The trail formerly known as Wentworth!
Overview: Vanover Trail is the new name for what was once referred to as Wentworth Trail. Vanover follows the same route as Wentworth trail, however its eastern terminus is now Kennedy Trail instead of the Douglas Spring Trail. I do not know exactly when this change took effect, but I know it was listed in a Trails Management Plan that the National Park service released in 2009. Despite the years that have passed, copies of the old map showing Wentworth Trail are still provided on the NPS website as of this writing (2012).
Hike: From Shantz Trail, follow Vanover as it heads east across the wash and through the desert. You are treated to great views of Tanque Verde Peak, Mica Mountain, Agua Caliente Hill, and Mt. Lemmon. While this initial segment is relatively flat, the trail does occasionally dip and climb as it follows the contour of the desert before dropping into the Loma Verde Wash.
From the Loma Verde Wash, Vanover continues almost due east before it abruptly ends at the Loma Verde Trail. You will have to take a left here and momentarily follow the Loma Verde Trail. Your time on the Loma Verde Trail is short lived as the continuation of Vanover is marked only 100 yards ahead of you on your right.
Continuing east on Vanover from Loma Verde you will work your way through the desert before following a series of stone steps down towards Monument Wash. Once across Monument Wash, Vanover will gradually gain elevation as it works its way towards Kennedy Trail. If you carefully watch the right side of the trail about one tenth of a mile after Monument Wash you will see the remains of what was once Saguaro Trail before NPS shut it down. Saguaro Trail is now blocked by tree branches and cactus, but otherwise looks to be in good condition. Past the remains of Saguaro Trail, you will climb a short series of stone steps and soon arrive at the junction with Kennedy Trail.
Cumulative Mileage from Shantz Trail:
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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