Dates Hiked: March 23-24, 2015 (Days 21-22)
Passage 3: Canelo Hills West
-Patagonia to Canelo Pass
-Elevation: Low Point 4,064′, High Point 5,583′
When I first started seeing cows, I sort of resented their intrusion while simultaneously appreciating the water that’s available to us thanks to the cow’s presence. After hiking cattle-free sections, I have a new appreciation for the role cows play in fire management and trail management. Much of the vegetation is not human friendly, it’s stickery and prickery.
Ever since leaving Patagonia, we’ve been reminded that we are near the Mexico border. Several Border Patrol vehicles passed us in the early morning while we walked the paved road out of town. The constant lawn mower sound of the drones is ever present.
Sharing the Trail:
- Cowgirl and Whiskey Pete – We first met them in Passage 5, they’d gone south to complete this passage in a NOBO direction. They said they saw several Coatimundi, which I’m really hoping we have the opportunity to see. Check out their journal.
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
- Lodging – Stage Coach Inn. They held our packages, had a hiker discount, refrig in room, rooms were clean.
- Wagon Wheel Salon – decent food, prices, services
- Wild Horse Restaurant (at Stage Coach Inn) – decent food, prices, services
- Red Mountain Foods – they get an A+ from me for lots of fresh food and plenty of options, including instant coffee singles
- Ovens of Patagonia – they also get an A+ from me for lots of sweet choices including ICE CREAM, plus fresh baked bread, a refrigerator section with homemade burritos including breakfast burritos.