SaddleBrooke Hikers enjoy the Tortolitas


Elisabeth Wheeler

Only in SaddleBrooke can hikers go from a wintry day with snow on the Santa Catalinas to a sunny spring day of hiking in the Tortolitas. Guide Phil McNamee led 11 hikers on the Wild Mustang/Wild Burro Canyon Loop in the Tortolitas. On the 8.4-mile hike, the group climbed 1785 feet to see views of the Santa Rita Mountains, Boboquivari and Kitt Peak, the Tucson Mountains, two crested saguaros, and the snow-covered Santa Catalinas. On the descent from Alamo Springs, hikers visited the ruins of a ranching cabin and petroglyphs on a large boulder. It was a perfect day for hiking and enjoying being together in the mountains.