We cross several streamlets flowing down from Hog Canyon.
The game of life: lichens on a streamside boulder.
The trail parallels the fence, taking us east to the section line and then
south to another gate.
We’re gradually getting into a saguaro-palo verde forest,
amazingly green after the winter rains. Water is flowing freely in the
streams from Hog Canyon. We hop over the stepping stones.
Ted scouted the western part of the trail a few days ago, but assures us
that there are more flowers this time. Tall saguaros grow right up into the
slopes of the Superstition Mountains.
As we continue south from the section line there is a gradual
transition in the plant community. Saguaros begin to thin out and
scrub forest gives way to sagebrush.
Lizards scamper across the trail in front of us. The bugs are out,
so they will be well fed this season.
Our best view is to the east. Hieroglyphic Canyon, Hog Canyon,
and the majestic Superstition Ridgeline inspire us as we walk
by natural flower gardens.
We can see why native Americans called it “the mountain with
the crooked top.” The middle part of the ridge is smooth,
but it’s quite rugged around the 5057' south peak and the
5024' north peak.