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article number 541
article date 01-19-2016
copyright 2016 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Easy, Beautiful, Arizona Winter Hiking Part 1, Saguaro National Park in the Sonoran Desert
by Stu Moment
   

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Just west of Tucson Arizona, in part of the large Sonoran Desert, a winter gold mine of terrain and plant life awaits your view.

Across the road from the entrance to the Saguaro National Park is a large parking lot for the Sonora Desert Museum.

   
Welcome to Arizona Sonora Desert Museum sign.
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We’re not quite to the entrance of Saguaro National Park trails. Nice backdrop scene . . . no more telephone poles beyond this point.

   
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We view a King Canyon Trail Map, Saguaro National Park.

   
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It’ll be an easy, slow, scenery and vegetation viewing hike.

   

There will be much plant life, a surprise to this author. This hike took place in early February. We’ll end this article with a section on the variety of plant life.

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Nice view looking back to the entrance.

   
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Beginning a climb. It will be easy but good exercise.

   
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Must have some rain at times. I think they call these dry, occasional use river beds “arroyos.” I call them interesting alternative paths.

   
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We see many different types of vegetation.

   
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Ah, a rock outcropping.

   
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Up close.

   
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The view back down the trail becomes better framed.

   
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The view up the trail. It will soon become narrower.

   
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We walk higher . . . the trail narrows. The cactus about 100 feet up, just left of center, is waving us on.

   
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As people pass the cactus crosses its fingers.

   
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At altitude, maybe 2/3rds the way up the trail . . . nice view of hills to the west.

   
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Variety of Plant-Life

Never knew that there would be so much plant life in the desert hills.

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More Variety of Vegetation

At this point we will close the article with more pictures of the vegetation.

   
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Cactus after applying Rogaine.
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OK, it’s a rock, not a plant.
   
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What a pleasant way to burn some calories!

   
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Great half-day experience. Next, it’s up to Phoenix area . . . hear that there’s a lost Dutchman needing search and rescue.

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