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Mica View - Cactus Forest Mini Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Nice loop for folks new to hiking.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Loop

2,833' 863 m

High

2,763' 842 m

Low

94' 29 m

Up

93' 28 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Overview

Easy 2.1-mile loop, good to squeeze in for an after-work jaunt or early morning hike!

Description

Mica View Trail can be accessed from the Broadway Trailhead. Between Broadway Trailhead and Mica View Picnic Area is wide, well-maintained, and typically busy with runners and hikers. The portion of the trail from the Broadway Trailhead to Mica View Picnic Area is suitable for beginners looking for an intro to hiking.

Mica View Trail that heads southeast from the Mica View Picnic Area is narrower, but offers view of saguaros and desert vegetation. At the junction with Cactus Forest Trail , make a left to complete a 2-mile loop. Be aware that this is a multi-use trail open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and horseback riders. This is the only trail within Saguaro NP available to mountain biking. In addition, mountain bikers are only allowed on the trail between Cactus Forest Drive.

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Mica View Trail looking north at Catalina Mountains. While the trail is wide and smooth, look out for the jumping cactus.
Jun 28, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Variety of cacti along Mica View Trail.
Jun 28, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Mica View Picnic Area offers picnic tales and grills to relax after a hike.
Jun 28, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Early morning clouds above Tanque Verde Ridge as seen from Mica View Trail.
Jun 28, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Mica View Trail got a makeover :) Hard pack trail without toe snubbers!
Aug 27, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Trail junction of Mica View and Cactus Forest Trails.
Aug 27, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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