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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.

Great scenery and easy walk.

Fun run, great sunsets.

Love this trail because it alternates between flat and easy to rocky and difficult. Rather than the same terrain, you get a variety.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views and a stream/waterfall to play in at the top.

20 days ago

Views galore: giant cacti, waterfalls, wildflowers, one snake, two bears, all sorts of other wildlife. A rogue thunderstorm pinned me down a while, so I arrived at Douglas Springs campground via headlamp, trail still easy to follow. Three nice campsites with bear boxes, a restroom building, and of course the springs. It was steep and hot, but well worth the effort.

hiking
24 days ago

Only hiked in part due to time constraints- hiked up signal hill to see the view from up high and the petroglyphs (petroglyphs are why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4). The view and the sheer amount of cacti deserve 4 stars. Hiked it once but would choose to experience another hike should I ever make it back to Saguaro National Park.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. The elevation gain is aggressive. The loose scree underfoot is treacherous. Navigation is difficult. Nearing the summit you will scramble up large loose rocks. The final ascent you will need to use your arms and legs with a feeling of exposure. Choosing the wrong path may end poorly. I recommend gloves, trekking poles, and GPS. My most recent summit was 9/30/2018 and monsoon rains have not been kind to this trail. It has severely eroded and knocked over many of the cairns. At this time I would not recommend this hike unless someone in your party is familiar with the route.

Nice and easy trail with some wildlife. We saw an Antelope Jackrabbit and heard Coyote while we were there. We went around sunset in december. Would definitly go back.

I took my three year old and 14 year old on this trail a few days ago during the rainy day we had. I figured it was an easy trail to navigate in the rain and with a small child. I was right. It was beautiful and easy. I plan to go again with my little one, and also bring grandparents when they come to visit. All the cacti are beautiful, and we stopped often to investigate holes and dead saguaro for “critters”. We enjoyed puddle hopping (it was raining).
Definitely not a workout unless you plan to run:). I don’t run;)
This was an enjoyable walk for us, especially when we wanted to get out and enjoy the rain and cool weather.
Some of the spiky cacti are rather close to the trail, so beware.

How many actually do the whole thing? Not many. Nobody I know. Not even SAHC. I love going to the falls.

Huge saguaros. Not many people on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a challenging hike and it covers 11.5 miles one way. It can be hiked year round, but this is actually too hot to hike in its lower elevations during May through September when temperatures often reach well above 100 degrees in the afternoon. The trail begins at the Javelina Picnic area and ends at Cowhead Saddle. Total elevation gain is over 4000 feet one way. The high point is Tanque Verde Peak. The views from the top are wonderful. Many people just do a day hike from Javelina Picnic area to Tanque Verde Peak and return to the Javelina Picnic area (for a round trip total of 17.9 miles).

hiking
2 months ago

It has been awhile since we have hiked. Really loved the views. It was not overly congested with people.

Very scenic hike - from the perspective of the mountains themselves, the breathtaking views from elevation, and the vegetation. Not difficult from a climbing perspective, but a long slog with virtually no shade (was like a long cool drink of water when a cloud passed over on the way back) - recommend doing in early morning or when temps are a little lower.

make sure you bring you water. no shade. will definitely come back in the winter/spring when the falls are more than a dribble.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a very long trail along the ridge. You can continue to hike after the end of this trail. I hiked for 3 miles and went back. A good place to see the saguaros.

It was a good hike. Make sure you bring some sort of hat for all the wasps. I carry our 10 month old in a deuter, trekking poles were a must for keeping balance while clambering over all the rocks. Happy Hiking!

We went on this easy, short hike at 8am on a weekday in August. There was great cloud cover and temperatures were around 80 degrees. We were the only people out, and we saw a lot of birds including a pair of great horned owls and a Harris hawk. We also saw a desert tortoise burrow, many lizards and butterflies, and a beautiful shiny black snake called a coach whip!

There were signs along the way identifying the iconic plants of the desert, and everything was green due to rains the night before.

If you go during monsoon season, bring bug spray as there are many mosquitoes. Even though this is a short hike, water and sun protection is needed.

We took our time, and the whole loop was about a 40 minute walk with a few steps down and up.

rock climbing
3 months ago

Challenging rock climbing ( no gear needed)! Fabulous refreshing waterfall at the top of the rocks!

It was more than moderate.... I thought it was a tough hike.

nature trips
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of potential wildlife sightings. Went last weekend and saw a Ringtail! Tried to find him again today but no luck. Saw him near an overlook at just under the first mile mark.

Dogs are allowed.

I don't really have anything to share that others have not expressed already. Take plenty of water. My biggest piece of advice is to preplan your trip here! My brother and I hiked this as it sits right outside his neighborhood. The views are great and you will be rewarded for your efforts just plan ahead and familiarize yourself with the route beforehand otherwise you may/will get frustrated with the lack of directions. I would wear a good hiking shoe, he lent me a pair of his as I only had cross trainers and couldn't believe the difference it made.

Easy walk through Saguaro country.

Steep at times and the heat can make it that much more challenging. Bring plenty of water, take breaks, and be ready to be in the sun the entire time. Levels off after a while and the hike is easier. Headed towards the falls, but they had dried up. Some great views on the way back down.

This was an excellent hike. The trail is flat after a short walk down from Signal Hill. There was a lot of cactus debris on the trail, so we spent a good amount of time with our eyes on the trail. The views are fantastic and we did see some wildlife; lizards, rabbits and a diamondback right in the middle of the trail! There is no shade on this hike, so go early to beat the heat.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy hike. Beautiful!!

One of my favorites in the Tucson area. June 1 and other than meeting two early birds on the way down, had the trail to ourselves. Started at around 9am ...97 degrees. Lots of “stairs” and this is a leg workout. Logged 6 Miles in a little under three hours.

No water at falls this time of year. Great hike though! I need to do this in the wet season.

Easy, short hike especially during golden hour. Gives you an idea of what the whole NP has to offer. The informational placards were nice.

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