Thursday, April 7, 2016

Arizona National Trail–Passage 3 Scouting Trip (April 7, 2016)

Canelo Hills West: Harshaw Road Trailhead

I’m sorry, I wrote this post once but then accidentally overwrote it.  So here it is again.


Also known as Canelo Hills West Passage.  I missed the Canelo Hills East Trailhead somehow.


Someone found a hat and a pair of sunglasses and left them on the sign.


The parking area was pretty nice, and there are some interesting rocks here.



So I head out for one of my many short little scouting hikes.  Water has been left at this trailhead.


Yes, I guess I am fascinated by poop.  It seems at every trailhead, some animal has marked the trail with his scat, as if to say,”Stay Out, this is my home.”

From the guidebook, page 63:  Rolling grasslands mixed with Upper Sonoran Desert define this passage.  Hundreds of plant and animal species thrive in the nearby Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy.  This preserve’s 275 species of birds attract tens of thousands of bird enthusiasts each year.  You might catch a glimpse of a rare violet-crowned hummingbird, northern beardless-tyrannulet, or gray hawk.


It was a good hike.  Almost three hours.  Lots of neat rocks to look at and I got distracted.

This Passage 3 ends in the town of Patagonia.  I drove around town there, bought some sourdough bread, visited a hummingbird sanctuary in a private home, and just got a good feel for the town.  They are very friendly.

Last: Passages 1 & 2

Next: Passage 4 – Temporal Gulch.

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In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.