NO access to the park from Tortolita Estates-Cougar Canyon Rd...it's been gated, locked and shut down. Probably 20 or more Private Property-No Trespassing-No Park Access signs posted. It's Saguaro Ranch property, and looks like they mean business, installing massive iron gates to block anyone, and everyone.
I hiked this trail on Thanksgiving Day (2015). Thought it would take longer! It is about 3.5 miles one way from the dirt parking lot and about 2.75 miles one way from the hotel. Besides one area that climbs pretty steep, it is a very well marked, fairly easy trail, as you often hike on a sand trail, either loose or packed, right in the canyon. Watch out for the javelinas looking for food around hotel grounds. They will charge if you get too close to their young...and they have fangs!
You will hike from 2,800 to about 3,600 ft. When you get to the end of the trail, you can turn around or continue on to Wild Mustang (easy trail) and back to the hotel on Hotel Spur. If you take that route you will do the whole loop in about 3 1/2 hours, including stops for pictures and rest.
Diana N. on Wild Burro Trail
This is one is beautiful! Great variety of trees, grasses, shrubs, and flowers. A plant nerds dream! It's also physically challenging. The terrain changes every 2 miles or so.
The trail is well marked.
The Wild Burro Trail System has over 25 miles of trails. The Wild Burro Trail is the core trail that basically runs through the Canyon directly in or adjacent to the drainage. The key components of the Wild Burro Trail System are the miles of Trails that leave the Wild Burro Trail near the Trail Head and switchback up to both rims of the Canyon. They continue along the ridges and below the Peaks on both sides of the Canyon before rejoining the Wild Burr Trail at Alamo Spring. This makes seven + great Loop hikes using practically all the Trails in the Wild Burro Trail System. I will try and upload a Map of the Wild Burro Trail System. Click on the following link to the Dove Mountain Hiker Website for considerably more information on the Wild Burro Canyon Trail System:
Dave . on Wild Burro Trail
I really enjoyed this hike. It was a little unclear when this hike ended. The path continued to a barb wire gate that we entered. We continued our hike another mile or so and decided to turn back. Nevertheless, it was beautiful. Reminded me of Sabino in that the beginning has beautiful canyon walls you hike thru. Have to check it out!!