Thursday, 4 November 2010

Kartchner Caverns - Foothills Loop Trail

The Foothills Loop trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park is described as a moderately difficult trail climbing up the limestone hills north of the caverns entrance.

We took the right hand loop and headed down into the wash, following a fault between the Whetstone block and the San Pedro block. There are information boards along the way.

The first information board leads you to bedrock mortar a few yards off the trail which was used by Indians indigenous to the area for grinding corn.

We continued up to the scenic mountain viewpoint the view below is to the Dragoon Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Looking back into the folds of the Whetstone Mountains.

It was a nice trail around the mountain before dropping back into the wash and heading back to the car park.

As we were heading back on we saw a sign for a Coronado National Forest Trail called the Guindani Trail.

We enquired and were told it was slightly more difficult than the foothills loop trail, was well marked and easy to follow, so we decided to do that the next day. But that as they say is a whole other story!

Have fun, we are!

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