Tucson and southern Arizona is a mecca for hikers, and Bed and Bagels has guidebooks and schedules of escorted hikes sponsored by Tucson Audubon Society (www.tucsonaudubon.com),the Sierra Club (www.arizona.sierraclub.org), and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club (www.sahcinfo.org).
Upper Tanque Verde Falls
Gorgeous secluded canyon - sandy beach (muddy since the 2003 Catalina mountains fires), pools of water, rock formations, and falls (the latter depending on how much rain there’s been recently), nude sunbathers! Go left on Houghton to Tanque Verde, left on Tanque Verde till it ends in a gravel road. Continue for about ½ mile on road till you see a Coronado National Forest welcome sign. SET ODOMETER. Trailhead (which is easy to miss) is one mile from the sign, on the right side of the road. Walk is just 20 minutes along a scenic trail with nary a sign of civilization visible after the first hundred yards! Dogs allowed on trail. If they’ll come back to you when called and won’t attack other dogs, you can let them off leash.
Saguaro East National Park
Sonoran desert landscape par excellence…There is a visitor’s center, scenic 8 mile drive, and many hiking trails, as well as a 6 mile bike trail that parallels Old Spanish Trail between the Park and Broadway. 733-5153. Visit Saguaro West one day when you’re at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. See Sightseeing link. Take Houghton south (left) and turn left on Old Spanish Trail (light after 22nd st.) and follow signs. Park is about 3 miles from Houghton.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Beautiful wilderness park, with visitor center, picnic areas, hiking trails, and multiple “beach” areas. Narrated tram ride with daily unlimited on/off privileges ($6.00; $2.50 for children 3-12) Tram info: 749-2861. From Bed and Bagels, go west on Tanque Verde Rd. for about 4 miles, right on Sabino Canyon. Follow signs and keep right when road splits. It is about 4 miles. $5.00 parking fee. For info about park and current conditions: 749-8700 Best hikes: Seven Falls. About 8 miles round trip from the Visitor’s Center. Walk or take Bear Canyon tram to Bear Canyon trailhead. (About 6 miles if you take the tram, which costs $3.00 round trip); Hutch’s Pool. Trailhead is at the last stop on the main tram (Stop 9). Hike is about 4 miles each way. If you find the place (watch for cairns pointing the way from beginning of West Fork trail) there is wonderful swimming in the long deep pool. There is also a scenic swimming hole that shares a trailhead with Hutch’s Pool. Instead of going up, go down to the left and walk Sabino Creek trail (1/2 mile) for about 10 minutes. As of Sept. ‘03, the Canyon’s waters were sooty from aftermath of summer fires and runoff from subsequent floods.
There are many hiking trails on the way up Mt. Lemmon, a scenic one hour drive up the mountain, with 7000 foot elevation gain, complete change of habitat (from Saguaros to pine forest) and 20 degree drop in temperature in the summer. Road leading up the mountain (Catalina Highway) is about a mile from Bed and Bagels. There is often snow at the top in winter and there’s a small ski area there. Cute little A-frame restaurant at the top in village of Summerhaven was spared by the fire and has great pies and many hummingbird feeders where you can see different varieties of hummers close up. (Village of Summerhaven at the top and thousands of acres destroyed by fire - summer of 2003.) For current Mt. Lemmon information, call 749-8700.
Bed and Bagels’ neighborhood:
End of my street (Glenn) falls into gravel road leading to a wash (dry riverbed). Across the wash are many trails. Excellent for jogging or walking/running dogs.
Agua Caliente Park
Walk (1 hour) or bike (20 minutes) to this oasis in the desert, complete with palm trees, warm spring, ponds teeming with ducks and other water birds, picnic tables, restrooms. Walk, bike, or drive east on Glenn (right) to Conejo, left to Ft. Lowell, right to Soldier Trail (about 2 miles), left for about 1/2 mile till you see a sign for Agua Caliente. Ideal for breakfast picnic.
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