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I don't really have anything to share that others have not expressed already. Take plenty of water. My biggest piece of advice is to preplan your trip here! My brother and I hiked this as it sits right outside his neighborhood. The views are great and you will be rewarded for your efforts just plan ahead and familiarize yourself with the route beforehand otherwise you may/will get frustrated with the lack of directions. I would wear a good hiking shoe, he lent me a pair of his as I only had cross trainers and couldn't believe the difference it made.

Nice hike with plenty of blooming cacti! Super hot with no shade coverage, bring sunscreen and water. Pretty flat the whole hike.

Easy trail for the most part. Not always well marked. Got off the trail a view times, but found my way back. Good trail for your off workout days. No shade, very hot in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Really great afternoon hike. Tons of wildlife including lizards, rabbits and a Gila Monster =)

on Mica View Loop Trail

trail running
3 months ago

Great when combined with an out-and-back on the Cactus Forest Trail. Outstanding for trail running. Would be extremely exposed during the summer months.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice, great landscaping with beautiful and tall Saguaros, easy trail to go with kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Starting from the picnic area, there are many excellent cacti and Palo Verde specimens along this easy trail. Tennis shoes ok. Bring water and be prepared for lots of sunshine. Map available at the Visitors Center.

Rough trail! Need lots of water and trekking poles are a must! Bring a first aid kit and some snacks! Pretty challenging for me and my 14yr old son!

Unless you are a billy goat or do this type of climbing often you will have trouble getting to the summit. We got so close but did not have the courage to do the last 200 feet of climbing like Spider-Man. The views are definitely beautiful. As others have mentioned the trail is only marked by cairns which were such a comfort to see as we lost the trail numerous times. Descent was extremely tricky with the loose rocks but we lived with only minor scrapes and scratches. Poles were a must for us...50 + year old knees. Excellent day but super challenging. Also nice extra to have a Porto John at the Sanctuary.

Easy trail to hike as it is flat and the trail has good footing most of the way (very beginning is paved). There were a few parts on the trail where it was hard to see where you should be going. Nice hike to get the legs going or to recover from a harder hike the day before. No shade although at the picnic area about .5 or so in there is a nice place to sit and eat a snack or have lunch that provides a restroom and some shade.

Great hike. I'd say it is fairly easy-moderate with the moderate part arriving in the last 800m-100m of the hike. We did an out and back up to the view point due to time. This trail option is just shy of 8 miles roundtrip. The trail is a gradual uphill for most of the way, which I didn't notice much until coming back down. The steepest part is the last 800m-1000m of the trail which is also more rocky than the majority of the trail. For the most part the trail is wide and not too rocky. There are a few parts on the switchbacks that get tighter with more unstable footing, but overall the trail has easy footing. About 1.5 miles or so from the top there is a part of the trail that has some large stone/rock steps on it. Kind of nice as you go up. The views were beautiful. There is very little shade on this trail. We did it in the late afternoon, early evening and up near the top there was some shade once we dipped down behind the hill. Overall, a beautiful trail! Would do again.

hiking
4 months ago

Usually I research the history of the trail before hiking it.. I didn't do it this time as it was a spur of the moment activity. The little I knew of the trail, I knew it was a copper mine with a gated cover into the mine shaft. Needless to say I didn't find the entrance to the mine shaft but I did find the block house and other structures that were used by these miners over 100 years ago. Amazing to me was that I saw remnants of what I thought were rusted out cans that were left behind by inconsiderate hikers. These "artifacts" as it turned out, were tucked under heavy brush and cacti ad I didn't take a picture of them. I was tempted to pack them out but didn't. Amazing. The link below gives a brief history of the mine.
http://tucson.com/.../article_593c4546-ba20-55cb-8324...

My wife and I hiked to the top Friday Jan 5th. We are in our 60's, in good shape and advocate using hiking poles. There is loose rock on 90 percent of the trail, and it is challenging and steep going up and down. We loved the views along the way with lots of beautiful, healthy Saguaros, especially as one heads West around the south side of the peak. Great views of the entire Tucson valley, Saguaro Nat'l Park and the Catalina's. Well worth the effort.

I don't know about it being a breeze. I found it to be a difficult hike with a lot of loose rock. Also, note the the total distance to the top is 3.3 miles (6.6 miles round trip) and the map on this app does not take you all the way to the top. Don't give up, the views are so worth the climb.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Easy to moderate and great with kids. The loop around the picnic table can be hard to find the trailhead. Look for sign or just follow the path on this awesome app.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike! It's a breeze and within walking distance from my house. I see people back there with their dogs often even though it says no dogs. Enjoy!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Fun trail to get out and stretch your legs while enjoying the park.

hiking
6 months ago

Sendero Esperanza Trail is the easiest approach to Mt Wasson Trail it is relatively flat for the first mile and then pitches up gradually with about 6 switchbacks for about 2/3 of a mile to reach the ridge and join Hugh Norris trail. The trail provides a short out and back hike with great views and can be done year round ,but pay attention to heat as there is little or no shade take lots of water and wear a good wide hat to protect your head and face from sun... Remember you are in Arizona .....

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail with great views.

Was a nicely groomed trail that was easy to walk on.

hiking
8 months ago

Wear good shoes. The loose rock trails are a little rough on cross training shoes. Very peaceful with great vantage points along the way.

Really nice trail that is mostly flat and easy for kids. We saw a huge jackrabbit and a deer as we walked it during the evening. My daughters (6,3) loved it and didn't complain at all.

hiking
9 months ago

It's a nice easy trail fully marked and easy for kids +12. Take water and a lunch. A fun hike to the old mine and then a short walk to the shaded picnic area, perfect for a quick trip.

Great hike. Real easy to do for a starter hike.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The trail was pretty hard to follow at times. The only reason we knew where to go half the time was because of the stacked rocks--they were extremely helpful! Overall it was a fun hike with beautiful views! Would definitely do it again.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great scenery , awesome for the kids

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Great views. Coming up from cove a bit slippery. I use 5 foot pole which makes it safer and avoid sudden slips.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This trail is a nice hike. Some very steep, very rocky areas though. Could not find a way to actually get up on the peak though.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Hiked the Garwood trail and Carrillo trail to make a complete loop. Use the trailhead off of Speedway Blvd. If you have time go to visitor center to obtain a map which describes this loop and shows landmarks. The hike is 5.9 miles and I found it to be mostly moderate with some easy places. Be sure you take the Douglas Spring trail to Garwood Dam Trail and then to Carrillo trail. Douglas Spring trail is very steep and rocky past the intersection of Garwood trail. I found it easier to descend the Douglas Spring trail. Garwood Dam is well worth the hike although there was not any water running through the dam or the river canyon when I hiked. However, there were a few pools of water below the dam. I found the hike intriguing given the history of the area. Be sure to research the history of the area before you go. There are stories of wealthy ranchers, gold and bandeleros. All in all a great hike with many beautiful views of the Rincon and the more distant Catalina Mts. I plan on returning when there is water running through the dam.

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