Eight of us collected in a full parking lot at the Pima Canyon trail head. Sunny day, high around 80, light winds. After hiking 2 miles on trail, we would head off trail so I wondered what the two people in the foreground were thinking, wearing shorts. They regretted their decision later.
Above is some of the off trail portion of the hike to our destination.
We followed Pima Canyon trail for the aforementioned 2 miles and then plunged into the thicket. Not today's destination but to the north is Table Mountain.
The undergrowth was thick but not too bad. Nearing a ridge, at which we would turn right/west, I could see I was almost there.
The others were not too far behind as Bruce tool a picture of the other following him.
Arriving at the ridge, the views to the southeast were neat.
The others arrived. I had acquired some cactus needles in my left knee so spent a couple of minutes yanking them with a pair of tweezers, which everyone carries in their pack.
The next phase was climbing through the above wall. Kind of sketchy and some exposure but I made it. Meantime, my companions took an alternate route that avoided the climb, which is understandable but I wanted to see if I could make it and then.....
....waited for them to regroup.
The actual Rosewood Point is just a small area of slickrock, just beyond the above. We stopped to eat and refuel but they were taking too long for me and with the Buckeye kick-off coming soon, I checked with hike leader Steven on the way to go....
...which I thought was down climbing through that cleft to the left of the large cactus. I was wrong, the correct down climb was farther along the ridge.
Looking back, I don't know how I made it through that wall but somehow I did and kept on, zigzagging down through the brush and eventually made it back to the trail.
I hustled along the trail but looking up, I could see my group standing at the ridge, preparing to drop down, quite a ways south of where I dropped. How bout that, made it back just before kick-off. About 6 miles of hiking.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.