An Unplanned Hike
I was going to take Friday off but dang, 80 degrees and sunny, I can't resist. I also didn't want something with a lot of climbing so I headed 7 miles up Mount Lemmon and decamped at a trail that takes one to the Sycamore Reservoir. Soon after leaving the trailhead, you walk through an abandoned WWII camp where Japanese Americans were interned and soon thereafter you march past a sign for the Arizona Trail that also goes through the area.
Some where out there is my destination.
After cresting a saddle, I saw a change in vegetation that probably signaled the location of the reservoir. Lots of trees with leaves turning color.
Yep, the dam was built in the late 1930's and then a pipe was run over the saddle and down to the internment camp. The pipe is long gone but the dam remains. Behind the dam there is some sitting water but most of it has been filled in by numerous floods. Below the dam is plenty of water and I wondered how many creatures visit it each night for a drink.
In the distance is Thimble Peak in Sabino Canyon. There is a way there, not a trail but off trail bushwhacking. Have to try that soon. Only 5 miles today and around 1500' of climbing so just right for what is coming this weekend.
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