I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. ~ Andy Rooney

April 5

Rincon Creek (Saguaro National Park) to Rincon Wilderness – 20 miles – AZT mile 146.4

Shadows of giants – the reward of early morning starts
Starting the 5,000 foot climb up Mica Mountain through Saguaro National Park
More flowers as we climb
Views of Rincon Valley from where we came
We made it to the top by lunch time. All the way from 3,000 feet to 8,000 feet. Manning Camp is a wilderness camp high in the pines. Just a couple of weeks ago the mountain was covered in snow.
Manning Camp station
We took an extra bonus trip to the top of Spud Rock. Views views and more views. Highly recommended.
Shenanigans at the top of Spud Rock.
Trail on the way down from Mica Mountain
Looking back at what we climbed today. I was spent at the end of this day, but what memories. Sunset on Mica Mountain – Saguaro National Park

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