Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Freeman Homestead Trail
Saguaro National Park

Eastern Section,
Pima County,

Hiking Trails:
Freeman Homestead Trail

Total Time: 0:35 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a short and easy hike in Saguaro National Park
Points Of Interest: Beautiful Sonoran Desert Scenery and Cacti

Google Map Link

I was in Tucson, Arizona attending a trade show for business, and although I was very very busy during the show I still managed this short hike in Saguaro National Park. This was a very short hike for my standards; I wish I had the time for a longer hike, but I take whatever time I could get to hike.

This was my first time in the eastern portion of the park, so I was unfamiliar with the area and did not even have the time to adequately plan a trail. I drove into the park by the Visitor Center, got a map, and intended to take a small part of the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail up to a vista and then turn around. However, I ended up on the very short Freeman Homestead loop trail because I parked too soon along the road.

I took the trail, which walks past very tranquil Sonoran Desert scenery with beautiful wild Saguaro's and other cacti. The trail goes down a small hill to a dry stream bed, along the side of the ridge, and then loops back up again. After I finished the hike, I took the Cactus Forest Drive loop road around for a 20 minute scenic drive.

Map of the route

Sonoran Desert Scenery
Note the rich flora and Santa Catalina Mountains in background

Another similar shot
Looking  up the Mountain
An interesting  twin Saguaro

Picture-perfect Saguaro

Saguaro's with the Rincon Mountains starting their ascent

Another nice cactus shot

Baby Saguaro starting to sprout

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