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Cholla Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,795 feet
Elevation Gain 27 feet
Accumulated Gain 40 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.83
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash
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  6:10am - 6:21pm
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Cholla? What Cholla?
by keepmoving

Overview: Cholla Trail runs from Cactus Forest Trail to Loma Verde Trail. Despite its name, Cholla Trail does not actually encounter much Cholla along the way. Heading east from Cactus Forest Trail, it takes three tenths of a mile before you encounter your first patch of cholla on the left. Prickly pear cactus is well represented along the trail, but wouldn't roll off the tongue nearly as well as "Cholla Trail".

Hike: As you head east from Cactus Forest Trail you will immediately pass a huge saguaro on your left. In addition to being exceedingly tall, the saguaro has 12 arms of varying length that make it quite distinctive and easy to spot from a distance.

Past the Saguaro, the trail is mostly flat and well worn as it winds its way east/southeast through the desert. Visible ahead, Tanque Verde Ridge and Tanque Verde Peak appear much closer than they really are.

At 0.4 miles you will reach a signed intersection with Loma Verde Wash. Continue across the wash, climb the other side and follow Cholla Trail as it begins to work its way southeast. The trail here will gradually gain elevation as it works its way towards Loma Verde Trail. At 0.7 miles you will encounter the end of Cholla Trail at a signed junction.

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2012-07-15 keepmoving
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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Cholla Trail - Saguaro NP
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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!
Cholla Trail - Saguaro NP
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I'm really getting into exploring the network of trails in Saguaro National Park East! The trails are well maintained and work great for running: allowing me to cover a good amount of ground in a very short period of time. I took a quick evening run from the Broadway Trailhead over towards the Loma Verde Mine & looped back. Encountered 5 other trail runners and only two hikers.
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I hurt my calves running recently and figured a nice flat stroll through Saguaro National Park would help loosen them. Started around 5pm and wandered along several or the trails with no real destination in mind. It was a nice day to be on trail- temperature was just right and I didn't encounter anyone else on the trails! Just about time to start doing night hikes...
Cholla Trail - Saguaro NP
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Night time hike to avoid the daytime heat. Started at the east end of Broadway and wandered through Saguaro National Park. Saw more wildlife than I have seen on a hike in a long time: Rattlesnakes, gopher snakes, more tarantulas than I could count, and a scorpion that looked like it could take down a cow!

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
Connector trail - Not Applicable

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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