As the name suggests, Bajada Wash is short hike through a desert wash in Saguaro National Park East. The hike begins at Shantz Trail and runs to Garwood Trail, passing Creosote and Wildhorse Trails along the way.
From Shantz Trail, turn at the trail marker and follow the wash as it heads southeast. This section of the hike is more akin to following a well worn path than actually walking in a wash. The trail here is a deep grove in sand that passes through a relatively wide plain punctuated by trees.
At 0.2 miles you will encounter a marked junction with the Creosote Trail. You will continue straight ahead along the same path you were following, and the wash will gradually begin to widen.
At 0.4 miles you will reach another signed junction with the Wildhorse Trail. Up to this point you have been following the northern section of the Bajada Wash. You will now have to turn right and follow Wildhorse Trail for 0.1 miles until you reach a signed junction on the left that marks the continuation of Bajada Wash South.
Past Wildhorse Trail, Bajada Wash will begin to follow a much curvier path through the desert landscape. As you work your way through this section, the trail will gradually transition from sand to rocks as it climbs its way up to Garwood Trail junction.
During monsoon season, flash floods can pose serious hazards and it is advisable to stay out of washes.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.