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Return to Wasson Peak

  • Nov 30, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • King Canyon Trailhead

Join me as I once again enjoy the spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert on the way to the summit of Wasson Peak.  We will be spending some time at the top for snacks and to enjoy the beauty that will surround us.

We're going to do a loop by going up the Gould Mine Trail, Sendero Esperanza, and finally Hugh Norris to the peak. At the top we will take a break, have snacks, and enjoy the view before heading back down. We'll come back on the King Canyon Trail. Total round trip distance is 8.2 miles (4.3 up, 3.9 down) and Wasson Peak is 1800 feet above the trailhead.  Plan on needing five hours to complete this hike.

We'll meet up at the King Canyon Trailhead. Its the dirt lot 300 yards north and across the street from the entrance to the Desert Museum on Kinney Road.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL HIKE: Due to the elevation and distance, this hike is not for beginners or anyone with current physical problems.  Only experienced hikers should sign up for this hike.

It's a good idea to try to arrive at least 5 minutes early. If you are running late and the group has already left, please feel free to catch up with us. WE WILL BE LEAVING AT 8:00 am SHARP!

WHAT TO BRING: sunscreen, hat, snacks, 3 liters of water.

Park regulations limit the group size to 18 so please don't show up if you are not signed up.

HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK

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  • Tom H.

    The pace was perfect. I like to hike uphill around 2.7 MPH.

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • Tom H.

      Don, thanks for organizing this hike. I look forward to future hikes you lead.

      December 1, 2013

  • arlene G.

    Thank you for organizing the hikes. Really enjoyed meeting everyone. May your blisters heal fast and look forward to your Tucson visits with more hiking.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Lisa

    Very friendly and scenic!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • George C.

    Thanks for organizing hikes the last three days, I really enjoyed the hikes and your company.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Dina

    Going to another hike that was postoned duevtobthe rain last weekend. Have fun everyone!

    November 29, 2013

  • Derris

    The parking area is limited and may get full. If so, use the Desert Museum parking lot, curve right when entering. Walk west 1 block on the road. Trail-head's on your right.

    If you want to pass up the Museum lot and take your chances on the trail-head parking area, I recommend that you start slowing right after passing the Museum entrance because it is easy to drive right past the trail-head driveway.


    Just in case you are a visual person, here is Google's birds-eye view including the Museum lot and the King Canyon Trail's lot:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Arizona-Sonora+Desert+Museum,+N+Kinney+Rd,+Tucson,+AZ&hl=en&ll=32.245211,-111.16794&spn=0.005934,0.011523&sll=34.168218,-111.930907&sspn=11.879079,23.598633&oq=arizon&t=h&hq=Arizona-Sonora+Desert+Museum,+N+Kinney+Rd,+Tucson,+AZ&radius=15000&z=17

    November 29, 2013

  • Joanne C.

    I am new to this group and am on the waitlist. How is one notified if they are reached on the waitlist?

    November 26, 2013

    • Don B

      Joanne, meetup.com will automatically send you an email if you are moved onto the attending list.

      November 26, 2013

    • Joanne C.

      Thx.

      November 26, 2013

  • Don B

    We have lots of people on the waiting list. If you are registered to attend, but you have a change in plans, please change your RSVP so that another member can attend. Thanks.

    November 24, 2013

    • Don B

      Mary, sorry you won't be able to make it. Unfortunately, I don't host very often anymore. I'm visiting from Austin, TX. Hope you have a great holiday.

      November 24, 2013

    • Mary R.

      Thanks, Don. Enjoy your visit here!

      November 24, 2013

  • Barry

    Now have to work ! A wonderful holiday to all !

    November 24, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Looking forward to it as Wasson Peak is one of my favorite hikes.

    November 8, 2013

  • Mesia

    Would love to go but that's a big retail weekend for the gallery! Maybe a Sunday hike : )

    November 8, 2013

    • Don B

      Bummer. I'm returning to Austin on Sunday.

      November 8, 2013

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