Dates Hiked: March 15-16, 2015 (Days 13-14)
Passage 8: Rincon Valley
-Hope Camp to Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead
-Elevation: Low Point 3,085′, High Point 3,670′
What a difference a day makes. From the coldest windiest night (camped around 7,000′) near the northern boundary of Saguaro National Park to the warmest night just outside the southern boundary (camped around 3,000′).
With my fresh food resupply, I’d undercalculated meals and calories, and was motivated to get to LaPosta at Colossal Cave Mountain Park for my resupply package. Thankfully the trail was kind and made for fast walking.
We spent several hours at the La Posta Quemada Ranch Museum, escaping the sun, eating, drinking and recharging our electronics. Within the compound is a CCC museum, visitor center, research library and butterfly garden. Nearby is the very interesting Colossal Cave, worthy of a future visit.
Seeing Interstate 10 and an active railroad track in the distance, we were pretty excited to find Cienega Creek and the Natural Preserve area where AZT hikers were welcome to camp.
It felt so good to sit in the shade of a train trestle with our feet in the creek. Those umbrellas make such a difference.
After selecting a suitable campsite . . . the constant train traffic became unbearable . . . and alas it was time to hike on.
Sharing the Trail:
- Sweet Tooth (check out his blog and photography).
- We saw lots of mountain bikers out enjoying the fast smooth single track of this passage.
- With Vail and Tucson nearby, there was a feed station setup at LaPosta for a large group of road riders.
Tips and Resources:
- Link to my other Arizona Trail (AZT) posts
- Rambling Hemlock (aka Joan)
- Arizona Trail Association
- Fred Gaudet’s Water Report
- Umbrella and Mariposa Pack Links
- Disclaimer: As a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, I was gifted the pack, but paid for all the rest of my gear