King Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park (West) - Tucson Mountain District. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 2,919 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,129 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking.
King Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"An alternative route to popular Wasson Peak using the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trails. The USGS topographic map of this area shows the Mile Wide Mine on the slopes to the east, and you can see the scars of several old roads built to reach mines on the steep hillsides. Although initial reports in 1916 were optimistic that the mines in the head of King Canyon would be major copper producers, little copper was produced and the mine works were eventually abandoned. Special Considerations: Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months. This trail climbs 1,700 feet."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"A day hike to the top of Wasson Peak, 3.5 miles one way.
This route begins in Tucson Mountain Park but quickly enters Saguaro National Park and climbs through the cactus to link up with the Sendero Esperanza and Hugh Norris Trails. The trek begins with a choice—one can follow an old road across the slopes to the south of the wash or follow the streamcourse itself. The streamcourse of King Canyon provides easy walking across a level gravel surface occasionally interrupted by low stairsteps of emergent bedrock."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
"This trail is an alternative route to popular Wasson Peak using the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trails. This hike takes you up the south slopes of the Tucson Mountains, then up the very scenic east ridge of Wasson Peak to the summit. Two trails leave the parking area; head northeast on the King Canyon Trail, an old mining road. In several places you can see elaborate cut stonework done during the construction of this road."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
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