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Dobe Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,132 feet
Accumulated Gain 4 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.41
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Hugh Norris Dobe and Bajada Wash Loop
Author markthurman53
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Location Tucson, Arizona
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It's a connector trail
by markthurman53

The Dobe Wash Trail connects the Sandero Esperanza trail to Hohokam Road and follows along one of the multiple streams of Dobe Wash. Dobe Wash is flowing down a large alluvial and has many branches depending on the amount of water coming off the mountains. When the wash comes to narrows these multiple branches combine back into one. The trail is marked every so often along these washes to indicate that you are actually on a trail. This trail has some fairly large Ironwood trees, at least some of the larger examples in Saguaro National Park West. Going east to west on this trail is easier than the other direction because it is downhill and easier to walk in the sand. There is a 400 foot elevation difference between start and finish. Western Trail Head is along Hohokum Road and the eastern Trail access is on Golden Gate Road about 100 yards north of the Ez-Kim-In-Zin Picnic area at the Sendero Esperanza Trail Head.

The Dobe wash Trail from the signed intersection with the Sendero Esperanza Trail heads down the eastern most tributary of Dobe wash. Other than the sign indicating a trail and my GPS route you will have to use your imagination to spot a trail. Just follow where the water would go (I had the help of a few boot marks from some previous hikers). Just when you wonder if you are still on the trail there is a sign indicating a trail. This trail heads down to a gap between some west-east running hills where Dobe Wash is constricted. Just prior to the constriction is a junction with the western most tributary of Dobe Wash. At this western most tributary of the Dobe Wash, if you take a side trip up this tributary for about 0.5 miles there is an old wind mill and cement tank that is worth visiting. I found some old rusted cans strewn about the desert as if this area was once inhabited or at least used as a camp site. One of the cans was an old Spam (Some Parts Are Meat) can with it’s tell tale key used for opening. I’m showing my age by the fact that I remember these. Back on the Dobe wash trail; from here for the next 0.3 miles the trail is rather sandy with some fairly large examples of Ironwood trees (at least for Saguaro National Park). After about 0.3 miles exit the wash to the west, this exit point is signed. The trail follows along the desert for a welcomed relief from sand walking for about 0.5 miles before entering a side wash of Dobe Wash, probably a side channel used during high water flow. Follow this side Channel for about 0.2 miles to Hohokam Road. This trail is probably used mainly as one leg of a larger loop trail, one example would be the western portion of the Hugh Norris Trail to Sendero Esperanza to Dobe Wash and return to Hugh Norris via Bajada Wash Trail.

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To Ez-Kim-In-Zin Trailhead
From I-10 turn west onto Speedway Blvd (exit 257). Follow Speedway which turns into Gates Pass Road over Gates pass. Turn right on Kinney Road this intersection is about 9.25 miles from I-10. At about 13 miles from I-10 you will enter Saguaro National Park. Passing the Desert Museum on your left continue on to the Red Hills Information Center. Here you can pick up a map with all the park trails. This is a classy little information center with nice restrooms. Keep following Kinney Road to Bajada Loop Dr. Turn right onto the loop and follow to Golden Gate Road. Turning away from the loop and right onto Golden Gate, follow this to the Sendero Esperanza Trailhead which is clearly marked. Total distance from I-10 to the trailhead is 19.2 miles. Just before the Esperanza trailhead is the signed Ez-Kim-In-Zin picnic area on the left. Park in here, the trail takes off from the little road heading into the parking area. Leaving you can continue on Golden Gates Road to Ina which is a quick back to the freeway, I recommend driving through the park entering if it's your first time. OR 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 from Contzen Pass, the road swings hard to the right and then curves left. This is the Cactus Canyon trailhead. Keep going past this for roughly 2 miles until you see a brown park sign announcing the Golden Gate Road, a gravel road breaking off to the left at a sharp right turn in the road. Take this gravel road into the heart of the park for roughly 3 miles. Just past the Esperanza trailhead is the signed Ez-Kim-In-Zin picnic area on the right. Park in here, the trail takes off from the little road heading into the parking area.
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