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Wasson Peak Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Tucson W
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,907 feet
Elevation Gain 1,775 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.88
Interest Peak
Dogs not allowed
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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17  2018-04-24 caragruey
10  2017-12-20
Kings Canyon Trail
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1  2017-05-06 Pivo
18  2017-03-06
Wasson Loop
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8  2016-10-02 Pivo
11  2016-03-27
Wasson Loop
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10  2015-06-13 shelbyhiker
32  2015-02-20
Hybrid Wasson Lasso
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:16am - 5:21pm
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Amole Peak
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Kings Canyon Trail
Kings Canyon Trail
0.0 mi away
7.0 mi
2,032 ft
Gould Mine Trail Loop
Gould Mine Trail Loop
0.0 mi away
2.8 mi
487 ft
King Canyon - Peak 4236 Loop
King Canyon - Peak 4236 Loop
0.2 mi away
6.5 mi
1,335 ft
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
0.2 mi away
2.0 mi
50 ft
Brown Mountain Ridgeline
Brown Mountain Ridgeline
0.5 mi away
5.0 mi
260 ft
Mile Wide Mine - Saguaro NP West
Mile Wide Mine - Saguaro NP West
0.8 mi away
0.7 mi
320 ft
Sendero Esperanza Trail - Saguaro NP West
Sendero Esperanza Trail - Saguaro NP West
0.8 mi away
3.2 mi
548 ft
Dobe Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
Dobe Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
2.0 mi away
1.4 mi
4 ft
Well Road Trail
2.1 mi away
4.8 mi
-160 ft
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Perfect loop of trails
by pnkfld77

Overview
King Canyon Trailhead, King Canyon Trail, Hugh Norris Trail, Sendero Esperanza Trail, Gould Mine Trail.

Hike
We arrived around 11:00 and found that the parking lot was a bit full, but were able to find a spot. I would recommend starting this hike a little earlier. The King Canyon Trailhead was well marked a short walk from the parking lot. At this point you have a choice, to walk up the wash, or to follow the old mining road. We chose to follow the road to avoid the sand in the boots.


After about a mile on the road we came to the Mam-a-Gah picnic area. This would be a nice place for a short hike for a quick picnic, but we kept on going cause we were going to the top of Wasson Peak. The trail here is well marked and easy to follow, but you could still follow the wash bed if you wanted. Continuing on the trail for a little over a mile we came to the intersection with Sweetwater Trail.

At the Sweetwater intersection we turned left and continued on the steep section of Kings Canyon Trail about another mile to the short side trail to the top of Wasson Peak. This part can be steep at times, very rocky, and follows a set of very short switchbacks. It is well worth the trip. The view of the valley and Tucson is spectacular from the peak. In order to keep the scenery fresh we had decided on a loop rather than an out-and-back. We returned on the Hugh Norris Trail for just under 2 miles to the intersection with the Sendero Esperanza Trail. We followed this for just under a mile to the intersection with the Gould Mine Trail. This trail covered the last mile or so and came out right at the parking lot for the trailhead.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To hike
Exit off 10 on Speedway. Head west until Speedway turns into Gates Pass Road. Turn right onto Kinney Road. The trailhead parking lot is right past the Desert Museum on the left hand side. It is large with lots of parking. Walk up the mining road for an area trail map and trail register.
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