Our group gathers and begin our hike at 9am. Many of the local hike leaders stopped organizing hikes so there is a vacuum. I decided to organize hikes once a week to give people the opportunity to participate in fun hikes. Kind of giving back I suppose. Today's hike went to the top of Bren Mountain, shown above. We shove off from the David Yetman Trail off Gates Pass Road.
The temperature is kind of chilly, about 55 degrees as we work our way clockwise around the mountain. Approaching a saddle, we get a good view of the Catalinas.
After hiking 1.6 miles on an unmade social trail, I spot a couple of cairns indicating this is where we go off trail and begin our ascent to the peak. Yes, I appear to be confused but not really.
As we climb higher, the views, as always, are wonderful. I lose the route a time or two as we climb a ridge toward the peak but am able to relocate it.
Barely visible are some of my fellow hikers as we continue to admire the panorama view.
In the distance, I finally see our destination but before reaching it, we have to....
....descend before climbing to the peak. At the peak, of course.....
....all take plenty of pics. A friend asked about the elevation of our hikes. Oro Valley is at 2600' and nearby Tucson is 2500. Some of the peaks around us sky to almost 10,000' but today's destination was a more pedestrian 3000'.
In the distance are some of the 10,000footers. We completed our loop with 5 miles and 1200' of climbing. Everyone finished safely.