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Cactus Canyon Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,478 feet
Elevation Gain 170 feet
Accumulated Gain 170 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.47
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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SNP West Thunderbird Cactus Canyon Loop
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 162
Routes 683
Photos 7,885
Trips 532 map ( 4,888 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:34pm
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Saguaros, Saguaros lots of Saguaros
by markthurman53

This is a short 0.9 mile hike starting at the junction of the Thunderbird Trail and the Gila Monster Trail. The trail heads to the north from this trail junction up a short canyon to a saddle that separates this drainage system from the Picture Rocks Wash drainage system. Once on the saddle the trail continues north passing the Coyote Pass Trail junction and then drops into the Picture Rocks Wash where the trail ends.

The Cactus Canyon Trail starts where the Thunderbird Trail ends. The Gila Monster Trail also starts at this Point and heads east. The trail is signed for the Cactus Forest Trail but indicates nothing about the Gila Monster Trail. From this trail junction the trail heads north up a small canyon to a saddle that separated this drainage system from the Picture Rocks Wash drainage system. This saddle is about 70 feet above the trail start and once at the saddle you’re not cone climbing, the trail continues to climb another 40 feet along the west slope of a hill before dropping down toward the Picture Rocks Wash. Not sure why the trail continues to climb after the saddle doesn’t seem like it is necessary. Once past the high point of the trail it heads down toward the signed junction with the Coyote Pass Trail and then 0.2 miles later drops into the Picture Rocks Wash and end of trail. This trail is also signed at this intersection. Cactus Canyon lives up to its name with hundreds of saguaros, not the best stand of saguaros I have seen but there are a lot. There are great views from the saddle both to the northwest and south east. This trail has no Trail head and is therefore a trail used as part of a longer loop hike. Being there are numerous trails in this area the options are plentiful.

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