Douglas Spring Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Douglas Spring Trail is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4078 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Easy trail with waterfall view This is an excellent introductory hike for someone who normally doesnt get out there. You can negotiate the trail with ease in a pair of tennis shoes, but hiking boots will enable you to continue farther up the trail. This trek doesnt end at Bridal Wreath Falls, but it is a common end point for most hikers. The scenery is classic Sonoran Desert Scrub, and the further you go on the trail, the more you get. For most begginers, the reward of a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike, is about they need to get hooked. I've personally introduced a lot of "never hiked before" folks to the outdoors by taking them on this hike. The whole family from toddlers to elderly enjoy this trek on a regular basis, not many steep hills and lots of hikers to keep you company. For those more experienced backpackers who plan to stay overnight, you'll need a permit available from the Saguaro National Park office.

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Went a little too late in the day. The sun was killer and there was no hope for shade anywhere. But overall not a bad hike, moderate difficulty with a great view

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4 months ago

Not a very hard trail but amazing views.

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5 months ago

Have hiked here several times. moderate difficulty, beautiful views. In some areas you have to pay attention to avoid stepping in the horse droppings that can sometimes be all over the trail.

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Started too late (9:45am)! I was shocked at how challenging this was on the way up, coming from someone who runs the sabino canyon tram road (7.4) 3x a week I really thought this would be a piece of cake and I kind of died on this trail in the sun. Made it a measly 3 miles in and killed 2 liters of water at that point, which prompted me turn around. People were just starting to come up as I was going down in 85 degrees and getting hotter holding only 12oz bottles of water. No idea if that's an AZ thing, but holy god, you couldn't pay me to do that.
I'll attempt this again, but way earlier and with 4 liters of water plus filtration. Namaste Douglas Springs-- you owned me today.

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