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Gila Monster Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,550 feet
Elevation Gain 110 feet
Accumulated Gain 120 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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SNP West Thunderbird Cactus Canyon Loop
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:27am - 5:53pm
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0.9 mi
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Yuma Mine Route - Saguaro NP West
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Mule Deer Trail - Saguaro NP West
1.1 mi away
0.3 mi
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail
1.3 mi away
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Sweetwater Trail
1.3 mi away
9.2 mi
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Thunderbird Trail - Saguaro NP West
1.3 mi away
2.1 mi
470 ft
Thunderbird to Peak 3022 Loop
1.3 mi away
6.3 mi
1,052 ft
Cam-Boh Trail
1.4 mi away
2.4 mi
178 ft
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From Coyote to Cactus
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Overview
This is a trail that will most likely be used as part of a larger loop hike since its start and finish points are not at any trail head. The trail on the western side starts along the Cactus Canyon Trail and its eastern terminus in a wash at the Coyote Pass Trail. The trail is .6 miles long and from the cactus Canyon Trail it heads first down along a trail then the last half along a wash. Signs mark the western point and eastern junction with Coyote Pass Trail.


Hike
The Gila Monster Trail from the West starts at the Junction with the Thunderbird Trail and Cactus Canyon Trail junction. There is no sign indicating the Gila Monster Trail but there is a sign at this junction indicating the Cactus Canyon Trail. The Trail heads east down along the north side of a wash for about .3 miles and at this point enters the wash and remains in the wash for the last 0.3 miles. At 0.5 miles in is the signed junction with the Abington Trail. This trail heads to the east with an access point along Abington Road. At 0.6 miles in keep an eye out for a wash entering from the west, this will be the intersection with the Coyote pass trail. There is a sign indicating this junction but it is kind of hidden on the west side of the wash near some brush. If you are looking for it it will not be hard to find. Nothing really stands out about this trail, your standard generic walk down a desert slope and ending by walking along a generic desert wash (not so true if you are into petrology). This trail is obviously meant to be used as a connector trail to connect up with the Coyote Pass Trail or possibly the Abington Trail. Access to this trail would be from either the El Camino Del Cerro via the Thunderbird Trail or Picture Rocks Road at Contzen Pass via the Ringtail and cactus Forest or Coyote Pass trails.

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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 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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