Tucson Local Media: Traipsing through the Tortolitas


Area residents will have the opportunity to explore the Tortolita Mountains in the coming months through guided hikes offered by the Town of Marana. The mountains, which overlook the town, are rich in southwest wildlife, crested saguaros, fluttering hummingbirds and, soon, hikers of all ages, sizes and experience levels.

The free, guided hikes are on the first Saturday of every month, September through April. The first hike was a hike on the Lower Javelina Trail this past Saturday, Sept. 2.

Bob Stinson, outdoor recreation coordinator for the Town of Marana, will typically guide the hikes. In general, he said he likes to start off the program with easier hikes, and gradually increase length and elevation gain through the season. He also takes potential storms and increasing heat toward the end of the program into account.

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