A Hike in Ramsey Canyon Arizona

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

We left today to check out an area recommended by our friend, Don, in Green Valley.  It's located about fifteen miles from our campground, west of Sierra Vista, in the Coronado Mountains.  The area was originally settled by miners and some of the abandoned dwellings still exist.  Today, there a few homes in the lower end of the canyon and a B&B farther up the road.  The Nature Conservancy owns and operates the area.  It costs $5 to hike and that gives you a full week of access.  It was a cool morning, by Arizona standards, getting down into the mid-thirties.  The sun was just reaching the canyon shortly before we set out.  The trail is actually an old mining road for the first mile or so.  We took two short loops off of it to explore.  Each took us near the creek and more green vegetation than one sees on the road itself.  The primary eye-catcher, to me, were the huge sycamore trees and the agave cacti.  These trees measure over two feet in diameter and spread out widely in their higher reaches.  With no leaves this time of year, the resemble skeletons in a way.  The agave are spiny or saw-toothed at their edges.  The photos do a good job of showing this.  We continued to gain elevation and the going got difficult as we progressed upward.  As my dad used to say, "our breath came in short pants".  The trail is extremely rocky and covered with decomposed granite sand, much like what one finds in the area of Butte, our home town.  We each had our share of "dances" as we encountered rollers and other interesting textures on the trail.  

After an hour or so, we reached the Overlook.  It's located at 6200' in altitude.  The view was terrific.  The hike back was easier, of course and led us to see a few birds.  I encountered another Birder who pointed out an Acorn Woodpecker.  Lynnie spotted a bird on the trail, which turned out to be a yellow eyed Junco.  We have the Dark Eyed Junco in Montana, but this was new to me.  The photos again show each.  We are soon to set off to dinner with the Whorleys and again tomorrow we will explore and have more news for you all.  Many thanks for checking in.  We've had over a thousand "hits" this month and appreciate your loyalty...
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