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Arthur Pack Loop

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4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer out and back
100% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 133' 41 m
Descent: -133' -41 m
High: 2,408' 734 m
Low: 2,321' 708 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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A great loop utilizing many of the trails within Arthur Pack for a nice, flat run.

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Overview

With minimal elevation gain, this run is perfect for an easy day on the trails. Even with this larger loop, you'll only log four miles, but you can run it multiple times or different directions to mix it up and get a medium distance run in. Given that it's primarily doubletrack width, it's also a loop that can be done at night easily enough.

Need to Know

There are a few crossings over sandy washes, but it's a very easy, beginner trail with excellent footing. Great for kids on foot or mountain bikes.

Runner Notes

With minimal elevation gain, this run is perfect for an easy day or speed work without having to hit the asphalt.

Description

Parking for this loop can be found just north of the start and end location. Hop right across the park entrance road to the trails, and enjoy a smooth, sometimes sandy loop around the perimeter of the Arthur Pack trail system.

Begin on the Maeveen Behan Trail before continuing west when linking to the XC Trail. Then head north on the Crooked Tree Trail all the way to the park perimeter. Don't miss the turn on the Crooked Tree Trail as the path does continue to the north on many unmarked/unnamed trails that loop around through the desert. Here, you'll hop just outside the park on the west side of the trails along a dirt path before re-entering on the Oasis Trail.

At the intersection with the Crooked Tree Trail, take a sharp right heading southwest to stay on the Oasis Trail and follow it down to the Hardy Wash Trail where you'll take a left heading east. This path eventually links back up to the Maeveen Behan Trail and heads past the southern ball fields.

There is a very brief stretch of asphalt, but continue east along the path that parallels Hardy Road, and you'll turn heading north back towards the beginning, this time paralleling Thornydale Road immediately to your east. After a couple outings this loop will become very easy to follow, even with the multiple trail intersections.

Flora & Fauna

There are rattlesnakes present on these trails so watch out. You'll often hear coyotes howling towards the evening too.

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Mar 4, 2019
Erin Phillips
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Headed north on the Crooked Tree Trail toward the largest multi-armed saguaro in the trail system.
Dec 7, 2016 near Tortolita, AZ
Even within the city limits, the trails in Arthur Pack Regional Park make you feel like you're out in the desert.
Dec 5, 2016 near Tortolita, AZ
The north entrance to the Arthur Pack Loop is straightforward to find.
Dec 7, 2016 near Tortolita, AZ
A section of sandy doubletrack lives on the eastern side of Arthur Pack Regional Park.
Dec 7, 2016 near Tortolita, AZ

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