Thursday, April 12
Start and end time:
6 am – noon
Provided box breakfast
Peppersauce Canyon is an east/west riparian/oak wooded canyon on the northwest side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Starting in Arizona Sycamore dominated Peppersauce Campground, we will walk up the dirt road in the canyon bottom for 1 to 1.5 miles. The slope is mostly gentle but interspersed with some steeper sections. Peppersauce Campground is at 4700 feet. Our pace will be slow as we will reach almost a mile above sea level and we don’t want to leave any flatlanders behind! If time allows we will also stop at Catalina Regional Park. This linear county park follows the Canada del Oro wash and combines mesquite woodland with Desert Willow/Arizona Ash along the wash. A flat trail parallels the wash at 3200 feet elevation.
Peppersauce Canyon: Acorn, Ladder-backed, and Gila woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell’s and Hutton’s vireos, Bridled Titmouse, Verdin, Bewick’s and Cactus wrens, Lucy’s and Black-throated Gray warblers, and Scott’s Oriole.
Catalina Regional Park: Gambel’s Quail, Harris’s Hawk, Anna’s Hummingbird, Gila and Ladder-back woodpeckers, Vermilion and Ash-throated flycatchers, Bell’s Vireo, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert’s Towhee, and Pyrrhuloxia.
Recommended Gear and Cautions:
It will be cool on our arrival at Peppersauce but as the sun reaches the canyon bottom it will warm considerably so a light layer or two will be appropriate. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and sturdy footwear with ankle support are recommended. A spotting scope if you desire. Insects should be minimal.
Peppersauce Canyon, Coronado National Forest
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