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Feb 23 2019
RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
RedwallNHops
Hiking4.97 Miles 557 AEG
Hiking4.97 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.35 mph
557 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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Jul 24 2017
markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Vanover Pink Hill and Monument Wash Loop, AZ 
Vanover Pink Hill and Monument Wash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2017
markthurman53
Hiking11.90 Miles 799 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   3.03 mph
799 ft AEG      37 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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This was a Fun little loop trail connecting the Creosote, Vanover, Pink Hill and monument Wash Trails. Was particularly nice because of the large Monsoon rain this area got the day before. Started out at the Speedway Trail Head at the Wildhorse Trail and connected to the Creosote Trail. This hike was supposed to be 8.6 miles but side trips along the way made it a total of 12 miles. The weather was really muggy and the air really thick but it was offset a bit by the overcast conditions for most of the morning. Since it had just rained there were no signs of any one on these trails, the only prints were those of animals that had used it the night before or early morning. The rains also made it easier to walk the Sandy portions of the trails and Washes. I was surprised I didn’t run into any Snakes on this trip but I did see a lot of deer.
My first side trip was at the Kennedy, Vanover, Squeeze Pen Trail Junction. At this Junction is the western most portion of the Garwood air strip that was made and used by Garwood (1950’s) to fly to work (Davis Monthon) and by visitors to his ranch. The air strip ran from here to the east to almost the Wildhorse Trail. The old Wentworth trail followed this air strip to the now abandon Freight Wagon Trail. The Freight Wagon Trail from the air strip to the Garwood Ranch was his access and named the Freight Wagon Trail because it had a western tone to the name.
From this little side trip I took the Vanover west to the Shantz Trail. This trail crosses the Monument, Loma Verde and Javelina Washes. This would be the first time I cross these washes and since it is on the lower end of the park these washes are fairly large, particularly the monument Wash. There were signs that Monument Wash was running a tiny amount from the night before.
From the Vanover I continued south along the Shantz to the Pink Hill Trail. Along the Pink Hill Trail I will once again cross the three washes I crossed earlier. The Javelina Wash at this point is about 400 feet across and consists of a lot of small finger like streams heading north winding through the creosote bushes. On the far east side of this Wash is a stream that actually looks like a wash and is about 20 feet across. At .5 miles further along the pink Hill Trail is the Loma Verde Wash and this is a single stream that is fairly narrow. Both of these Washes have signs indicating the Javelina and Loma Verde Wash Trails. Another .1 miles after the Loma Verde Wash is the junction with the Loma Verde Trail. The Pink Hill trail follows the Loma Verde Trail for .2 miles were the Pink Hill Trail East Starts up. The Pink Hill trail Skirts along the North side of Pink Hill (The old Pink Hill trail use to head straight up Pink Hill and cross over to the east side, making it a more direct route). At this junction with the Pink Hill East Trail is where I did my second side trip. There is a short spur trail that heads up to the top of Pink Hill. From the top of this hill are great views in all directions, well worth the .1 mile excursion. Once back on the Pink Hill Trail East and after about 100 yards, the remnants of the old Pink Hill Trail can be seen going up to the top of the hill. The Pink Hill Trail continues east and crosses Monument Wash .3 miles later. This wash was running the night before, looked like a foot or two across. From this wash it is .2 miles to the Squeeze Pen trail and the end of the Pink Hill Trail.
From the Squeeze Pen Trail junction I headed south to the Loma Verde Trail and the Monument Wash Trail. This is also where my third side trip occurred. Along the Squeeze Pen Trail I heard water running in Wildhorse Creek so I back tracked heading north on the Squeeze Pen Trail to the Deer valley Wash Trail. There was quite a bit of water running at the Deer Valley Wash Trail, about 20 feet across. From here I headed south again on the squeeze Pen to the Carrillo Trail and decided to head east along the Carrillo Trail to the crossing of the Wildhorse Creek. Obviously the stream was running pretty good here too.
Now that I got all the side trips out of the way, I headed to the Loma Verde Trail to catch the Monument Wash Trail. At the Loma Verde Trail and Monument Wash junction I read the sign that indicated the Monument Wash Trail and noticed it was pointing in the wrong direction for the Monument Wash Trail, it had me heading south. I was smarter than the sign I knew the wash headed north so I went the other direction. After about 100 feet I noticed I was going uphill and that’s when I decided to check my GPS. Sure enough the Monument Wash makes a big “S” shaped bend and that’s why the wash heads south before heading north again. I really need to trust the signs (I would make a terrible pilot flying by instruments). Monument Wash had not run the night before and there would be no sign of it running until I got to the junction with Wildhorse Creek (Deer Valley wash). It was dry by the time I got to that portion of the wash but there were indications that it had been running earlier in the morning. The water I saw in Deer Valley Wash had receded or sunk in the ground before reaching Monument Wash. Monument Wash is an interesting trail, it changes a couple of times from easy walking along a sandy wash to more difficult walking along rocky portions until the lower portions of the wash where it is just sand. Hiking this after a good rain is definitely advisable because it makes the walking easier in the sandy portions. I continued on down Monument Wash to the Speedway Park entrance and then followed Speedway back to the car.
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Jan 07 2017
cw50must
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42 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Loma Verde Loop - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
cw50must
Hiking3.90 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
60 ft AEG
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Had a Tucson weekend and having previously gone to the west version of Saguaro National Park, decided this time to check out the east version. With only a few hours we opted for the loma verde loop as described in the park provided brochure as a 3.8 mile loop, loma verde to pink hills to squeeze pen. Nice little hike, not much elevation gain or loss, lots of desert plant life. weather was great, went up the cactus forest dr. a bit to a look out for lunch and then on to our next destination.
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Jan 12 2013
ultradi
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66 female
 Joined Jan 02 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2013
ultradi
Hiking9.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
480 ft AEG
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The Wentworth trail no longer exists, so these directions are out of date. To do a hike most closely related to this posting one should modify it as folows:

