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Cactus Forest Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Cactus Forest Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 511 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Popular Hike Inside Saguaro National Park This relatively flat hike will carry you accross the infamous Cactus Forest Drive loop within the Saguaro National Park. You'll literally cross the loop on both sides. The scenery is about as classic as you can get for the desert, surrounded by every type of cactus available in the southwest, and looking to the East you'll enjoy views of the Rincon Mountain Range. If your looking for a very easy hike that will put you in the heart of the desert, then this is it. The trail is in exceptional condition with very little undulation, a pair of tennis shoes is all you'll need. Ideal for families with children, and perfect for trail runners. If your new to hiking, and ready to get off the paved trails and into something with a little more adventure, then this would be a perfect place to start.

hiking
12 days ago

The earlier the better because it’s hot . It’s a little cold in the morning now so bring a light jacket

mountain biking
1 month ago

The section of the trail between the Cactus Forest Loop Drive is open to mountain biking. It is the only trail (other than the Loop Drive) that is open to biking. Since I have never done it, I gave it a shot this morning. Frankly, it's not worth biking. That section is only 2.5 miles long, and there is no challenge. Concentrating on the trail means you can't enjoy the scenery, and you will just be an annoyance to the hikers. Bikers, I would give this a pass. Hike it instead and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun trial with small tumbling hills. Be on the lookout for snakes. I saw a rattlesnake and a king snake. Be mindful of the trails that come off of Cactus Forest Trail. If you make any turns you are most likely on the wrong trail Cactus Forest Trail is all straight.

running
5 months ago

Very fun run, and the brief rain was a nice surprise!

5 months ago

I have never ever ever ever seen so many cacti!!!! Truly amazing!!! So many different kinds and some were insanely tall!!! Would highly recommend!!!

hiking
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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Cactus Forest is aptly named; you will be hiking through not just saguarro but every kind of cactus and succulent imaginable. Easy walk on the desert floor with very little elevation change. Bring your camera!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail and easy to follow! Definitely take the detour of Lime Falls it’s secluded but still a great view!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, easy trail with beautiful views and an interesting variety of desert plants. We walked it the day after a snowfall in bright sun with snow surrounding us on every hillside. Greeted by a jackrabbit at the start and a coyote at the finish.

8 months ago

good hike

hiking
8 months ago

I flay easy hike. Wide trails. Waterfalls in the middle. Would be hot in summer.

Friday, November 10, 2017

nice easy hike

hiking
Thursday, May 02, 2013

There are trailheads at the north and south of the loop drive and also intersects the web of trails inside the loop. Easy walk through sandy area. Lots of older Saguaros. Nice break from the more mountainous areas if you're tired, but sort of boring.

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