Family Hike – Signal Hill @ Saguaro National Park

A few weeks ago we went on a hike to get out of the house while still practicing social distancing. We heard the trails near us were pretty packed so we decided to try Signal Hill out in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ. The hike did NOT disappointment. We did not have a ton of time to spend but we were able to see plenty with the time we did have. If we had been able to spend longer, we would’ve been able to spend hours more taking different trails or having eating a packed lunch at one of the many picnic areas.

We got to the trail around 11am on a beautiful sunny day in March and the weather was ideal. When you get to the bottom of the first path we took a left to head to Cactus Wren Trail.

I highly recommend this path if you have little kids. This trail is not as steep going up and takes you around beautiful scenery to Signal Hill, which path you can then take back down to the main path.

The above picture is heading up Cactus Wren Trail. See, easy peasy.

I know the desert isn’t for everyone but I definitely see the beauty when out here. 😍 We talked about seeing beauty everywhere we go, about how amazing cactus are and the kids practiced some yoga poses because the scenery “brings them peace”. πŸ™

Once at Signal Hill not only can you take in the gorgeous scenery of flowers, blue skies and cacti but the rocks are full of hieroglyphics that are pretty fun to look out and attempt to read.

As great as all of the above was, our favorite part was seeing what we could find in the cactus. Remember as a kid, looking up at the sky during recess and trying to pick out shapes & pictures out of the clouds? Well we did that with the cactus. We found A LOT of Mickey Mouses and hearts, a few clouds and well, thats about it. Turns out it’s harder finding pictures in cactus compared to clouds. πŸ˜† We got really excited about each Mickey Mouse and heart though. The above picture was the first heart that we found. (found by Cambryn…that girl is a master at finding beauty and creativity in everything).

Make sure if you go on this hike you bring water, there isn’t a ton of shade. It’s a great easy hike though and is exactly why the desert will always have a piece of my heart. πŸŒ΅πŸ’— If you go on this hike, don’t forget to look for the hearts and at least one Mickey Mouse 😊

Hiking with kids – Hieroglyphic Trail

If you are looking for a kid friendly hike into the Superstition Mountains then Hieroglyphic Trail is a must. There are two trails in the area, the Hieroglyphic Trail and Lost Goldmine Trail.

We did the Hieroglyphic Trail with these 5 kiddos plus a baby strapped to us so that lets you know how easy it was. It is a lot of walking but it doesn’t get rocky until the very end at which point they are big enough rocks it’s easy to keep the small ones close to you and safe.

The above picture is what the trail looks like majority of the time. Pretty even and very open on either side. While hiking in March there was a pretty consistent stream of people passing but it didn’t feel over crowded. A couple passing us at one point let us know they had seen a rattle snack just off the path a little way ahead of us (behind them) and pointed out where they had seen it. By the time we got up there it had already slithered away but it was a good reminder to always be aware of the potential for snakes when hiking in the desert 🐍

Luckily the rattle snake alert didn’t stop us from enjoying the hikes. It is about a 1.5 miles one way so for our little kids we still took occasional water breaks to let the kids rest their little legs

The desert really does have it’s own kind of beauty. I love it!

I’m known for tripping on hikes but in day to day life, I’m not that clumsy of a person, it’s just that I can’t stop looking around at the beauty when outside that I forget to look where I’m going. I loved the views on this hike.

Once you have reached the rocks you are at the end of the trail and the real fun begins. The kids loved climbing around the rocks. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many pictures here as I would have liked but there are a couple small pools of water leading to this waterfall and one last pool below. You see the hieroglyphics all over the rocks. I mean, the hike is called HIEROGLYPHIC TRAIL and I didn’t get ONE picture of the hieroglyphics! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ In my defense I was nursing the baby majority of the time we were in this area. You’ll just have to take our word for it until you go yourself, it’s really cool!

If you zoom in on the rocks behind the kids you can actually see some. Really is just best to just go in person though. πŸ€— If you want some more information on the area you can look here.

Happy trails! 🌡