Sendero Esperanza Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Desert vegetation in full bloom can be seen on this trail untouched by mankind and in full swing in spring.
My favorite workout trail. I hike it several times a month.
Beautiful views. Last half contained spectacular scenery along ridge leading to Wasson Peak. After doing Pusch Peak two days prior we felt this trail was moderately easy to hike. Trail is very well marked. Take time at the end to cross the road and snoop around the picnic grounds built by CCC.
I did this on a nice chilly day in December in about 3.5 hours. The signs on the trail in the park indicate 1.7 miles to the junction with Hugh Norris, and then 2.2 more to Wasson Peak, so I think the distance is actually more like 8 miles. The trail is really well marked and maintained, and while there are plenty of switchbacks, a lot of it is pretty gradual and direct. Beautiful views of the city and surrounding area from the top!
One of four ways to reach Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains, the Sendero Esperanza Trail begins off Golden Gate Road, a dirt road that travels through the west unit of Saguaro National Park. The trail is level and sandy for the first mile, lined with palo verde trees, ironwood trees, mesquite trees, and (of course) saguaro cactus. You’ll see bunches of desert dodder in some of the trees and zebra-tailed lizards scattering before you.
The trail climbs to join the Hugh Norris Trail, which takes you to Wasson Peak. The Hugh Norris Trail climbs the western side of the Tucson Mountains (so you’ll have shade if you start early enough), and ambles through granite outcroppings and grassy meadows before climbing the several switchbacks up Amole Peak. From there it is just .3 miles to Wasson and a 360-degree view of the Sonoran Desert around Tucson.
The park’s signs say it is 7.9 miles round-trip and it could take 4 to 5 hours, with breaks. 6.5 hours seems a bit long.