Picture Rocks Wash

Tucson, Arizona

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This hike leads you through a beautiful saguaro cactus forest in Sonoran Desert hills, using the Ironwood Forest and Picture Rocks Wash Trails. These trails are in the northern portion of the Tucson Mountains, in Saguaro National Park West. This easy hike through rolling Sonoran Desert foothills starts out on the Cam-Boh Trail. Cross Picture Rocks Road and follow the trail down the wash. Almost immediately, the Ringtail Trail forks left; stay right on the Cam-Boh Trail, which parallels the nearby Picture Rocks Road. Next, turn left on the Ironwood Forest Trail, which heads south and climbs gradually through the low desert foothills. You are walking through the Lower Sonoran life zone, characterized by saguaro, cholla, and barrel cactus; green-barked paloverde trees; and creosote bush. Watch for small saguaros nearly hidden in the shade of their nurse trees, usually paloverde.

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"This hike leads you through a beautiful saguaro cactus forest in Sonoran Desert hills, using the Ironwood Forest and Picture Rocks Wash Trails. These trails are in the northern portion of the Tucson Mountains, in Saguaro National Park West.

This easy hike through rolling Sonoran Desert foothills starts out on the Cam-Boh Trail. Cross Picture Rocks Road and follow the trail down the wash. Almost immediately, the Ringtail Trail forks left; stay right on the Cam-Boh Trail, which parallels the nearby Picture Rocks Road. Next, turn left on the Ironwood Forest Trail, which heads south and
climbs gradually through the low desert foothills.

You are walking through the Lower Sonoran life zone, characterized by saguaro, cholla, and barrel cactus; green-barked paloverde trees; and creosote bush. Watch for small saguaros nearly hidden in the shade of their nurse trees, usually paloverde."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, 3693 S. Old Spanish Rd., Tucson 85730 (520) 733-5158 www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Avra, Jaynes National Geographic: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Picture Rocks Wash

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May 2018