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SNP West Sweetwater Sendero Esperanza Loop, AZ
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SNP West Sweetwater Sendero Esperanza Loop, AZ 
SNP West Sweetwater Sendero Esperanza Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2017
markthurman53
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,026 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.70 mph
3,026 ft AEG      55 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Started the hike at 0530 at the El Camino Del Cerro trail Head on Saguaro National Park West. Great time to start so I could be done by 1100. Some of the benefits of starting early is that you get great views of the night lights of Tucson and you get to see the sunrise over Redington Pass. If I started any earlier I would of had to bring a flashlight to check the trail for snakes, as it was there was enough light to see the trail, kind of. Made it to Sweetwater Saddle and the King Canyon Trail in just a little over an hour. Continued on up to Wasson Peak. The King Canyon Trail to Wasson Peak is fairly steep but with a steady pace it wasn't difficult. There are a couple of abandon mines along the trail on the way up to the Hugh Norris Trail and took a little time to check them out. They are fenced off but still worth the stop. The Views from Wasson peak (and the ridge before Wasson Peak) are awesome, good view of all of Saguaro National Park. Stayed a short time on the peak but not too long because I wanted to get done with this hike before it got too hot. From Wasson Peak I took the Hugh Norris Trail to the Sendero Esperanza Trail. The Hugh Norris Trail is in really good condition and the lower parts from Amole Peak west are like a freeway, 3 mph down hill is easy to do. From this trail there are some good views of the Mile Wide Mine and saguaro National Park north (Though not as good as from Wasson Peak). Took the Sendero esperanza Trail back to the King Canyon Trail. This Trail follows what looks like an old road, probably leading to various abandon mines, one of which is the Gould Mine. This was one of the larger and more profitable mines that were in the Tucson Mountains. Once on the King Canyon Trail I took this back up to the Sweetwater Trail. From the King Canyon Trail junction there is a 600 foot climb back up to Sweetwater Saddle. By 0930 it was definitely getting a little warm for this portion of the hike and I opted to take a break at the saddle to cool down, Luckily there was a slight breeze. Made it back down to the start point in just a little over an hour, thanks to the fact that the Sweetwater Trail is in pretty good condition. This would be a fun hike to do maybe an hour earlier to be on Wasson Peak at Sunrise or start on the King Canyon Trail and allow about an hour to get to Wasson Peak.
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