Explore the most popular trail running trails in Saguaro National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Awesome views

Awesome hike with lots of wildlife. I would love to hike this at nighttime too with a black light. Always carry water and a multi-tool should any have a run in with cactus.

hiking
29 days ago

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

Want to go back with more than a trickled of water

Little water from falls but would be 5star when water is running in creek and falls.

No water in the falls in early April but the Sagauro’s everywhere were insane!! A totally alien experience for someone who’s never been to the Arizona desert!

Total hiking time around 4 hours round trip... spent about 45 minutes enjoying the summit. Not too strenuous but it’s a pretty long trail overall. Once you reach the base of Wasson Peak itself from the Sweetwater/King trail junction, the hike intensifies considerably and has quite a bit of loose rock, so watch your footing carefully. The last quarter of a mile or so is stunning as you hike along the ridge of the peak leading to the summit. Excited to do this one again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Only did 800 feet climb up to about the 2nd knob on the ridge. Saw a tortoise.

Moderate incline for the first 3 miles, with a steep finish to get to the peak. Nice views from the top. Lots of cacti and shrubs, but no real shade on this hike unfortunately. Took about 3.5 hours and I'm not very experienced.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, well marked and the stone house was pretty cool

Good hike. You have the option of going to the bridal falls in addition to the loop. Nice views but no public facilities

Fun trail going up not hard at all. ran into a family of ten deer very cool to see. Made the top for a 3rd time thru a different start!! Must do again sometime!!

Great spot to get away. Really enjoyed some of the views and being on this simple, yet quiet hike.

BS... love a good reason for no dogs ⁉️

Bollocks to no dogs allowed... Rubbish

on Mica View Loop Trail

trail running
2 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
2 months ago

This hike definitely leans on the side of hard. The first couple miles aren’t too bad, but the last 1.5 or so are gnarly and steep. Pretty exhausting. The top is very picturesque so if you’re a vista fanatic, this hike is well worth it. If you’re not all that into 360 pano’s of cities.. well... there’s not much in it for you. However, on a weekday morning, there’s barely another soul on the trail making for great contemplation time.
I definitely recommend really good shoes with a lot of ankle support—this hike is about as rocky as they get. Even for me, active in my 20s, my knees and ankles were aching by the end. Bring tons of water and lots of snacks and take care to rest in shaded spots— as these are far and few.
Overall, I think there are lots of other hikes I’d rather do in Tucson. Took roughly 5 hours... but I stopped a lot for photographs of cacti.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

Good trail to the waterfall. Considering that this is Arizona, it was nice to see water although it wasn’t anything to write home about. Overall, I had a fantastic hike!

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
2 months ago

Great hike in perfect weather and when the falls are falling (which they were on 03/04/2018). Also makes for a great trail running loop if you include the Three Tank Trail and Garwood Trail. Note that this area is very exposed for those hot summer days.

trail running
2 months ago

A fun trail to hike up and run down. The first two miles are very mellow, and the last 3/4 is a steeper switchback hike. I’d say the full Summit hike leans closer to hard than moderate. Around 2 1/2-3 hours for a runner, 4-6 hours for a hiker.

hiking
2 months ago

Well travelled trail. Not well marked. Loose rock on parts to make it interesting. Minimal elevation yet still had a good workout.

Awesome views!

The weather is perfect right now and there is water at the water fall

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite so far in Tucson. There are actually quite a few options of other trails after you get on the trail about 1/8th of a mile, and it’s all clearly marked so no confusion if you are on the trail or not. And the Saguaro cactus are abundant, and beautiful! Lots of mountain bikers come through so just be aware of trail etiquette (step to the side when you hear them coming), and you will be great (and they all appreciate it when you do this). Only downside is no facilities anywhere (no gas station bathrooms nearby either), so be prepared for that...

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