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Garwood Dam Loop - 3 members in 20 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 02 2020
SpiderLegs
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 Photos 42
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2020
SpiderLegs
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
1,050 ft AEG
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Out for another social hike with the guys from S.A.R.A., seems the objective of these hikes is go back to where they had a rescue and figure out new and exciting ways to get in and out of an area. Big mistake not wearing pants today, lots of bushwhacking and off trail this morning.

Hiked up Douglas Springs for a bit before venturing off trail to dip into a large drainage and canyon just to the north of the main trail. This is where it gets tricky. Started off rock hopping up a wash until we came up to an area with some natural falls. Cliffed out, so made some detours around and continued to the next set of falls. Spent most of the morning either scrambling up slot canyons or figuring out how to get around them. One of those hikes where it took almost an hour to do one mile of bushwhacking. Did this until we got up to where the drainage intersects with Douglas Springs and got back on the trail. From there meandered our way back via Three Tank, Garwood and Carillo trail back to the main trailhead.
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May 11 2019
TosaInu
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 Routes 3
 Photos 31
 Triplogs 9

46 male
 Joined Jan 26 2019
 Tucson
Bridal Wreath Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
TosaInu
Hiking9.69 Miles 1,574 AEG
Hiking9.69 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.63 mph
1,574 ft AEG      1 Min Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Took a circuitous route to bridal wreath just to get more miles in. Now I am pooped.
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Apr 13 2019
TosaInu
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 Routes 3
 Photos 31
 Triplogs 9

46 male
 Joined Jan 26 2019
 Tucson
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
TosaInu
Hiking6.44 Miles 1,105 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.61 mph
1,105 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Apr 06 2019
TosaInu
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 Routes 3
 Photos 31
 Triplogs 9

46 male
 Joined Jan 26 2019
 Tucson
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
TosaInu
Hiking5.88 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking5.88 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.42 mph
1,060 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Oct 20 2018
MandaBearPig
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 Routes 12
 Photos 51
 Triplogs 13

32 female
 Joined Jul 11 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2018
MandaBearPig
Hiking8.53 Miles 1,426 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.07 mph
1,426 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Nice morning hike with a good friend. The weather was beautiful, cool and breezy. From Douglas Spring trailhead headed south on Garwood. Saw only one other hiker on this spur. The damn was neat. Thought about climbing down to explore the little nook but rocks were pretty slippery. Continued east on Carrillo/Three Tank until meets back up with Douglas Springs. Decided to take the spur to check out Bridal Wreath falls as Tucson has had quite a bit of rain lately. It was running strong with about 3 feet of water in the pool. Met quite a few hikers heading up to the falls as we descended back to the trailhead. Saguaro NP never disappoints!
Jul 13 2017
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Garwood Carrillo Three Tanks Loop, AZ 
Garwood Carrillo Three Tanks Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2017
markthurman53
Hiking10.70 Miles 1,618 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.97 mph
1,618 ft AEG      12 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needed to get out and hike but had to stay close to home so I decided to do some trails in Saguaro National Park. I starting at the Douglas Spring Trail Head early in the morning to avoid the heat. Took the Garwood Trail to the Carrillo Trail and then the Deer Valley Trail to the Squeeze Pen Trail. Now that I am at the start of the Carrillo Trail I can start the Carrillo three Tanks Loop. After hiking in the Mazatzals and along the Mogollon Rim in Payson these trails had fairly moderate elevation gains and the trails are in excellent condition, had no problem keeping a pace of almost 3 miles an hour. The humidity was up since the monsoons arrived and the streams while not flowing had an accumulation of water in the pools. Very nice trails to hike early in the morning or later in the evening after a rain. This was the first time along the Three tanks Trail that I didn't run into a horde of Rattle snakes along the upper part of the trail near Aguila Tank. Only ran into one other person hiking until I was returning along the Garwood Trail where I ran into 3 others.
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Nov 07 2015
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 07 2015
fricknaley
Run/Jog8.17 Miles 1,280 AEG
Run/Jog8.17 Miles   2 Hrs      4.50 mph
1,280 ft AEG      11 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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haven't been out here in years, and i forgot how beautiful the area is. i will definitely spend more time out here this winter :y:

simply gorgeous morning
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Feb 12 2013
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bridal Wreath Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2013
The_Dude
Hiking7.29 Miles 1,698 AEG
Hiking7.29 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.42 mph
1,698 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
I had to spend the night in Tucson for work, so what better idea than to get in a good little hike? I did not have as much time as I hoped (i didn't get to the trailhead until 4:30) so this seemed like a good choice. All of the short trails right around the Douglas Springs trailhead are a bit confusing and overlapping, but certainly nothing too crazy. After I got about a mile in, I had the whole hike to myself and didn't see anyone else. Since we had some good rain (and even a little snow) the day before, i was hopeful to find some moisture at the falls, and I was not disappointed. There is a nice secluded grotto amongst some One-seed Junipers and Emory Oaks where there was a steady shower coming down from the falls. Great views of the Gaileyuro Mountains once I got a bit higher along the ridge. Well worth the trip!
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Dec 16 2012
JessyJ
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35 female
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Tucson, Az
SNP Garwood Dam Loop, AZ 
SNP Garwood Dam Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2012
JessyJ
Hiking5.40 Miles
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.75 mph
      20 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Beautiful day for a hike here in Southern Arizona. It had been raining the last few days and the trails were spongy. The wind was blowing and it was a wonderful 50 deg outside! Started at the Douglas Spring TH at the end of Speedway Blvd. Continued to Garwood trail and took that trail all the way to Carrillo which leads up to the Garwood Dam. Was hoping there would be water in the dam but there must not have been enough rain. It's been a super dry season. From there continued up the Carrillo Trail until I reached Steel Tank at the Three Tank Trail junction. Looped down to Wildhorse via Three Tank Trail and back to Garwood for a short walk to the TH.

