Wasson Peak via the Gould Mine, Sendero Esperanza, and Hugh Norris Trails

Statistics:

Roundtrip: 8.6 miles

Elevation gain: 1,771

Skill Level: Moderate

No pets allowed.

There are two ways to reach Wasson Peak from this trail head. We will take the Gould Mine, Sendero Esperanza and part of the Hugh Norris Trail for a 4.3 mile trip to Wasson Peak.

From the parking lot we will cross the wash and locate the beginning of the Gould Mine Trail. We will follow the Gould mine trail (0.1 mile) to the Sendero Esperanza trail. The Sendero Esperanza trail (1.0 mile) will take us to the Hugh Norris Trail. We will stay on the Hugh Norris trail (2.1 miles) to Wasson Peak. The last part of this hike has a lot of switch backs and a moderately steep climb to Wasson Peak.

I will plan on taking a break before we begin our climb to Wasson Peak, bring a light snack to keep your strength and energy.

We will see saguaro, yucca, jojoba, Ocotillo, prickly pear, mesquite, cat's claw and cholla along the way. When we reach Wasson peak we will have panoramic views of Tucson, bring your camera for great photos!

It is getting warm and easier to dehydrate. Please make sure you bring plenty of water!

At least 3 liters of water, Sunscreen, Hat, hiking poles if you need them, snacks and a great attitude!

I will cancel hikes due to inclement weather so if it is raining we will not go.

If you are running late please feel free to call me[masked], we will try to wait for you.

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  • cydney

    The hike and conversations made for a wonderful morning. Hope we do the Peak agian!

    April 8, 2013

  • Dana Maria M.

    Awesome hike today! The weather was perfect and the I loved the company! Doing it again very soon!

    3 · April 7, 2013

  • Teri T.

    Great fun up my favorit spot in Tucson with some great folks

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Curtis W.

    I really enjoyed the hike and the company!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Hey all, this hike was great with awesome views! Although I did overestimate my capacity to go fast on the way up. I apologize if my lagging behind inconvenienced anybody - especially my carpool buddies. :( Jill and I made it back to our cars 1:30ish.
    Michelle thank you for the text messages - and thank you to the hikers that gave you and Andrea a ride back. It was great to meet those I did and I hope I see you on the trails again.

    3 · April 7, 2013

  • Denise B.

    I enjoyed the hike and trails and the view at Wasson Peak. This was my first time and I would recommend and do it again. I enjoyed meeting others in the group too!

    April 7, 2013

  • Teri T.

    There is a picnic area that ppl can park at and walk or carpool over to TH too

    April 7, 2013

  • Barry

    I'm out , now more parking spots ! Enjoy , see ya next time !

    April 7, 2013

  • Barry

    I'm out , now more parking spots ! Enjoy , see ya next time !

    April 7, 2013

  • Rachel S

    9am

    April 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    I am willing to carpool if anyone is coming by Campbell/Grant area. In the past I have carpooled from the Albertson's at Campbell and Glenn. Let me know...

    April 6, 2013

    • Andrea

      Great! I will be there by 8:15. I will be the short woman with hiking gear.

      April 6, 2013

    • Karen C.

      I love it! See you in the a.m :-)

      April 6, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    9am

    April 6, 2013

  • Matt

    9 am

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in a car pool? I live near Sabino Canyon but we could meet somewhere 'central' and all drive out there together. :)

    April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Karen, I haven't chosen which group to go with, how does the 9am group sound? Let's meet at the Safeway at Swan and Sunrise. What time do you think will work to get us to the trailhead on time? Here is my number, please give me a shout:[masked]-9248. :)

      April 5, 2013

    • Karen C.

      Hi Michelle, I posted a reply late last night but it looks like i must have forgot to hit enter :( anyway i'm already rsvp'd for the 9 o'clock hike so if that works for you we should be at Safeway about 8 - it's approx 50 min drive to the trailhead. i just left you a vm so feel free to call up until 10ish.

      April 6, 2013

  • Dana Maria M.

    I am by broadway and swan... if anyone wants to ride along I can fit two people comfortably.

    April 6, 2013

  • Maurice E.

