The business end of an arm of a saguaro cactus. Run into that and thus a good day turns bad. I had told a good hiking friend about a hike I completed a few weeks ago and so with all the rain and closure of trails, back to the Tortolita Mountains we go.
I will be brief as previously I gave more detail to this route. However, headed out on the Wild Borrow Trail, first walking in a sandy wash then climbing to avoid a steep pour-off.
Then make a left on the Wild Mustang Trail, climb a bit and views open up of the surrounding, snow capped mountain ranges.
The climb out of the valley is not too steep but it does have the unpleasant surprise of a false peak as once you reach what you expect is the top, you reach that and discover, ugh, more climbing.
Then there is a marvelous rolling hike along a ridge that includes a look at a fairly recent budding of a crescent saguaro. I think 1 of 10,000 saguaro's have this feature.
As each day passes, more flowering plants bloom. Finished with 9 miles of a fun hike but yes, I will post about my ride to the aforementioned ride to Kitt Peak, soon!