Turkey Creek Trail #34

Area Status: Open

Turkey Creek Trail

This trail provides  accessinto the eastern portion of the Saguaro National Park. It is part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The portion of the Turkey Creek Trail which is in the Coronado National Forest follows a ridge that separates Turkey Creek and Mesquite canyons. Part of this section is within the boundaries of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness. The landscape through which it passes is similar to that of the Park, dotted with large saguaros and other vegetation characteristic of the Sonoran Desert. Views stretch to Rincon Peak on the south and the Santa Catalinas to the north.


Turkey Creek Trail #34

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness.
Water: Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Drive east 39 miles from Tucson on Interstate 10 to the J-Six-Mescal road exit (#297). Turn north on the Mescal Road and continue 16.4 miles to FR 4408. Turn left and travel 0.4 mile through a gate to a parking area with large sycamore trees. The trail starts on the opposite side of the creek and follows a 4-wheel drive road 1.5 miles to the single track.


Day Hiking

Arizona Trail segment, Access to Saguaro National Park, Desert setting. 1.3 miles of the 1.5 miles of this trail on the Coronado National Forest are within the Rincon Mountain Wilderness. When hiking or horseback riding in remote areas go with a companion whenever possible. Always tell someone where you’ve gone and when you expect to return. USGS Map(s): Happy Valley
Elevation desc 4,600 - 6,600 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
6 miles

  Elevation : 
4,600 feet - 6,600 feet