register help

Mesquite Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

Guide 11 Triplogs  0 Topics
  2 of 5 
0 11 0
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,825 feet
Elevation Gain 36 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.07
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
4  2013-03-17
SNP Cactus Forest Mesquite Trails
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 237
Photos 2,081
Trips 563 map ( 4,313 miles )
Age 34 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  6:13am - 6:16pm
Official Route
3 Alternative

More Mesquite?
by keepmoving

Overview: Mesquite Trail runs from Loma Verde Trail to Cactus Forest Trail. Along the way, it dips into multiple washes and provides decent views of Tanque Verde Ridge and Tanque Verde Peak.

Hike:: From Loma Verde Trail, head south on Mesquite Trail. You will soon cross a medium size wash and begin to climb a small hill. As you climb, the trail will gradually begin to head southwest as it approaches Cactus Forest Drive. Although you will never actually intersect with the roadway, the trail approach to within about 15 feet of the road at its closest point. Fortunately, this single lane roadway is mostly obscured by creosote and other native plants and it doesn't see much vehicle traffic most days of the week. If you aren't looking for it, you may even pass it by without noticing.

After your brief glance of Cactus Forest Drive, Mesquite Trail will begin to head northwest and back into the desert. The trail dips in and out of multiple small washes as it approaches Cactus Forest Trail. At .9 miles you will arrive at the marked intersection where Mesquite Trail ends. Looking east from the trail marker, you are just able to see Mica Mountain as it sticks out behind Tanque Verde Peak.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2012-07-17 keepmoving
  • Rincon HAZ Map
    area related
    Rincon HAZ Map
  • Rincon Mountain Distric East
    area related
    Rincon Mountain Distric East
  • Tucson Mountain District West
    area related
    Tucson Mountain District West
  • SNP Cactus Forest Map
    area related
    SNP Cactus Forest Map
  • nps related
  • sub-region related

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
Connector trail - Not Applicable

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
page created by joebartels on Jul 17 2012 9:07 pm
help comment issue

end of page marker