Hiking about 7.2 miles throughout the day with 900 feet of elevation change; approximately 7 hours; established trails with uneven terrain, high steps, desert vegetation and rocky areas. Driving approximately 25 miles; about 30 minutes each way.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including choices such as waffles, a variety of hot and cold cereals, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, bread and muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, milk, tea and water.
Today, we'll hike the Pass Mountain trail in the Usery Mountain Regional Park. Our first hike will serve as an introduction to the rich and diverse Sonoran Desert. Our naturalist Group Leader will interpret the often iconic plant species including the saguaro cacti, barrel cacti, mesquite, creosote and ocotillos. Animal sightings (if luck is on our side) may include lizards, beetles, songbirds, desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, coyote, fox, desert night lizards, Gilbert's skinks, golden eagles, and several species of hawks.
Sack lunches along the trail.
Upon our return to the vans, we’ll drive back to the hotel.
Plated dinner at a nearby restaurant with one non-alcoholic beverage, other beverages available for purchase.
In the hotel meeting room, we’ll watch the classic Hollywood movie, Lust for Gold, which was filmed in the Superstition Mountains and is about the Lost Dutchman Goldmine.