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Valley View Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,715 feet
Elevation Gain 450 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.5
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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18  2017-09-20
SNP Manville Wild Dog Cactus Wren Trails
3  2008-12-21 Jeffshadows
Author Jeffshadows
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:27pm
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Stroll among the saguaros...
by Jeffshadows

Saguaro National Park - West is one of the best places to see raw, pristine desert. Numerous short trails exist within the park and many include informational signs and descriptions along their course, including Valley View. These short trails are usually not terribly strenuous, making them great destinations for family outings and newcomers to the desert. This trail is also sometimes called the "Valley View Overlook" trail for the vista point at its terminus.

After departing the parking area, the trail begins to wind northward and almost immediately encounters a junction with the Wild Dog trail; continue north. The trail is flanked by informational signs every few meters describing desert flora growing in the area. The signs discontinue at three-tenths of a mile where the trail encounters the Encinas Wash trail; continue across the wash (north) ignoring the sign that states that the track you are following leads to Golden Gate road in 0.7 miles. The trail climbs through the bedrock and wanders through a large saguaro stand. Excellent views of the southern portions of the Park dominate throughout this section. At roughly one-half mile the trail encounters a small hill with a few social trails breaking west to ascend it. Ignore these trails and continue north. After climbing over a minor saddle, the trail quickly ascends a small hill and terminates at its rocky apex. From this natural overlook amazing views back toward Golden Gate Park, east toward Tucson and the Coronado Ranges, and north toward the Tortolitas abound. Picacho Peak appears on the northern horizon, as well.

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2008-12-21 Jeffshadows
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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.

Most recent Triplog Review
Valley View Trail
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Did a nice loop from Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot...I did all of Encinas, then hiked the 0.4 mi back to Cactus Wren and took it south to Signal Hill. From Signal Hill I followed the road out of that picnic area to the Wild Dog Trail. I took Wild Dog to the end, then did Valley View real quick and back, then picked up Bajada Wash heading south to Hohokam Road, where I crossed the road to pick up the west end of Hugh Norris. I took Hugh Norris to Sendero Esparanza going north to return to Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot.

Encinas was part wash and part old road, a slight decline down to Cactus Wren. The others were ok also...the better trail was Hugh Norris for sure. Nice views. It incidentally was the real trail with any notable elevation (though Sendero Esparanza was a quick drop of elevation from the ridgeline that Hugh Norris started off as and continued as, on the way to Amole & Wasson Peaks).

Permit $$

Saguaro National Park
2019 $20 vehicle, $15 motorcycle or $10 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Tucson, head west on Speedway Blvd and over Gates Pass. Continue to Kinney Rd, turning right into Saguaro National Park - West. After leaving the visitor Center, turn right onto Hohokam road (one-way). Continue past the picnic area to the Valley View trail head. Take Hohokam the remainder of its one-way course to Golden Gate road to exit.
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