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Bog - Kent Springs Loop, AZ

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Author landsinaz
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Trips 31 map ( 194 miles )
Age 51 Female Gender
Location Apache Junction, AZ
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by landsinaz

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Bog Springs Trail runs through part of Coronado National Forest and Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area. Like Madera Canyon, it is a prime location for bird watching due to the water. This is truly a great example of 'sky islands.'

This hike starts in the Santa Rita Mountains from the Bog Springs Campground. The trail begins by climbing moderately on lots of loose rocks. The trail is wide and easy to follow as this was once an old road. AT approximately .7 miles in, there is a signed junction where you bear left. On this visit the Manzanita were blooming and absolutely beautiful. At the junction the trail narrows and climbs slowly another .8 miles to Bog Springs. There are views off to your left, but they are dominated by the big, ugly mine near Green Valley. The views get better shortly thereafter.

Bog Springs is a small, man-made, cement rectangle with a slow flow of water. Not terribly exciting, but the huge Cottonwoods and shade make this a pretty spot. From Bog Springs, the trail continues to Kent Spring approximately 1.2 miles further in. This part of the trail gets pretty steep, but it does offer some great views of Mount Wrightson and Madera Canyon. At this point the vegetation is pre-dominantly Chihuahua pines.

Kent Springs is another man made spring, this time round, with a pretty strong flow of cold water. Again, lots of large trees and a streambed running down the hill. There was a small amount of water in the streambed---just enough for it to sound relaxing and peaceful. There are also good views in this area of Kitt Peak and Baboquivari Peak to the east. From here, the trail begins to descend toward Silvester Spring, once again following an old jeep road. This descent is steep. Along part of this descent, you parallel a stream, which makes for a beautiful walk. Keep you eyes open---we startled some Big Horn ewes that were drinking at Silvester Spring. There are some small waterfalls and cascades as well.

The trail is well kept and clearly marked. This area is supposed to be great for birds, even some strays from Mexico like the elegant trogon and the Lucifer's hummingbird. Bird season appears to be April to September and makes this area get busy. We were here on a Friday in late February and had the trail to ourselves. Because of the water, white tailed deer, black bears and coatimundis, as well as the big horns and javelinas frequent the area.

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2002-03-31 landsinaz
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bad forecast and having worked all evening the night before, i did not know what i could sneak in. just drove to the santa ritas and decided on the fly. figured i would get rained on, and really didn't care as long as it wasn't crazy stuff.

80% humidity hit me instantly. everything was wet and green. water starting to flow in the canyons again, not hearty yet though. saw numerous deer, including one majestically leap over a relatively large ravine...which blew my mind. underrated athleticism there folks. wow. Roger's Rock is always a favorite place of mine to visit.

last mile in the rain. heavy stuff mercifully waited until 5 minutes after i finished :y:
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Four Springs loop Madera Canyon
From the amphitheater: up BS#156 and over to Kent Spring, continuing up to the crest on Four Springs trail, south on CT#144, down OB#372, down Nature trail to start. Generally good trail conditions on Four Springs except the east-west section near Armour Spring, where the track is faint and overgrown, with some pink ribbons to mark the route. Went back up KS#157 to close the Bog/Kent loop.
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I was surprised at the steepness of this trail up to Kent Spring (a vile , post-apocalyptic looking grey substance in the cement pool), and then again surprised at how easy it was after that. The spring on the way up was flowing heavily, but the trail also passed over several dry creek-beds. Also, after Kent Springs, on the very narrow trail that winds along the side of the mountain, there were LOTS of bees at several points. There must be hives close to the trail. At first I noticed the sound, and mistook it for mosquitoes. It was not mosquitoes. I scurried past without incident, but it made me a bit nervous.
It was about 65 degrees, 20 degrees cooler than Tucson. Lovely day! Except for the bees...

