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Squeeze Pen Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,816 feet
Elevation Gain 139 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.66
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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8  2017-07-18 markthurman53
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Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 75
Routes 475
Photos 5,651
Trips 400 map ( 3,956 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:07am - 6:28pm
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by markthurman53

This is another one of the many trails in Saguaro National Park East that does not have a direct accessible trail head, therefore this hike is usually done in conjunction with another trail. To hike from south to north on this trail the closest trail head would be the Loma Verde Trail on the park’s Cactus Forest Loop Road. Hiking north to south would be from the Speedway Wildhorse Trail Head. The Squeeze Pen Trail is between the trails to the east that are close up to the Tanque Verde fore range hills and the trails to the west that are along the flatter desert floor, offering a variety plants and cactus from both. This trail also offers a section through Mesquite forests not found along the more eastern trails. The trail starts out near Monument Wash and crosses Wildhorse Wash, these are two of the three largest creeks coming down off of the Tanque Verde Ridge (The other large Creek is Bajada Wash).

From the Park’s Cactus Forest Loop Road at the Loma Verde Trail Head take the Loma Verde Trail. At about .1 miles the Mesquite Trail will head off to the left (west) and is signed. There are quite a few unofficial trails that split off along the first section of the Loma Verde Trail but they usually don’t go very far, stay on the main trail. The trail is well signed so it is easy to follow (unless you do like I did and misread the sign because of a brain lapse). The trail crosses Monument Wash at about .3 miles and just past the wash the Squeeze Pen Trail will head east (This is where I misread the clearly marked sign and continued on the Loma Verde Trail and had to turn around and read the sign correctly this time). The Squeeze Pen Trail will cross two small streams coming off the Tanque Verde fore Range and stays fairly level for 1.2 miles to the Carrillo Trail Junction. From the Carrillo Trail junction the Squeeze Pen Trail follows along a small ridge that separates Wildhorse Creek and Monument Wash. At 1.4 miles the Pink Hill trail heads off to the Left (west) and at 1.6 miles drops in to Wildhorse Wash. From just past the start of the Squeeze Pen Trail to Wildhorse Wash the trail has been very much like the trails on the western end of the park, Creosote, scattered mesquite, Palo Verde and the ever present Saguaro, also very exposed to the sun. At Wildhorse wash the Deer Valley Wash Trail heads off to the left and after another 100 yards the trail crosses Deer valley Wash and the Deer Valley Trail heads off to the right. The Squeeze Pen Trail in this section is less exposed and follows along a Mesquite Tree forest, but not for long, from here the trail heads up out of the Wildhorse/Deer Valley Wash and up on the hills separating Monument Wash to the west from Bajada Wash to the east. At 2 miles the Bajada Vista Trail heads off to the right (East) and shortly after that junction the Squeeze Pen Trail crosses a small stream dropping 30 feet and then climbing back up the other side to the northern terminus of the trail at the junction with the Vanover and Kennedy Trails. From this intersection if you look to the South you can see the remnants of the now abandon Kennedy Trail that use to head to the Carrillo Trail (Named after John F. Kennedy, The trail was originally a road built by the county in the 1960’s for a proposed housing development). If you look east from this intersection, the remnants of the now abandon Wentworth trail can still be seen. This use to also be Garwood's Airstrip. The Wentworth Trail use to go from the Shantz Trail all the way east to the Douglas Spring Trail. The portion west of the Kennedy Trail was renamed the Vanover Trail, The portion east of the Garwood Trail is now called the Converse Trail and the portion in between abandon.

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2017-07-18 markthurman53
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Most recent Triplog Reviews
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A nice trip to Garwood Dam via Pink Hill - we had not been there before, odd/interesting site - I really enjoyed reading the information in this document - - about the Garwood Ranch in the Green Valley Hiking Club Library.

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Took an evening hike to watch the sunset. Ended up staying out past dark and walking back with my headlamp.

When I was walking along the road to get back to my truck I encountered some spider marching along the road with near military precision. There were two groups of them: each about 2 feet long marching in perfect straight lines, headed due west. I have never seen anything like it before and the only thing I could think of was in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry & Ron follow the spiders that are fleeing the castle to Aragog and learn that Slytherin's Monster is a Basalisk :scared: . And thats when I realized I have read Harry Potter too many times...
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I decided it had been too long since I last visited the Broadway Trailhead and decided to take a quick evening run. Instead of planning my run in advance- I left my maps behind and just let my legs choose what direction to turn at the junctions. I ended up having my first snake encounter of the year, and one of my closest run-ins to date. I came out of a sharp corner and upset a rattlensake that was basking in the middle of the trail! I was forced to jump off the trail into prickly pear, but at least thorns are better than being bitten!
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Went for a run from Broadway trailhead. Didn't really know how long of a run my legs were up for, so I just took off with no real destination in mind. It was nice and cloudy out for most of the time I was on the trail, I even had a couple small showers. Ended up running from the Broadway Trailhead, south to Loma Verde Trailhead, back north to Douglas Spring Trailhead, then swung south to Pink Hill and worked my way back to where I started. I think I covered nearly every trail between Speedway & Cactus Forest Drive!
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Another mid day run in SNP while the thermometer read 95+ degrees outside. I was actually surprised to find another vehicle at the trailhead when I arrived, and a 2nd one pull up as I was grabbing my gear. I guess Im not the only person who loves to play outside in the heat?

Ran Shantz to the Pink Hill Lookout, then took Squeeze Pen South to Carrillo Trail. Followed Carrillo trail to the junction with Garwood Trail, then backtracked to Deer Valley Trail and returned to the parking lot via Pink Hill.

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2019 $20 vehicle, $15 motorcycle or $10 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Loma Verde Trailhead
I-10 SE out of Tucson exit 267 for Valencia Rd. Turn left at E Valencia Rd follow 3.1 mi. Turn left at S Kolb Rd follow 1.6 mi. Turn right at E Irvington R follow 4.0 mi. Turn left at S Houghton Rd follow 1.0 mi. Turn right at E Escalante Rd follow 2.0 mi. Turn left at S Old Spanish Trail follow 0.3 mi. Turn right at S Cactus Forest Dr follow 3.7 mi to Loma Verde Trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 136 mi - about 2 hours 25 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 26.6 mi - about 50 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 280 mi - about 4 hours 31 mins
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