Challenging hike. Moderate is a good description. Going up the Kings Canyon side is and down Gould Mine was a really fun way to do it. Pay at the visitor center prior. Cards accepted there. Total time, including a short stint on a wrong trail, right at 5 hours. Enjoy the views and rocky terrain!
kpg G. on Brown Mountain Loop Trail
I agree that this is an easy trail. There's a restroom in the middle of it, which is nice. Saw no one, but it's not a trail that takes you 'away', as signs of civilization are all around you for most of it. Saw lots of hawks.
I recommend this for a quick and easy hike when you don't have much time. Good for beginners.
I don't have much to rate it against since it was my first hike. We hiked across the ridge from the picnic area to the north to the camp grounds to the south. My two year old rode in a back pack for the ride. I think he enjoyed it too. It wasn't too bad, a little rougher than I expected from other reviews. Very enjoyable and beautiful though.
kpg G. on King Canyon Trail to Wasson Peak
I loved this hike. It took me just under 3 hours on an 80 degree September day. I took the high road, went to Wasson Peak, and turned around, going back the same way. The whole way up is a great incline, and the way down is easy. Can't move too fast due to rocks.
I didn't see one other person. Trail is well marked and no bushwhacking needed, always a plus.
A relatively flat trail through the Tucsons that is good for dogs. The section of the trail north of Kinney was a bit obscured from time to time, so mainly follow the light poles. Despite having to bushwhack a few times, it was a nice hike. Views of the mountains, wildflowers. lizards, and birds. I did encounter a couple of rattlers and a swarm of bees without incident, so be on the lookout.
Trailhead parking lot is across from the desert museum entrance. Awesome hike! Great views of Tucson. We did the loop up King Canyon then back the west side. Would make for a great trail run. No dogs allowed. Remember to pay admission at the Saguaro National Park visitor center.
Jeffrey J. on King Canyon Trail to Wasson Peak
Beautiful wild flowers in late March.
Take care around the Africanized bees. Feeding on flowers they were pretty docile, but can be very defensive around their hive ( which we had to walk within 5m of to get past).
This is a really good one. It's pretty difficult if you're new to hiking, but it has an amazing view at the end. I hiked here about a year ago with my husband and one of our dogs, and it was during a day where the storm was rolling in from the west, so you could see all of the beautiful clouds! The flowers on this trail are gorgeous if you go during the right time of year. There is a fee you have to pay though, so being some cash with you :)