Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
This is one of a few routes leading to Wasson Peak. Leaving El Camino Del Cerro trailhead, you will follow Sweetwater Trail until you meet the junction with King Canyon Trail. The signs at this intersection will point you north towards Wasson Peak.
Scenic hike with a beautiful reward at the peak with a 360 degree view of the area on a clear day. Despite the elevation gain, it's not too strenuous. Most of the elevation gain is in the mile right before reaching the peak which still wasn't that bad. We went the day after Christmas and saw few people until we reached the junction about a mile away from the peak.
To add to my review, we started from Hugh Norris up and not sweet water. No traffic and that was nice.
My friend and I did this hike yesterday starting from the north side up. 9.8 miles total and what a beautiful view!
360° Views at the peak are awesome. Not too crowded, peak definitely worth the hike
Hiked at twilight under storm clouds and ended in rain and lightning. It was spectacular.
Beautiful view from the summit of the surrounding mountain range. The trek back down is steep at some points. Encountered a few other hikers but nothing heavy.
Great vista hike in Tucson with 360 degree views from the peak. See my Youtube video which details how to do this including directions to the trailhead.
prefer this to kings canyon hike
take your poles slippery on the way down
First time going up to Wasson Peak. The vista from the top is amazing, not many places you can see all of Tucson and the surrounding developed areas. If i go up again it will probably be via a different route.The trail is very rocky, not too much of an issue going up but downhill the rocks really slow you down. there are a few really good views and the canyon areas give a little shade in the morning. One neat feature of this area is the air traffic that passes over the Mt. I saw several commercial planes, a few military, and some single prop planes. They pass fairly low and almost directly above the peak.
This hike was the third time I had been to Wasson Peak, but the first time taking Sweetwater Trail. Most of the trail runs through a canyon so you don't get as the views that you do taking the other routes, but it's still a beautiful trail. If you're looking for solitude, this isn't your trail; this is a very popular route, and I passed at least a couple dozen hikers. Overall, it was a great hike that I would definitely do again.