King Canyon Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park
Local Maps: Saguaro National Park National Geographic
Driving Directions: Directions to King Canyon Trail

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May 2018