|Hiking||5.00 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||2.50 mph|
|1,506 ft AEG|| || || |
I hiked from the West end of the Bajada trail along National toward Goat Hill. There was not a single other person there, just a coyote that I surprised, and a snake on the main road near the visitor's center.
Almost all of the greenery is dried up; the saguaros are starting to blossom.
There is one place early on in the hike to be careful of. As the second photo shows, veer to the left, or you'll end up off the trail; someone has etched an arrow to help you out. The other road looks like it goes to an abandoned mine. Speaking of mines, I saw two shafts along the trail, so be careful.
This trail provides great views of the Estrellas and the Gila River Indian Community. The first mile or so is quite flat, but then travels up a canyon and then along a pretty steep ridge.