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Wasson Peak, AZ
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Wasson Peak, AZ 
Wasson Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2021
markthurman53
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,860 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs      2.03 mph
1,860 ft AEG
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1st trip
Got an early 0630 start from the King Canyon Trail Head. Trying to beat the heat up to Wasson Peak. Accomplished this with the help of a sporadic light cloud cover. All the trails are in excellent condition and this made the continuous climb to the peak a lot easier. Saw 3 people at the peak ahead of us and about a half dozen coming up as we were heading down. Stopped and checked out the mine just before hitting the saddle below Wasson Peak on the Sweetwater Trail. Cool but nothing real exciting, It's only 10 yards off the trail and a scoot under a barbed wire fence. The actual mine entrance is blocked off so you cant go in more than a couple yards. I really like the early morning views from on top the peak particularly Panther and Sombrero to the north.

Headed down the Hugh Norris Trail to the Sendero Esperanza Trail. Really nice trail, they put a lot of work on this trail, not rocky like the King Canyon and Sweetwater Trail. Sections of this trail are through decomposed granite that makes for fine trails. Lots of really fat saguaros along this trail, they must like the decomposed granite also. If you like dragging out the climb to Wasson Peak this is probably the way to go, I like to get it over with so King Canyon is for me and do the downhill on a more gradual trail. Once at the Sendero Esperanza Trail we headed south toward the Gould Mine and the Gould Mine Trail back to our start point.

Flowers on the ocotillo and hedgehog and a few poppies, not a great year for flowers. We finished the hike at about 1100 and headed across the street to the desert Museum for our 1130 scheduled visit time. Not the best time to visit with afternoon temps in the low 90's but Ginny has never been and we were in the area. Lots of flowers blooming in the Museum though. Congrats to Ginny on her first hike where the destination was a peak.
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