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Sunday Hike in Madera Canyon: Tucson Will Surprise You!

Picture perfect cottage in Madera Canyon

Elephant Head, a granite upthrust south of Green Valley, AZ

You wouldn't think to find this cottage near Tucson. 

It looks more like something you would find in the European Alps.

The city of Tucson has a program called "Tucson Will Surprise You!"  It's true.  There are hidden gems in and around this 1,000,000 plus population that you just wouldn't expect.  But I digress...

I hiked in Madera Canyon yesterday afternoon, driving out from the trailhead at sunset.  The cottage in the photo is halfway up the canyon toward the trailhead, and although it's usually open, this July 4th weekend must have been an owner's holiday.

There are more than twenty miles of trails up, over and around Mt. Wrightson (Old Baldy) and the surrounding peaks.  South of Madera Canyon road, the setting sun painted Elephant Head in shades of blue, while the northerly part of the Santa Rita range featured the rising full moon.

Moonrise over the Santa Rita Mountains just south of Tucson, AZ

It was a magical hike, one I'm sure you would enjoy.  Call me for directions if you're planning a vacation in greater Tucson.  The trailhead is at elevation 5,000, so it's a cool hike for summertime.  If you go all the way to the top, you'll gain nearly another mile in elevation.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsMike Jones • July 06 2009 07:11PM

Comments

Mike,

Brenda loves them,

this I know,

For my darling told me so!

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Hi, Brenda!

I'm glad you like my photos.  Give your darlin' Bill our best.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

That sky - the colors are just breathtaking!

Tina in Virginia

Posted by Tina Merritt, Virginia Real Estate (Nest Realty) about 10 years ago

Tina,

Aren't they!  Tucson will surprise you!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Beautiful pictures.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) about 10 years ago

I love that cottage nestled in the mountains...who would have known!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Sally,

Isn't that unusual?  I love that place!

Ann,

Thanks for commenting, and for the link this morning about rainwater harvesting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike - you just get some amazing colors (and gems) around there - so beautiful. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Rita,

We're blessed.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike,

You sohow off your little corner of the world very well in both pictures and words.  Thank you for sharing AZ. with us.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 10 years ago

More beautiful and inspiring photos!  You are quite the photographer.  It takes a special eye for the photos you take!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 10 years ago

I love early morning hikes!  And I think you must know where all the best AZ walks are - you've got a great eye for natural splendor.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 10 years ago

ToulaRosebrock,comHi Mike:

Tucson looks beautiful...

What unbelieveable sunsets!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago

Love that little cottage! It would make a cute horses and Cowboy Christmas shoppe! Thanks Mike.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

What an enchanting and intriguing cottage!  Are you sure you weren't a travel writer/illustrator in another life? :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 10 years ago

I now bring a camera EVERYWHERE I go thanks to you Mike!

In fact, on my way into work this morning...I took pictures that will be in my upcoming blog!

Thanks for the motivation!

D

Posted by Darin Osenberg (Funky Quail Vintage) about 10 years ago

Darin,

That makes me smile!  I guess I'm the Johnny Appleseed of visual blogging!

Carol,

I don't know that I ever had another life.  I do expect to continue this one beyond my earthly existence, however.  Thanks for commenting!

Susie,

I'm thinking you'd want to be the shop-keeper.  It would be a good fit!

Toula,

It certainly is!  You'll just have to come visit.

Penny,

"Natural Splendor."  That's a good way to put it!  Thanks for stopping by; I haven't seen you here for awhile.

Sharon,

Thanks for the encouragement.

Don,

You're most welcome!  Come visit any time.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

By the pictures Mike, you were not kidding, Tucson looks magical.  Some day...I know I keep saying it, but I need to take a road trip to Tucson!

Cheron Lange

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Cheron,

When you and Michael head this way, please let me know in advance.  We'll show you the town.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Thanks for showing the rest of the world just how gorgeous our state really is.  Also Mike, thanks for always supporting Karen.  I never thanked you for that.

Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO about 10 years ago

How many rattlers do you see on a hike in Tucson? I would have to guess that proper boots are required for your safety.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Larry,

The biggest rattler I've seen wasn't in Arizona.  It was in New Jersey.  I haven't seen my first rattler yet this year, unless you count the one that lives in my back yard under the boulder.

Michael,

You're most welcome.  I'm glad you keep up the blog.  I'm still a subscriber.  And congratulations for hitting the 100K milestone!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike!
Those are spectacular photos...but I have to say, it looks like you were hiking in the dark! That would scare the pants off me!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 10 years ago

Paula,

I wasn't hiking in the dark, although I do that often.  I left the mountain just at sunset, and that's when I took the evening photos.  Thanks for commenting!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

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