December 2011 - Wasson Peak

I volunteer with a group called Tucson Inner City Outings (ICO) which offers underrepresented children the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities like hiking. Here is an ICO trip up Wasson Peak.
This day was supposed to be rainy and miserable, but it turned out mostly okay. : hiking, inner city outings  Looking towards Kitt Peak.  So much for that rain, eh? : hiking, inner city outings  It was an amazing cloud day, though. : hiking, inner city outings  We're going to hike up yonder way. : hiking, inner city outings 
I volunteered with a group called Inner City Outings, which involves underrepresented kids in outdoor activities, like hiking, that they might not otherwise do. : hiking, inner city outings  Lots of cactus pictures, no kid pictures because I'm not sure what I'm allowed to post without "official" permission.  Also, doesn't that one cactus look like it's taking a bow? : hiking, inner city outings  Spiny! : hiking, inner city outings  Prickly! : hiking, inner city outings 
We made it to the saddle and snacked there.  View of the Catalina Mountains. : inner city outings, hiking  You can see pretty much the entire trail that we hiked up. : hiking, inner city outings  The right hand peak is Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains. : inner city outings, hiking  The rest of the Tucson Mountains. : hiking, inner city outings 
The last quarter mile before the top is definitely the coolest. : hiking, inner city outings  Almost there! : hiking, inner city outings  One view from the top!  If you squint, you can see Picacho Peak in the background. : hiking, inner city outings  Remember how this day was supposed to be rainy and miserable?  Ahem. : hiking, inner city outings 
But wait, this is what's directly overhead. : hiking, inner city outings  Well, at any rate, we started down the mountain.  It wasn't looking good. : hiking, inner city outings  But, surprisingly, we only caught the edge of the incoming storms for a couple of hours. : hiking, inner city outings  See!  It's sunny. : hiking, inner city outings 
Sure, it's only just overhead that it's not raining, but we're basically dry. : hiking, inner city outings  Even time for macro shots.  I mean, you kind of have to show up "spring" in the desert!  #1 : hiking, inner city outings  #2 : hiking, inner city outings  #3 : hiking, inner city outings 
Kitt Peak was so clear and visible in the morning.  Now, not so much. : hiking, inner city outings  Petroglyphs. : hiking, inner city outings  And finally the skies open up, about 5 minutes before our return to the parking lot.  Well-timed! : hiking, inner city outings