|when||Trip Report : August 19, 2006|
|where||Saguaro National Park, east of Tucson|
We will be hiking the Douglas Spring Trail in the Saguaro National Park
East. The route starts off in the desert where there is an abundance of
giant saguaro and prickly pear cacti and climbs to Douglas Spring
passing through manzanitas, junipers and pinions along the way. Near the
washes and other points where water is abundant, you will see giant
cottonwood trees. You'll find lots of interesting rock formations. With
the recent rains, there should be a lot of water flowing out of the spring.
Wildflowers may be out also.
This hike through the foothills of the Rincon Mountains starts off fairly level but gradually becomes steeper, and then alternates between steep and flat sections all the way to Douglas Spring Campground. The elevation gain is 1,930' but the R/T hike distance is a fairly significant 12 miles.
We will have lunch at the spring, enjoy the scenery and relax. Then we will slowly make our way back down the same way we came.
The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and some rain gear.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
|distance||12 miles round trip|
|time||7 hours hiking time plus 4.5 hours R/T driving time.|
|EC||+-1,930' elevation change|
|elevations||2,870' (trailhead) to 4,800' (Douglas Camp Spring)|
|on trail||100% — Douglas Spring Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||7:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot and not in the Einstein’s common parking area. We will leave for Tucson promptly at 6:45 AM.|
|drive||Take I-10 East (I-10 South) to Tucson. In Tucson, take the E. Speedway Blvd. exit (heading east) all the way to the east end of the road. Park by the side of the road. The trailhead starts where the road ends.|
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