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A good day hike
The Douglas Springs Trail follows the boundary of the Saguaro National Park east pretty much the whole way and the trail elevation increases fairly gradually the whole way so you can make pretty good time. On your way in the trail is carved out of thick grasses however you can't help but notice the change in the surrounding plants with elevation as cactus give way to short junipers. The view on your left (unfortunately) is of encroaching subdivisions neatly drawn out in the distance below, on your right are rolling hills covered with grasses. On the hike we were passed by at least 4 runners heading back to the trailhead so the footing was pretty solid and I'm guessing the work coming down (all downhill) might make this good running training ground. The views on the way up were nothing spectacular, short rolling hills with the trail winding its way up and around them. You lose the subdivisions after about 4 miles. and given the steady incline the trail had a very calming feel to it.
This hike ends at the Douglas Springs campground. The campsite had a permanent toilet and a bear locker complete with warning and latches to slow those pesky bears and other critters down. There was a little water in the spring but I would say it was unreliable as a water source.
The hike down was quick. I did notice several burnt areas that I had not noticed on the way up. The View is also very different as well as on your right there is more of a panoramic wide open area and had a whole different feel, on the way in you felt pretty closed in and on the way out it really opened up. Of course this changed as soon as the subdivisions came back into sight.
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