Antelope Creek segment of the Black Canyon Trail

I made this first image within the same minute that I made the photo from the last post…at 7:45 on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago…but this one caught the sun just coming up over the ridge.

Silhouettes, signpost, and sunrise along the BCT

There wasn’t anything spectacular about the landscape on this hike, as it resembled much of the Black Canyon Trail (BCT) that I had already hiked…but this was yet another section to complete, the Antelope Creek segment. Β I had actually hiked the first mile of the trail on another occasion, but this was the first venture in covering the entire area. Β This is the portion of the BCT that is just south of the Drinking Snake segment that I covered in an earlier post.

After several hours of hiking south and southeast and then north and northwest on the return trip, I was back at the same spot where I made the first image, approaching it from another direction and with the fullness of the day’s sun shining on the land.

Double-track trail with juniper and trail-sign along Antelope Creek segment of the Black Canyon Trail

Thank you for joining me on another hike in the Arizona Sonora Desert…and stay tuned for more coverage of the Black Canyon Trail.


20 responses

  1. Beautiful images Scott. It’s so nice to see the sunshine! πŸ™‚

    February 17, 2016 at 8:33 am

    • Thank you, Adrian…and we have no short supply of sunshine out here….. πŸ˜‰

      February 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  2. The bitter cold spell we just went through has me longing for the desert again, or perhaps still.

    February 17, 2016 at 8:50 am

    • I’m sure it does, Laura. πŸ™‚

      February 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  3. Such a familiar landscape and wonderful captures~

    February 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • Thank you, Cindy…..

      February 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

  4. It’s beautiful country there!

    February 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • It can be beautiful, Allen….

      February 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

  5. Love your image of the backlit staghorn cholla. That really brightens my day in dreary late-winter here. Thanks yet again, Scott!

    February 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    • You’re very welcome, Gary….hopefully Spring will come soon.

      February 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

  6. Really enjoyed these shots, Scott.

    February 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    • I’m glad you did, Shimon….thank you.

      February 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  7. I love seeing your photos from that area. Makes me consider spending some time there again. I really miss it!

    February 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    • It will be here waiting for you, Terry….and I’m very happy to share the images with you. πŸ™‚

      February 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  8. I do enjoy your hikes in this winter desert. Glad to see you’re not turning into a couch potato down in the southland.

    February 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    • It will be too warm in a bit, so I’m trying to get out there every other weekend until it does….and no, there’s no couch-potato stuff with me down here!! Hiking and playing racquetball until it’s too hot, and then just playing ball every weekend until it cools down again. πŸ™‚

      February 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

  9. Great series, Scott, esp. the cactus photos. πŸ™‚

    February 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank you, Frank…the morning light tends to soften things up a bit…makes them more attractive.

      February 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

  10. LB

    Scott, what was the temperature? Did you see anyone out there? Do you typically see other hikers when you are out in the desert?

    February 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    • Hello, LB…it was probably close to 45 degrees when I started-out and warmed-up to the low to mid 70s by the time I was done…excellent desert hiking weather. And no, there are usually no other hikers out there on this Black Canyon Trail…it is quite rare to actually see other people just hiking. I do see people riding their mountain-bikes, usually between 5-15 people over the course of five or six hours…and occasionally see an individual running the trails…maybe two out of five times out there…..

      February 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

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