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Shantz Trail - Saguaro NP - 2 members in 42 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 08 2021
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Cactus Forest Loop, AZ 
Cactus Forest Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2021
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking11.23 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking11.23 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.28 mph
765 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We needed to get out and do some hiking for November but our schedule is kind of busy. We opted to do a short hike in Saguaro National Park which only required a short 5 minute drive to get there. From the Cactus Forest trail Head on Old Spanish Trail we hiked the Cactus Forest then the Mica View to the Trail Head on Broadway then returned on the Shantz and Javelina Wash trails. We did a side trip to Limestone falls near the limestone kilns. I had done these trails before a few years back but was nice to do them again. There isn't a lot of elevation change on these trails just up and down small hills. the 2.3 miles along Javelina Wash was a bit tiring because it is in sand, luckily there were areas of hard pack sand from the rains this last summer. This trail in Javelina Wash is not traveled much as evident from the few tracks in the sand. The only water we saw was short section near Limestone Falls and it was just barely a trickle and some small pooling on rocks. The weather was nice probably in the 70'swith a thin layer of cirrus clouds. You have to hand it to these clouds they stretch all the way to the equator to shade us on this hike.
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Jul 18 2017
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Shantz Squeeze Pen Bajada Wash, AZ 
Shantz Squeeze Pen Bajada Wash, AZ
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking12.20 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   3.20 mph
860 ft AEG      29 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Wanted to do a loop of the western trails in saguaro National Park that I haven't done in a long time. Started with the Shantz trail to Cactus Forest Loop drive and went along the road to the Loma Verde Trail Head. From the Loma Verde I took the Squeeze Pen and Kennedy Trail back to the Shantz Trail. Still had time and water left so I added the bajada Wash and returned via the Garwood and Stock Bypass Trails.

There was a lot of rain two days prior so that made the walking easier along the sandy portions of the Shantz, Bajada Wash and the stock bypass trails. Was a little muddy on portions of the Lower Shantz trail near Monument wash but it wasn't bad. There was also water pooling along the upper portions of the Bajada Wash Trail. The trails are all in good condition but portions of the Squeeze Pen trail near the end toward the Kennedy Trail had a lot of erosion. There was only one person (jogger)on the Shantz Trail near the Broadway trail head and one person on the Garwood Trail. Great day for hiking the temperatures were in the 70's but the humidity was very high. Started the hike at 175 lbs and finished just over 170. Spent the rest of the day re hydrating. I want to do the Monument and Loma Verde Wash trails again at some point but will wait for another storm to make the walking easier.
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Mar 19 2014
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66 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2014
amcole6Triplogs 13
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.37 mph
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Another evening to night hike on Shantz Trail from Broadway. Headed south from there to the picnic area, then to the SNP road. Turned north as the sun started to set and headed back, all this in an effort to get in shape and to prep for an upcoming July PCT hike. Light flowers, perfect temps. Saw quail and jack rabbits. Heard elf owls and far, far off coyotes. Startled sleeping birds in a bush who in turn startled me. The moon was late to rise so I was off trail by the time it finally arrived. Lost 10 pounds in the last 60 days so these pathetic little hikes will continue to show up here as a testament to my efforts. So there!! :D :D
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Mar 14 2014
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66 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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amcole6Triplogs 13
Hiking3.56 Miles
Hiking3.56 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.14 mph
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An evening/night hike under an almost full moon. I did 3.56 miles as an easy walk through the desert, heading south to the picnic area from Broadway, and then back north again. Took me 1 hr 40 minutes. The owls were talking for quite a long time and I also heard a flicker along with them...in darkness. Made me curious about what was upsetting the two of them. Later, the coyotes started up and it was delightful. The moon over Mica Mountain illuminating the saguaros......priceless. Creosote is in bloom, and some smaller flowers. No reptiles tonight.
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Jan 25 2014
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56 male
 Joined Jun 29 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
davidbwingsTriplogs 6
Hiking10.20 Miles
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.55 mph
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Started at the Broadway trailhead and made a loop first going south via Shantz and then the Javelina Wash to pick up the Cactus Forest trail to the Lime Kilns and Lime Kiln Falls.

Tracking back north and staying on the Cactus Forest to make a loop to the east via Mesquite and Squeeze Pen to the Pink Hill trail. Nice views from the top of Pink Hill.

