We did about a 4.5 mile hike near the campground back into Cottonwood Canyon. These are the remains of a saguaro, pretty sturdy still with all the exterior skin shed. We thought it needed some skulls on the arms.
We traveled through some narrows in the base of Cottonwood creek, having to cross the stream a couple times. This was a very adequate cairn in the middle of the stream. There is an art in building cairns, I don’t seem to possess it, at least I don’t want to spend the time to build them while hiking.
We chugged up about 300 feet in elevation on a 4-wheel drive road that was part of the trail, which is also part of the Arizona Trail. We turned around at this point but not before taking a photo of this huge saguaro. It extended at least another 3-4 below where I was standing. The arms were huge.
Two days later we took another hike that was south of the campground about six miles. It was an out and back hike through low shrubby vegetation. Carla took this shot of saguaros clumped around a small hilltop.
We had stopped under a small tree for a break and some shade. Shade is great. I can not imagine hiking in anything near 90 degrees or warmer in this countryside. I think it was in the low 70s during this hike, and it was warm enough. The sun is unrelenting. Of all things, we met a German couple from Dresden on the way back to the Jeep. They had purchased a condo in Phoenix and where out exploring. They had sent both of their sons to college in the USA. You never know who you will meet on the trail.