Douglas Spring Trail to Douglas Spring CG, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 12.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,793 feet
Elevation Gain 2,044 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,509 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 25.45
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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Author carolynashby
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  5:32am - 7:26pm
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🔥 1989 CHIVA Fire21.9 mi*
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A good day hike
by carolynashby

This was my first hike into the Rincon Mountains. We left Phoenix at 6:15am and were on the trail at 8.35am. It was the same day as the Tour of Tucson bike ride and they were setting up checkpoints on our way in however this did not slow us too much. The first 1/2 mile of the trail is fairly typical with several other trails branching off. In our hiking group of 5 we had individuals who were using the hike for different purposes. One of our members took off to run the trail all the way to Cow Head Saddle. 2.5 miles further than the Douglas Springs turnaround I was planning on. He was already heading back to the trailhead before the rest of the group we intersected about a mile before we got to Douglas Springs.

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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2005-11-23 carolynashby
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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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Coronado Forest
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix take I-10 east for approximately 100 miles to exit #257 Speedway Blvd. Travel East on Speedway Blvd 16.5 miles to the trailhead. The trail head is on the right hand side of the road close to where the road dead ends.
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