Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

July 17, 2008

Pontatoc Canyon

Pontatoc Canyon at Sunset

Pontatoc Canyon at Sunset

Pontatoc canyon in the Santa Catalina mountains offers two trails to the hiker. Pontatoc ridge and Pontatoc Canyon. Part of the Coronado National Forest, the forest here consists of mesquite, palo verde, ocotillo, and, of course, the definitive sign of the Sonoran desert, large columnar cacti – in this case, the saguaro. Pontatoc is a misspelling of Pontotoc, a Chickasaw word for “Land of Hanging Grapes.” According to Betty Leavengood’s Tucson Hiking Guide, Indians were living in the area around a spring where grapes were growing. These days, the trail starts at a mess of upscale gated communities polluting the bottom hillsides of the beautiful Santa Catalina range. In “Frog Mountain Blues,” Charles Bowden cautions the reader on the fragility of the serene and unique mountain range. The book must have fallen on deaf ears, or the almighty dollar bought the eyesight of the USFS, because housing developments and resorts have all but cutoff this “Island in the Sky” from surrounding ranges. And it has suffered. Yet still, as with all mountains, the range retains it’s majesty. Someday, maybe this range will get the respect it deserves.

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  1. Hey Laurent,

    I didn’t realize you had a blog. I look forward to reading about your travels and seeing more images!

    I have found it difficult and frustrating to hike in the hills around any moderate sized Arizona city because of the endless gated communities. It is too bad a few more access points weren’t available.



    Comment by Ron Niebrugge — July 18, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  2. Hey Ron,

    Thanks for visiting! I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon. I’m trying to be serious about my photography after all!

    Access to our public lands is and has been a serious issue, for sure. I’m glad that some progress, in Tucson at least, has been made to allow access to the trails and backcountry.


    Comment by thewildlight — July 18, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  3. Bonjour Laurent,

    Je suis ta tati de France, Je te félicite pour ces photos superbes, elles me font toujours rêver de voyage aux états unis.

    gros bisous


    Comment by Isabelle — August 6, 2008 @ 10:49 am

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