Thursday, February 21, 2013

Loma Alta Trail Head - Saguaro National Park East

Today we hiked an easy six mile loop starting from the Loma Alta trail head in Saguaro National Park East with new friends Jason and Nikki who write the wonderful blog Gone With the Wynns. These young full time RVers have found a fantastic niche in which to make their living: video production for RV parks.

The highlight of the trip was seeing a large group of javelinas crossing the road as we drove to the trail head. This was a first for all of us and we were really excited! There must have been eight of them and I managed to capture three.

This hike was all about the views. Snow on the mountains from yesterday's storm that dropped several inches on the entire Tucson area plus lovely scattered clouds against the amazing blues of Southern Arizona skies.

Looks like an old water tank slowly disintegrating back into the land.

Jason's holding a snowball...we had patches of snow all along the trail.

The clouds kept getting thicker near the end of the hike.

Afternoon sun shafts through the clouds.


  1. Wow you guys are way more diligent than us with your posting :) Great day hiking and what a treat to see those little Havalina's. Hope we connect again on the road somewhere in the north.

    1. :-) I don't like to get behind on my posting! Safe travels to you two!

  2. Very cool outing! Did the Loma Alta trail look like a good mountain biking prospect? I read on someone's blog that they allow biking on that trail. We spent the day with our RV tech. I was going to blog about it, but I had too bad of a headache.

    1. Well, to make it a loop we hiked Hope Camp to Coyote Wash to Ruiz and back on Hope Camp. Coyote Wash and Ruiz would NOT be good for biking but Hope Camp was an old dirt road and would be great for biking...but we did not go out very far on it (1.2 miles). I think it would be worth a try though!

      I hope you're doing better now!

  3. So glad you got to view some real wildlife. I've only seen the javelinas in the Desert Museum. Great catch of the last three!

    Looks like a fun hike with new friends!