stop and wait but he didn't see anything and kept going. I walked briskly looking up to the right side of the little canyon rock walls - I could HEAR the deep, heaving growly-type breathing and I started yelling to Brad to tell him to take his head phones off. Maybe that was a good thing. I looked to where the breathing was coming from but couldn't see anything. Scooted out pretty fast and was then right where the canyon opens up into a sandy wash. Whew!! I know there's at least one mountain lion in the northern section of the Preserve - - and if you are hanging out at sunrise/sunset in remote areas -- I guess this is what you get!! Plus the water tank just ahead of where I saw him cross attracts deer and javalina (tracks everywhere) - probably a good place to "pick up dinner" if you're a mountain lion.