Explorer | 41 pts
My favorite near Tucson trail thus far. Worthy of Falcons difficult ratng especially in the triple digit temps of the Tucson summer. I've only made it as far as Linda Vista Saddle on my two visits. However, I like to be off the trails by noon in the summer. What I hear most from other hikers is "I wish we would have started earlier." This is not a trail to attempt in the dark even with a head lamp. The trail is rocky, steep and narrow in spots. There are plenty of blind footfalls for snakes to lounge in so stay alert. We ran across a Mojave Rattlesnake on our second hike. Bring more water than you think you need. Most of the springs that I am aware of have been dry for nearly a year now. This one was no exception. Besides.., it's at the bottom of the canyon. Remember if you climb down into the canyon, you have to climb back out :) All of that out of the way, the flora, fauna and geology are AMAZING. The view is spectacular. If you are photographing with a DSLR, a wide angle lense and a polarization filter are a must for capturing the true beauty of the landscape. This is bighorn sheep country so a decent telephoto lense wouldn't be a bad idea either.