Sunday, March 13, 2016
This morning, we left our poor doggies to fend for themselves, as we headed back to the Tonto National Monument. This time we are hiking one and a half miles up the side of the mountain to see the Upper Cliff Dwelling.
Neither of us was sure we could make the ardous climb, but we were going to give it a try. The weather was beautiful. Cool with full sunshine. Just perfect for hiking a mountain.
The climb first followed a stream and then slowly we hiked up the many switchbacks in the trail to reach the dwelling.
Our objective is the cliffs at the top of this mountain.
What a view the Solado Indians had of the valley below.
We had heard there is a crested saguaro cactus near the visitor’s center, so before we left, we asked where is was located. Found it.
It was a long hike; but it was a beautiful hike and the ruins were very interesting.
See you later.