|The beginning of Long Canyon Trail.|
Today's hike was a six-mile round-trip hike through beautiful Long Canyon in the Secret Mountain Wilderness. Terrain includes the creek bed, sand and cacti, shady groves of Arizona cypress and alligator juniper, tall oaks, soaring rocky cliffs and mountains, and Indian ruins.
|Alligator juniper bark in Long Canyon.|
On the way out, we spotted this intertwining of trees:
To back up a little, on our first full day here we tried to hike the Bell Rock/Courthouse Loop but couldn't find a parking spot at the popular trail. So we went up the road to Little Horse Trail. Same problem. So we went out to eat at Tamaliza, a new tamale cafe. Then we went to Red Rock State Park, where we knew there would be plenty of parking, and did a short hike along Oak Creek. The next day we did the four-mile Baldwin Loop in mostly rocky terrain.
|Dave enjoys a tamale and relleno at Tamaliza's.|
Have a colorful day