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Bridal Wreath Falls

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Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,066' 325 m
Descent: -1,066' -325 m
High: 3,802' 1,159 m
Low: 2,757' 840 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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A pleasant route leading to Bridal Wreath Falls.

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Features Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Though the full route is a bit long for younger kids, older kids will enjoy the chance to see the waterfall at the end of this route!

Overview

This route climbs through the foothills of the Rincons to get to the base of Bridal Wreath Falls. It can get crowded on weekends, as the falls are a popular destination. Be aware that due to lack of shade, the trail can be hot during the day.

Need to Know

The sun is quite intense in the Arizona desert, so come prepared with adequate sun protection and water.

Description

From the trailhead, follow the Douglas Springs Trail. There will be several trail junctions along the way but they are always well marked with signs. Stay on Douglas Springs Trail until about 2.5 miles in. The trail up to this point will have a combination of easy, moderate grades punctuated with a few short, steep climbs. Shade will be at a premium, so make sure that you've brought a good sun hat and plenty of water!

After about 2.5 miles on the Douglas Springs Trail, turn right onto the Bridal Wreath Falls Trail. This trail is short and sweet, bringing visitors up the last 1/4 mile or so to the actual falls. You'll continue to climb, but at a gentler rate than on the Douglas Springs Trail. The last hundred yards takes you through a wash with stones and boulders that you have to navigate around, so use appropriate caution here.

The waterfall is about 25 ft tall and has a small pool at the base, a striking feature in the desert! Take your time to enjoy the water, and to cool off from your ascent. Once you've had your fill, return the way that you came, and descend back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Desert natives dot the landscape, like Joshua Trees, cholla, and the saguaros that give the park its name.

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Sep 13, 2019
G B
May 20, 2019
Joan Armitage
59 and drizzling
Apr 17, 2019
Dave Leddy
Apr 4, 2019
Luke Oechsner
Mar 23, 2019
Laura Goedhart
Hiked at an easy pace, and spent a little extra time at the waterfall enjoying the sights. Some elevation gain, not many wildflowers, good views,… 6mi — 4h 00m
Mar 16, 2019
mikehilbert
Nice trail to a nice falls. definitely should see ernies falls too if you come all this way out. Ernies falls is actually a bit nicer imo.
Feb 16, 2019
Sam Wisher
Feb 15, 2019
Brandon Clark
Beautiful Waterfall with the recent rain 6mi

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  3.9 from 19 votes

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My impression of a giant saguaro.
Oct 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
A wonderful place to relax and enjoy your day on the trail. You can see the amount of water that can be in there at times.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Bridal Wreath has a slight incline for a short distance. The vegetation is heavier. Trail can be overgrown.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
The trail crosses the wash... depending on time of year and weather can be dry or full and flowing really well.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Big cactus in Saguaro Wilderness
Apr 29, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
2.5 miles on Douglas Springs Trail to trail signage & intersection. Trail heads south towards mountains.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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