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Cougar Trail

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Highlights:

Easy foothills stroll in Saguaro National Park West.
Near:Tucson, AZ
Scenery:
Distance:4.33 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:329 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: This is a fun trail to get a feel for what the Tucson Mountains have to offer. The trailhead is near the Gilbert Ray Campground entrance. The trail starts by using the Brown Mountain Trail for about half a mile, then splits off to the right (signed trail marker) and wanders through the foothills of Brown Mountain. The trail terminates in a parking lot right next to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a world class desert animal museum with refreshments, should you choose to visit.

The trail is kid friendly but the total distance might be a bit much for younger ones.

For the return, it's back the way you came.

Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head west on E Speedway Blvd for 7.2 miles. Here Speedway becomes Gates Pass Blvd. Continue onto W Gates Pass Blvd for 4.8 miles. Turn right at Kinney Rd and follow for 0.6 miles. Take the 1st left onto Mc Cain Loop Rd and follow for about a half mile. The trailhead is on the right, just before the entrance to the Gilbert Ray Campground. (Lat:32.22366 Lon:-111.14513)
Trail Guides for Cougar Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Saguaro National Park - www.nps.gov/sagu - (520) 733-5158
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted  27 other hikes on this site
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