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Monument Wash - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,679 feet
Elevation Gain 105 feet
Accumulated Gain 108 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.66
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Vanover Pink Hill and Monument Wash Loop
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 242
Photos 2,129
Trips 576 map ( 4,441 miles )
Age 34 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:16am - 7:32pm
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Its a wash!
by keepmoving

Overview: Monument Wash doesn't get nearly as much as attention as its neighbors the Douglas Spring Trailhead and Cactus Forest Trailhead. Monument Wash doesn't have bathrooms, picnic tables, or even its own parking lot. There are no fancy signs announcing the trail and the only parking is in the dirt easement along Speedway Blvd. However, this lack of amenities means that on the weekends when the Douglas Spring & Cactus Forest parking lots are overflowing with vehicles, you can often still find parking at Monument Wash!

Hike: From Speedway Blvd, step over the wire barricade and begin walking south. You are immediately greeted with a trail marker that announces the distances to several nearby trails. You can choose to follow Monument Wash 2.3 miles south to its terminus at Loma Verde Trail or take any of the four other trails it intersects with to create your own loop.

The trail never leaves Monument Wash and route finding should not be much of an issue. You will encounter game trails that lead into the desert, but your goal is to stay in the wash. There is one particularly attractive side trail just south of the Pink Hill junction that leaves the west side of the wash. While this trail looks like it has been trodden on by more than one set of boots, the official trail follows continues to follow the course of the wash.

Cumulative Mileage From Speedway Blvd:
Shantz Trail0.3 Miles
Vanover Trail0.6 Miles
Deer Valley Wash0.8 Miles
Pink Hill Trail1.3 Miles
Loma Verde Trail2.3 Miles

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2012-06-16 keepmoving
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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
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Tucson, drive east on speedway. Monument Wash is located 3.8 miles east of Houghton on the South side of the road. There is no official parking or any sign announcing the trail- just look for the wide sandy wash and park anywhere on the dirt easement nearby.
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