Sendero Esperanza Trail

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Saguaro National Park

Sendero Esperanza Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

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2 months ago

The last 2+ miles to reach the trailhead are unpacked dirt roads. The elevation changes are not too steep...steepest part is around the switchbacks. Lots of saguaros especially at the lower elevations. Lots of wildflowers in March! Nice views, especially where this trail crests the saddle going over the mountain.

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4 months ago

Great views, well-marked Trail. We followed the directions to trailhead and had no problems parking on a January Sunday. Fairly flat the first 1.7 miles in (43 minutes) then we took a left onto Hugh Norris Trail. Hiked another 1.3 miles mostly uphill with some stone steps in places. Then we turned around, due to our time constraints. We were ok not getting up to the peak. Absolutely gorgeous views. Shade in a few places along the ridge.

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4 months ago

Great trail if you want great views and a bit of a work out. I recommend hiking it earlier or later in the day to avoid the harsh mid-day sun as there is zero shade. I recorded my hike from end-to-end and it came out to be 6.5 miles round trip, finished in just under 3 hours walking at a decent pace. Would happily hike it again!

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9 months ago

Sun Apr 28 2019

Very, very scenic, on a clear path with mild grade and lots of switchbacks. No shade, so the sun quickly becomes a factor. Links into Hugh Norris trail at about 1.8 miles to go toward Wasson Peak. Awesome hike; a little shorter than the full Hugh Norris Trail.

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Mon Apr 01 2019

What a great hike on a very nice trail. It was a beautiful day and the flowers were amazing!!!

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Wed Feb 06 2019

It was a good hike, well marked trail, saw some beautiful Arizona animals and the weather was perfect.

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Wed Dec 05 2018

Took kings canyon trail up to Wasson Peak and took this trail down to golden gate road , where we had a ride pick us up and take us back to vehicle at kings canyon entrance , this was a lot of fun to go this way, provided you have a ride. I will do this trail from beginning to end soon instead though.

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Thu Mar 08 2018

Great hike. I'd say it is fairly easy-moderate with the moderate part arriving in the last 800m-1000m 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.

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Wed Dec 27 2017

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 .....

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Sun Nov 26 2017

Good trail with great views.

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Sat Apr 22 2017

Got off track and ended up on this trail. It was a long way back for us, but enjoyed the views

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Sat Oct 01 2016

Desert vegetation in full bloom can be seen on this trail untouched by mankind and in full swing in spring.

Mon Apr 04 2016

My favorite workout trail. I hike it several times a month.

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Mon Feb 08 2016

Beautiful views. Last half contained spectacular scenery along ridge leading to Wasson Peak. After doing Pusch Peak two days prior we felt this trail was moderately easy to hike. Trail is very well marked. Take time at the end to cross the road and snoop around the picnic grounds built by CCC.

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Wed Dec 30 2015

I did this on a nice chilly day in December in about 3.5 hours. The signs on the trail in the park indicate 1.7 miles to the junction with Hugh Norris, and then 2.2 more to Wasson Peak, so I think the distance is actually more like 8 miles. The trail is really well marked and maintained, and while there are plenty of switchbacks, a lot of it is pretty gradual and direct. Beautiful views of the city and surrounding area from the top!

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Wed Nov 12 2014

One of four ways to reach Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains, the Sendero Esperanza Trail begins off Golden Gate Road, a dirt road that travels through the west unit of Saguaro National Park. The trail is level and sandy for the first mile, lined with palo verde trees, ironwood trees, mesquite trees, and (of course) saguaro cactus. You’ll see bunches of desert dodder in some of the trees and zebra-tailed lizards scattering before you. The trail climbs to join the Hugh Norris Trail, which takes you to Wasson Peak. The Hugh Norris Trail climbs the western side of the Tucson Mountains (so you’ll have shade if you start early enough), and ambles through granite outcroppings and grassy meadows before climbing the several switchbacks up Amole Peak. From there it is just .3 miles to Wasson and a 360-degree view of the Sonoran Desert around Tucson. The park’s signs say it is 7.9 miles round-trip and it could take 4 to 5 hours, with breaks. 6.5 hours seems a bit long.

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