Sendero Esperanza Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike to Mam-a-Gah Picnic Area. The trail begins by following an old roadbed up a series of gently sloping bajadas that skirt the ridges to the south. Look for ironwood and barrel cacti early on; these plants soon disappear with increasing altitude. Phainopeplas are commonly spotted in the shrubs that border the dry washes. The male of this species has distinctive black plumage accented by white flight feathers; both sexes have a pointed crest. A substantial ridge of granite looms ahead, and the path snakes its way up a sinuous finger ridge to reach its crest.

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"A day hike to Mam-a-Gah Picnic Area. The trail begins by following an old roadbed up a series of gently sloping bajadas that skirt the ridges to the south. Look for ironwood and barrel cacti early on; these plants soon disappear with increasing altitude. Phainopeplas are commonly spotted in the shrubs that border the dry washes.

The male of this species has distinctive black plumage accented by white flight feathers; both sexes have a pointed crest. A substantial ridge of granite looms ahead, and the path snakes its way up a sinuous finger ridge to reach its crest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 560 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,620 feet
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District
Local Maps: USGS Avra
Driving Directions: Directions to Sendero Esperanza Trail

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May 2018