Split into the separate Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain Districts, the dry Sonoran Desert is still home to much life in six biotic communities. Beyond the namesake Giant Saguaro cacti, there are barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pears, as well as the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, Spotted Owl, and javelinas.
Did this on Christmas Day and it was a nice relaxing way to spend some time. Very cool desert vegetation and I had never seen a saguaro before so it was great experiencing a whole different type of landscape. The trail is short and it's very easy so it wasn't so much of a hike to me, more of a sight seeing experience. We enjoyed it very much
Scenic hike with a beautiful reward at the peak with a 360 degree view of the area on a clear day. Despite the elevation gain, it's not too strenuous. Most of the elevation gain is in the mile right before reaching the peak which still wasn't that bad. We went the day after Christmas and saw few people until we reached the junction about a mile away from the peak.
Loved this hike. We added on the hike to Bridal Wreath Falls which is an extra mile out and back to the loop but sooooo worth it! The trail is marked pretty well but gets a little dicey at the Three Tanks junction. Make sure you pick up a trail map at the visitors center beforehand. Nice views and lots of different wildlife and cacti along the way. There were signs for the African bees. But, just stay on the trail past the caution area.