Palisade Trailhead to the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, Pines to Cactus – 11/6/2014

1410 Trail Sign on the Palisade Trail
Stopping at a trail sign to enjoy the views. November 2014.

We started the day at the Palisade Trailhead – it was cold when we stepped out of the car, but we knew we would warm up quickly on the Palisade Trail. We paused occasionally for pictures, stopped to enjoy Pine Canyon above the falls (still flowing), peered into the Mud Spring tank (filled with water and leaves) and nearly ran into the old phoneline that still angles across the trail.

1410 Richard and Devin descending thru the grass on the Palisade Trail 02
A grassy descent on the Palisade Trail. November 2014.

The grass covered trail as we descended – below Mud Spring the trail is not as frequently used and more than once we had to pause to find our way – well worth the effort, the last part of the descent to the junction with the East Fork Trail is so beautiful!

1410 Phoneline Trail
Looking up Sabino Canyon – from the Phoneline Trail. November 2014.

Sabino Canyon was full of cold water near the East Fork Trail/West Fork/Sabino Canyon junction – a nice break before finishing along the Sabino Canyon and Phoneline Trails.

Pines to Cactus run – Palisade TrailheadPalisade Trail, East Fork Trail, Sabino Canyon Trail and Phoneline Trail – Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. 15 miles, +600’/-5400′ of elevation gain/loss.

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