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Deer Valley Wash - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,706 feet
Elevation Gain 15 feet
Accumulated Gain 15 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.45
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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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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Another Wash?
by keepmoving

Overview: Deer Valley Wash is perfect for anyone who enjoys following the washes that wind their way through the desert. The trail follows Deer Valley Wash for its entire route from the junction with Monument wash to its southern terminus at Squeeze Pen Trail.

Hike: The northern junction of Deer Valley Wash begins at a trail marker where it splits east from Monument Wash. While Saguaro National Park has declared this an official trail, it follows the wash for its entire course and is defined only by the boundaries of the wash.

Heading east from Monument Wash, if you look carefully approximately 100 feet from the junction you will notice the remains of what was once Saguaro Trail. Saguaro Trail once ran from Wentworth (now Vanover Trail) to Pink Hill. NPS decommissioned sections of Saguaro Trail and rerouted them to simplify the network of trails in the park and avoid damaging the fragile ecosystem.

Continuing past Saguaro Trail, Deer Valley Wash will begin to curve and head straight south as it works it way to Squeeze Pen Trail. You will encounter a medium size wash splitting off to your east about 0.3 miles from Monument Wash that people use as a shortcut between Squeeze Pen and Deer Valley Wash. Although you may be tempted to follow the tracks of previous hikers, you will continue past this wash for another 100 yards to the proper junction with Squeeze Pen Trail.

Warning: During monsoon season, flash floods can pose serious hazards and it is advisable to stay out of washes.

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2012-07-03 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
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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