Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
The trail begins in a forest of saguaros and chollas. After about 1 mile you start a steep climb up a series of switchbacks while enjoying incredible views of the canyon below. From here the trail stays at a relatively easy grade for several miles. Along the way you'll come across massive boulders, hundreds of saguaros, and views all the way to Kitt Peak and Baboquivari.
2.7 miles into the hike, Hugh Norris intersects Sendero Esperanza
Trail - continue east. The trail will begin climbing a bit more steeply before reaching another brutal set of switchbacks. Halfway through the switchbacks, there is an open, flat area that serves as a great resting place with views of Picacho Peak and the Santa Catalina Mountains. Once you reach the top of the switchbacks the trail meets King Canyon Trail
and Wasson Peak Trail
. Most folks continue up the .3 mile trail the Wasson Peak
, the highest point in the Tucson Mountain range.
In the spring and late summer, wildflowers are in full bloom and the reptiles are in motion. Watch out for rattlesnakes!