Dome Rock Saguaro hike

Ruth Caldwell

Hike leader Michael Hovan led twenty-three hikers on the maiden voyage of what will certainly become a very popular hike. The morning of March 31, greeted hikers with great weather for this venture up a newly-cleared trail right in SaddleBrooke’s backyard. The hike’s destination was the prominently visible Dome Rock, which hugs the foothills between the development and the Santa Catalinas. On the way we passed a most unusual double crested Saguaro—a rarity unseen even by most desert dwellers. The troops crossed a makeshift bridge over the Canada del Oro Wash, running from melting snows and enjoyed viewing many, many different wildflowers on the way to the Dome. Once on top, the group thrilled to great views in all directions. Hikers tried to pick out their own houses in SaddleBrooke right below.