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Bridal Wreath, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Tucson
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,751 feet
Elevation Gain 1,052 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,121 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.51
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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4  2018-03-18
Mica Mountain Trail
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15  2017-07-31 SkyIslandHiker
6  2015-10-15
SNP Hike Bridal Wreath Falls
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6  2013-11-02 BiFrost
5  2012-12-15
Bridal Wreath Falls Loop
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5  2011-12-14 nicolelee
4  2011-01-02 Sarae
2  2009-02-21 leadhiker
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:12am - 5:18pm
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by Lizard

Likely In-Season!
Bridal Wreath Falls is a cool little grotto tucked away in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. To my knowledge it has not appeared in any guidebook, but it is far from unknown. On a winter weekend you will share this trail with more than a few people. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant hike and a nice change from the abundance of steeply vertical Tucson trails.


The Douglas Spring trail is your route into the backcountry. It starts in the low desert of the Tucson valley, quickly passing two junctions, where you bear left and stay on Douglas Spring trail. The trail then climbs up a hillside to meet a junction with the Carrillo trail. Bear left. The trail continues climbing into the Rincon foothills, gradually and easily. After dropping to cross a wash, the trail climbs up parallel to the wash, which still held some fall color when I passed in December. At the head of the wash, the trail finally moderates and strikes out across the large field. The vegetation has changed with the elevation, and the trail now cross large fields of grass and prickly pear. This was by far my favorite section of the hike. You are cut off from the city and surrounded by views of the Rincons and Catalinas. There is a great sense of isolation and wilderness to be found here, only a few miles from the the trailhead.

After passing a junction with the Three Tanks trail (bear left), you will come to a junction with the spur trail to Bridal Wreath Falls. Turn right here and follow this short trail as it drops into a tree-filled canyon and follows it upstream. Eventually you will reach Bridal Wreath Falls, where tall canyon walls guard a thirty-foot overhang. Water drops off the overhang and falls through open air to splash on the rocks below. The water was merely dripping when I visited, but I imagine that during a rain this waterfall would be impressive.

To return, you can simply retrace your steps back to the trailhead for a 5.6 mile hike. Alternatively, you could follow the Three Tanks trail to the Carrillo trail, then take the Carrillo trail back to the Douglas Spring trail. This alternative will add about 1.5 miles to your hike, but will take you through some different terrain.

Lizard
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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
$15 vehicle, $10 motorcycle or $5 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees


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To Douglas Spring Trailhead
From I-10 & Speedway Blvd exit #257, travel East on Speedway Blvd 17.4 miles to the trailhead.

The final major crossroad will be Freeman and "Dead End" signs will begin to appear. The trailhead is a small parking area with a picnic able and ample signage at the dead end of Speedway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 17 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 19.4 mi - about 41 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 272 mi - about 4 hours 23 mins
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