Front Row: Barbara, Tracey, Peggy, Chuck G.
Back Row: Scott, Kim, Ann, Jeannie, Tom, Bill, Yefim, Chuck P.
[Mike Wargel taking the picture].
Tom Van Lew, Jeannie Van Lew, Yefim Minkov, Chuck Parsons, Tracey Pastore,
Mike Wargel, Bill Ruppert, Chuck Giovanniello, Peggy Giovanniello, Scott Fell,
Barbara Brackett, Kim Hackbarth and Ann Canada attended this hike.
We met at Einstein’s in Awhataukee and enjoyed their bagels and muffins
before heading to Tucson. It rained all day Friday, but we had clear skies
all the way to Picacho Peak. In the distance we could see thick gray skies
covering Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges. We all separated going
through town but met at the trailhead by 9:30, except for Chuck and Peggy
who assumed east meant turn right! They finally found us and by 10:00 we
took our customary group shot.
Seasonal runoff is free-flowing.
We started down Garwood Trail under an overcast sky. We were quick to find
all the normally dry creeks full, causing us to rock hop to cross them.
When we arrived at the dam built by Nelson Garwood we saw water spilling out
the gates, tumbling down the rocks, rushing down the creek bed. The grass
behind the dam was lush and green and it was easy to forget we were in an
We opted to visit the first of the three water tanks in the area. We were
cut off at the creek crossing but took the opportunity to photograph the
water cascading down the rocks. We stopped and enjoyed a quick snack as
the sun also peeked out of the clouds. We continued on to Rock Spring where
we discovered goldfish still inhabiting the steel stock tank. At this
point we decided to alter our loop to include a side trip to Bridal Wreath
Falls. This added an additional 2 miles to our trip, but the view of the
falls was worth the effort.
First we had to cross another creek that was about 10' wide and at least
1' deep. We spent some time placing additional rocks for crossing the
swollen creek. Tom tried to assist Mike across and ended up with water
up to his knees, but saved the camera! Others jumped the rocks or removed
their boots and waded across. We found a comfortable spot to enjoy lunch
with the falls as a picturesque backdrop. The water plunging down the
falls made it difficult to hear the lunchtime conversations. Soon we
began our return trip and found not only were our stomachs full, but the
creek was a little fuller as well. The sun that had warmed us also
melted the snow that was still visible on the peaks above us.
Mighty chilly up there.
We came out on the Douglas Spring Trail. Some took a side trip to photograph
even more waterfalls. As we neared the trailhead thoughts turned to ice
cream. Everyone agreed that was a good idea so we found a Baskin-Robbins
on our way down Speedway Blvd. While eating our ice cream it was noted
that only in Arizona could you sit eating ice cream under a palm tree
and view snow-capped mountains in the distance!