I slotted in with a beginner's hike because I just wanted something easier for today. A guy showed up for this 5.5 mile hike totally unprepared. Yep, that's all the water he chose to carry. No pack of any kind to carry other essentials, just a small water bottle. Just have to shake your head.
Early, we passed a Saguaro with a redbird standing on an arm.
The trail to Maiden Falls is easy to follow and meanders through and along a ravine through Ventana Canyon as the sides have neat rock formations. The unprepared hiker was also really unfit (it was a beginner hike though) and fell far back so the group organizer volunteered to hang with him.
Since I've hiked this trail a few times on my way to the "Window", I said I'd keep the remaining hikers together to the falls. There is a fairly steepish ascent prior to....
….the trail dropping to a large swath of granite through which the stream flows.
Beautiful spot. I walk to the edge and can see there is a way down to the canyon floor via a very steep slope. Probably should do it climbing up rather than down. Another day.
Four of us managed to make it to the stream and pools while others turned back. Too bad as it is a nice area to relax and enjoy the views.
I had to get back so did not linger and took off, confident the others wouldn't have any issue with route finding. Finished with 5.5 miles and 1200' of climbing.