Douglas Spring Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Douglas Spring Trail is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

17.2 miles 4078 feet Out & Back

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Easy trail with waterfall view This is an excellent introductory hike for someone who normally doesnt get out there. You can negotiate the trail with ease in a pair of tennis shoes, but hiking boots will enable you to continue farther up the trail. This trek doesnt end at Bridal Wreath Falls, but it is a common end point for most hikers. The scenery is classic Sonoran Desert Scrub, and the further you go on the trail, the more you get. For most begginers, the reward of a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike, is about they need to get hooked. I've personally introduced a lot of "never hiked before" folks to the outdoors by taking them on this hike. The whole family from toddlers to elderly enjoy this trek on a regular basis, not many steep hills and lots of hikers to keep you company. For those more experienced backpackers who plan to stay overnight, you'll need a permit available from the Saguaro National Park office.

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25 days ago

Great Family Hike!

27 days ago

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3 months ago

This trail is beautiful. It just gets better as you go.

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8 months ago

Love this Hike!

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1 year ago

I'm a novice hiker, trying out new trails as I go, but I've done this one a few times already, going a little further each time. Being just in ok shape, it's a little challenging, but has gotten easier after just a few more hikes and conditioning.
Well marked trail. Pretty views. Nice mix of ascents, descents and some flat areas.
Heavily traveled with lots of nice and friendly hikers.

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1 year ago

There was plenty of water when I went the beginning of the trail is steep but then it levels out the falls are well worth the hike

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1 year ago

I'm still getting out and discovering trails but so far this is one of my favorites. It is accurately rated as moderate; the trail becomes strenuous and then flattens out with just enough time to catch your breath before il the incline starts again. The ending is AMAZING! If only it had water when we went but even without we did a bit of bouldering and had a fantastic view of the city.

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1 year ago

Pretty easy hike, with a lovely waterfall. Not much effort needed, and especially lovely if you go in late afternoon to catch the arizona sunset on the way back.

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2 years ago

Great hike to start on if you want something with elevation change and be sure to do it early morning before the sun gets hot. Make sure you take water and snacks.

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2 years ago

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3 years ago

My husband and I hiked this trail in February 2013. It was our first hike ever. I agree with PJMac in that although this IS a moderate trail *NOT* an 'easy' trail as it has been rated here, it can be done by beginners as long as you listen to your body, know what you're getting in to, rest when you need to, and KEEP HYDRATED. We walked up to Bridal Veil Falls and back. The falls were just a trickle at that time, but well worth the hike up. Parts of the trail are not for the a-feared of heights but the views are AMAZING!

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3 years ago

Moderate trail. The first leg up climbs about 380 feet from the Speedway trailhead to the first 'saddle' connection with the Corillio trail (excellent, btw), and with the Bridal Veil trail.. Good views of the Tanque Verde (dude) Ranch and Mt. Lemon.

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