Nice, well-marked trail with good 360 views at the top. Take the King Canyon Trail up the the Wasson Peak summit, then follow the Hugh Norris Trail to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail, and then finally onto the Gould Mine Trail, passing an old mine along the way. Switching from sandals to our hiking shoes, we then hefted on our backpacks full of snacks and several bottles of water each. The views along the hike, but especially when you reach the top are amazing. Jessica Morgan. This hike isn’t easy, with the heat and elevation gain of almost 2,500 feet. Good trail, but lots of loose rock and gravel really requires solidi footwear. The trails down are longer but less steep than the trails up. We hiked up on the King Canyon trail and came back on the Goldmine trail. DIFFICULT 6.9 mi. Be aware that you'll likely be slowing down considerably on this route. I went off trail for about a mile because I passed one. The views along the hike, but especially when you reach the … Top of the peak has amazing 360 views of the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Return on the King Canyon Trail to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail by the Mam-A-Gah picnic area (2.6 miles). Challenging, gorgeous views, hot, rocky, so many saguaro! We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). Wildflower Slideshow by kenne. Wasson Peak is located in Saguaro National Park, although the King Canyon trailhead starts in Tucson Mountain Park before dipping into Saguaro National Park. The trailhead is on the right. Wasson Peak. There are lots of trails leading to the peak, but this seemed to be the only loop. EASY 2.4 mi. It’s a great workout with tons of cacti :) it felt very long, but the view at the top is beautiful- it gives a true panorama of Tucson. Absolutely no shade, so recommend starting early. Sendero Esperanza Trail to the Ridge/ To Wasson Peak (3.4-8 miles, 220-1600 feet elevation) Take the Sendero-Esperanza trail to the Hugh Norris trail junction on the ridgeline. Beautiful scenery. Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail. If you … You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. Mam-a-Gah Loop via Gould Mine Trail and King Canyon Trail. Town: Tucson, AZ. It was a bit hazy so the views at the top were limited but still nice. Glad I brought all the water I did. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s). Saguaro National Park charges a fee to enter. From here you have two options: start up the gravel covered jeep trail or drop down into the wash. The trail head is closed for construction of a new parking lot so parking was a challenge. A gravel parking area and the trailhead are located just off Kinney Road, directly across … Pro tip: When you get to the stairs, take them. 5. Horses are also able to use this trail. Good trail, but lots of loose rock and gravel really requires solidi footwear. Cactus Wren Trail (1.5 miles, one way) The Cactus Wren trail runs from the corner of Sandario Road and … We hiked up on the King Canyon trail and came back on the Goldmine trail. And plenty of parking area. You might see a couple cairns, and there are signs at intersections. Wasson Peak Trail Overview. I'm sure the locals could care less, but it was something different for me. Start at the El Camino del Cerro. Make sure to follow and lookout for the signs! Despite leaving at 0630 we got pretty hot on the way down. We started from the King Canyon trailhead. The trail … Follow North Kinney Rd for about two miles, the trailhead parking lot is on the north side. 14. Wasson Peak via King Canyon and Hugh Norris Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cortaro, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail … Wasson Peak via King Canyon and Hugh Norris Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cortaro, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. It follows King Canyon Trail to the junction with Sweetwater Trail, then to Wasson Peak. You'll follow the King Canyon Trail along the wash then down into the wash near the picnic area. Mam-a-Gah Loop via Gould Mine Trail and King Canyon Trail. Wasson Peak via King Canyon Trail . Turn left on Sweetwater. The Wasson Peak Loop combination climbs 1,805 feet, but the elevation is gained in the first 3.5 miles along the King Canyon Trail. Arizona Tucson - Sweetwater - King Canyon - Wasson Peak Hiking trail in Kino, Arizona (United States). Take the fork left and follow the well signed trail towards Wasson Peak. Mam-a-Gah via King Canyon Trail. Keep going straight to stick to the King Canyon Trail. After a little more than a mile, you’ll be back at the trailhead. The trail climbed high on the slopes south and east of Amole, where it connected with the Hugh Norris Trail just below Amole Peak, and another 0.3 mile later and we were on top of Wasson. Up Kings Canyon Trail. This is a moderate out and back trail to Wasson Peak in Saguaro National Park (West) - Tucson Mountain District. reach Wasson Peak, continue up the King Canyon Trail .9 miles to the Hugh Norris Trail, then .3 miles to Wasson Peak. Saguaro National Park West. The views along the hike, but especially when you reach the … This trail has great views, plenty of wildlife, and is the high point of the Tucson Mountains. Livestock are prohibited on the King Canyon Trail from the Sweetwater Trail to Hugh Norris Trail. Falcon Guide has a good description of these trails. At the saddle you'll have a great view of Tucson in front of you and a view of the trail and the desert behind you. Climb to the Wasson Peak, with nice views. The Wasson Peak Loop combination climbs 1,805 feet, but the elevation is gained in the first 3.5 miles along the King Canyon Trail. