Hugh Norris Trail is a hiking trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Saguaro National Park (West) - Tucson Mountain District. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 2,576 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,058 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The trail ends near Wasson Peak (elevation 4,639 feet).
Hugh Norris Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike to the summit of Wasson Peak, 4.9 miles one way.
This trail is the premier hiking route in the Tucson Mountain Unit of Saguaro National Park. The trail begins by climbing up a small canyon studded with outcrops of granite and tall saguaros. Early views across the broad basin of the Avra Valley highlight the Roskruge, Waterman, and Silver Bell Ranges as well as the loftier Santa Rosa Mountains beyond them. Upon cresting the ridgetop, the trail encounters a craggy summit."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
"A hike along a very scenic ridge in the Saguaro Wilderness, Saguaro National Park. The trail heads southeast into a drainage, and then climbs up a ravine. A few switchbacks lead to the crest of the long ridge trending west from Wasson and Amole Peaks. After dipping through a saddle, the trail climbs gradually eastward across the north side of a peak and through another saddle. Now the trail stays near the ridge crest, generally avoiding small peaks on their north sides. Wasson Peak is the highest summit in the Tucson Mountains and the view is appropriately sweeping. Saguaro National Park is laid out before you, and the Tucson urban area sprawls to the east, below the massive Rincon and Santa Catalina ranges."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
"This popular hike follows the main crest of the Tucson Mountains for an exceptionally scenic hike to the highest peak in the range. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan your hike for early in the morning and carry plenty of water. The trail climbs more than 2,000 feet."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"This popular hike follows the main crest of the Tucson Mountains for an exceptionally scenic hike to the highest peak in the range. Named for a Tohono O’odham police chief, the Hugh Norris Trail starts from Bajada Loop Drive and climbs east up a small, unnamed canyon in the Tucson Mountains. A few switchbacks lead to a saddle, and after passing through another saddle, the trail climbs around the north side of a small peak."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
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