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Friday, February 8, 2019

Douglas Spring Hike - Saguaro National Park East



I’m in my happy place hiking in the Tucson area.  So many hikes and so much plant diversity for a desert

The Douglas Spring Hike is my favorite on the east side of town in the Saguaro National Park East.

Come March there should be plenty of flowers blooming to even make this hike nicer than it already is.



How can you not like hiking the Tucson area.  This hike is popular, even during workdays, and there are plenty of people to have a conversation with.  The trailhead parking is small so most park on the dirt shoulder of East Speedway Blvd where it dead ends.



The hike starts off relatively flat to a slow rise.  Eventually you are at where the first hill rises and it’s time to climb.



As you climb the views open up to the north to Mt. Lemon and west to downtown Tucson.



The plants in the desert are plentiful.



The trail levels a few time before rising up again.  There are a number of other trails off the Douglas Spring Trail that adds to the variety of your hike.



In the upper flat section of the trail, the scenery looks like the picture above.



Above i bought a glimpse of this prickly pear cactus with one leaf in the shape of a heart.  I have a vandweller friend that likes and finds heart shaped stones, so I sent her this picture for her collection.



Today’s hike ended at Bridal Wreath Falls.  Although minuscule for a waterfall, it is an excellent place to stop and rest before heading back.

Brent

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