Had what looked to be a falcon land in a tree just to the edge of the Cactus Forest trail as we passed.
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Dec 21 2013
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56 male
 Joined Jun 29 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Bridal Wreath Falls LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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davidbwingsTriplogs 6
Hiking9.90 Miles 1,406 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.56 mph
1,406 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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10 mile loop around Saguaro NP and up to Bridal Wreath Falls after the winter storm. Fair amount of water coming over the falls. Fresh snow on the mountain tops. Cool day and a little breezy.
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Nov 24 2013
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56 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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davidbwingsTriplogs 6
Hiking9.80 Miles 844 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.48 mph
844 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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Went out with a group for a 10 mile loop around SNP East the day after the winter storm went through. A few muddy spots but overall great day for a hike. Lots of pools in the canyon near Garwood dam and in Wild Horse canyon. Passed a few horses on the Shantz trail portion and one mule on the Pink Hill section.
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Nov 11 2013
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
SNP Schantz Pink Hill and Loma Verde Trails, AZ 
SNP Schantz Pink Hill and Loma Verde Trails, AZ
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking10.20 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   3.27 mph
847 ft AEG      13 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
Started out at the Broadway trail head. Loop trail along the trails of the Northwest portion of the park. Started out along the Shantz Trail to Loma Verde Trail. Hiked on the Loma Verde trail both the new and old trail, The new Loma Verde Trail southern portion use to be called the Saguaro Trail. Continued on along the old abandon northern portion of the Saguaro Trail to Deer Valley Wash trail to the Carrillo Trail. Took Pink Hill Trail back to Shantz Trail. Depending on what version of the Saguaro National Park trail Map both the old and new trails are shown. This hike reminded me of driving on the Las Angeles Freeways back in the 70's, Traveling along a route seeing a different freeway and taking it to see where it goes, then on to another and eventually ending up back where you started. Nice trail for the winter when you have no destination in mind just want to get out and enjoy the desert.
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Jan 12 2013
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48 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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camilesTriplogs 108
Hiking3.25 Miles
Hiking3.25 Miles
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1st trip
A nice trip to Garwood Dam via Pink Hill - we had not been there before, odd/interesting site - I really enjoyed reading the information in this document - http://www.gvrhc.org/Library/GarwoodRanchUpdate.pdf - about the Garwood Ranch in the Green Valley Hiking Club Library.

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157632509581786/
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Dec 29 2012
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36 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog2.80 Miles
Run/Jog2.80 Miles      26 Mns   48 Secs6.27 mph
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Quick run through the park at dusk. My legs hurt pretty bad from the previous days run.
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Dec 28 2012
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36 male
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 Portland, OR
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog4.00 Miles
Run/Jog4.00 Miles      50 Mns   4.80 mph
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First run in a long time. Did a nice easy loop through the park that started at Wildhorse Trailhead.
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Jul 27 2012
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36 male
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog5.02 Miles 165 AEG
Run/Jog5.02 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.38 mph
165 ft AEG
 
Started out as an evening hike from the Monument Wash access point down Loma Verde Wash to Cholla Trail. Started running out of light when I reached Cholla Trail, so I jogged back to the trailhead.
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Jul 17 2012
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Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog4.04 Miles 201 AEG
Run/Jog4.04 Miles      41 Mns   33 Secs5.83 mph
201 ft AEG
 
Did a loop from Braodway TH to Loma Verde TH and back. Midway through the hike I got to hear a pack of coyotes start howling. Sounded like there must have been almost a dozen of them and they couldn't have been more than a 100 yards away.
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Jul 14 2012
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36 male
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog3.30 Miles 203 AEG
Run/Jog3.30 Miles      37 Mns   26 Secs5.29 mph
203 ft AEG
 
Decided my run from Speedway TH was too short so I headed over to the Broadway TH to do another run. The clouds began to clear and I encountered several people out taking advantage of the nice weather.
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Jul 13 2012
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Douglas Spring TrailTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
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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Jul 07 2012
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Hiking2.80 Miles 491 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   2.33 mph
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Took an evening hike to watch the sunset. Ended up staying out past dark and walking back with my headlamp.

When I was walking along the road to get back to my truck I encountered some spider marching along the road with near military precision. There were two groups of them: each about 2 feet long marching in perfect straight lines, headed due west. I have never seen anything like it before and the only thing I could think of was in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry & Ron follow the spiders that are fleeing the castle to Aragog and learn that Slytherin's Monster is a Basalisk :scared: . And thats when I realized I have read Harry Potter too many times...
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Jul 06 2012
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Mica View Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog2.00 Miles 67 AEG
Run/Jog2.00 Miles      20 Mns   6.00 mph
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Afternoon run to obtain GPS track before I posted the description of the trail. Showed 102 degrees out.
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Jul 03 2012
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36 male
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Monument Wash - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog3.03 Miles 129 AEG
Run/Jog3.03 Miles      40 Mns   16 Secs4.51 mph
129 ft AEG
 
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Short afternoon run through the park. Probably right around 100 degrees out and nobody else out on the trail...
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Jun 16 2012
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Wildhorse Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog4.94 Miles 276 AEG
Run/Jog4.94 Miles      56 Mns   19 Secs5.26 mph
276 ft AEG
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Headed out to SNP hoping I might get to run in the rain. It was raining when I left my house, but 10 minutes later as I arrived at the trailhead everything looked dry! Nice to not run in the sun, but it was very humid. Didn't see anyone else on the trail.
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Jun 15 2012
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36 male
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Monument Wash - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
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keepmovingTriplogs 592
Run/Jog5.33 Miles 217 AEG
Run/Jog5.33 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   43 Secs5.02 mph
217 ft AEG
 
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Used Monument Wash and Loma Verde Trail to run from Speedway to Cactus Forest Drive and back. Started around 7pm and didn't see a single person the entire time.
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