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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 206
Photos 1,847
Trips 517 map ( 3,846 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  6:08am - 6:26pm
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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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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.

Most recent Triplog Reviews
Mica View Trail - Saguaro NP
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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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Started an hour before sunset and ended shortly after 8pm: hiked from the Broadway trailhead to the Old Spanish Trail trailhead. I realized I have been rushing through some of my more recent hikes, so I took my camera along and enjoyed the evening. Great weather for hiking: not too hot, beautiful clouds moving over Tucson and a nice storm over the Rincons. As with most of my recent evening/night hikes I saw plenty of wildlife: including two Rattlesnakes and a Gila Monster.

Side Note: This was my first time hiking in Five Finger TrekSports. They were more protective than I thought over the desert landscape, but my feet and calves are sure sore! 5 miles may have been a bit much for my first hike in them!

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 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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