Julian Wash Greenway

Arizona

Julian Wash Greenway Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Pima
Length: 17.9 miles
Trail end points: Silverlake Rd. and Santa Cruz Ln. and S. Rita Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7827460
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Julian Wash Greenway Description

The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers views of distant mountains and connects several parks, including the Julian Wash Archaeological Park, which interprets the history of the Hohokam people that once lived in the region.

For much of its route, the main paved trail is paralleled by a soft-surface path for equestrians and joggers. The greenway is also part of a larger trail network called The Loop that will one day encompass 130 miles of trail throughout Tucson.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and drinking fountains are available at the parks along the trail, including: Sam Lena Recreation Area (3400 S. Country Club Boulevard), Augie Acuna Los Ninos Park (5432 S. Bryant Avenue), and Thomas Jay Regional Park (6465 South Craycroft Road). A trailhead parking lot is also located at 7501 S. Kolb Road.

Julian Wash Greenway Reviews

This trail, as noted, is part of what is called "The Loop" that is being developed by Tucson. It will eventually be 131 miles. They even have "The Loop" jerseys, arm warmers and leg warmers for sale! I stuck to the Julian Wash Greenway, but could have easily caught connecting parts of the trail. A woman who rode with me for a bit had already been riding 30 miles on the trails. I started riding at Thomas Jay regional park and went west. It goes about 9 miles west. The first parts are fairly scenic, passing 2 or 3 more parks, but then it gets a bit urban - having to cross several major intersections. However - the trail is very well marked, and the intersections are at traffic lights, so the crossings are safe. I then came back and went about 2.5 miles east. This again, was a bit scenic but not much. The pavement is awesome, it is nice and wide, with lots of friendly cyclists on the trail. Thanks to Tucson for doing this!!!

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