Wonderful hike along the Long Branch, Appalachian, and Kimsey Creek trails. Camping by the creeks along the Long Branch and Kimsey Creek trails was wonderful (fewer people and nicer surrounding). The AT was nice as well with Albert and Standing Indian mountains. Albert mountain has a fire tower that can be partially climbed for a better view. Standing Indian mountain offers a beautiful 180 degree view a little bit south of the peek (through the bushes by the big rock).
Initially I wanted to to an overnight hike in the Pusch Ridge wilderness area on my trip to Tucson. But due to snow I packed instead of the tent and sleeping bag my snow boots.
I hiked up the Esperero trail in the heat having my heavy snow boots dangling from my backpack. It was a killer to lug them around. On top of that I had a late start that day so I started hiking way to fast. So Cardiac Gap was really tough on me. A little after that the snow started to cover the trail and I switched from my trail runners to the snow boots. What a joy to have them. Not long after the snow started I lost my lens cap of my camera. I couldn't find it so I marked in the snow where I noticed that I lost it. And amazingly on my way back I was able to find the lens cap.
I was able to follow the trail up to Bridal Veil falls with ease by following footsteps in the snow. But they didn't continue beyond that. So I made this my turning point as well.
Although disappointed that I didn't get to do a multi-day hike, I really enjoyed the hike through the snow.
I took the tram to the Bear Canyon trail head. This causes me to start the hike at 10 am. I followed some hiker that must have known this hike well as he crossed the creek without taking a break. This caused me to make some good time and I probably hiked faster than usually to keep up with him. Close to the Seven Falls I finally lost him.
The hike to Seven Falls was busy. Once past Seven Falls it got lonely although I did meet a hiking partner with whom I finished the rest of the hike. It was great as we both hiked about the same speed and he was lots of fun to be around. When we entered Sabino Canyon it got busy with hikers and non-hikers.
We didn't take many breaks and the ones we did were fairly short. As we hiked back on the Phone Line trail the sun started setting. So it was a good time to get the hike done. It wasn't hard to follow the hiking trail. And it's great to see so many different eco zones during the hike. I was amazed how the landscape changed inside the push ridge wilderness area. Of course this was my first time hiking there. (Second hike ever in Arizona after hiking Wasson Peak the day before.)
First time in Arizona and what a great hike to have done. There weren't many parking opportunities at the Huge Norris trail head. The trail is well maintained and the first part had lots of steps. Very nice hike and great views of Tucson and the surrounding area.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.