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Pack Rat Loop, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,310 feet
Elevation Gain 150 feet
Accumulated Gain 330 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.75
Dogs not allowed
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Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 56
Photos 8,346
Trips 1,821 map ( 10,915 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:56am - 6:54pm
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by Jim_H

Likely In-Season!
A collection of small trails at the northern end of Saguaro West waits for those who want a short afternoon stroll. What I am calling the Pack Rat Loop is a collection of 3 short trails; Scenic Trail, Passey Loop Trail, and the Pack Rat Trail, which have access points on the east side of the park boundary but are probably mostly accessed from near the Sanctuary Cove due to the others being in or near neighborhoods.

Starting from the trailhead, go south towards the low hill in front of you and take a right at the first junction. This first section is the Scenic Trail, which continues for just over 1/2 a mile. After crossing the wash, you'll encounter the social trail to the summit of Sombrero Peak. Stay on the main path here and bear left, per the metal NPS sign. In a short distance, you come to another junction.

This next junction is a small piece of trail that can be used to make a much shorter loop, but it is also the Passey Loop, which is the east half of this description's hike. Take a right here and continue for the full loop and follow it as it curves in a counter-clockwise path in the desert. You'll encounter some large houses at the NE edge just before you meet another trail junction. Take a left at this junction and proceed to the Pack Rat trail proper, which is signed. Head up and to the right on the Pack Rat Trail and follow this over the ridge and back to the first junction where you meet the Scenic Trail. Repeat, or take a right and descend to the trailhead.

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2021-01-29 Jim_H
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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
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
$45 Annual Park Pass View All


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To Scenic Drive Turnaround Trailhead
From I-10 take Silverbell Rd west, or southwest, towards the northern end of the Tucson Mountains. Cross over Twin Peaks and continue on Scenic to the dead-end just past Sanctuary Cove. You can park at the end of the road, or in the turn around just before the turn for the cove. No parking in the cove.
page created by Jim_H on Jan 29 2021 6:22 pm
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