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    144 m
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    3.7 km
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    Saguaro Trail


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    The Saguaro Trail undulates up over a hill near the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. This 3.7 km adventure is easy to reach for those near Apache Wells and makes for a rewarding trip with awesome views of Red Mountain and the river. There’s consistent elevation gain and loss, but it’s never too difficult for strong beginners and better to enjoy.

    Route Description for Saguaro Trail

    The Saguaro Trail-- dotted by saguaros, indeed-- is a beautiful trail in the Usery Mountains north of Apache Wells. This hike climbs, flattens out, climbs, and flattens out as it crests a hill with a great view of the Salt River and Red Mountain. It’s an interesting, varied trail that’s also shared by mountain bike traffic.

    As with all routes in this area, we advise avoiding hiking during the summertime when temperatures soar. Bring plenty of water, toss a hat on, and make sure you’ve got sunscreen on before embarking on this adventure.

    The trail begins across the road from the parking area. After a few warm-up steps, it launches into a fairly steep climb, flattening out before too long. The route tends to repeat this pattern taking you through steeper sections with flatter breaks in between. The higher you climb, the more the trail narrows, so take care when passing bikes. Admire Red Mountain, the surrounding Usery Mountains, and the Salt River before retracing your steps back down to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Saguaro Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Saguaro Trail is off N Bush Highway.

    Route Information

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      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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