The wide, .5 mile long, easy to hike trail is mostly shaded even this time of year. That's largely because the oaks here do not lose their leaves until spring. The other trees include Alligator Juniper, Pine and the Sycamores that have lost their leaves. This well maintained trail crosses the brook often and you can usually hear its peaceful sound wherever you are.
There are still remnants here from the 19th century settlers who made this canyon their home.
This chimney is all that remains of a house that was built directly over the stream.
Once you've climbed the gentle main trail there's a .5 mile extension on the Hamburg trail which takes you to a look-out at 6200 feet. This trail is steeper than anything we've seen. It's like climbing a 1/2 mile flight of stairs or a ladder without your hands as the BayfieldbunchRamseyCanyon said earlier this month. By the time we got close to the top, the last few resting benches were an absolute necessity to allow us to catch our breath. Coming back down offers more challenges with lots of loose gravel on the steep inclines. We'll have to see how our knees feel tomorrow.
The Hamburg trail at the 6200' look-out. The white spot in the sky is the Fort Huachuca aerostat, which is always tethered over Sierra Vista. Big Brother is watching, the air space near the border that is!