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.
I like this trail a lot. My husband and I are both in our 60's. It took 2.75 hrs. Watch for the turnoff toward Ruiz Trail. The first half was perfect. It only got a four because the second half you walk in lots of washes and takes more energy.
Frances F. on Hugh Norris Trail
Great elevation gain. The stairs make it an interesting hike. Beautiful desert scenery!