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Garden Canyon, AZ
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rwstorm
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Down to the Huachuca Mountains to check things out and get the first field photos with my new camera. Let the learning curve begin. The main goal was to go on the base and visit an area I had only been to one other time about 10 years ago...Garden Canyon. I started late and didn't feel very energetic, so hiking was minimal. First stop for the day was Miller Canyon looking for fall color. This proved to be a disappointment, as the once tranquil lower canyon has been so heavily impacted by fire and flood. Sad in a way, yet walking around there is a reminder of the incredible power of nature. :o Even in its freshly ravaged state the beauty remains; it can't be denied.

After lunch it was on to Fort Huachuca and Garden Canyon. It had been so long since my last visit that it seemed new. Most folks know about the more famous Ramsey Canyon, but this is also another of the Huachuca's crown jewels. At present you can drive up to a parking area near the last picnic spots. Walk around a gate and head up the old road. Guess it is about 4 to 5 miles to the end, but I only went about 2 miles in, passing the Scheelite Canyon trailhead. I didn't get as far as the best maples, but I'm sure they were decent even though some hikers I met said the colors weren't that good this year. Seems like that is a recurring theme for some places. But there was more than enough for me! The sycamores and ash trees were the stars of the show this day.

I'll go back to do more of a hike next time, but it was good see some of this pretty area again after so long. :)
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