Edit to add along the Carrillo Trail I spotted two deer as they were running away up the hill. They were too fast for photos!
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Sep 12 2012
dgilbert10us
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 Photos 8
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41 male
 Joined Sep 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Garwood Dam, AZ 
Garwood Dam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2012
dgilbert10us
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.49 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Saw a deer, gila monster and 2 rattle snakes. I hiked Garwood trl to the dam. Then took Carrillo trl to the steel tank. From there I took 3 Tank trl to wildhorse trl back to Garwood trl.
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Jul 14 2012
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 14 2012
keepmoving
Run/Jog1.80 Miles 100 AEG
Run/Jog1.80 Miles      18 Mns   39 Secs5.79 mph
100 ft AEG
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I was the first person to hit the trail after a decent size monsoon hit the east side of town. Enjoyed running on a trail that had just been washed clean of any footprints. Got to see several washes running that are usually dry.
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Jul 13 2012
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 13 2012
keepmoving
Run/Jog3.14 Miles 489 AEG
Run/Jog3.14 Miles      34 Mns   24 Secs5.48 mph
489 ft AEG
 
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Short run through the park. Very cloudy and it was lightly running by the time I finished.
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Oct 07 2011
Jeffshadows
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43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2011
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
 
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Awesome weather yesterday. The dam is still there... :sl:
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Aug 10 2011
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Mica View Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 10 2011
keepmoving
Run/Jog13.40 Miles 752 AEG
Run/Jog13.40 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   29 Secs4.48 mph
752 ft AEG
 
Went for a run from Broadway trailhead. Didn't really know how long of a run my legs were up for, so I just took off with no real destination in mind. It was nice and cloudy out for most of the time I was on the trail, I even had a couple small showers. Ended up running from the Broadway Trailhead, south to Loma Verde Trailhead, back north to Douglas Spring Trailhead, then swung south to Pink Hill and worked my way back to where I started. I think I covered nearly every trail between Speedway & Cactus Forest Drive!
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May 19 2011
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 19 2011
keepmoving
Run/Jog8.88 Miles 1,535 AEG
Run/Jog8.88 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   4.98 mph
1,535 ft AEG
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Yesterdays cloudy weather had me regretting not getting outside, so I headed our for a run in SNP East.

I have never done a run with much elevation gain, so this was really a new challenge for me. The initial climb from the trailhead to Bridal Wreath Falls took a lot out of me. I had planned to cool off in the water, but was disappointed to discover the falls were dry.

Back on the trail, and headed downhill, I found my energy coming back and picked up the pace. Unfortunately, I had forgotten how steep several sections of Three Tank Trail were and I came down one of the hills a bit too quickly. In my frantic effort to keep my feet underneath me, I ended up kicking a rock and injuring my middle toe on the left foot.

I ran through the pain, and by the time I reached the Wildhorse Junction I found I was still willing to take the detour to Little Wildhorse Tank (where I was surprised to find water!).

After returning to the trail, I worked my way past Garwood Dam and headed back to the parking lot.
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Jan 06 2011
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking5.15 Miles 586 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.92 mph
586 ft AEG
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I did a short version of a loop that included Little Wild Horse tank and Garwood Dam after work today with Deb. We hiked from the Douglas Springs TH to the Garwood trail until we hit the Little Wild Horse trail. From there we continued on to the Tank. We thought the water would be flowing since it had snowed recently, but nothing must be melting up above. The level in the tank was low and there were not any frogs (last time I was there I saw many frogs). On the way back we took the Carillo trail to the Garwood Dam and then the Garwood trail to Little Wild Horse trail making a loop. The sunset was great!
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Oct 25 2008
domromer
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41 male
 Joined Aug 16 2005
 Flagstaff
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2008
domromer
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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Took this hike to check out the dam and try a new camera. Somehow we missed the dam and hiked up hill for a while till the trail split at another trail. Saw lots of little gray lizards and nice views of Tucson and the various mountain ranges.
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Sep 06 2008
leadhiker
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80 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Wildhorse Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2008
leadhiker
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.29 mph
500 ft AEG
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Aug 23 2008
leadhiker
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80 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Wildhorse Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2008
leadhiker
Hiking4.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.68 mph
500 ft AEG
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Came in from the Douglas Springs TH and used Garwood Trail to Wildhorse. Then back to Wildhorse Canyon. Back out in reverse.
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Mar 21 2008
Jeffshadows
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43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Garwood Dam LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2008
Jeffshadows
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   3.10 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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So, this loop trail has been a project on paper of mine for quite a while. I wanted to incorporate all of the major sites into one easy to follow route, which can be tricky out there. I had been waiting for an afternoon where I had a few hours to throw at it while it was still in season, but I would recommend making it a half or even full day hike for those who want to actually stop at the sites and enjoy them, take pictures, etc. This is especially true if you've never experienced how confusing the trail signage at Saguaro East can be at times.

If the Tucson mountains are besieged with poppies than the same can be said of brittle bush and globe mallow in the Rincons. There is color everywhere out there and I saw many large groupings of vibrant globe mallow. It looks like the Park Service put some more goldfish in Steel Tank, which was a fun little distraction. I'm sure they control the mosquito population pretty well. There were horse apples everywhere, but that's pretty much par for the course in the Cactus Forest segment of Saguaro East. It looks like a crew is working to reroute part of the Three Tank trail back up onto the ridge as it descends into Garwood Dam, presumably to ease the grade of descent, there. Lots of water at Bridal Wreath, too. I couldn't get a shot of one that wasn't facing into the sun but the butterflies are out in groves along the less-traveled portions of Carillo and Three Tank where the wildflower density was high...
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