Wasson Peak Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.
Best Loop Hikes Arizona

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,340 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,687 feet
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District
Local Maps: USGS Avra, Brown Mountain; Saguaro National Park Trails Illustrated
Driving Directions: Directions to Wasson Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/15/2011
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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.


4/3/2008
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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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May 2018