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Bajada Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,728 feet
Elevation Gain 38 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.03
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Hugh Norris Dobe and Bajada Wash Loop
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Just follow the wash
by markthurman53

Overview
This is a short 1.9 mile trail that follows Bajada Wash from its start point near Apache Peak on Hohokam Road to the Sus Picnic area also along Hohokum Road. This trail follows Bajada Wash to the southwest and stays to the west of Hohokum Road. The trail head at the Northern end is where the Dobe Wash Trail crosses Hohokam Road. There is not a lot of parking along the road at the northern trail head. Hohokam Road is also one way, north bound, after the Sus Picnic area. On the southern end of the trail at Sus Picnic Ground, parking is more available. The trail drops about 250 feet in elevation if going from the norther trail head.


Hike
I chose doing this hike from North to South as a continuation of a longer loop hike involving the Dobe Wash Trail. The trail starts at a Wash where the Dobe Wash Trail ends on Hohokam Road. Apache Peak is in your face just to the west of the road. The trail stays along the lower slopes of this Apache Peak and heads to a small saddle on the Southeast side of the peak about 30 feet above the trail start. This is the upper reaches of Bajada Wash that drains the southern slopes of Apache Peak; from here it is all downhill. From the saddle it remains a trail for 0.1 miles before dropping into Bajada Wash where it remains for the rest of the trail. The wash is narrow and the sand more like gravel so the walking is easier than the sand in some of the other washes in the park. At about 0.9 miles the wash crosses the signed junction with the Valley View Overlook and Wild Dog Trails. There is also a trail head along Hohokum Road at this point just 0.1 miles to the East. Bajada Wash is not a long straight stretch of wash like some of the other washes that head down into the lower desert floor; this wash is still in the hills and does a lot of zig-zagging making it a little more interesting to walk. At about 1.5 miles the wash goes through some rocky narrows for a change of scenery, nothing that requires any climbing but at least it is a change. Just after the narrows the signed Spur trail to the Hugh Norris Trail heads out of the wash to the East. The Bajada Wash Trail heads out of the wash to the south about 0.1 miles from the Hugh Norris Spur Trail and is unmarked so keep an eye out for it. This is an ideal trail as part of a larger loop trail or for someone just wanting a short walk after a family picnic. I would say it is a good trail to see the various plants and animals but you are in Saguaro national Park and almost any trail will suffice for that.

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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
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South most Trail Head at Sus Picnic Ground along Hohokum Road in Saguaro National Park West or Northern trail Head along Hohokum Road 2.2 miles from the Hohokum Road and Kinney Road intersection. Hohokum road is one way (south to North) after Sus picnic area.
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