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 Kings Canyon Trail, AZ
Description 80 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Tucson West
Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,923 feet
Elevation Gain 1,785 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 - 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.93
Interest Peak
Author desertgirl
Descriptions 20
Routes 0
Photos 2,841
Trips 356 map ( 2,506 miles )
Location Chandler, AZ
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Trails Illustrated Saguaro NP
NPS Saguaro
Seasons - Autumn to Spring
Dogs not allowed
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Wasson Peak Loop
0.0  Amole Peak
0.0  Gould Mine Trail Loop
0.2  King Canyon - Peak 4236 Loop
0.2  Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
0.5  Brown Mountain Ridgeline
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by desertgirl

King's Canyon Trail is the most direct route to reach Wasson's Peak - highest summit (4687 ft) of Tucson Mountains. This is located in the Saguaro National Park - West Unit.

The trailhead is located to the right, just north of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. You begin the hike up King's Canyon - you have 2 options: Take the old mining road that follows King;s Canyon or hike up King's Canyon along the wash. If you follow the bottom along King's Canyon, you encounter two locations with petroglyphs; 1st is on a rock right in the middle of the canyon bed that is covered with desert varnish. You will see a few petroglyphs. Further along you will encounter a dense collection of petroglyphs along both walls. At 0.9 miles you will reach the Mam-a-Gah picnic area. You will see an abandoned restroom at this point hiking up the wash. Keep to the right and follow King's Canyon another 1.4 miles of fairly steep trail, which intersects with Sweetwater Trail at the ridge. Vegetation is typically sonoran - paloverde trees, barrel cactus, cholla & mature saguaros Go left at this junction (well signed) climbing up through some steep switchbacks for another 0.9 miles gaining almost 600ft. Along this section of hike you will encounter 2 mine shafts (sealed off). A short 0.3-mile spur trail takes you to the summit - Wasson Peak. #60 views abound - Tucson to the east ith the Catalina & Rincon mountains, Kitt Peak, Mt. Wrightson to the west.

Return has a few options: 1) Return the way you came 2) Take The Hugh Norris Trail (Go Right where the spur joins the main Trail). You will go over the saddle and descend westward 1.9 miles where you will take the Esperanza Trail & head towards the Mam-A-Gah Picnic Area (1.4 miles). Springtime following a wet winter will make this hike a pleasurable hike through wildflowers. Along this trail you will encounter the Gould Mine (at 1 mile). You can take the Gould Mine Trail to the Kings Canyon Trailhead (~ 7.8 miles roundtrip) or go another 0.4 miles & return via King's Canyon. Hike along Gould Mine Trail takes you past huge tailings pile from the Gould Mine.

Summer will bring extremely high temperatures & this hike is best avoided. There is no water at the trailhead or along the trail. Carry all your water.


Directions Preferred Months Feb Mar Oct Nov
Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:16am Sunset6:43pm
Road / Vehicle
Fees / Permit

National Park
$10.00 for any privately owned vehicle or motorcycle, $5.00 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

To hike
Drive towards Tuson on I10 East. To reach trailhead, take Speedway west. This turns into Gates Pass Road. Turn right on Kinney Roadand head past the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The trailhead is located a short distance north of the museum. Parking is off on the right.
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