Explore the best trails near Tucson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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This Saguaro National Park trail to Wasson Peak wound through a dry wash (scrambling required!), up along a ridge with incredible views (one pictured here), over a saddle with a spectacular view of Tucson, then up to the peak. Varied terrain with amazing vistas. Definitely recommend!

Amazing scenery...great workout!

Moderate trail. Scenic views of the Canyon and of Tucson. Rocky.

Very enjoyable walk a great ridge climb followed by a good meandering stroll in the Leigh of the hill. Lots of birds too. We were walking in a group of 5 and all agreed that it was great to do the ridge first and then the valley. A great introduction to the landscape flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.

Gorgeous streams and outstanding views

Overall a great trail!

Great view, nice switchbacks! First walk in Tucson visiting from Seattle.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail with great variety of terrain. The initial three quarters of a mile are difficult with steep rocky ascent of about 750ft or so. After that the trail becomes more level while traversing grassland with some less arduous ascents to a saddle and eventually to where it ends, meeting other trails. The views are spectacular.

Moderate trail that borders on easy. Minimal elevation change. Wide and flat for the most part. Scenic. The hardest part is crossing the washes if you desire dry shoes.

on Safford Peak Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Good workout. Loose footing increases the difficulty, and it's easy to go off trail.

rock climbing
5 days ago

We got off-trail several times on our way to the top but somehow always managed to find out way back on. The hiking app mostly kept us on the trail until we got close to the top, then we were able to follow the cairns the rest of the way. If you are into self-punishment this hike is for you. Gloves wouldn't hurt, either, as there are loose rocks in many, many places. We also encountered bees at the top so watch yourself!! The views, however, are really nice so bring your camera.

hiking
5 days ago

Don't go too late. We left about 3-4pm and didn't get down until it was about 7pm and pitch black out. Came home with a ton of cactus needles all over us. We also lost the trail about three quarters of the way up the mountain... Amazing views over the city though