ElevationAscent: 498' 152 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 3,189' 972 m
Low: 2,728' 831 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
Popular hikes nearby
Bridal Wreath Falls Loop
7.3 mi 11.8 km • Loop • 1,155 ft Ascent 351.95 m Ascent
Babat Duag Out-and-Back
4.6 mi 7.4 km • Out and Back • 1,180 ft Ascent 359.74 m Ascent
Seven Falls Out and Back
5.3 mi 8.6 km • Out and Back • 604 ft Ascent 184.18 m Ascent
Bear Canyon Loop
16.9 mi 27.2 km • Point to Point • 2,465 ft Ascent 751.48 m Ascent
4.9 mi 7.9 km • Out and Back • 1,047 ft Ascent 319.2 m Ascent
Honeybee Canyon Short Loop
12.3 mi 19.9 km • Loop • 456 ft Ascent 139.11 m Ascent
“A pleasant trail through Saguaro National Park to a seasonal waterfall area.”— Mike Barcom
Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly A long option if done as a complete out-and-back but a beautiful stretch that you can turn around on from any point based on time and energy.
Typically, visitors use this as an out-and-Back, but it can be connected to other trails to make it a point-to-point ending at another trailhead. The trail signage is well placed and clear to follow the entire distance. There are a few washes you'll have to navigate, so be smart and aware of water or the possibility of lots of water depending on the time of year.
If you're lucky enough to be on the trail in the spring you'll be rewarded with an amazing palette of colors. After you come to an intersection of 5 trails follow the signage southeast to stay on the Wildhorse Trail. You'll begin to gain elevation and a series of switchbacks that are steady but easy to negotiate. Take your time to stop and take in the views as the Park presents itself to you. The views of the Catalina Mountains and the Tucson valley are definitely Kodak moments.
Soon you'll come to the Three Tanks Trail sign where you'll stay right. You'll lose the elevation you gained earlier on but then gain some of it back again. Continue following the trail another .4 miles to the last of the signs. This is the intersection of the Carrillo Trail and where horse and rider are not permitted to continue on the Wildhorse trail.
You'll continue on about 0.3 miles to the end of the trail after a few switchbacks and rocky terrain. You'll come upon some smooth faced rock and depending on time of year, and your willingness to get your feet wet, a waterfall at the end of the trail.
Flora & Fauna
The desert also has its share of reptiles, birds and mammals. If one takes their time, is patient and observant you may see, Rattlesnakes, Gopher snakes, Racers and a Gila Monsters. The Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Owls, Quail and Doves all live in the park. If one is lucky enough, you may spot a Bobcat, Coyote, Mule Deer and lots of ground squirrels.
Land Manager: NPS - Saguaro National Park