Monday, February 10, 2014

Campground Review: Kartchner Caverns State Park Benson, AZ (Part 2)

The Guindani Trail actually leaves the state park and enters the Coronado National Forest and travels along the eastern flank of the Whetstone Mountains.

The scrub oaks don't grow over 5 or 6 feet high.
The trail starts at an elevation of 4750 feet and at it's highest point hits 5620, mile high territory and your lungs can feel it.  Much of the trail is partially covered with loose rocks so you have to be watchful not to turn an ankle which would be very easy to do.

This looks a little worse than it really was.
The description of the hike along the Guindani Trail says "the first mile is an easy walk, next 2/3 of the trail is moderate difficulty, and the last leg is strenuous."  I agree with the last part for sure!

See a trail?
I'd really recommend Kartchner Caverns State Park if only for the impressive cave tour.  The hiking was great too.  I only stayed two nights following my resolve to greatly reduce my camping cost this year versus 2013 but it was worth it.

Thanks for reading both posts!