Ironwood Forest Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
We really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful Saguaro everywhere we looked. Perfect hike for beginners.
This a an easy trail and a nice way to enter the Saguaro Natioanl Park wilderness. We started at the base of Picture Rocks and took the Cam-Boh to the Ironwood to the Brittlebush Wash to the Thunderbird to the El Camino del Cerro trailhead. When we were in the Bittlebush Wash, we missed where the trail left the wash to head east to the Thunderbird. We took that wash probably 1.5 miles until it was pretty clear we were off the trail. Retraced our steps and bushwacked to refind the trail. It was useful having the topographical print out to identify the double humped features of the hill where we should have taken the right turn off the wash. Beautiful day and didn't mind the extra walking. My wife was taken with the rocks in the wash.
The Ironwood Forest Trail can be accessed from the Cam-Boh Trail near Picture Rocks Road or south from the Picture Rocks Wash. I prefer using this trail as part of a loop. The loop is approximately 3.7 miles beginning with the Cam-Boh Trail, Ironwood Forest Trail, Picture Rocks Wash Trail, Ringtail Trail, and back to the Cam-Boh Trail.