Nice hike for winter or spring if you live in the area. Trails are in good condition but not a trail if you are looking for solitude. The Kilns are pretty interesting but would recommend doing some research on them before visiting, makes the experience better. I was doing a lot of these trails when I first got back into hiking after retiring, I think it would be interesting to come up with a plan to try and do all the trails in the lower park by linking them together and doing it in as few a trips possible, minimizing duplication, keeping it under 20 miles a day. Sounds like it could be a contest. The Superstition wilderness is kind of the same way.
Did a loop from Braodway TH to Loma Verde TH and back. Midway through the hike I got to hear a pack of coyotes start howling. Sounded like there must have been almost a dozen of them and they couldn't have been more than a 100 yards away.
I decided it had been too long since I last visited the Broadway Trailhead and decided to take a quick evening run. Instead of planning my run in advance- I left my maps behind and just let my legs choose what direction to turn at the junctions. I ended up having my first snake encounter of the year, and one of my closest run-ins to date. I came out of a sharp corner and upset a rattlensake that was basking in the middle of the trail! I was forced to jump off the trail into prickly pear, but at least thorns are better than being bitten!
Went for a run from Broadway trailhead. Didn't really know how long of a run my legs were up for, so I just took off with no real destination in mind. It was nice and cloudy out for most of the time I was on the trail, I even had a couple small showers. Ended up running from the Broadway Trailhead, south to Loma Verde Trailhead, back north to Douglas Spring Trailhead, then swung south to Pink Hill and worked my way back to where I started. I think I covered nearly every trail between Speedway & Cactus Forest Drive!
I hurt my calves running recently and figured a nice flat stroll through Saguaro National Park would help loosen them. Started around 5pm and wandered along several or the trails with no real destination in mind. It was a nice day to be on trail- temperature was just right and I didn't encounter anyone else on the trails! Just about time to start doing night hikes...
We did a loop in Saguaro east connecting Loma Verde, Pink Hill, Cactus Forest, and Mesquite Trails. Great post Thanksgiving getaway! 500 miles for 2009!!!
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average hiking speed 2.78 mph
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