Wasson Peak

Tucson, Arizona 85724

Wasson Peak

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"Divided into east and west units, the Saguaro National Park encompasses tracts of desert mountain terrain on either side of Tucson. Saguaro National Park West takes in the Tucson Mountains, the highest summit of which is Wasson Peak (elevation 4,687 feet). Providing the shortest access to the top is the King Canyon Trail."

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
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"Most hikers climb popular Wasson Peak, the highest summit in the Tucson Mountain section of Saguaro National Park, via the long Hugh Norris Trail. Instead, this equally scenic but less-traveled loop uses the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trails to reach the summit, then returns via a short section of the Hugh Norris Trail and the Sendero Esperanza and Gould Mine Trails. The views of the Tucson area and the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains from the 4687-foot peak are especially fine."

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3/15/2011
What a great, great hike! My husband and I got up early and started hiking by 7 a.m. Part of the trail was still in shade when we started hiking, so climbing to the summit of Wasson Peak was very pleasant.
The views from the summit were spectacular. Simply a must-do hike!
Bring PLENTY of water and sunscreen.
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4/3/2008
This one is my favorite hike in this part of the Saguaro National Park and I fully agree with the author that it is evenly scenic but with much less traffic than the Hugh Norris Trail. Especially in springtime when the wildflowers are blooming, the King Canyon offers spectacular views and a wide diversity of flowers, making the quite strenuous ascent to the intersection with the Hugh Norris Trail worthwhile. Not to forget the view from the peak. Returning using the Hugh-Norris Trail and the Sendero Esperanza Trail leads to different types of vegetation from sandy grassland to rocky areas, where only cacti exists. As a summary: Get your hiking-shoes and start!
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Trail Information

Tucson
Nearby City
8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Best October to May
Season
2,850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,687 feet
Top Elevation
Saguaro National Park; Saguaro Wilderness Area
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USGS Avra
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