King Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike to the top of Wasson Peak. The slopes surrounding the gulch are dominated by stately saguaros, while barrel cacti, palo verdes, ocotillos, and chollas are also well represented in this classic Sonoran Desert plant community. Views of the Red Hills and Tucson Mountains expand until the trail reaches its terminus at a mountaintop junction. The slopes surrounding the gulch are dominated by stately saguaros, while barrel cacti, palo verdes, ocotillos, and chollas are also well represented in this classic Sonoran Desert plant community. The streamcourse and the old road converge below the Mam-a-Gah Picnic Area, which was named after a Tohono O’odham Indian chief. It offers a shaded ramada and well-camouflaged restrooms.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike to the top of Wasson Peak. The slopes surrounding the gulch are dominated by stately saguaros, while barrel cacti, palo verdes, ocotillos, and chollas are also well represented in this classic Sonoran Desert plant community. Views of the Red Hills and Tucson Mountains expand until the trail reaches its terminus at a mountaintop junction.

The slopes surrounding the gulch are dominated by stately
saguaros, while barrel cacti, palo verdes, ocotillos, and chollas are also well represented in this classic Sonoran Desert plant community. The streamcourse and the old road converge below the Mam-a-Gah Picnic Area, which was named after a Tohono O’odham Indian chief. It offers a shaded ramada and well-camouflaged restrooms.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,687 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,500 feet
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District; Tucson Mountain Regional Park (Pima County)
Local Maps: USGS Avra, Brown Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to King Canyon

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