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
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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|
|Saguaro's with the Rincon Mountains starting their ascent|
|Another nice cactus shot|
|Baby Saguaro starting to sprout|