Sycamore to Sabino

March 14, 2010

It took us five hours to reach the campground, but the unusual views of the east side of the Catalinas and sunny slopes festooned with blue phacelia, fairy duster, tackstem, fleabane, blackfoot daisies, fiddleneck, brittlebush, apricot mallow, Mexican poppies, desert verbena, Arizona lupine, wild hyacinth and penstemon helped us keep on trudging.

While cars overflow the Douglas Spring trailhead parking lot and spill onto the shoulders at the end of Speedway every day of the week, we only encountered four other hikers above Bridal Wreath Falls, and there was only one other camper at Douglas Spring.