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Saguaro Loop Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,792 feet
Elevation Gain 56 feet
Accumulated Gain 56 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.58
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  6:15am - 6:24pm
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Overview: Accessed via Saguaro Trail

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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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Saguaro Loop Trail - MSP
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Took the #tenderChickens on a micro-hike with good snacks just to get out there. More time preparing for hike than going on the hike. But such is life hiking with kids. Sun hats and sunscreen and tons of water.

Snacks at the high point of the loop - dismantled an elaborate cairn with my big hiking boots and pent up frustration. Kids thought I was godzilla or something.
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couldn't decide what to hike this morning
wanted something a bit longer with decent elevation gain, not on south mountain
decided on the windgate bell loop counterclockwise from gateway
saw bobp on the way up bell pass :) he was running down at the time
plenty of people out, given the relatively cool temps, low humidity and occasional cloud cover in july
had never been to inspiration point, so i stopped there for a minute
hit the saguaro loop on the way down as i hadn't been on that, either
two decent ascents on this loop, up to bell pass and windgate pass
very nice morning for a hike
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Sunday morning hike by myself. Haven't done this trail in a long time - lots of new houses since last time. Saw hardly anyone until got to Windgate trail then on Gateway was a virtual army of people and dogs. To be expected on a Sunday. Hit Saguaro loop quickly before back to the car.

chuparosa in shaded areas and washes
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Pregnant sister in law and mother in law wanted to see what all this hiking business I'm into is about, so I brought them out. They surprised me with how hardy and adventurous they were, and we strolled partway up to the saddle before turning around. We did the Saguaro Loop trail along the way.
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Quick lunch time hike in the McDowells on a work from home day. Made a clockwise loop on the Gateway Loop Trail. I then connected to the Levee Trail and headed back toward the TH. Before finishing I made a quick loop on the Saguaro Trail which takes about five minutes. Uneventful day.

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Map Drive
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To Gateway Trailhead
Take the 101 to the Princess Drive/Pima Road exit. Go north on Pima Road to Union Hills Drive. Turn right (east) on Union Hills Drive to Thompson Peak Parkway. Turn right on Thompson Peak Parkway and head south about 1/2 mile to the Gateway Visitor Center on the left. There's plenty of parking and nice facilities here.


Take 101 to Bell Road exit (by way of either FLW Blvd exit 39 arriving from the south or Pima/Princess exit 36 arriving from the north). Go East on Bell road 1.7 miles and turn left onto Thompson Peak Parkway. The Gateway is 0.7 miles on the right. (18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway)

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 28.4 mi, 36 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 126 mi, 2 hours 6 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 141 mi, 2 hours 33 mins
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