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Well Road Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,560 feet
Elevation Gain -160 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.6
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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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   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar → Early
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:13am - 6:21pm
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Well, here we go!
by keepmoving

Overview: This is a very easy hike down a wide dirt road that leads to a pump station on the north end of San Joaquin Rd. Although not a trail in the typical sense, it is labeled as one on the Tucson Mountain Park map, and does provide access to several other trails in the area.

Hike: From the pull out, walk around the locked gate and follow the dirt road as it heads west. Although rocky, the road is wide and easy to follow as it slopes gently downhill towards San Joaquin Rd. I believe this trail would make an ideal location for an evening stroll to watch the sunset, or a great introduction to night hiking due to how easy the trail is to follow.

Pay special attention to the south sides of the road as you walk, and you will notice several trail junctions marked with cairns. Although none of these junctions are signed, the Tucson Mountain Park map names these trails. In the order you will encounter them, they are: Campground Trail, Triple C Trail, and Prospector Trail.

The end of the trail/road is less then spectacular, as the road ends at a large fenced off water pumping facility. Despite the lackluster finish, the trail provides decent views of the Tucson Mountains and Gates Pass.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2010-08-26 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.


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Pima County-managed trailheads open at dawn and close at dusk, except as otherwise noted (link below). Be aware that trailhead hours may vary according to location and managing agency. The following trailheads allow after hours parking with a permit: Avenida de Suzenu, Bear Canyon, Campbell, El Camino del Cerro, Pima Canyon, Finger Rock, and Ventana Canyon. No after hours parking is allowed at the other Pima County trailheads. Trailhead parking permits are available at no cost.




Permits are required for Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, Empirita Ranch Access, and overnight parking at Pima County trailheads. Please call 520-877-6158 to request a permit or come in to the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Administration Building at 3500 West River Road Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Permits are not issued on Saturdays, Sundays, or county holidays. Vist pima.gov for more information.


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From Speedway & I10, travel west for 4.6 miles to where Speedway becomes Gates Pass Rd. Continue on Gates Pass Rd for an additional 4.7 miles to Kinney Rd. Turn right on Kinney Rd and travel .6 miles to the lower intersection of McCain Loop Rd. Turn left on McCain Loop Rd and travel .7 miles. The trailhead will be the second pullout you encounter on the south side of the road and is the only one with a large yellow gate. The pullouts are not marked, so be sure to start counting them as soon as you pull on to McCain Loop.
page created by keepmoving on Aug 26 2010 12:06 am
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