A Cycle/Hike at Patagonia Lake State Park, Arizona

Descent on steep, gravel/dirt road to Sonoita Creek Trailhead
Descent on steep, gravel/dirt road to Sonoita Creek Trailhead

While my husband and grandson took to the lake on a paddle boat, I decided to check out the hiking trails and headed off to hike the Sonoita Creek Trail, Blackwood Canyon, and the Cottonwood Loop. To reach the trailhead, I cycled about 2 miles with a steep ascent out of the campground, then a steep descent to the trailhead on a dirt and gravel road. The 3 mile loop trail provided panoramas of the surrounding hills, the creekside riparian environment and a quick sighting of a deer. I also encountered cows on the trail who quickly ran from me. Cycling back to the campground was an easy ride. Our grandson was thrilled to be able to ride his bike all through the campground, even managing a jump off one of the steps at a campsite. No injuries as he quickly righted himself and his bike, dusting off his “seat”.  1/11/15