After going North on Wildhorse Trail to the "confusing intersection", i.e. where five trails converge:
Left (W) on the Bajada Vista trail.
Left (S) on Squeeze Pen Trail
Right (W) on trail at Sign indicating Loma Verde South.
NOTE: There is no sign for Pink Hill Trail here, although the map in newspaper available at Visitor Center labels this Pink Hill Trail. The sign says Pink Hill Lookout .1 continuing S. This dead ends at the Pink Hill Lookout in .1 mile, a scenic and worthy detour.
Continuing West you will come to Pink Hill Trail.
R (N) Shantz Trail back to Broadway Trailhead.

Lots of great cactuses on this route, and the view from Wildhorse Canyon back to the Santa Catalinas is very beautiful.
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Jan 06 2011
jivens
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 Joined Dec 05 2006
 Tucson, AZ
Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2011
jivens
Hiking8.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
480 ft AEG
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This hike is an okay hike. It is a good winter hike because of its low elevation, and views of snow capped mountains in the distance were nice. Currently, the Wentworth Trail is closed for restoration, so you won't be able to use it. These trails are perhaps the worst maze of trails I have hiked in Arizona, or best, if you like mazes.
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Apr 28 2005
MountainDooz
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56 male
 Joined Mar 26 2003
 West Chester, PA
Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2005
MountainDooz
Hiking8.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   2 Hrs      4.00 mph
480 ft AEG
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Wasn't thrilled by this hike. It's the standard trip over flat desert terrain, although you'll see plenty of big saguaros & fine mountain views throughout the trip. Perhaps my view of this one was jaded a bit by the angry rattler we came across near Pink Hill. It reared up & let us know who the boss was on this turf!

Note: According to postings at the trailhead, maintenance is being done on the Wentworth trail through the end of May.
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Jan 25 2004
RedRoxx44
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 Joined Feb 15 2003
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Pink Hill-Wentworth Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedRoxx44
Hiking8.00 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
480 ft AEG
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I like walking in the desert in the rain. It smells good. I needed some exercise so I packed my day pack pretty full and off I went. It rained very lightly, and the gray quilted clouds set off the day nicely. This is a scenic and easy loop, with nice sonoran desert vegetation, an old dam, some early flowers, hints of snow in the high Rincons, and interesting rock forms. A few people on the lower trails, no one out on the well defined upper trail. Good views and the raising and lowering of the sky kept things interesting.
Flora
Flora
Fairy Duster
Culture
Culture
Dam - Power Plant
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