Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Frisbee was excited to go under I-10 in the morning since there’s a neat rattlesnake mural on the north side of the tunnel.
We approached the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead and caught a glimpse of Mica Mountain (pronounced Meeka, or is it My-cuh?), which we would be climbing soon.
The trailhead was dedicated to Zimmerman who was an aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, who was shot and killed along with five others on January 8th, 2011 in Tucson. He was only 30 years old and a lover of the outdoors. Gifford and 12 others were injured during the attack.
We took a short snack break at the trailhead before we traveled under several bridges.
We would finally catch our first sightings of the old and incredibly huge saguaro cacti. I couldn’t get over how tall they were!
While taking a short water break, we’d be surprised to see our buddy Bill T pop up over the hill. He was going to be joining us for a overnight hike to test out some new gear.
We’d see many, many more saguaros as we passed by a horse ranch, and arrived at La Sevilla picnic area. We lounged there for a long time, catching up with Bill T, downing some calories and hydrating before hiking on to Saguaro National Park.
We’d stop early at the spooky Hope Camp for the night.
19.5 miles (31.4 km)