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Jan 25 2014
davidbwings
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 Routes 5
 Photos 5
 Triplogs 6

54 male
 Joined Jun 29 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
davidbwings
Hiking10.20 Miles
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.55 mph
   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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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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Mar 17 2013
markthurman53
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 Guides 104
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 Photos 6,927
 Triplogs 477

67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
SNP Cactus Forest Mesquite Trails, AZ 
SNP Cactus Forest Mesquite Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2013
markthurman53
Hiking9.80 Miles 918 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.06 mph
918 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice hike for winter or spring if you live in the area. Trails are in good condition but not a trail if you are looking for solitude. The Kilns are pretty interesting but would recommend doing some research on them before visiting, makes the experience better. I was doing a lot of these trails when I first got back into hiking after retiring, I think it would be interesting to come up with a plan to try and do all the trails in the lower park by linking them together and doing it in as few a trips possible, minimizing duplication, keeping it under 20 miles a day. Sounds like it could be a contest. The Superstition wilderness is kind of the same way.
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Jul 17 2012
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 17 2012
keepmoving
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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Mar 31 2012
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Mica View Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 31 2012
keepmoving
Run/Jog7.50 Miles 338 AEG
Run/Jog7.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   54 Secs5.56 mph
338 ft AEG
 
I decided it had been too long since I last visited the Broadway Trailhead and decided to take a quick evening run. Instead of planning my run in advance- I left my maps behind and just let my legs choose what direction to turn at the junctions. I ended up having my first snake encounter of the year, and one of my closest run-ins to date. I came out of a sharp corner and upset a rattlensake that was basking in the middle of the trail! I was forced to jump off the trail into prickly pear, but at least thorns are better than being bitten!
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Aug 10 2011
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

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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Jul 31 2011
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Mica View Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 31 2011
keepmoving
Run/Jog4.50 Miles
Run/Jog4.50 Miles      44 Mns   46 Secs6.03 mph
 
Looped through SNP on a nice cloudy day. I was thinking I might encounter some rain, but had to settle for watching lightning in the distance.
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Jul 29 2011
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 29 2011
keepmoving
Run/Jog8.38 Miles 451 AEG
Run/Jog8.38 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   31 Secs5.68 mph
451 ft AEG
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Sunset run through several trails in SNP East from the Broadway Trailhead. Had the trail all to myself and was treated to the view of lightning over the Rincons as I finished my run.
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Apr 21 2011
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2011
keepmoving
Hiking4.83 Miles 361 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   3.18 mph
361 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
I hurt my calves running recently and figured a nice flat stroll through Saguaro National Park would help loosen them. Started around 5pm and wandered along several or the trails with no real destination in mind. It was a nice day to be on trail- temperature was just right and I didn't encounter anyone else on the trails! Just about time to start doing night hikes...
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Nov 30 2009
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 237
 Photos 2,081
 Triplogs 563

34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Loma Verde Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2009
keepmoving
Hiking2.90 Miles
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour      2.90 mph
 
no photosets
1st trip
Quick little loop hike before the sunset.
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Nov 30 2009
michellancholy
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 Guides 1
 Triplogs 54

35 female
 Joined Nov 11 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Loma Verde Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2009
michellancholy
Hiking2.90 Miles
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour      2.90 mph
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Easy little loop. Didn't see a soul and even though a portion of the trail approaches the road, you don't really notice it at all. Nice sense of isolation for being so close to home.
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Nov 28 2009
rally_toad
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 Photos 512
 Triplogs 441

30 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Cactus Forest Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2009
rally_toad
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
We did a loop in Saguaro east connecting Loma Verde, Pink Hill, Cactus Forest, and Mesquite Trails. Great post Thanksgiving getaway! 500 miles for 2009!!!
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average hiking speed 2.78 mph

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