Hike along with today’s slide show to Kent Spring. The Kent Spring Trail begins across from the Madera Picnic Area in Madera Canyon, south of Tucson. The hike is about 5 miles round trip.
Follow the trail from the parking lot to where you reach to the junction for Bog Springs, if you take the right fork (the old fire road) you can come down via the regular trail. The old road bed is steep, but you will walk along the creek and be able to hear and see water for almost the entire way.
Along this route you will pass by one of the water lines that serves homes in Madera Canyon. You might be lucky to spot wild iris growing here in the spring.
Heading up and down the long hills, you will finally drop down into a Sycamore lined drainage. This drainage is massive now; a remnant of the tremendous flooding that occurred after the 2005 Florida Fire. There are several drainages that were once small creeks that are now huge gullies. The power of the water that came through there is evidenced by the giant boulders that moved downstream and the number of trees bowled over.
Just past this drainage is Sylvester Spring, named after Art Sylvester, a long time Madera Canyon resident.
Up hill again and you pass by more evidence of the fire. Sycamores with burned out trunks have given way and fallen into the creek. You pass one more massive drainage, and up you go for the last stretch to Kent. At the spring box (which has water on occasion or when the Forest Service decides to fix it) you junction with the trail to the Four Springs Trail, or back down the canyon to Madera. Taking the trail back is less steep than the road, and the views rival the creek side views on the road bed portion.