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Hohokam Trail, AZ
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Hohokam Trail, AZ 
Hohokam Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2020
markthurman53
Hiking6.92 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   3.35 mph
551 ft AEG      34 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Another short hike close to home. The Hohokam Trail is on the East side of Tucson at the McKenzie Ranch Mountain Bike Park. This trail heads west from the Park at Red Hills Ranch Road and continues west for 3.4 miles to Agua Verde Road. This trail is new, developed in the fall of 2018. Easy to follow with no steep climbs. This trail has the feel of a mountain bike trail and I believe it was designed by bikers (no not that kind). This trail follows along the low hills south of Rincon peak and just north of Marsh Station Road and the train tracks. Rincon peak is to the north with the Whetstones to the southeast, Empire Mountains to the South and Santa Rita Mountains to the Southwest. There are two major wash crossings that eventually drain into Cienega Creek.

Not a real exciting trail but depending on the weather conditions the views to the south of the Whetstones, Empire and Santa Ritas are good. The remnants of a wind mill are located in the western most wash, reminder of prior ranching days. Toward the west end the trail comes close to the west bound track and an occasional train could add to the experience. I encountered the same 3 mountain bikers twice, once on the way in and then on the way out. I spent 15 minutes of my 34 minutes of break talking to a local that I met on the trail, he was giving me the low down on the area (good unimportant information to know). The other 15 or so minutes of my break time I spent talking to a Gila Monster I encountered walking along the track at Agua Verde Road. It was heading west walking along the north side of the steel rail. Asked it what it was going to do when a train came by, Immediately it showed me by wrapping itself around one of the rail spikes, not sure what that would do but it seemed to make sense to him. I caught it on video but since I don't do U tube a photo of the Gila Monster will have to do. I never cease to amaze myself at how easily I am entertained. This was a fun hike, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and was able to finish by 0930 before it got too hot.
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