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Bajada Vista Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,852 feet
Elevation Gain -99 feet
Accumulated Gain 10 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.73
Dogs not allowed
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:48am - 7:05pm
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Its curvy!
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Bajada - definition and pronunciation

Bajada Vista is a short trail that connects Wildhorse Trail to Squeeze Pen. Aptly named, the trail provides decent views of the Tucson Basin and makes a good location to watch the sunset.

Bajada Vista heads west from Wildhorse trail as it begins its gradual descent through the desert. You are immediately treated to expansive views to your west, where the desert appears to stretch on forever. While most of Tucson is not readily visible from Bajada Vista during the day, the nearest houses begin to appear as they turn on their lights at night.

The further you follow Bajada Vista, the more the trail will twist and turn as it works its way through the desert. However, the curviness is evident while hiking; it becomes much more pronounced when trail running. Combining the curves with the gradual decrease in elevation can make this section feel much like a roller coaster when running.

At 0.5 miles, if you look carefully to your left, you can see a decommissioned segment of Kennedy Trail stretching into the desert to the south. Past the old trail, Bajada Vista will make a sharp turn to the north for a short stretch before curving west again and arriving at the junction with Squeeze Pen Trail.

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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
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
$45 Annual Park Pass View All

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To Douglas Spring Trailhead
From I-10 & Speedway Blvd exit #257, travel East on Speedway Blvd 17.4 miles to the trailhead.

The final major crossroad will be Freeman and "Dead End" signs will begin to appear. The trailhead is a small parking area with a picnic able and ample signage at the dead end of Speedway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 17 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 19.4 mi - about 41 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 272 mi - about 4 hours 23 mins
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