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Javelina Wash - Saguaro NP, AZ
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The Javelin Wash along with Monument/Wildhorse Wash and Bajada Wash in Saguaro National Park East are the Three Large washes that drain the western most portion of Tanque Verde Ridge from Tanque Verde Peak west. Javelina Wash drains the far western portion of the ridge and is by far the longest wash. The Javelina Wash along the desert floor is more of a system of streams that intertwine between Creosote and Mesquite Trees sometimes criss crossing each other with the same goal of getting down to Tanque Verde Creek. The Javelina Wash Route (not actually a trail) starts at the Shantz, Vanover trail Junction and heads south to the Cactus Forest Loop Drive at the Desert Ecology Trail Head.

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From the Broadway Trail Head, take the Shantz Trail North for 1 mile to the Shantz, Vanover Trail Junction. Once on the Vanover Trail, immediately to the right is Javelina Wash. The wash at this point appears to be a large single wash but it is actually is a flood plain 700 feet across. The route follows this main wash most of the way to the end at Cactus Forest Loop Road, only a couple of times diverting out of the main wash to bypass a part of the wash that narrows and has become overgrown with trees or brush. This “trail” I like to think of as self maintained, after a large down pour the route resets itself by clearing all the tracks and smooths it over. Sometimes the route will change if the water creates a new main wash.


Javelina Wash along with Loma Verde Wash appear to be used more by people on horseback and this makes it harder to walk on because of the soft sand. It is best to hike this trail after a rain that will pack the sand or after a large monsoon storm that will perform a reset in the self maintaining mode. This is a good early morning hike for observing the variety of wildlife Saguaro National Park has to offer. This is also a good hike to combine with the Javelina Wash East and West Loop.
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Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,710 feet
Elevation Gain 145 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.38
Author markthurman53
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Routes 307
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Trips 265 map ( 2,848 miles )
Age 64
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash
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NPS Saguaro
Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:32am - 5:42pm
Dogs not allowed
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Vanover Trail - Saguaro NP
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92 ft
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Cactus Forest Trail - Saguaro NP
0.6 mi away
5.2 mi
559 ft
Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail Loop
0.6 mi away
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Mica View Trail - Saguaro NP
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Cholla Trail - Saguaro NP
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The self maintained trail
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Overview
The Javelin Wash along with Monument/Wildhorse Wash and Bajada Wash in Saguaro National Park East are the Three Large washes that drain the western most portion of Tanque Verde Ridge from Tanque Verde Peak west. Javelina Wash drains the far western portion of the ridge and is by far the longest wash. The Javelina Wash along the desert floor is more of a system of streams that intertwine between Creosote and Mesquite Trees sometimes criss crossing each other with the same goal of getting down to Tanque Verde Creek. The Javelina Wash Route (not actually a trail) starts at the Shantz, Vanover trail Junction and heads south to the Cactus Forest Loop Drive at the Desert Ecology Trail Head.

Hike
From the Broadway Trail Head, take the Shantz Trail North for 1 mile to the Shantz, Vanover Trail Junction. Once on the Vanover Trail, immediately to the right is Javelina Wash. The wash at this point appears to be a large single wash but it is actually is a flood plain 700 feet across. The route follows this main wash most of the way to the end at Cactus Forest Loop Road, only a couple of times diverting out of the main wash to bypass a part of the wash that narrows and has become overgrown with trees or brush. This “trail” I like to think of as self maintained, after a large down pour the route resets itself by clearing all the tracks and smooths it over. Sometimes the route will change if the water creates a new main wash.


Javelina Wash along with Loma Verde Wash appear to be used more by people on horseback and this makes it harder to walk on because of the soft sand. It is best to hike this trail after a rain that will pack the sand or after a large monsoon storm that will perform a reset in the self maintaining mode. This is a good early morning hike for observing the variety of wildlife Saguaro National Park has to offer. This is also a good hike to combine with the Javelina Wash East and West Loop.
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  • Tucson Mountain District West
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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.

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Saguaro National Park
$15 vehicle, $10 motorcycle or $5 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees


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To Broadway Trailhead
From anywhere in Tucson take Broadway Boulevard east almost to its terminus just before N. Camino Del Codorniz. It's 14.6mi from I-10 straight through on Broadway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 128 mi - about 2 hours 15 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 18.2 mi - about 39 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 271 mi - about 4 hours 21 mins
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