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Javelina Rocks, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 3,180 feet
Elevation Gain 40 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.2
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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5  2009-03-26 leadhiker
20  2008-03-23 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 225
Photos 5,981
Trips 1,093 map ( 2,433 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Jan → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:25pm
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Family-friendly exploration
by PaleoRob

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The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park contains some of the best and most easily accessible trails in the Tucson region. Some of these trails lead up into the High Country, the wilderness of the Rincon Mountains, while others stay low in the flats, criss-crossing the cactus forest that makes up the lowlands. This provides a great opportunity for year-round hiking. While some of these trails can be long, with steep grades and rough trail conditions, there are family-friendly hikes within the park as well. One of these family type hikes is the area around Javalina Rocks.

Javalina Rocks is located along the southern section of the park loop drive, and has a well-marked, though small, parking area. Finding a spot may be difficult in the popular summer months. There is no water here, or at any other pull-off along the loop road. Make sure that your water bottles are filled up before you leave the Visitor's Center, especially if you are heading out during the hot summer months. Water will be essential as temperatures can top 110 degrees.

From the parking lot a dirt trail leads basically west-northwest towards the largest of the major outcroppings of Santa Catalina Gneiss. This area is quite busy on weekends in the spring, so you will probably see a few people walking around the rocks. Once you reach the nexus of the major outcroppings (there are about 5 of them), hiker-made trails lead every which way. Each rock outcropping can be climbed as well as circumambulated, though the largest two are more difficult to walk around than the other three. The smaller three are great for kids and offer wonderful sunset views, while the larger two offer a bit more solitude as well as greater elevation gain and difficulty. This is a quick, easy hike (almost more of a free-from exploration) that you really can't go wrong with. Experienced outdoors folks and wilderness newbies alike love this area with its combination of rocks, mountain backdrop and wild desert flora (and occasionally fauna!).

Once you have seen all that you wish of the Javalina Rocks, return to your vehicle via the same path you arrived on.

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2008-03-24 PaleoRob
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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.

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
$45 Annual Park Pass View All

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
In Tucson, take Old Spanish Trail east to Saguaro National Park. From I-10, exit at Houghton and drive north to Old Spanish Trail. Follow the signs to the entrance off of Old Spanish Trail. Stop and pay the entrance fee and fill up your water bottles at the Visitor's Center, and then take the loop road around to the signed parking area for Javalina Rocks. This can take approximately half an hour, especially during the busier times of the year when there are lots of wildflowers and lots of visitors.
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