December 18th, 2016 ~ Day 268
Another somewhat of an exploratory hike today, considering neither Eric or myself have ever been to this trail.
Arriving at South Mountain, we had a plan to drive up the road and find a hike in the mountains, but that wasn’t going to happen today. Once a month they close the road for Silent Sunday, and today just happens to be that day.
We were close to the Holbert Trail, but I wasn’t in the mood for a difficult hike, so we headed back to the Max Delta Trail across the street. The trailhead is on the north side of the road, just as you enter the park. We were at South Mountain Park, but we weren’t hiking the actual mountain.
Hiking along, we were granted beautiful views of South Mountain as the trail followed along the road up to the top. There was minimal elevation on this hike, but a few small hills to go up and over.
Along the trail we saw signs for a nature center, we decided to take a detour and check it out. They had signs all along the trail describing the birds and plants. At the end of the natural trail you arrived at an old building that was built who knows how long ago.
A beautiful structure! The building was amazing. The color of the stone and the work that was put in to create this structure is astounding in my mind. This has to be one of my favorite photos.
After the nature center, we continued back on the trail heading west. We found a saguaro skeleton in the desert. I’ve seen them before, but never one so intact. It holds a beauty of its own laying there alone in the middle of the desert.
Seeing another structure ahead of us, we decided to see what it was about before turning around to head back to the trailhead. It was hard to tell if this was more historic remains or something recently built. Either way, it was an awesome find.
We headed back the way we came, with no stops along the way, we made it back faster than we had arrived.
Once back at the trailhead, we headed over to the old buildings across the street. One of the buildings say, this is Scorpion Gulch, so I assume it is. Walking though the remains, you could only imagine what life was like way back when. Looking through the rooms, trying to figure out which room is which. I’m not sure why old buildings and history appeal to me, as a child I would pretend to live in a past time, like Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prarie. I had some great adventures as a kid.
It was a beautiful day to explore new territory with a little history as an added bonus. I’m looking forward to having more opportunities to get out here to South Mountain and explore more trails.