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King Canyon Saddle & Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail

Now that Saguaro National park is open lets try this again!  Good news is we can start a bit later with the good weather.

Length: 9.2 miles: Round Trip
Trail Head El: 2800'
Saddle El: 3840'
Peak El: 4687'
Elevation Gain:1887'
Rated: C - Intermediate: Not suitable for absolute beginners but a good trail for the reasonably fit.


*Dogs are not permitted on trails in Saguaro National Park
** Carpooling suggested for this hike

There is a route map here.

This will be a leisurely paced hike. We will stop for short rest breaks if needed and also take time to enjoy the scenery and plants along the route.


The Tucson basin is surrounded by five mountain ranges. On the west side are the Tucson Mountains. The highest point in the Tucsons is Wasson Peak at 4687'. This peak was named for John Wasson who was, in the late 1800's, the first editor of the Tucson Citizen newspaper.

This hike starts at the west end of El Camino del Cerro at a paved, gated parking area developed by Pima County Parks and Recreation.

Here the Sweetwater Trail begins and provides the only access to Wasson Peak from the east side of the Tucson Mountains. The entire hike is within the boundary of the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park.

The Sweetwater Trail provides a relatively easy, steady ascent to the saddle where it intersects with the King Canyon Trail which is a popular route to Wasson Peak from the west side.
We will take a short break at the saddle to take in the views before continuing on to the Peak.

Photo by Roger Nordby
The last leg of the hike, the trek up to the Peak

From the saddle it is a short, steep 1.2 mile hike up to the summit of Wasson Peak. From here there is a 360 degree view which is quite stunning.


Photo by Roger Nordby
One of several great views from the peak.
The Sweetwater trail is visible at bottom of the photo.

Once at the peak we will take time for snacks and looking around before returning back via the same route.

Be sure to bring adequate water and snacks.

As always - Hike at Your Own Risk

 

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  • Cary

    It was a great hike:-) Thanks

    October 29, 2013

  • Mesia

    Great group and nice cool weather!

    October 28, 2013

  • George C.

    Great hike with interesting people. Thanks to Mesia.

    October 28, 2013

  • Dave T

    Very nice and well paced. Good group. Thanks, Mesia.

    October 28, 2013

  • Connie D.

    Sorry I missed the hike. I tried to fit a 20 minute drive into 10 minutes and it just did not happen.

    October 28, 2013

  • Kim

    Sorry!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Mesia - I would have loved to do this hike with you but I'm just too busy with work - and I have to take it when I get it. Next time!

    October 26, 2013

    • Mesia

      Next time!

      October 28, 2013

  • Kim

    Would anyone like to carpool?

    October 27, 2013

  • D

    Hi, I just found out I cannot hike until 9:30 that day...sorry, i can't make the 8am start--look forward to next time

    October 27, 2013

  • Jessica

    Darn, got scheduled for an 8 am meeting.

    October 24, 2013

  • walter t.

    Coming up from the west side of Tucson Mountain so I'll join the group at the saddle.

    October 24, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Josie, I too arrived to do the hike this morning and you must have been right behind me, I was the guy with white T shirt and brown shorts, passing you on the way down. I'll decline to do it again next week.

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How funny! Glad I wasn't the only one!

      October 21, 2013

  • Mesia

    There must be something with this hike! George was the only one who got to do it last time as they closed the park that day. Josie & Mark, thanks for scoping it out, hope to see you next time. See everybody else whose coming NEXT Monday : )

    October 21, 2013

  • George C.

    Josie, Son't feel too bad. The last time Mesia scheduled this hike I showed up a week early and had a nice hike...alone. I, like you, apparently have issues with dates. Still going on the 28th just to see what it's like with people.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I was excited for my first ever hike with this group ... so much so that I went a week early! I got on the trail a little after 8 this morning thinking I missed you guys. When I got up to the peak I figured you must have left after me. Wow. Anyway, super pretty hike. I can't make next Monday, but hope to catch you guys on the next one! Maybe I'll learn to read dates correctly by then!

    October 21, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    For us orphans on the west side of the Tucson Mtns, the hike can start from K24, the King Canyon Trailhead, and it goes to the saddle and from there you can hike to Wasson Peak also. Why not try that sometime?

    October 19, 2013

    • Mesia

      That's a good one too and I will keep that in mind. I wanted to try Sweetwater for the distance.

      October 19, 2013

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