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- Slow paced, nature based hikes open to the public on Fridays.
- All walk participants should meet no later than 8:00 a.m. at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway in the parking lot a few rows out from McDonald’s. (Another hiking group will be meeting in the same area, so be sure you connect with the right group!)
- These walks look at wildflowers, plants, trees, birds, and animals—anything that catches our eye and looks interesting. We do hike, but we stop to look. We will talk about the history of the area if it is important to where we are.
- Bring plenty of water.
- No pets. No smoking.
- Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent.
- Bad weather may change or cancel the walk.
- If you have questions or want to know if the walk is canceled, contact the Visitor Center at 520-749-8700.
Mt. Lemmon Wildflower/Nature Walks
|June 7||Palisades to Mount Bigelow||This hike is about 3 miles. We will go up the Butterfly Trail to the saddle and turn left to go to Mount Bigelow. We will walk around the electrical equipment up there, as there can be interesting flowers and lots of ladybugs. We will retrace our steps back to the cars.|
|June 21||Turkey Run to the Iron Door||This is about 2 miles. Park at the end of the road, walk across the creek and up past the water storage tanks through the cool wooded area. We may see the green gentian in bloom this year! This creek is what feeds our creek in Sabino Canyon. We will return on the old jeep road—perhaps finding some native orchids if we are lucky.|
|July 5||Box Camp||We will go into the riparian area, where we may see mountain lobelia in bloom. The flowers here can be beautiful. The hike is around 4 miles—turn around at the leader’s discretion.|
|July 19||Meadow Loop||The hike is about 4 miles. We will go into the meadow and hike down to the jeep road, where the flowers are usually fabulous. We will take a short cut-off following a water line to the meadow trail. There should be very good birding in this area as well. (We will have a bird expert with us on this hike and on a couple of others.) One of my favorite flowers is ipomopsis tenutuba!|
|August 2||Oracle Ridge||This will be a 2 to 3 mile hike through wonderful flowers. The turn around will be at the leader’s discretion. This area burned badly in the Aspen Fire but has come back and is lush with wildflowers.|
|August 16||Bear Wallow||This is a 4 mile hike through a shaded beautiful area. We will hike to the old ski run and then go back via a road that gives an overview of the area. The flowers should be great here. We will take a short circle around the cabin area for more flowers and birds.|