Thursday, April 3, 2014
Hiking Kings Canyon Wash to the Gould Mine
Those Who Came Before. The brochure mentioned Hohokam Indians, Spanish Missionaries, and Cowboys and Miners. It's really a simple brochure that doesn't elaborate on much other than having a short paragraph about each group. The Hohokam paragraph mentioned grinding holes in washes that were used to grind mesquite beans. At the time, I thought it would be pretty cool to find one in Saguaro National Park, but didn't think much more about it. On our hike, a short while after starting up the wash, we found one of the grinding holes in a rock outcropping right in the bottom of the wash! We kept hiking, enjoying the desert vegetation and the peaceful morning.
After walking around the top of the tailings pile we turned back for the 1.3 mile trek back to our car. The kids were tired, so we took the Kings Canyon Trail on the way back. It's wider and better maintained then the wash trail was, but we enjoyed the wash trail on the hike in a whole lot more. I would have to say that the Kings Canyon Wash Trail to the Gould Mine is definitely one of the best trails in Saguaro National Park for kids. I enjoyed it along with everyone else.
Nearest City: Tucson, AZ
Location: N° W°
Time Needed: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate- start early to avoid the heat
Kid Friendly: Yes