You wouldn't think to find this cottage near Tucson.
It looks more like something you would find in the European Alps.
The city of Tucson has a program called "Tucson Will Surprise You!" It's true. There are hidden gems in and around this 1,000,000 plus population that you just wouldn't expect. But I digress...
I hiked in Madera Canyon yesterday afternoon, driving out from the trailhead at sunset. The cottage in the photo is halfway up the canyon toward the trailhead, and although it's usually open, this July 4th weekend must have been an owner's holiday.
There are more than twenty miles of trails up, over and around Mt. Wrightson (Old Baldy) and the surrounding peaks. South of Madera Canyon road, the setting sun painted Elephant Head in shades of blue, while the northerly part of the Santa Rita range featured the rising full moon.
It was a magical hike, one I'm sure you would enjoy. Call me for directions if you're planning a vacation in greater Tucson. The trailhead is at elevation 5,000, so it's a cool hike for summertime. If you go all the way to the top, you'll gain nearly another mile in elevation.
Photos copyright Mike in Tucson