But, let’s go back about 12 million years when this area went through a massive upheaval. Two magnificent canyons, Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon next to it. A massive earthquake in 1887 dislodged enormous boulders which crashed down into the canyon. The Forest Service took over the canyon in 1905 and, when the Great Depression came, the US Government put people to work to build infrastructure in the canyon. The Sabino Dam as well as over 9 bridges were built during this time creating a 4.5 mile paved road through the canyon. Originally the plan was to continue the road all the way up the canyon to Mount Lemmon but - they ran out of money and the tram stops at 4.5 miles.
The last time we hiked here we hiked both Sabino and Bean Canyons and got back after dark. We got back to the car and realized that the passenger door was open. Oh, no. And, you guessed it, the battery was dead. I put on my best ‘helpless’ female look, walked to one of the last 6 cars (count them - only 6) in the parking lot and described out plight using lots of hand motions since the 4 guys in the car spoke no English. But - they were a great help. What a great bunch of guys. And we got home - late.
The cool thing about the Phone line trail is that we get a birds eye view of the canyon, the tram climbing the road looking like a miniature train from our vantage point, the many walkers along the road looking like ants scurrying along and the stunning saguaros marching up the canyon walls. Could we have a more beautiful view than this?
We started out - looks like this trail is pretty popular wide enough for a marching band.
We’d better go back.
No, who’s going to pick our car to rob?
We’d better go back.
No, we have nothing of value in it.
Besides, remember last time - only nice people here in Sabino. (Ha, ha. We’re not that naive.)
And we continued down the trail. Pretty flowers along the way.
We finally hit the end of the trail, where the tram ends. Now, check out that cliff in front of the road, easy to see why the tram stopped. Straight up.
‘Oops. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.’