Lots of wildflowers blooming; don't know names yet. Tubular orange, red, and purple flowers. Yellow daisy-like flowers. Yellow milkweed.
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Humble Pie
this was supposed to be my trip up to the Rim to hike Bruce's derrick/highline/see/horton loop. i got sick later in the week but tried to ignore it and planned on going anyway. friday night i had to admit i had no prayer of hiking 20+ miles the next day.

morning change of plans to the Ritas thinking i had McCleary and/or 88mac in me. i wasn't even off the pipeline route before i was weak, wobbly and without anything in my legs whatsoever. i seriously considered just pulling the plug but decided to at least try to grind out the bog/kent loop. i barely, and i mean barely, made it to the kent spring high point. it was a beautiful day too.

body fail today. you can't win em all i guess. sometimes the mountains just serve up humble pie whether you are hungry or not
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After hiking Wrightson I wanted to do another short hike before making the drive back to Phoenix. I started around 3:30pm and followed the old road up. I left the road and made a clockwise loop going to Bog Spring first. The trail is a typical single track through the forest. It also features a steady elevation gain. I found myself taking numerous short breaks. My legs were really tired after the hike earlier in the day. I persevered and continued up and things finally level off near Kent Spring. I was surprised to find plenty of water in this area. The trail meets back up to the old road and the two parallel a drainage that had flowing water. This was a very enjoyable hike. It’s a nice area and I love the sound of running water. I continued down and was back to the trailhead around 5:15pm. From there I made the drive back to Phoenix. It was a nice day down south.
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We had a Time Limit on Saturday as I had to be in Tucson later in the Afternoon, so we chose this Hike...Nice Elevation and with our Photography lust, probably the right Mileage too.... :sweat: As it turned out, it was a perfect choice... :)

Started up a Road, climbing in elevation right away, and soon hit the Intersection...Randy and I had agreed to do it clockwise and come downhill on Kent...I left Randy behind a little while he stopped, and we met up close to Bog Spring...Nice Uphill, I've been needing that...Went down to the Spring and took a Break, hoping some of the Birds I was hearing would come in, but they stayed up in the Canopy for the most part... :(

After the Break we continued on up and up and finally started the descent to Kent Spring...This was a nice little Riparian area as well...Lots of Sycamores... :D Took a break here as well and had a Snack and some Gatorade. We then continued on down and down and down on the Road...Almost back to the Campground and we took a side Tour so Randy could show me a Cabin that the Forest Service rents out...Pretty Cool...And then, we were back at the Campground with time to spare...

This was a good little Hike with some Elevation to stretch the Lungs and Legs, through some really pretty Country with great views along the Top of the Loop...The Trails were in immaculate shape...A Runner could easily do this Loop...I could definitely see doing this one again with a few side Trips when there's more time... :D

Thanks for the Company Randy!!!
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the ferns are growing in kent canyon, the sycamore have all leafed out and the first columbines are starting along the creek - yahoo!

at the limits of my pain threshold with my stupid toe :roll:
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Started this hike at the Nature trail trailhead @ 8am. We ran into a group of U of A students doing an assignment early in the hike. At the Bog spring/Kent spring Y we chose to go clockwise(Bog Spring). I now wish we would have gone the other way. the downhill side of this loop beat me up :doh: pulled left quad half way down.. :stretch: . Had to dry my tears as we pass the much younger college students on our way back to the cabin. With that being said I can't wait to go back!!! :y:
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I was lucky enough to get an invite to take up floor space at Santa Rita Lodge while Ambika was on her photo workshop. This sounded like an opportunity I shouldn't pass up and in light of my injury from the weekend before, I thot hanging out here would be the perfect cure. I had planned to meet up with Randy, he would camp, and we would hike but circumstances changed :( so I was on my own with the hiking (hopefully next time Randy). I hadn't done any Rx. In the future, I will do some Rx in case this type of thing happens again. Ambika recommended this loop so that's what I settled on.

I walked down to the TH and started hiking around 7AM. Fortunately there was a trail map at the sign/self pay area for Madera Canyon Picnic area. And so off I went. Soon I realized this trail was going to be UP. I mean obviously it was going to be UP but little did I know. I did end up having to put my shirt on over my tee though as the temp and slight breeze put a chill in the air.

My first stop was to photograph a couple little cascades into a pool of water that had a pretty nice reflection. And then it was onward and upward on some sort of old road. There were a couple intersections along the way and I felt certain I was following the trail I wanted to be on for Bog Springs. I came upon a sign that said Bog Spring 1.7 miles so I continued on the way I thot the arrows were pointing.

At one point I could hear a bit of a waterfall but I couldn't see it so I recorded the roaring sound (it's in the movie). About an hour into the hike I see this HUGE bird land on a branch of a tall tree. It is a brilliant red-chested bird surrounded in black feathers. And the sound, wow, what a sound; so unusual. I was able to get a few photos and I did a movie to record the sound. I would later be at the bird watching area at the Lodge and found out I had captured the ellusive Elegant Trogon. Oh the birders were jealous. When I explained and pointed to where I had seen the bird, they realized it was not the hike for them.

