Hiking & Backpacking
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The Cactus Forest Trail provides an easy, long journey for people who enjoy running , or want to plan a hiking adventure with their family. The hike is around ten miles round trip and takes about four hours or a more to navigate. True to its name, this desert forest trail allows you to view all types of cacti, such as the famous saguaro as well as the fishhook barrel cactus (which blooms in late summer and the early fall), the prickly pear (which flowers in April and May), the teddy bear cholla (which shows off its flowers from February through May), and the hedgehog variety (which blooms in the springtime). If you travel to Tucson in April or May, then that's a good time to see the saguaro in bloom.
The well-maintained path is easy to walk, so you can wear comfortable athletic shoes if you so choose. This is a fine hike for anyone to take, regardless if they are an experienced hiker or not. If you want to take a more challenging trail, then Saguaro National Park, on both the west and east sides of the city, offers those types of excursions as well.
Also, because it is not too strenuous of trek, you can visit the Cactus Forest Trail any time during the year. Even in the summer, when temperatures can soar into the upper 90s or above, the trail is a good one to hike, provided you take plenty of water of course. Wildlife, such as the roadrunner and antelope jackrabbit, are sometimes seen along the path.