    If 19 cars need parking at the trail head I think it's going to be a problem. I don't think parking at the Desert Museum is okay unless someone else knows different.

    April 6, 2013

  • Teri T.

    Ed..your not on the waiting list anymore. The Question was just to confirm which time your hiking. Now that there's two groups. 8am w/ Dana and 9am w/ Me

    April 6, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    Sorry I need to cancel, have to work tomorrow.

    April 6, 2013

  • Maurice E.

    The TH parking is small. Anyone want to carpool from Northwest for the 9AM start?

    April 6, 2013

  • Britton

    I'm coming from Rita Ranch anyone want to carpool ?

    April 6, 2013

  • Teri T.

    So it seems there's a confusion on the location of the TH. It's off of Kenney Road just passed the Desert Museum on the right. It's also known at the King Canyon TH for Wasson Peak. I'll email everyone my no. If you get lost let Dana or I know so we can wait for you.

    April 5, 2013

    • Teri T.

      Also the parking lot is small so thanks to those carpooling. If needed you can park in the parking lot of the Desert Museum but they may have a problem with that.

      April 5, 2013

    • Ed N.

      Thank you - I checked out some other maps and saw where it really is - sometimes Googlemaps can be a menace... :)

      April 5, 2013

  • Ed N.

    Can someone tell me, is the Google Map showing the Gould Mine Trailhead as south of Gates Pass Road, close to Ajo Way, correct? I always thought that the Wasson Peak was north of Gates Pass... I have not RSVP's yet but I will as soon as I know if I can - Thank you -

    April 5, 2013

    • Teri T.

      It's off of Kenney Road on the right (North) just pass the Desert Musuem. You can get there (Kenney Rd.) from Gate pass road. You'll see a sign for the Museum

      April 5, 2013

  • Britton

    I'm confused what is the two times?

    April 5, 2013

    • Dana Maria M.

      You can start at 8 with me or at 9 with Teri. The 9 am group will be moving a little faster than the 8 am group. Your pick just let us know so we each know how many people to expect...

      April 5, 2013

  • SaMaNtHa

    Hahaha! my phone is in the Eastern time zone so I thought it started at 11 but it's actually 8!

    April 4, 2013

  • SaMaNtHa

    I love these hikes that are starting at 11 a.m! Too bad I am in Ohio that weekend :(

    April 4, 2013

  • Barry

    8 am

    April 4, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    Gotta love auto correct, I live in picture rocks

    April 4, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    I'll do the 8:00. I love in picture rocks so I'll meet everyone there.

    April 4, 2013

  • Maurice E.

    Teri 9am...

    April 4, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    I will attend the 8am hike:)

    April 4, 2013

  • Rachel S

    I live near the Safeway on broadway and camino seco.. I'd carpool :)

    April 4, 2013

  • Teri T.

    Only three of you selected RSVP again and answered the question on which group your attending. If you can update your RSVPs that will be helpful.

    April 4, 2013

  • Dana Maria M.

    I would be willing to carpool if anyone wants to meet up at broadway and swan in the Petco parking lot at 7, just let me know!

    April 4, 2013

  • Karen C.

    I will start with Teri at 9. thank you for opening it up!

    April 3, 2013

  • Denise B.

    I plan to start at 8 with Dana.

    April 3, 2013

  • Maureen M.

    Sorry, I have to go out of town

    April 3, 2013

  • Andrea

    I will start with Teri at 9.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Dana Maria M.

    I am going to open this up to allow those that are on the waiting list to go. Teri Thompson will be leading about half of this group at 9 AM and I will take half at 8 AM. Teri is a faster hiker than I am, so anyone who is a faster hiker please let me know if you would be willing to start at 9 AM with Teri and probably catch up to us along the way. Thank you!

    April 3, 2013

    • Dana Maria M.

      Also, if you are not able to attend please update your RSVP so others may join.

      April 3, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Hopefully can bring my daughter.

    April 1, 2013

  • Dana Maria M.

    I will revise and add a wait list;)

    March 27, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    Is there a waiting list for this hike? I'd love to join if someone can't make it:)

    March 27, 2013

  • George C.

    Day after the Catalina 5.2 mile race. Don't think the body could do that, although I would love the hike.

    March 23, 2013

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