(nr Green Valley AZ)
Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains was a beautiful spot with dense tall trees, rock formations, birds, and a multitude of trails in the mountains. It was a nice change of scenery from the grasslands and desert where I had been.
Madera Creek Trail
Paralleling the creek, the trail passed flowing water with an occasional cascade over the rocks. Sycamore, cottonwood, pine and oak trees were abundant. An assortment of birds were attracted to the shade and water. There were picnic areas and many interesting scenes along the leisurely and enjoyable hike.
Bogs Springs Trail
Half the distance to the springs was uphill on a rocky, sunny and uninteresting trail. Once on the turn-off, the trail became narrow and shady with pine and scrub oak trees. Part way, some large rocks provided a spot to rest and view the valley below. At the spring, was a grove of tall sycamores around a concrete holding tank for the water.
The small Bogs Springs Campground, at 5,048 ft, was set among pine and oak trees and had paved pads. It filled up early in the day, so I was lucky to get a site. Unfortunately, my eyes and nose began to run and itch from the tree pollen I suppose; so, I left after only two days.
Camp: Coronado NF – Bogs Springs CG
Scene: Creek, spring, mountains