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dogs on leash
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!
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.
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.
Audrey H. on Safford Peak Trail
Good workout. Loose footing increases the difficulty, and it's easy to go off trail.
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.