February 21st, 2010 – by: Africancrab
Huachuca City sign. Much higher elevation than Tucson
We tended east on I-10 while the day was young. The rain was having it's way with the day and so the wind decided to join in to make good the misery, as if the rain was not enough. We took the Sonoita/Patagonia highway to avoid the freeway; the big cars and semi-trucks are quite intimidating, with the rain and wind my little Toyota corolla felt like child's game on the road. We had planned to make a stop in Sonoita, but the rain was not merciful enough to grant us a momen't break. We went right past Sonoita headed towards Mustang corner (intersection of State highway 82 and 90), then turned right to Huachuca City, as we turned, we noticed there was almost no rain but minimal dark clouds and the sun was actually in Huachuca, well the little that we saw.
From a distance we could see the snow capped ranges, they showed with such brightness amidst the glare of sun as it moved in and out of the cloud cover. The mountain has great hiking trails and canyon that I'm yet to discover. My friends have told me of the Miller Peak wilderness on either sides of the Huachucas, but since I have been off cardio work, I have declined all invitations to hike it. I should like to do so when I can, hopefully this year. Driving in from Tucson it took us about 77 miles (an hour and a half) in all to get to the Huachucas. Since our destination was Sierra Vista and not Huachuca, we decided to see the ranges from a distance, I manage to capture some shots of the snow covered tops from a distance, the view was refreshing and cool I might add. The temps were in the lower 50s with a relative wind factor making it rather uncomfortable staying outside for long periods of time.
The Huachuca Mountains