I finally come to a spring but it's not Bog :o , it's Sylvester. WHAT! Oh well, I'll worry about my direction after I check out this pretty cool box as it has a nice reflection in the water framed by the outline of the box. When I pull out my map I discover I must have somehow veered right instead of left :doh: . Oh well, gotta keep going at this point as I've already come up all this elevation. So off I go in pursuit of Kent Spring.

1/2 hour later I reach Kent Spring and am rather grateful as I've spent most of the hike so far climbing and climbing and climbing :sweat: . I'm so glad that I encountered water along the way to break up the trip and that the temp was near perfect.

At the Spring I encountered the 3 hikers I had seen at the parking lot and asked if I was indeed heading for Bog Spring. They said yes and did mention I needed to watch the trail at the bottom or I would end up at the Bog Spring Campground rather than the parking lot.... famous last words. They also felt the trail wasn't well marked.

Now I go from the wide road to a very narrow trail running alongside the mountain. You walk in a level (though the trail is slanted left) direction for quite some time. Eventually you start switchbacking your way down. I do think this would be the easier way up. I soon found myself back in the canyon where the birds were talking up a storm. Once again I would have to stop and film so that I could share the racket with you. I also heard hikers (it was amazing how loud they were) from way above and encountered them just after this area (no, I did not record them :lol: ).

I would get to the Bog Springs junction and head over to the Box. You could really call this the "Three Springs Tour". I saw some birders off in the distance. I went back to the junction and continued on down the trail. When I got to the old jeep road, I consulted Scout (GPS) to see if I was on the right trail. It appeared I was but soon I would find myself at, yep, you guessed it, the Bog Spring Campground. SHOOT! ](*,) !!!

So now I could go back and figure out where the trail went but I thot, "What the heck, let's see where the road ends up." I also thot, "It's not a bad thing for me to hike on a road considering I did an eye/forehead plant last week." I like to joke that when Kelly and John said, "Let's hit the trail" I took them literally :sl: . I had to try and remember to put on my sunglasses when I encountered folks so they wouldn't get that "OMG, what the pumpkin happened to her face?!". The road went along a little further than I anticipated but I finally got back to the Madera Picnic area where the TH starts. I saw the other 3 folks I had seen at the beginning and at Kent Spring.

I decided to walk across the road and take the Nature Trail back up to the Lodge. I actually ended up walking past the Lodge before I found a trail that heads back up to the road and down to the Lodge. I then hear a couple turkeys gobbling so I go back across the road and up the hill to where I can see the turkey. I took a couple pics and a movie before heading back to the Lodge.

I planted myself on one of the bird watching benches for a little while. I was telling the folks sitting next to me about my bird encounter. They said I had probably seen a Trogon. I played the sound and they said, "yep, that's it". They were thrilled as they told me birders find a trogon sighting a big "get" : app : . I spent a lot of time with birders this weekend and I have to tell you, they are the nicest bunch and are so willing to share information. I particularly like the story of the "cow birds".

After lunch, I went back out to take photos of all the birds. I talked again with many of the birders as I enjoyed watching the hummers, the Jays, the acorn Woodpeckers, the orioles, the sparrows and many others. My camera finger got a good workout. My last great catch of the day was a flame Tanager.

Video of hike:

PS. If anyone would be interested, I'll have birding video including the crazy turkeys at the end of my Madera Canyon Nature Trail Trip Report.
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variant loop taking off from picnic area off madera canyon road. cool, cloudy and unbelievably humid. made for the perfect precall hike. i knew from the minute i got out of my car i was going to see a bear today and i did at bog springs :y:

there is water flowing in kent canyon and everything is very green. summer flowers are taking off. basically a perfect quick hike. i love this little loop

started raining as soon as i got back to my car.

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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
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Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

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To hike
From Interstate 10, take Interstate 19 to the Continental exit (just south of Green Valley). Go left (southeast) for approximately 13 miles, you can follow the signs for Madera Canyon. You will see see signs for Bog Springs Campground. Follow the road to the campground about .5 miles. There is a SMALL day parking area at the top of the campground. The trailhead is signed and is near camp site 13. Additional information on trails in the area is available form Santa Rita Lodge 520-625-8746.
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