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Wildflowers in the Tucson Mountains: King Canyon Loop

  • Mar 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Length: 5.5 miles round trip
El gain 1000'
Start: 2880' Saddle: 3840'
*Rating: C - Intermediate
**No dogs allowed in King Canyon

King Canyon is famous for it's poppy display and I am hoping we get lucky on this hike. The floral display has been spotty this year but we will hope for the best.

Carpooling:
The trail head lot is on the small side and carpooling is encouraged.
Meet at the Walgreen's on the northwest corner of Grant and Oracle.

DEPART the Walgreen's at 9:00.

A route map to  the trail head from Walgreens is here.
If you drive to the trail head, plan on being there at 9:30 AM.

The Hike:
King Canyon is in the West (Tucson Mountain) District of Saguaro National Park.

In 1917 the Copper King Mine was developed in the canyon and the trail up the canyon now bears it's name.
This is an open canyon many great views on the way up and down.

We will begin our leisurely hike with a ramble up the wash for 1 mile, skirting or climbing small ledges. One the way up the wash we will stop and look at the ancient Hohokam petroglyphs and morteros.

At mile one we will detour up a slight rise past the old and now closed stone restrooms,walk through the Cholla Gate and check out Mam-A-Gah; the old Civilian Conservation Corp picnic area which has a ramada made from local stone and Saguaro skeletons.  It was built in the 1930s and displays classic CCC workmanship.
From the picnic area it is a relatively easy, steady uphill hike up to the saddle where it intersects with the Sweetwater trail.
At the saddle we will rest and snack, take in the views and then return via an old road bed which skirts the opposite side of the canyon. The road  ends in the wash near the
Mam-A-Gahpicnic area. After walking the wash fora short distance we will then pick up the old road again which ends at the parking area.

TRAIL MAP:
West (Tucson Mountain) District of Saguaro NP with King Canyon Loop Trail highlighted

Be sure to bring adequate water and snacks.
As always - Hike at Your Own Risk
If you are new to the group please read these:

About the Tucson Hiking Meetup Group
Tucson Hiking Meetup Group - No Show Policy
Tips for Beginning Hikers - Sierra Club

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike today Mike and some very good peoiple to hike with. I have downloaded any pics yet as I just got home. jeanette & I went to the 4th avenue event and had a late dinner. Today has been great. Thanks

    March 22, 2013

  • James D.

    What Gloria said! Beautiful day, good conversation with good people. Thanks everyone!

    March 22, 2013

  • Dave T

    Good times, Mike! I cruised up to Wasson Peak in 45mins and felt pretty good (was it the Snickers?). Back down and followed your route to the TH/car by 3p. Had some good trail juju today. Dave

    March 22, 2013

  • Gloria

    Such a great hike, beautiful wildflowers, great bunch of hikers.......thank you so much Mike for scheduling this hike......have a safe trip back to WV.

    March 22, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Most excellent! Thanks, everyone.

    March 22, 2013

  • Sharon Carnes H.

    Can't make it very disappointed! Enjoy the flowers!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a bad night. disappointed I can't make this

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up.

    March 21, 2013

  • Mary G.

    I will meet at the trail head. It looks easy enough to find. See you soon!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the trail head. I am never late, so if I am not there assume I am in a chocolate induced coma and can't make it. Don't wait.

    March 21, 2013

  • Kim

    I love wildflowers!

    March 20, 2013

  • Kim

    I love wildflowers!

    March 19, 2013

  • Patrick V.

    I am sorry I have to cancel .Patrick

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks good.

    March 19, 2013

  • Cindy K.

    Is there an address to trailhead to put in GPS?

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is doing party of hike possible, then turning back if it seems to difficult?

    March 18, 2013

    • Mike B.

      You could do and out and back at any point as the trail is easy to follow.

      March 18, 2013

  • Patrick V.

    Love those Poppies ,lets see.

    March 18, 2013

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