Driving approx. 40 miles to trailhead; approximately 1/2 hour one way. Hiking up to 7.5 miles; about 6 hours; well-established but rocky Park Service trails. At approx. 3 miles, Bridal Wreath Falls will be our first destination, which entails an elevation gain of approx. 1,100 feet from the Douglas Springs trailhead.
At the hotel restaurant, the hot buffet will include eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, toast, a variety of pastries, cereals, and fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll begin by loading our vehicles and transferring to Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District, which contains some of the most outstanding Saguaro cactus specimens in the southwest. As we hike, we’ll link together a combination of national park trails (Douglas Springs, Carrillo, and Wildhorse) and cover a variety of terrain including out-wash plains, bajada hillsides, foothills and desert dry washes. In addition to brief trailside natural history and geology talks given by our Group Leader, we will identify many desert plants encountered and relate Sonoran Desert themes to the group.
Along the trail, we’ll stop at a pleasant spot to enjoy our sack lunches containing a sandwich, fruit, chips, and cookie.
After completing our hike in the late afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
At a local Mexican restaurant, we’ll choose from a wide variety of plated entrees on a select menu. Chips and salsa, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.
Our Group Leader will then discuss tomorrow's activities and timing before returning to the hotel. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.