Miller Creek trailhead, Coronado National Forest, Arizona.
Don't think I've ever had to run a cow-gauntlet while hiking (or doing anything else, for that matter) but just as this was my first visit to the Miller Creek area, it was also my first hike through cattle.
Wouldn't have had much hesitation here except there were a few young 'uns among the big mamas and I didn't know how the adults would react. (Exhibiting typical bovine bravery, they split as I approached.) It also seemed advisable to keep an occasional eye on the trail because these stinkers were, how do I put it, prolific poopers.
Anyway, due to time (and especially physical) restraints my goal here, other than avoiding annihilation, was to hike to the Saguaro National Park boundary. It proved to be a very satisfying walk, and I bet it would be even nicer in the spring or fall.
There's a gate just behind my position that needs to be secured so the critters don't roam away. That proved to be challenging in both directions. Luckily the rancher who owns the livestock happened to come along to check on them and helped us get in and shut the gate behind us. There was no human to assist when we returned a couple of hours later but after a bit of a struggle we were able to get out and keep the cattle in.
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