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Bridal Wreath Falls

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 4.0 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant route leading to Bridal Wreath Falls.


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Out and Back

3,802' 1,159 m

High

2,757' 840 m

Low

1,066' 325 m

Up

1,066' 325 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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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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Shared By:

Yanko Limón

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  4.0 from 21 votes

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Bridal Wreath Falls
Jan 3, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ
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
Looking at the falls. There are times when it's wall-to-wall water. A look above the rocks reveals a 3.5 ft garter snake.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
After some wayfinding up the wash getting closer to the falls. This is a look back out toward the Catalina Mountains.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
A view looking up at Bridal Wreath Canyon.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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Nov 12, 2020
Molly McLeod
Sep 29, 2020
Caroline Ulczycki
Jun 16, 2020
Angela Gagliano
Feb 18, 2020
Sarah Haber
Jan 19, 2020
Matt Sinclair
Jan 19, 2020
Jayle Sinclair
Beautiful waterfall with nice pool underneath!! Nice and cold from the snowmelt!
Dec 25, 2019
Robin Southern
Sep 13, 2019
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