The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. by desertgirl. EASY 2.9 mi. Those seeking lightly used alternative routes will find them at the King Canyon … You'll continue along King Canyon Trail until you reach the saddle. Make sure to follow and lookout for the signs! It’s a great workout with tons of cacti :) it felt very long, but the view at the top is beautiful- it gives a true panorama of Tucson. This trailhead is just outside the south entrance of the park along Kinney Road. DIFFICULT 6.4 mi. Return on the King Canyon Trail to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail by the Mam-A-Gah picnic area (2.6 miles). The trail curls under the white outcrop seen below, one of the knobs accessible to off-trail hikers. Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s). Falcon Guide has a good description of these trails. Wasson Peak via The Gould Mine, Sendero Esperanza and Hugh Norris Trails - 8.6 Miles Round-Trip The Hugh Norris Trail is the most popular way to reach Wasson Peak (4,687'), the Tucson Mountain District's highest point. TUCSON - With apologies to Paul for stealing his title! Apache Peak Loop via Hugh Norris Trail. The King Canyon Hiking trail is one of the crown jewels of the Tucson area mountain ranges. Mam-a-Gah Loop via Gould Mine Trail and King Canyon Trail. cheez66 wrote a … Located on the western outskirts of the city, in the heart of Saguaro National Park West, this beautiful trail rises to the top of Wasson Peak (the highest summit in the Tucson Mountain Range).. From the trail head, Wasson peak … As you can imagine, since this is part of Saguaro National Park, the Saguaros are everywhere. Arizona Tucson - Sweetwater - King Canyon - Wasson Peak Hiking trail in Kino, Arizona (United States). Saw one runner coming down as we were going up, and as we were coming down about a half a dozen different groups of people. King Canyon Trail to Wasson Peak is a 11.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Wildflower Slideshow by kenne. We didn’t have to pay or anything. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). The trail … Time: 6 hrs. I have not hiked Wasson for quite a while, time to check that it's still there. Turn left on Sweetwater. After one such turn we could finally see Wasson Peak off of a high ridge from nearby Amole Peak. Wasson Peak. National Geographic also makes a great map. The views along the hike, but especially when you reach the … The peak also features a network of trails, all with great views. Great hike! The King Canyon Trail hooks northwest to access the southeast ridge of Wasson Peak. Parking: We arrived at the trail head by 8:45am and parked just off Kinney Road, by the King Canyon Trail Head near the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The trail … Great west side summit. Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail and Sendero Esperanza Trail . Bring lots of water !! After a little more than a mile, you’ll be back at the trailhead. Turn right at the intersection, following the sign towards the King Canyon Trailhead. At the saddle you'll have a great view of Tucson in front of you and a view of the trail and the desert behind you. The trail is impressively laid out and maintained. The first 2.5miles aren’t so bad. Trailhead parking lot is across the street from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Gotta go early in the AM. Arizona State Land Department at (520) 628-5480 or (602) 542-4631. Wasson Peak is the eminent peak of the west unit of Saguaro National Park, west of Tucson, and one of the best desert-mountain hikes in the state. Start at the El Camino del Cerro. Spectacular views. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Panorama of Wasson Peak Near The Top. Perfect day! There is a parking at the trail head. The trail switchbacks up 0.9 miles with a hint of the views to come. We started from the King Canyon trailhead. From here you have two options: start up the gravel covered jeep trail or drop down into the wash. Good hike. In southern Arizona trails to the very top of mountains are few so expect to encounter numerous locals and visitors taking advantage. Take the King Canyon Trail up the the Wasson Peak summit, then follow the Hugh Norris Trail to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail, and then finally onto the Gould Mine Trail, passing an old mine along the way. The King Canyon Trailhead is located directly across from the Sonoran Desert Museum in a large parking lot. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). The trail curls under the white outcrop seen below, one of the knobs accessible to off-trail hikers. The trail starts as an old jeep road as it slowly climbs 0.9 miles to the Mam-a-gah picnic area (JCT_1R on the map). Very fun hike. Keep going straight to stick to the King Canyon Trail. 360 vista on top. Loved the views. The trailhead is closed until 01/19/2021 so be aware. That last mile of switch backs is rough but that view is breathtaking (also literally out of breath). Wasson Peak via King Canyon and Hugh Norris Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cortaro, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. To reach Wasson Peak, continue up the King Canyon Start at the El Camino del Cerro. Horses are also able to use this trail. There is just a bit of elevation gain, and some beautiful views of the Sonoran Desert. SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft. Saguaro National Park charges a fee to enter. Wildflower Slideshow by kenne. The views along the hike, but especially when you reach the top are amazing. Several abandoned mine shafts make this climb interesting as the switchbacks end at the junction of a spur trail to the peak. Wasson Peak via King Canyon Trail Distance: 7.8 miles / 12.6 kilometers roundtrip Time: 7 hours, including lunch, breaks, and many photo ops Type: Loop Trail Markings: There are no blazes, but the trail is well defined. Turn right on Kinney and … This hike had a nice steady incline up to the summit with awesome 360 views. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). DIFFICULT 4.5 mi. 7. 14. Cloudy day so perfect for hiking this trail. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Horses are also able to use this trail. Took a gallon of water each, which was ample (prob would have needed more had it been longer or hotter). SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft. We prefer hiking up those rocks instead of down (and avoid the risk of sliding). DIFFICULT 6.7 mi. Be aware that the climb is tough, ~12%, and pretty rocky. This trail has great views, plenty of wildlife, and is the high point of the Tucson Mountains. I started at 11:20am and was back in my car around 2:40pm. As others pointed out, there are more rock on the King Canyon trail. This hike isn’t easy, with the heat and elevation gain of almost 2,500 feet. Absolutely no shade, so recommend starting early. Tucson Tourism; Tucson Hotels; Tucson Bed and Breakfast; Tucson Vacation Packages; Flights to Tucson; Tucson Restaurants; Things to … Cactus Wren Trail (1.5 miles, one way) The Cactus Wren trail runs from the corner of Sandario Road and … At the crossing with King Canyon … Continuing on the trail for a little over a mile we came to the intersection with Sweetwater Trail. Top of the peak has amazing 360 views of the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Climb to the Wasson Peak, with nice views. A gravel parking area and the trailhead are located just off Kinney Road, directly across … I did find that the signage on the trail was a little confusing, so just use the app. EASY 2.4 mi. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. It follows King Canyon Trail to the junction with Sweetwater Trail, then to Wasson Peak. Keep going straight to stick to the King Canyon Trail. Hiked late September and we were done by 11:30am. Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing … As others pointed out, there are more rock on the King Canyon trail. King’s Canyon Trail is the most direct route towards Wasson Peak, the high point of Saguaro National Park West, located in the Tucson Mountain Range. The first thing we noticed were the glorious spring … As an East Coast resident, I loved seeing all of the tall cacti. Once you summit Wasson Peak, it’s all downhill from there! In 0.9 miles from the junction of the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trails you will come to the Hugh Norris Trail. We hiked up on the King Canyon trail and came back on the Goldmine trail. A nice loop hike to a popular high point, Wasson Peak. reach Wasson Peak, continue up the King Canyon Trail .9 miles to the Hugh Norris Trail, then .3 miles to Wasson Peak. : 11 km rocks to avoid knee injury and became a bit steep... 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