Sendero Esperanza Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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This pleasant hike takes you through gorgeous saguaro forest to a saddle on the rugged Tucson Mountains. This point on the west ridge of Wasson Peak offers a great view of the deserts and mountains far to the west. This hike takes you across desert flats through fine stands of saguaro cactus. Look for holes in the saguaros, well above the ground, as you walk. Several different birds and animals make their home by hollowing out these holes. After the cactus dies, falls, and decays, you can sometimes find the intact nests, which are known as saguaro “boots.”
Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This pleasant hike takes you through gorgeous saguaro forest to a saddle on the rugged Tucson Mountains. This point on the west ridge of Wasson Peak offers a great view of the deserts and mountains far to the west.

This hike takes you across desert flats through fine stands of
saguaro cactus. Look for holes in the saguaros, well above the ground, as you walk. Several different birds and animals make their home by hollowing out these holes. After the cactus
dies, falls, and decays, you can sometimes find the intact nests, which are known as saguaro “boots.”

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, 3693 S. Old Spanish Rd., Tucson 85730 (520) 733-5158 www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Avra; National Geographic: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Sendero Esperanza Trail

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