Headed in with little expectations. Arrived at the trailhead to a couple trucks with atv trailers and the expectations dropped further. About fifty yards onto the trail I passed a recent copper mine of gun shells and the expectations were rounding the bottom of the barrel.
Now for the good news. With the fence and narrow width of the trail I didn't see any atv activity in this canyon. Since you don't find gun shells over a two minute walk from an atv source this one started looking pretty good!
The area really does have some pristine saguaros in quantity. I crossed the creek and never returned as I found a pretty good trail. It started off pretty good. Then you had watch for cairns through some indistinct sections. About a mile later it turned into a cairn hunt. Not quite two miles in I decided to head for a high point and abort the cairn hunt. Would have gone further but I got a late start. Returned in fading light.
The going is probably faster in the creek bed as it looked fairly clean. Looks if you keep going you'll eventually hit Burro Flats. I've hiked trails further north and off trailed further south. This is a nice area in that it hasn't been overrun and the desert flora is rich and pristine!
Joel nailed the hike description, nice work. Right after photographing some rock art I read about it! Literally too, about twenty seconds later