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Valley View Trail - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 20 2017
markthurman53
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 Guides 128
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
SNP Manville Wild Dog Cactus Wren Trails, AZ 
SNP Manville Wild Dog Cactus Wren Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2017
markthurman53
Hiking8.10 Miles 697 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   3.06 mph
697 ft AEG      37 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice early morning hike in the Tucson Mountains, Saguaro National Park West. It is starting to feel like fall. Started this hike at the Manville Road access point and headed south on the Manville Trail to Signal Hill. This southern part of the Manville Trail is about .7 miles of walking up a sandy wash, the sand was not well packed so made the walking a little more challenging but not difficult. The Ironwood trees along this side of the park are a bit larger than I've seen in other parts of the park. At Signal Hill Picnic ground I followed the road to Golden Gate road and the trail head for the Wild Dog Trail. The Wild Dog Trail is a short .9 miles to the Valley View Overlook Trail and Bajada Wash and transitions from the lower desert floor to the Tucson Mountain lower hills. There are some mediocre views to the North from the ridge on this trail just prior to trail end at Bajada Wash. I saw one Rattlesnake along this trail and it was was a little more active than others I have seen on previous hikes. Rattled at me as I approached and appeared to move toward me such that I backed up a bit. I thought this odd behavior but in actuality it was moving off to the side of the trail heading for some brush that just happened to be sort of in my direction. Got a couple of pictures but since it was moving and the light was low they were not the best. I liked the way it moved toward its destination while all along keeping it's head cocked in my direction, guess it didn't trust me (don't know why I'm a pretty trusting guy). From Bajada Wash I headed back to Signal hill and took a short break at the Picnic grounds and a visit to the Hohokum Rock art on Signal Hill. Nice close up view to the north of Twin Peaks. The trip along the Cactus Wren and Return on the Manville Trail was rather mundane, just a lot of flat desert walking. The trail crosses many small desert washes that are coming down off the bajada. I did notice some odd looking marks on one section of the trail, parallel "s"shaped lines about 12 inches long and separated by about 12 inches. I assumed these were Sidewinder Rattlesnake tracks. I don't recall ever seeing a sidewinder in Arizona (have seen them in the Mojave) but they are here and they love the sandy desert floors. Also saw numerous round imprints in the sand left by coiled rattlesnakes from probably the night before. Overall a good hike. I was able to do 8 miles today and felt pretty good so what ever was kicking my butt for the last two weeks seems to be passing. I hope my doctor isn't a HAZ member because I told her I would keep my hiking down to under 4 miles for a couple of weeks. I figured I did 4 miles, then of coarse I have to head back.
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Apr 13 2015
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Encinas TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2015
azdesertfather
Hiking12.35 Miles 1,782 AEG
Hiking12.35 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   3.40 mph
1,782 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Did a nice loop from Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot...I did all of Encinas, then hiked the 0.4 mi back to Cactus Wren and took it south to Signal Hill. From Signal Hill I followed the road out of that picnic area to the Wild Dog Trail. I took Wild Dog to the end, then did Valley View real quick and back, then picked up Bajada Wash heading south to Hohokam Road, where I crossed the road to pick up the west end of Hugh Norris. I took Hugh Norris to Sendero Esparanza going north to return to Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot.

Encinas was part wash and part old road, a slight decline down to Cactus Wren. The others were ok also...the better trail was Hugh Norris for sure. Nice views. It incidentally was the real trail with any notable elevation (though Sendero Esparanza was a quick drop of elevation from the ridgeline that Hugh Norris started off as and continued as, on the way to Amole & Wasson Peaks).
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Jan 11 2009
iheartmonster
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 Guides 6
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39 female
 Joined Dec 01 2008
 Apache Junction,
Valley View TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2009
iheartmonster
Hiking1.25 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles
450 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Beautiful views! Nice quick trail.
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Dec 21 2008
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
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43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Saguaro West , AZ 
Saguaro West , AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2008
Jeffshadows
Hiking2.00 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
550 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Took the family out to do a couple of short hikes in to scenic spots. Great weather for hiking in the saguaro forest.
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