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