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). Saw one runner coming down as we were going up, and as we were coming down about a half a dozen different groups of people. I’m not a newbie but not a pro! The Wasson Peak Trail starts at a small dirt lot. All trailheads are clearly marked with signs, and the trails are easy to follow. In 0.9 miles from the junction of the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trails you will come to the Hugh Norris Trail. It was overcast, thankfully. The trailhead is located at the western end of El Camino del Cerro Road. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). Several abandoned mine shafts make this climb interesting as the switchbacks end at the junction of a spur trail to the peak. 5. Took a gallon of water each, which was ample (prob would have needed more had it been longer or hotter). Take the … busy in weekends mostly empty on weekdays. At 4,687ft, Wasson Peak is the tallest peak in the Tucson Mountains and offers rewarding views for your climbing efforts. This hike had a nice steady incline up to the summit with awesome 360 views. Type: out-and-back. The 7.8-mile loop, also known as the Wasson Peak Trail, is a series of connecting trails and adjacent jurisdictions that begins in King Canyon, about 100 yards from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Peak Summited: 2020 Wasson Peak: Type of Hike : Day hike: Trailhead: King Canyon Trail: Encountered: Wildflowers blooming: Road Conditions: Road suitable for all vehicles: Bug Status: No bugs: Snow Conditions: Snow free: Trail Conditions: Trail in good condition: Sunny and really windy day up to the summit. Wasson Peak Loop (AZ) Total Distance: 11 km. A gravel parking area and the trailhead are located just off Kinney Road, directly across from the popular Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum . I would absolutely do this one again. I made this into a loop. This trail is very well signed. 6. Mon, Oct 28, 2013, 8:00 AM: Now that Saguaro National park is open lets try this again! As others pointed out, there are more rock on the King Canyon trail. As others pointed out, there are more rock on the King Canyon trail. We hiked up on the King Canyon trail and came back on the Goldmine trail. Not super steep, lots to see along the way. Sun, Jan 20, 2013, 10:00 AM: Length: 9.2 miles: Round TripTrail Head El: 2800'Saddle El: 3840'Peak El: 4687'Elevation Gain:1887'Rated: C - … Helpful. Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,863 ft … Wow top 5 favorite trails ont he Tucson area! Located on the western outskirts of the city, in the heart of Saguaro National Park West, this beautiful trail rises to the top of Wasson Peak (the highest summit in the Tucson Mountain Range).. From the trail head, Wasson peak … Be aware that the climb is tough, ~12%, and pretty rocky. If you're looking for a sunset hike, don't skip 7.8 mile Wasson Peak via the King Canyon/Gould High Loop (as on the park map). Hiking to the peak of Wasson by King Canyon provides a variety of views, starting with King Canyon itself and then on to a 360-degree panorama from the top of Wasson Peak. Hiking to the peak of Wasson by King Canyon provides a variety of views, starting with King Canyon itself and then on to a 360-degree panorama from the top of Wasson Peak. After a short drive from Gilbert Ray Campground , we pulled into an unmarked parking lot just past the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum . Good news is we can start a bit later with the good weather.Length: 9.2 miles: Round TripTrail Head El: 2800'Sad Climb to the Wasson Peak, with nice views. Also mileage is more around 8miles. For someone visiting the state and wanting "one good desert peak… 9. Apache Peak Loop via Hugh Norris Trail. The view of the valley and Tucson is spectacular from the peak… As others pointed out, there are more rock on the King Canyon trail. Turn right at the intersection, following the sign towards the King Canyon Trailhead. Look right – your destination, the peak, is but 0.3 miles distant. DIFFICULT 6.4 mi. Look right – your destination, the peak, is but 0.3 miles distant. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). United States ) steep than the trails down are longer but less steep than the trails up from. 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