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Wasson Peak Summit

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Length

9.4 Miles 15.1 Kilometers


Elevation

2,113' 644 m

Ascent

-2,113' -644 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

4,674' 1,425 m

High

2,814' 858 m

Low

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This half day adventure will wind you up the east side of Wasson Peak and offer breathtaking views.

Niall Murphy

Overview

The Sweetwater Trail winds through the lower east-side sections of Wasson Peak offering beautiful views of Tucson, desert vegetation, and even across a wash area. After a few miles the slope of the trail will increase and bring you to the saddle intersecting w/ King Canyon Trail. From there you can expect a lot of elevation gain throughout the rest of the hike. The panoramic views from the top are worth the effort.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: The first few miles of this trail are relatively flat and showcase lots of desert vegetation.
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

The parking lot closes at dusk, and there are no restrooms or water fountains. This route leaves you almost fully exposed so be sure to wear your sunscreen.

Description

This trail is very easy to follow, and the trailhead map will help you navigate your way. From the parking lot, you'll head up the hill for a short distance and will arrive at a T intersection. You'll notice the log book here. Once you sign in, you'll want to head left (south) onto the Sweetwater Trail. You'll notice wonderful views looking up at Wasson Peak as you wind along the trail. There is one main wash crossing where water will only be running during a big storm, and it is unlikely to experience any water on this route.

Once you arrive at the saddle connection with the King Canyon Trail, you'll head straight (west) up the hill to experience the steepest section of climbing for this adventure. After a few really well-built switchbacks you'll level out at the top saddle with the Hugh Norris Trail and have a short 0.3 mi jaunt remaining to the summit.

There is another log book here so please be sure to sign in at the summit as well. Enjoy the panoramic views of the entire Tucson area and fuel up before your descent. Look to the north where you'll see Safford Peak and Panther Peak at the northern edge of Saguaro National Park West.

History & Background

Wasson Peak is the highest peak in Saguaro National Park (West).

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Mar 25, 2018
Bruce Hope
Great trail to a great view from the summit. An old mine and some cactus blossoms added to the experience.
Jan 27, 2018
Kati Jones
9.4mi
Jan 14, 2018
Jeff Moon
Dec 29, 2017
Mitch Herz
9.4mi
Nov 14, 2017
Gilberto Mendoza Jr

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