Winter Solstice Sunset/Moonrise Hike — Saguaro NP

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Ready for a 4 mile ranger led hike to the summit of Wasson Peak for sunset. It is a very comfortable 60 degrees for the 2-pm start time.

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The Saguaros have so much personality – as does the sky. I am the only photographer in the group so they are not wanting to wait for pictures – locals with too many pictures?

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This is the flavor of the day.

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Views of the distant mountains – Santa Catalinas North of Tucson.

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Our hiking group. Freddie, the ranger on the right, was our leader with volunteer Don and Tim. Two women joined us making a party of The Magnificent Seven.

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The moon is a few days from full but can be seen rising over the mountain. It will light our descent hike.

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Another picturesque view looking south.

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Northwest view from Wasson Peak of the setting sun hitting the landscape.

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Unbelievable! A toast to Winter Solstice and the beauty of the start of the longest night of the year.

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The cholla gives a sense of place to this Wasson Peak sunset shot.

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Hiking down the colors kept coming keeping us entertained for the first mile. The moon lit rest of the hike was so quiet and peaceful. Really special experience!

Last year’s sunset hike http://tealsky.com/2014/12/18/saguaro-national-park-west/

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