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Coyote Pass from Picture Rocks, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,515 feet
Elevation Gain 530 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.65
Backpack TBD
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SNP West Thunderbird Cactus Canyon Loop
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:56am - 5:23pm
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Brittlebush from Picture Rocks - Saguaro NP W
Brittlebush from Picture Rocks - Saguaro NP W
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Gila Monster Loop
Gila Monster Loop
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Cactus Canyon from Picture Rocks
Cactus Canyon from Picture Rocks
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Picture Rocks
Picture Rocks
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Picture Rocks Wash to Peak 3263
Picture Rocks Wash to Peak 3263
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6.3 mi
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Peak 3037 - Brittlebush Loop
Peak 3037 - Brittlebush Loop
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Brittlebush to Peak 3373
Brittlebush to Peak 3373
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Ringtail Trail - Saguaro NP West
Ringtail Trail - Saguaro NP West
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1.1 mi
115 ft
Cam-Boh Trail
Cam-Boh Trail
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2.4 mi
178 ft
Ironwood Forest Trail - Saguaro NP West
Ironwood Forest Trail - Saguaro NP West
0.3 mi away
1.4 mi
198 ft
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Hey...Pass the Coyote
by fricknaley

This is another pleasant little leg out in the trail network of the eastern Tucson Mountain foothills of Saguaro National Park West. The trail is accessed from the Picture Rocks Wash, which I wrote up in a separate hike named Cactus Canyon. I would refer you to that hike for directions to the Picture Rocks wash via the Ringtail Trail. It is about 1 mile to the wash. At the wash hang a right and travel along the wide and sandy wash for about 0.4 miles.


Abruptly a trail cuts out of the left side of the wash, with a small marked sign announcing the departure. The sign reads Coyote Pass. Take this short trail as it climbs out, and away from the main wash. In about 0.2 miles you come to another signed split in the trail. To the right is Cactus Canyon, to the left is Coyote Pass.

Hang a left here and hop onto the Coyote Pass trail. You can see that this is gently climbing to a pass or saddle ahead of you. There is a wash down and to your right, with ridgelines on either side of you. There are thriving Saguaros out here. The trail will drop into, then cross over to the other side of the wash. At the Pass you can see out towards Tucson and along the north-south face of the eastern Tucson Mountains. The views are nice. The trail then slowly winds down from the pass into the low foothills. It ultimately drops you down into a narrow, sandy wash.

After 0.8 miles the trail deadends at an intersecting, wide wash signed as Gila Monster. I believe this leads to a mine, but I did not follow it today.

Head back the way you came. At the Pass, you can climb up to a saddle in the ridgeline to your right. There is no trail, but it is a short and easy bushwack to the top. From here there are nice views of the northern Tucson Mountains. You can also look down onto the old Yuma Mine, which is very close by. Kind of interesting. Afterwards, just head back down the ridge to the trail and head back to the Picture Rocks Wash. You can go all the way back you came, or continue on the down the wash to the signed Ironwood Forest trail that breaks out of the right side of the wash in a little over 0.3 miles. This route is also described in my Cactus Canyon write-up. This is the way I would recommend. It adds a little distance and some very nice desert scenery to the hike.

fricknaley
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Saguaro National Park
$15 vehicle, $10 motorcycle or $5 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees


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From Tucson take exit 246 off I-10 and go west on Cortaro until it ends at a T. Turn right here onto Ina for a short distance, then Left onto Wade. Wade quickly becomes Picture Rocks Road and crosses through the Tucson Mountains. You'll see a couple of signs announcing Saguaro National Park. As you come down the west side of the mountains the road swings hard to the right and there is a paved pull out area to the right. Park here. The trails take off just across the street.
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