Our starting point at Suzienu Road, I took the group photo so I'm missing from it.
We live in an area of fantastic natural beauty seasoned with fabulous weather. But not many residents actually get out, touch, and savor this beauty. I have hiked many areas of my town, but not like today. A group of 27 hikers came together to hike the Mila Milagro trail and enjoy the unspoiled, rugged, impressive vistas, incomparable water falls, amazing boulders, awesome cliff faces, and spectacular rock formations. The hike was relatively easy (2-3 hours depending on the pace), it was nothing of the usual hikes to work out a sweat so we took time to enjoy nature around us. The meeting point was Le Buzz (a great coffee shop) in the shoppiing complex by Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway. We convined at 8:30 am, left Le Buzz at 9:00 am in a few cars, car pooling made it easy to get everyone there in time to start the hike at exactly 9:15 am.
We headed east on a tarmaced road with Mount Lemmon to our left, we crossed a rather slow running wash and gained elevation about 400 ft, then level trail for about 45 minutes. At the top of the first climb, we got to an abandoned cabin, we toured it out of curiosity; located right at the edge of a high rock facing an adjucent hill with a cliffed canyon drop, absolutely breath-taking. From the cabin we dropped about 600 ft down and then gained another 830 ft at a steep angle climb to the highest point on this trail. The amazing thing was the variation in land and vegetation as we moved higher in elevation, at the beginning the giant Saguaros were everywhere, it felt like being in the Saguaro park. But higher, we found more of the cholla cacti and Ocotillos with scarttered giant saguaros. We rested at the top for about 15 minutes, took a bunch of photos before decending town to the creek bed leading to what Tom and Steve named 9 Falls. At the creek bed which also ties to about a 1500 ft drop of a water fall, Tom surprised us with white wine, cheese and crackers. How exciting is that?
Taking our first break up hill.