Kathy, Jerry, Mike, Nancy, Bill, Heather, Bob, and I did a 10.2 mile hike on Friday. We hiked Dixie Mine to Sonoran and then did a loop on the Western Loop Trail. On the way back, Bill showed us the trail that he and his crew have been building. Tentatively called the Lower Sonoran Trail, it uses some of the lower portions of the slope below the current Sonoran Trail, running from the Promenade Trail to Sonoran Trail at the boundary between the park and the preserve. Bill told me that the current Sonoran Trail between those two points is 1.8 miles in length; the new section of trail is 2.1 miles long. In most instances, I prefer hiking a loop instead of a pure out-and-back, so having a new and scenic option in the area is much appreciated.
Mike (far left), Bob, Jerry, Nancy, and Heather on the Sonoran Trail:
Ocotillos on the Sonoran Trail:
Nancy and Kathy hiking up the Western Loop Trail:
A view from just below the overlook:
Heather at the top of the overlook just off the Western Loop Trail:
Mike (above left), Nancy, Bill, and Heather descending the Western Loop Trail:
Nancy, Bill, and Heather:
The new section of trail has lots of ocotillos too!
Bill on the new section of trail:
Heather and Nancy taking a break…