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Creosote Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Multi-Loop 0.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,749 feet
Elevation Gain -19 feet
Accumulated Gain 68 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.83
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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author avatar Guides 34
Routes 249
Photos 2,197
Trips 592 map ( 4,584 miles )
Age 35 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:47am - 7:07pm
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Can you smell it?
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Overview: When the summer monsoons roll into Tucson, they soak the desert and release the smell of creosote. While you can experience this simple pleasure on almost any trail in Tucson, why not experience it on the aptly named Creosote Trail in Saguaro National Park?

Hike: From the Wildhorse Trail, Creosote Trail heads west and immediately enters a small forest of Creosote. This dense section of creosote smells fantastic during monsoon season, yet is close enough to the Wildhorse and Douglas Spring trailheads to retreat during a downpour. Past the forest, the trail dips into Bajada Wash where it meets a signed intersection with the Bajada Wash Trail. Continuing several yards past the marked intersection, you will encounter an unsigned T intersection. You want to take the left fork and follow Creosote Trail up the small hill. A right turn onto this unofficial trail would have you parallel Bajada Wash and intersect with Shantz trail in .2 miles.

Creosote Trail heads almost directly south as it climbs the hill out of Bajada Wash. The trail will momentarily level out, before it begins to head west and drop back into a small valley. You will climb back out of this small valley and immediately dip into a 2nd one. After climbing out of the 2nd valley, the trail will gradually loose elevation until it ends at Kennedy Trail.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

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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