Is it me or has it rained a lot this winter? Seems like we are always trying to work out adventures in around the weather. No complaints because we know the heat will be coming sooner than later. I’m just glad my family is able to do adventures. This time last year, they were both recovering from the crud, and Dad’s back was hurting.
Despite feeling bad, my folks still took me out to hike the High Desert Park Trail last January, but it wasn’t pleasant for Dad. So, we decided on a “do over” and headed up to New River. You’ll take I-17 North to the Black Canyon City exit and cross over the freeway or head west. You’ll come to a “T” and will turn right or North toward Black Canyon City (frontage road). You’ll look for a quick left on Jacie Lane, and that takes you to the High Desert Park.
Parking is on the left and is free. Of course dogs are welcome on leash! Head to the very back past the basketball courts and human restrooms. You’ll see the beginning of the trail past the little pavilion. You have two choices: the blue or the yellow trail. Yellow is the smaller, inner loop, and blue is the larger, outer loop. Both return back to the parking lot. Just follow the signs of the one you wish to take.
We wanted to replicate our hike – only feeling better – and got on the blue trail. It is more of a nature walk than a hike, and they have many of the plants labeled so you can learn more about the beautiful desert we live in.
The outer loop is only two miles, and it felt really long to Dad last time. He was a trooper, but Mom kept worrying about him passing out. Me, I just keep on, keeping on! This time, Daddy did great, and he could even enjoy the views.
The views from this trail are spectacular! You can see the Bradshaw Mountains and the entire valley for 360 degrees. The park is right off I-17, but you don’t know it once you get walking. The trail feels very remote and wild. It isn’t steep or too rocky, so it makes a nice outing for the entire family.
We met such a family who were visiting from Massachusetts. They talked funny! Of course, they had to meet me. I wonder if they know I am a celebrity? Anyway, we always enjoy meeting nice people but aren’t keen on crowds. Typically locals only frequent this trail.
You’ll find it very easy to get lost in the scenery. Just pay attention to the junctions where you follow the yellow or blue signs. You’ll typically keep turning left. Before we knew it, we were back to the parking lot. Dad was shocked how quickly it went this time. Makes a big difference when one can breathe!
This is a much better start to the new year than last, and my ankle seems to be healed. We forgot to wrap it up, and I didn’t limp at all. I’m back, baby! Here’s wishing you some great adventures before the temperatures rise. Until next time…
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!
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