This trail provides an access route into the eastern portion of the Saguaro National Park. It is part of the Arizona Trail, a system of trails that spans the entire state from north to south.
The portion of the Turkey Creek Trail which is in the Coronado National Forest follows a ridge that separates Turkey Creek and Mesquite canyons. Part of this section of the trail is within the boundaries of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness. The landscape through which it passes is similar to that of the Saguaro National Park, dotted with large saguaros and other vegetation characteristic of the Sonoran Desert. Views stretch to Rincon Peak on the south and the Santa Catalinas to the north.
Saguaro National Park restrictions: No hunting, weapons, pets or bicycles. Camping in designated areas only. Must have a wilderness permit which is available at the Park Visitor Center.
Spud Rock - Outstanding point of bare rock in plain view from Tucson at north end of the Rincons, elevation 8,590 feet. About 24 miles east of Tucson. George F. Kitt of Tucson says: "Two Southern Pacific railroad engineers, William H. Barnett and Jim Miller, had a shack here and raised potatoes and cabbage on a little flat close to the rock. They called it Spud Rock for their major crop --spuds. Barnett fell from his horse one day coming down the trail and was killed."
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This is a moderately difficult hike.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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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