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Wasson Peak via Sendero Esperanza Trailhead, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,986 feet
Elevation Gain 1,693 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,770 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.45
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Dogs not allowed
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7  2022-09-11 Jim_H
author avatar Guides 64
Routes 70
Photos 8,961
Trips 2,024 map ( 12,264 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:47am - 5:30pm
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"Isolated" Wasson Hike
by Jim_H

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Wasson Peak is accessible from numerous trailheads, both from within Saguaro National Park West and also from just off of the park land on Pima County land. The Sendero Esperanza Trailhead is deep within Saguaro National Park West and may be the most remote of the park's trailheads. Hiking Wasson Peak from this trailhead is slightly longer than from Kings Canyon, but substantially shorter than using the Sweetwater Trail.

After reaching the trailhead, which is one of the more difficult to reach in the park, the hike is simple enough. You'll hike the Sendero Esperanza Trail from the parking lot south to the ridge. It's an easy well maintained desert trail to the junction with the Hugh Norris Trail, which you'll take the rest of the way to the summit of Wasson Peak. Initially, the trail is fairly level, but as you near the ridge, you will ascend switchbacks. The description for the Sendero Esperanza Trail is written from the south and the Kings Canyon Trail, but trailhead access for the trail is off of the Golden Gate Rd.

The Hugh Norris Trail is one of the best trails I have ever walked on, anywhere. I once hiked downhill from Amole Peak to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail barefoot. Views on the ridgeline are plentiful, and it is a pretty enjoyable hike to Wasson. Once on Wasson, enjoy the view and return the way you came.

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2022-09-10 Jim_H
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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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Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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The Sendero Esperanza Trailhead is within Saguaro National Park West. Access is from Golden Gate Rd off of Sandario Rd, 3.7 miles south of the intersection with Picture Rocks Rd. Formerly, Golden Gate Rd was open from Picture Rocks Rd, but this no longer appears to be the case with it having been converted to a multi-use trail after 2020, beyond the trailhead.

Exit #248, Ina Rd, on I-10 and proceed west to Wade Rd. Turn left onto Wade Rd and head south. Wade becomes Picture Rocks Rd as it turns towards the Tucson Mountains and crosses over them. Follow Picture Rocks Rd to Sandario Rd, and turn left or south. Follow Sandario to Golden Gate Rd, turn left or east, and enter the park here, continue on Golden Gate Rd to the trailhead, which is on your right after 3.6 miles. Golden Gate Rd is graded gravel.

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