May, 13, 2016
With temps nearing 90 last Friday, Joe and I decided on a canyon hike and hoped for shade. We were not disappointed. We got an early start and were at the trailhead by 8:45.
Our choice was Hunter Canyon located on Kane Creek Road about 7.5 miles west of its intersection with Hwy 191 (the light where McDonalds is). Parking is on the left which is also the sign-in for tent camping spaces. We passed several filled sites with early morning campfires and even the smell of bacon as we headed into the canyon.
This meander along the creek is a 5.5 to 6 mile in and out trail that is easy and fun.
The cotton trees were magnificent.
It was not easy to spot the Hunter Canyon Arch. It is in the center of the photo on the left. Directions said it was located about 1/2 mile from the trailhead on the right.
In and out hikes always take us longer on the in part. Lots to take in and lots of photos to take along the way.
With all the junipers, cottonwoods, and oaks we heard lots of birds. We did see a pair of Western Tanagers. What a handsome fellow he is with his bright red/orange head. Unfortunately, he was hiding in a juniper and I didn't get a good picture. We were fortunate we did not surprise this Spotted Towhee.
The creek was flowing, albeit a gentle trickle, but none the less provided a restful sound as we zigzagged beside it and crossed over it.
|Prickly pear blooms glowed in the sunshine.|
|These leaves remind me of a holly tree but I couldn't find it's name. I love berries...|
What an awesome hike and great way to spend a few hours.
Until next time, happy days and...
HAPPY TRAILS !