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Hope Camp Professional Review and Guide
"A day hike through the hills south of Tanque Verde Ridge. This hike follows an old road through some of the newly-acquired lands at the south end of Saguaro National Park. Although it lacks spectacular scenery, this area receives few visitors and offers a good chance to find some solitude among the cacti.The route wanders past several cow camps that hark back to the glory days of cowboying, and visits dense stands of saguaro. The camps mentioned here are old cow camps, where dilapidated windmills and concrete water troughs are all that remain. Camping is not allowed in this part of the park."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country (Falcon Guides).
Did this trail on a rather windy day and enjoyed it nevertheless. Once Deer Camp is passed, the landscape is very diverse and there are beautyful Saguaros and barrel cacti. Later on, one has a good view over the Rincon Valley towards the west and what I liked specifically was the view towards the south once the North Hope Camp trail gains some elevation. In addition, I did the "Ridge View Trail" on my way back to the trail head; this trail offers additional good views over the Rincon Valley.
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