Cindy C.
ckcollins718
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 19
Is anybody seeing an abundance of bees on any of the Sabino or Bear Canyon trails?
Cindy C.
ckcollins718
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 20
I'm now in a position to answer this myself, so I will, in case anybody else is wondering!

The answer is "OMG yes!". There was an abundance of bees on Phoneline this morning. I didn't start seeing them until a few minutes past "big rock" on the way up, which would have been around 8 am. I probably saw a dozen more before I turned around at the historical trail sign. Those dozen were just "hanging out", I didn't feel threatened in the least; that's why I felt comfortable returning via Phoneline.

Oh, to have a crystal ball!

On the return trip I had hundreds of bee sightings, presumably, because the trail had lost most of its shade by then. For the next hour or so, I don't think I had a single 20-second sliver of time without a bee sighting, and THIS time they were menacing. They buzzed my head, and "escorted" me out of their turf so many times I lost count. One was so threatening that it sent me running. Once I hit the shade at the bottom of the Phoneline Link Trail, I was home free; most of them seemed to be within 15 minutes on either side of "Big Rock".

I'm going to check out the Bear Canyon Trail tomorrow!
Greg C.
user 8398410
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 139
Yikes!
Sounds like it's just a matter of time until someone (else) gets attacked. Best mention it to the rangers at the Visitor's Center.
A former member
Post #: 1
Cindy did you report that to the Rangers at the Visitor Center so they can check it out. Must be a hive up in there somewhere.
Don M.
user 93082462
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 1
One thing that I have never seen mentioned is insect repellants pertaining to bees. Most of them are used for mosquitoes and "no-see-ums", but how do they affect bees?
Cindy C.
ckcollins718
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 21
Greg and Bill, I did report it, with reservation; I felt like a "wuss". Hiking is inherently dangerous, after all. But in light of current events, I reported it, and it wasn't news to them. They've had reports of heavy activity near the Historic (or is it "Historical"?!) Trail. This is contrary to what I experienced yesterday morning; I felt a heavier presence the further I moved away from that junction.
Paul Y.
user 18426991
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 7
Cindy, I talked to a naturalist at Sabino Canyon this morning. He said that the forest service is aware of a hive in the area, he also said that they are the killer bees! So I suggest; avoid the area, I know I will. Apparently you have to be some kind bee expert to determine the different bee species. Naturalist; Bill also said that they asked the forest service to put some signs but they (FS) are reluctant do to that do to the fact it is a wilderness area and we the risks when we enter these areas.
Greg C.
user 8398410
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 140
Hey, I'm all for the whole Wild Experience thing, and I do deeply loathe the creeping Nanny State mentality.

But...

Wild honeybees, almost all of which are crazy-eyed African hybrids, are arguably more dangerous than mountain lions and rattlesnakes combined. I don't see how the posting of a simple cautionary sign at the trail intersection, "Caution, High Bee Activity Ahead," is going to ruin anyone's love-in with Mother Nature. Given Cindy's report, it seems almost inevitable that a louder-than-average individual or group will catch the critters in an extra grumpy mood, triggering an outright attack. Then they'll have injured or worse hikers and will be forced to destroy the bees and/or close the trail after all.
A former member
Post #: 20
Cindy, Thank You for taking the initiative to post! I had issues last week when trail running on phone line, as well. C-

Paul Y.
user 18426991
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 10
Cindy, here is a link to Sabino Naturalist bee information.
http://sabinocanyonna...­
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