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A great introduction to Sweetwater Preserve with multiple connections to other trails


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

2,564' 781 m

High

2,468' 752 m

Low

111' 34 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail will bring you along the north ridge of the Sweetwater Preserve trails. You'll be surrounded by tall Saguaro cacti for the entire path with a few places on the trail offering incredible photo opportunities. You'll enjoy moving over the rolling terrain and taking in some classic desert views.

This trail is the perfect example of what you should expect when you think of hiking in Tucson, Arizona. You are surrounded by cacti that are 30-40ft tall and have different vistas either up toward Wasson Peak or looking east toward the Sanata Catalina mountain range.

Shared By:

Niall Murphy with improvements by MARK SANKEY

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  4.7 from 11 votes

#580

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#32

in Arizona

#580

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Photos

Incredible section of cacti in Sweetwater Preserve.
Dec 9, 2015 near Flowing…, AZ
A rare Crested Saguaro.
Oct 2, 2017 near Flowing…, AZ
Sunrise on the black rock loop.
Jul 18, 2022 near Flowing…, AZ
The rare Crested Saguaro Cactus.
Oct 4, 2017 near Flowing…, AZ
Large parking lot.
Aug 24, 2016 near Flowing…, AZ

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