Hope Camp by Carol Simpson

hope camp hike jan 13 013 resizedIn every walk with nature we always receive far more than we seek.  The Hope Camp hike was at the far southeast area of the Saguaro National Park.  We looked out our windows in the early morning to be greeted with a wall of fog!  It was damp, cool, and windy.  So, was the hike still on?   Lo and behold, 35 of us were willing to hike regardless of the weather.  Guess some of us are real die-hards.  The desert weather is always unpredictable and not on any schedule.  Therefore, the weather can change in the blink of an eye and it did just that for the hike.  After arriving at the Lloma Alta Trailhead about 8:30 AM, by 9:00 AM, just a short distance up our trail, the fog lifted and uncovered another beautiful Hope Camp hike Jan 13 051 resizedday. It was also very scenic to see some of the fog hover here and there just below the mountain tops with the blue sky above. Our goal was the 5.6 mile round trip hike to the junction of the Hope Camp Trails and back.  The terrain was moderate and almost straight in and out with just small ups and downs. It was just a very  pleasant hike closer to base of the mountains and among some of theHope Camp hike Jan 13 047 resized older cacti that were huge.  There were more newcomers to our group with lots of us taking pictures among such pretty views on our enjoyable stroll in the desert.

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