Trip Difficulty: Moderate. 3.5 mile hike loop on both road and uneven, rocky trail. Elevation gain of ~150 feet. There is a significant hill in the last mile back to the Visitor’s Center.
Let’s explore the beautiful Sabino Canyon Recreation Area with a focus on finding our resident desert birds and maybe seeing some seasonal visitors. While the focus is on birding, we can also discuss other plant and animal encounters. The walking loop will include both Sonoran Desert Upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. Plan to look for birds in the riparian area then return to the Visitor’s Center by way of the Bluff Trail. This trail is narrow and rocky for ~1/2 mile. We can do a look around the Cactus Picnic Area on the walk back. We should be finished by 11:00 at the latest.
Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd. Requires National Recreation area parking fee of $8 per car or Interagency Recreational Pass. Highly recommend a sunhat, water, snack, and sensible walking shoes. Hiking poles may be useful for the Bluff Trail. Beginning birders welcome. Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Cathy Yungbluth (email@example.com)
Registration for this trip is free. Register here beginning Jan 14, 7:00 AM.
Header Image: Greater Roadrunner by Dan Weisz