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Daheste Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,767 feet
Elevation Gain 90 feet
Accumulated Gain 230 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.17
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Dogs not allowed
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9  2020-01-24
Daheste Loop Trail
markthurman53
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 104
Routes 544
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Trips 444 map ( 4,339 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:02am - 6:47pm
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Overview
The Daheste Loop Trail is located in the McKenzie Ranch Trails Park in Far East Pima County north of Marsh Station Road on the southern slopes of Rincon Peak. There are two loop trails in the park, Lozen at 6.5 miles and the Daheste at 3.4 miles. There is also a 3 mile trail that heads west and goes to Marsh Station Road at Agua Verde Road. These trails were built for Mountain bikers and maintained by them also. The trails are fairly new just opening in 2018. Hiking is allowed when no racing events are occurring but must be done in the counterclockwise direction (bikers go clockwise).


McKenzie Park was named after Asa McKenzie from Virginia who established a ranch in the area in 1860. Lozen (1840 – 1889) and Dahteste (1860 – 1955) are both Apache women warriors. I am not sure why the trail spelling is different from the Apache Dahteste.

Description
From the parking area off Red Hill Ranch Road Head south along the Lozen Loop trail if hiking (If biking head north then take the Lozen Link to the Daheste Trail). Head south on the Lozen Trail for 0.5 miles to an intersection. At this intersection the Daheste Trail continues east and the Lozen Trail veers off to the north. This is a very well maintained trail, no need to step over logs rocks or steps. This trail is located in the hills between the Agua Verde and Cienega Creeks and doesn’t really have a destination; it just contours the hills along two fingers of a creek that eventually drains into Cienega Creek.

The Daheste Trail continues on for 3.4 miles before reconnecting with the Lozen Trail. Once at the Lozen Trail you have to head north on the Lozen Trail maintaining the Counter Clockwise direction. There are two options from this trail junction; continue on the Lozen 0.3 miles to the Lozen Link Trail that will take you back to the trail head for a 5 mile loop or continue on the Lozen Trail back to the trailhead for a close to 10 mile loop. The vegetation and nearby scenery is kind of bland but the views to the south of the Empire and Santa Rita Mountains are good. There are also great Views looking up to Rincon Peak and to the west of the Quinlan Mountains. Because of the great trail conditions this trail requires very little concentration, allowing for you to take in the distant scenery even while walking.

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2020-01-25 markthurman53
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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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From the west; I -10 exit 281 Sonoita highway, Left on Sonoita highway to cross over I 10. Take Marsh Station Road (right) for about 7 miles to Red Hill Ranch Road. Follow the signs to the park, about 2 miles.

From the East; I – 10 exit 289, take Marsh Station Road 3.5 miles to Red Hill Ranch Road. Follow the signs to the park, about 2 miles.
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