hiking
2 months ago

As with most reviews, the weather conditions play a huge role. I went in March 2018, on a Monday when most people were working, and it was sunny and 68F when I started at 1030am. It was 72F when I finished 3 hours later.

Before you can hike this trail you must first get there. If you’re coming from the North (I-10) do NOT let google take you on the dirt road right at the landfill. If you do, you better plan on 30-45 minute longer drive and you better have a 4wd high clearance vehicle. I made it in an AWD SUV, but I was lucky the tires did not puncture and certainly the under carriage took a beating. Instead, continue driving south on 85 for another 6-7 miles and take a left across the divided highway there. It’s the 2nd left turn past the landfill. Google should get you to the trailhead from there. Much shorter and much much easier on your vehicle.

As for the hike itself, I thought it was pleasant. Certainly easy enough, pretty flat, and really neat walking through the desert surrounded by jagged hills and saguaro cacti. And I was pretty much alone. There were 2 vehicles car camping, but I was the only vehicle in the 11 spaces for day hikers. There’s a toilet at the parking lot and the trail was fairly well marked by cairns and bordered with deadwood. There didn’t appear to be an obvious end so I turned around at about the 4.5 mile mark. Somewhere around the 3.5 mi mark the trail turned into a wash so just follow the wash and rock cairns. Coming from the east coast I thought it was really cool walking among a saguaro “forest”. It wasn’t as dense as a forest (nor I’ve been told as dense as the saguaros in Saguaro National Park), but for me it was dense enough. The views were sweeping and unhindered so it was wide open. Couple that with solitude and perfect hiking weather and I rated it pretty high. There is no shade or water, so bring plenty of both , and sunscreen of course. I recorded the hike and uploaded some photos, but I don’t see them yet so hopefully they show up eventually, especially since there aren’t any yet for this particular trail.