Every Fall and Winter, I have the best of intentions. The temperatures are heavenly and we—desert dwellers—c
I have plenty of excuses: too busy, too hard, too far, too one thing or another. I did not say I had good explanations for my lack of enthusiasm just that I had some justifications.
After being stranded at a resort for two extra days—due to an overfull creek—and meeting a retired couple from Canada—both avid hikers—I decided I had zero valid reasons to not at least try to go on a hike.
Hubs and I arrived back home from our unplanned escapade on Sunday and by that afternoon, I had scheduled a hike. Tuesday was the day.
My selection was a small and easy path close—or relatively close—to home.
Picture by Emma Witt Photography
Hiking in Sweetwater Preserve
Even though the hike was an open invitation to
Sweetwater Preserve is located on the west side of Tucson about 9 miles from I-10 and Camino del Cerro.
The address is: 4001 N Tortolita Rd
Parking Area and the Trails
The parking lot has plenty of space but it was also busier than I expected for a weekday—and a cold one at that.
Although we passed a few groups on the trails—some with dogs—we amazingly did not see that many people considering the amount of cars on the lot.
We did encounter a
The paths are narrow and you must walk Indian file.
The plentiful, well-marked loops are designated by varying colors and clearly marked with the accompanying mileage which makes it easier to choose a path on the fly—as we did.
This hike was marked as “easy” and it was. I really enjoyed the change in grade which—while easy—was still challenging for a newbie.
The paths are not smooth but are peppered with rocks.
This hike was perfect, and I plan on doing it again soon before summer arrives. Anything thirty to forty minutes from my home is close by our
With all the rain we have had, my daughter and I were hoping for a wide array of wildflowers. This wish was a bust.
We plan to go again soon to—hopefully—witness the desert in bloom with a vast array of wildflowers.