Arizona is an incredibly magnificent and diverse state with a topography from low-lying desert landscapes to high mountain peaks and the Alps. More than any other geological feature, however, Arizona is famous for its beautiful, remote rocky valleys, deep creek valleys, waterfalls, and pools scattered throughout the state. What I find even more amazing, however, is that many of these desert valleys behind the land can be traversed through “non-technical” valley trails that do not require ropes and literally travel in one day. They are available from Phoenix or Tucson. For a great hiking trip in late summer to early fall, if you are looking for more of an exciting challenge and a wonderful day trip, go for a hike, climb the Seven Pearls and Willow Valley, Tucson. , Arizona
It was Labor Day, and it was early Sunday morning when I left Phoenix at 6 a.m. and headed for town on I-10 East, arriving in Tucson by 7:30 p.m. At the exit of Ina Road, I exited the freeway and left onto the 8-mile eastbound meeting with the TLC Walking Team, led and organized by Eric Kinman, at the Westin La Paloma Resort, and by 8 p.m. I got there in the morning. Since the parking lot on the sidewalk was said to be limited for this walk, we carpulated it together and set off for a daily walk and head east on Tolo Boulevard. Until 8:25 AM
Beautiful driving on Tolo Boulevard along the north of Tucson and the gorgeous mountain foothills of Santa Catalina has always been my favorite. The Santa Catalina Mountains are the highest mountain range in Tucson, at 9,157 feet above Mount Lemon. To get there and reach the hiking trail, we zigzagged across Tucson, moving east from Tolo Boulevard to Swan Road, right (south), river road, left (east). , Then went straight to the Sabino Valley. Take the Tanque Verde Road and head east on the Tanque Verde Road to the Catalina Highway, known as the “Mount Lemmon Spectacular Highway”, then turn left again.
About 4 miles after turning left onto the Catalina Highway, you enter the Coronado National Forest and begin the winding climb to the rugged mountains of Santa Catalina. Although it ‘s been a long time since I was there, I’m still amazed that this drive is really nice and beautiful. As soon as you start at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the scenery is stunning, and each curve and hairpin offers a new and amazing rock formation or gorgeous valley view from a distance. If, like me, you always want to stop and take lots of pictures, you have a good chance of doing so because this drive offers a number of Vista points to enjoy along the way. However, about 5 miles right on the edge of Molino Canyon, there is a toll booth where you must use the Coronado National Forest 5-day leisure card if you plan to stop anywhere else while driving. We bought our daily passports, each with a vehicle and another three miles to Seven Cataracts Vista Point, right on Thimble Peak Vista, about 8 miles and about 1/3 of the way to Lemon Mountain.
We entered point seven of Vista Cataract and parked on our way and walked and sailed until 9 am. The view down the Willow Canyon was quite beautiful, but it was also very steep! Immediately from the start, entering the Willow Canyon on this “daily use” route was, to say the least, very intense. It is estimated that between approximately 1000-1300 feet are washed straight down at 60 degrees on all soils, pebbles and rocks, each of us had to actually lean on our “buttocks” and from part to Let the other part fall to the ground. Pull it down a total of about 2 miles to get to the bottom. Seeing what a site it was, really exciting and a lot of fun! However, this “informal” route, which is mostly used by experienced sailors, is very difficult, some even say it is treacherous or dangerous, so I do not recommend doing this walk alone unless you are a Have an experienced or experienced climber. Valley walking guide with you
As we all safely moved down and down, and after a quick group photo, Eric led our group on a valley trekking exploration, moving, jumping off a cliff, and climbing. From Class 3 it flows through some waters. Really very beautiful and spectacular scenery to the end! We continued for about a mile and a half, where we reached a really beautiful run and enjoyed the opportunity to cool off, relax and enjoy the tranquility and relaxing beauty of this remote and lesser known desert valley. Meanwhile, Eric, along with several other adventurous members, walked another 3.1 to 3 miles, and after more fighting, jumping off a cliff and climbing from Class 3-4, fell into the gorgeous 100 The foot and a large swimming hole reached deep enough. He said that even by jumping off a cliff 10 feet long, they could not hit the bottom! Amazing!
After about an hour of rest, we decided it was time to start coming back. Now it’s time to dump her and move on! So we started our way through Willow Canyon the same way we came, hesitating together, jumping on boulders, moving in ponds, and then climbing up through the water. It only took a short time, though, and within minutes we were all safely back at the foot of the hill we had previously “slipped” on. It was here that we met Eric and then he split into two groups. You can decide to climb in the same place where you came down by 60%. Or my friend Dan decided that if you tilt it a little to the left, it would be easier to climb straight up cliffs and cliffs. So I, along with a few other members, stepped forward and put our hands on our feet, and slowly and cautiously climbed section by section to return to the top safely. Wow, for me and someone who is afraid of heights, and has not experienced rock climbing, it was a challenge but it was also a lot of fun and incredible exercise!
After returning to the top and in the Vista Pearl Parking lot, we waited for the final members to return safely, then boarded our cars until 12:15 pm to travel the rest of the way for lunch on Mount Lemon. Restaurant in the iron. The scenery along the way was still spectacular as it rises from a height of 5,000 feet to the valley of Mount Lemon, an altitude of about 8,200 feet. Although the signs of the devastating Aspen 2003 fire were visible, it was still very beautiful, and the temperature at this time of day, from the mid-low to mid-1980s, was very cool and refreshing.
However, with 2.5 hours of waiting in the restaurant, due to the weekend as well as the holidays, we decided it would be better to go back and go back instead.
We returned to Tucson around 2pm and after a great lunch at a small restaurant called Renee’s Organic Oven on Tanque Verde Road, we returned to the Westin La Paloma Resort at 4pm, where we had just arrived that day. . , From there he returned to Phoenix and returned home by 6 o’clock in the afternoon.
All in all, it was a really painful exploration and adventure of waterfall walking with the TLC hiking team, carefully researched, planned and thought out by Eric Kinman. Everything was really beautiful, exciting, and at the same time very challenging. I think this walk is best summed up, although in the words of Eric Kinman, who quotes, “The adventure of the Seven Pearl Falls is an amazing walk that I highly recommend to people.” It tests your fears, gives you an incredible exercise and takes you through magnificent valleys, and a 100-meter waterfall and a hole that is rarely seen by anyone. He can ask! “