Douglas Spring Trail is a 16.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length16.6 miElevation gain3740 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Saguaro National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. 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.

Suguaro National Park 3693 Old Spanish Trail, Tucson AZ. 85730 (520) 733-5153

From Downtown Tucson, take Speedway Blvd Eastbound toward the Rincon mountain range. Speedway dead-ends at the trailhead.

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Denene Towne
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Loved it! Lots of steps though.

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Ken Dolitsky
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Beautiful trail. clocked 14 miles round trip to Douglas Spring Campground. some water at the campground as well.

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Tammie Senn
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Lindsay Smith
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Gorgeous and changes through different desert landscapes

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Codi Burley
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Great hike for the season. Pretty hilly in the beginning but flattens out towards the back.

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John Hirst
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Konrad Kocon
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Debbie Murnan
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Michael Waclawiczek
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HikingGreat!

This was our favorite hike in Tuscon this year. My friend and I ended up hiking all the way up to the Cowhead Saddle, and it was worthwhile doing so.

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Matthew Lapierre
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Backpacking

Great trail and terrific workout. Sites at campground are in very good shape and offer decent privacy.

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Joan Bateman
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Beautiful trail that runs through a variety of terrains.

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Derek Powsurfer
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Jilly Whiting
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Katherine Vanderburg
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Daniel Rowles
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Backpacking

My wife and I have been hiking for about a year but this was our first backpacking experience and it was a nice trail to begin with. As of 4/20 water is available at Douglas Spring. Campground area and outhouse was clean. Came across a nice Arizona Black Rattlesnake so stay alert. Spoke to a Park Ranger at the trailhead and they said that car break ins have occurred, so just be sure to not leave any valuables visible in the car and you'll most likely be fine.

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Ed Henry
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Great trail, with lots of options and great views of Tucson. Highly recommend.

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Linda Perez
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Made it to the beautiful water falls love it

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Julia P.
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Definitely a busy trail on the weekend, however it’s mostly in the first 2 miles. We actually had the falls to ourselves... but that was lucky as folks were coming up the trail as we left. Be prepared for steps, lots of steps. Tried this as a trail run and was successful for some segments but couldn’t sustain running up all the steps. Glorious undisturbed views once you get away from Tuscon a bit, beautiful falls. Recommend. Bring sunscreen & water.

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Brooke Honaker
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Backpacking

Not animal friendly, but a great hike. Lots of steps, so trecking poles are nice. Very well-kept trail.

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Brooke Honaker
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BackpackingSnow

LOTS of steps (obviously). There were enough level sections that it wasn’t too bad. Went up to Cow Head Saddle and back from the campsite. Tracking poles helped a lot with the slick snow. There were a few limbs down, but not bad.

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Brooke Honaker
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Backpacking

A lot more water than I thought, although it is winter. The campsite is a little small if your group wants to camp together. Very well kept trail and is easy to follow, even without trail blazes.

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Courtney Christie
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This is my second time doing this trail but I did it backwards this time. The route I took isn’t listed on Alltrails as one trail, but I started at the trailhead (end of speedway) then took Converse trail to the Bajada wash then the Wildhorse trail, which intersected with Three tanks (I took Carrillo trail back to the main bridal wreath trail to get back to the parking lot). The first half of the trail was mostly flat with beautiful desert views and the awesome falls at Three tank trail. There’s a lot of water due to the recent snow and rain. The second half of the trail was a nice, moderately challenging incline, with more beautiful views. Even during winter, there’s a lot of vegetation, though little to no wildlife (except occasional hawks). My recording was spotty in the second half due to either low battery or poor service, but I think the loop totaled about 5.2 miles and took me about 3 hours with only a few quick (<5min) breaks at a moderate pace. Lightly trafficked the direction I went though the parking was overflowing onto the main road. I came on a Monday at 2:30. Great trailhead with options for every type of hiker!

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Karen Blocher
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Took Douglas Spring to Stock Bypass to Wildhorse to Speedway. Got back too soon so I went back up Douglas Spring maybe a third of a mile. Still trying to find the route the rangers marked on my handy map!

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Karen Blocher
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As a hiker who only dies “easy” trails, I can report that this trail qualifies for at least the first 3/4 of a mile before climbing. Very pretty, well-maintained and easy to get to at the very end of Speedway Blvd. A few places where it wasn’t clear which fork to take but no real problems.

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Let's Talk
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loced the switchbacks at the higher elevation and saw a lot of animals. The sunset was amazing, will be back with my camera.

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Audra Kroch
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Loved this hike. Beautiful and different scenery. If you go to the falls it's a very rewarding hike.

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Katherine Kotschi
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My boyfriend and I went backpacking in Saguaro National Park March 11-14. We initially planned to stay at Douglas Spring Campground then move onto Juniper Basin but the snow and hail, rain and wind made it difficult for our travels (and too cold for us to camp at the higher elevations) so we turned back to Douglas Spring Campground for a second night. Beautiful views! Wasn’t the most pleasant/comfortable backpack camping/hiking experience but looking back, we had a lot of fun. Wish the weather was a bit better. There’s always next time!

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Charles Putney
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So it starts with a lot of elevation gain which I love and then becomes “roller coaster” like all while gaining additional elevation. You quickly enter into high desert and then into the trees of the Rincons-I cannot speak enough about this trail...it’s fills my heart with joy every time I am on it!

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Debbie Weaver
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Hiked the trail to Bridal Wreath Falls. Beautiful hike and somewhat challenging as there is a lot of uphill. Would love to hike the Douglas Sorings trail again and take some of the other trails off of it.

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