With rain arriving late morning, I drove the mile to Catalina SP to check a route that I will likely post to one of the hiking groups. It's a simple route of 5 miles, some of it off trail. I begin walking the Sutherland Trail.
Been awhile since water flowed in this wash but maybe the next 2 days of rain will change that.
I hear rustling in the brush and see a small group of Javelinas. They have a good burst of speed and are aggressive if they sense a youngster is being threatened. I scan the area to make sure I'm not between it and a family member.
The walking is easy in this section of the park and looking to the southwest, I see the clouds are breaking and the sun emerges. Later though, we receive an 1"+ of rain during the following two days. Reaching a bench, I hang a right, cross a ravine and make another right and begin bushwhacking.
I reach the large green rock. I had an appointment to make so did not also visit the hidden falls and thus cut the distance down to 3.5 miles.
The leaves are turning as I pass through a broad wash. Beautiful and enjoyable, short hike as I prepared to hunker down for two days. Fortunately, there was plenty of opportunities to play table tennis with a gang around the mountain. Plus, it would be a good idea to give my left knee a break as the effects of falling a few days ago is still lingering.