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Mica View Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,765 feet
Elevation Gain 63 feet
Accumulated Gain 67 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.22
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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14  2017-07-27
Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash
4  2011-08-24 keepmoving
5  2010-08-22 keepmoving
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 236
Photos 2,067
Trips 562 map ( 4,304 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:39am - 7:19pm
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Great Views!
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Overview: Mica View Trail works its way from the Broadway Trailhead to the Cactus Forest Trail, passing through the Mica View Pinic Area along the way. Throughout most of its length it provides great views of Tanque Verde Ridge, Mica Mountain, and the Catalinas.

Hike: From Broadway, Mica View Trail will head directly south as it immediately passes junctions on the left and the right for Shantz Trail. The trail here winds its way through a section of relatively open desert with several large Saguaros present on both sides of the trail.

At 0.7 miles you will reach a signed junction with the Mica View Picnic Area. Here you have two options- you can follow the sign that says "Horses" to your left past the hitchin post, or continue straight into the picnic area onto Mica View Rd. The official trail goes to your left and will allow you to detour around the Picnic Area. If you continue straight into the picnic area you will have to walk about 120 yards along the roadway until you see a trail marker on the left that shows you were to get back onto the Mica View Trail.

Past the picnic area, the trail will gradually dip into a brush filled area where it reaches a marked intersection with Javelina Wash at .9 miles. Passing through the wash you will climb a small hill and reach the end of Mica View at a marked intersection with Cactus Forest Trail. If you choose to end your hike at this point, a left turn would require the same distance as returning via Mica View Trail but will allow you to see more of the desert.

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2012-07-07 keepmoving
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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
2019 $20 vehicle, $15 motorcycle or $10 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

Effective January 1, 2020 entrance fees to the park will be $25 per vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, $15 for individual pedestrian or bicycle, and an annual park pass will cost $45.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Broadway Trailhead
From anywhere in Tucson take Broadway Boulevard east almost to its terminus just before N. Camino Del Codorniz. It's 14.6mi from I-10 straight through on Broadway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 128 mi - about 2 hours 15 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 18.2 mi - about 39 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 271 mi - about 4 hours 21 mins
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