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Desert View TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
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Hiking2.30 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.19 mph
250 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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every time I've stayed in this campground (March 2010, 2013) I've done this hike. Wendy always had us do this as a prelude to the following day's hike and I think it's good tradition; altho today we also did Arch Canyon hike. After hanging at camp for an hour or so, it was time to take our hike to catch the sunset at Desert View ridge.

This is a great little interpretive hike that gets you up close and personal with the flora. It's a time to interact with the people you're with and your environment; a pleasurable time. I found a way to keep Amy in tow and that is to regale her with my fabulous conversation as generally when she hits the trail, she's off and you're left in her dust. I actually left her behind with the others if only for a moment to get some video of something other than HAZbutts.

Once you hit the ridgeline, your view opens up pretty nicely to the west and to the Cuabi Mountains in Mexico as well as the cities of Lukeville and Sonoyta. We were lucky to have the ridgeline pretty much to ourselves to enjoy our "happy hour" beverages and snacks as we watched the sun slowly sink behind the Sonoyta mountains to our west.

Even with a clear sky the hues of the sunset are just :y: and with the foreground of the desert with some mountains, you can get some decent photos without hardly trying. What a great way to spend time in the Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness. Once the sun set Kathy, Amy and I headed down the rest of the trail reading and reacting to the interpretive signs along the way down; altho we needed Amy's headlamp to see the signs. We ended up camp-whacking back to our campsite; not something I'm apparently good at. Nonetheless we girls had fun and I think laughed that whole time.

Happy Hour hike video: https://youtu.be/BE ... EOfw
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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.
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