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Feb 13, 2014 7:34 PM by Maddie Sinclair

Deeply rutted hiking trail getting much needed makeover

TUCSON - The newly re-routed Carrillo Trail at Saguaro National Park will open on Wednesday, February 19, after President's Day weekend.

Carrillo Trail was in horrible condition and not in any shape for rehabilitation because of the location. The trail was deeply rutted so water could not be stopped, causing is to have deeper ruts.

Brad Shattuck, Facilities Manager for Saguaro National Park, said the trails were in this condition because the trail tracks were located directly up a hill, without diverting water off the path. Shattuck also said the rutting increased erosion and decreased water quality, making it not fun for hikers to walk in.

For the past two weeks, the trail crew has been working hard to make this new section a reality.

The Carrillo Trail section is located east of the existing trail and will be 0.7 miles in length.

Once the new trail is open, the old Carrillo trail located between Douglas Spring and Three Tank trails will be closed. The re-vegetation and stabilization of the damaged areas will begin at that time.

Photo courtesy: Saguaro National Park

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