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Prophecy Wash Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,491 feet
Elevation Gain 328 feet
Accumulated Gain 328 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.04
Dogs not allowed
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Panther Peak Prophecy Wash Loop
10  2008-11-06 fricknaley
Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 387
Photos 3,974
Trips 3,106 map ( 20,172 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:35pm
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That's one smart wash!
by fricknaley

This is an easy short hike into the desert, heading south towards the northern Tucson mountain foothills. It's easy, following a broad and sandy wash. It's a nice hike for before/after work or just getting out and stretching those legs.

Take off on the Cam-Boh trail from the aptly named Cam-Boh picnic area. The trail runs east and is flat. You will only hike on this for about 0.3 miles. Just enough to cross a wash and get some nice views of Sombrero Peak and Panther Peak to the north. Quickly, you'll cross another broad wash. This is Prophecy Wash. A sign marke the wash and trail. Take a right and head south on the Prophecy Wash trail. This is a rather large wash and therefore it's easy to follow. No route finding, no real physical challenge (other than walking in sand)...just a pleasant stroll through the desert. Oftentimes ahead are great views of Wasson Peak and the Catalinas to your left. The wash is lined with cholla, creosote, ocotillos and saguaro.

In about 0.6 miles from the intersection, the Prophecy Wash trail hits the dirt Golden Gate Road heading out towards the Esperanza trailhead. A small sign on the other side of the road picks up the trail again, which winds ever so briefly through the desert before dumping you back into the wash. From here it's another 1.3 miles of washy walking to the end of the trail sign. As you get farther into the interior of the wash, it narrows down a bit. There are nice views of the ridgeline to your left, and the backside of Peak 3263 comes into view, a nice little climb itself. Eventually the trail ends at a sign in a narrow spot of the wash, which continues on south but appears quite overgrown.

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2008-11-09 fricknaley
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Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Cam-Boh Trailhead
From Tucson take exit 246 off I-10 and go west on Cortaro until it ends at a T. Turn right here onto Ina for a short distance, then Left onto Wade. Wade quickly becomes Picture Rocks Road and crosses through the Tucson Mountains. You'll see a couple of signs announcing Saguaro National Park. As you come down the west side of the mountains, just beyond Contzen Pass, the road swings hard to the right and there is a paved pull out area to the right. This is the Ringtail trailhead. Continue on Picture Rocks Road for about 2.5 more miles heading west. You will see a brown sign for the Cam-Boh picnic area on your left, just as you see a sign announcing you are about to leave the park. Pull in the Cam-Boh picnic area and park.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 106 mi - about 1 hour 42 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 14.4 mi - about 26 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 250 mi - about 3 hours 47 mins
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