Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail

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Saguaro National Park

Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail is a 15.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.0 km Elevation Gain: 638 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

walking

running

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

This is one of a few routes leading to Wasson Peak. Leaving El Camino Del Cerro trailhead, you will follow Sweetwater Trail until you meet the junction with King Canyon Trail. The signs at this intersection will point you north towards Wasson Peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail, the last half mile is very special, I recommend getting up early and doing this at sunrise, unfortunately the mountain blocks the sunset, so I would try to make this a morning hike. Stop at the Anita Street Market after the hike to make it a complete day.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Very clean and well defined trail. Bring lots of water. hiking poles. Baby snake right on the trail. Everyone I encountered were very nice and ready to observe the 6 ft social distance. The views from the top are unbeatable. Just beautiful 360 degree.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

RATTLESNAKE alert!!! There was rattler about 1 foot off the trail. Please do not wear headphones. We heard it before we saw it thankfully. The views are amazing throughout this hike with absolutely spectacular 360 at the top. The trail is very rocky and a lot of loose rock which was tough on my ankles and knees even with hiking boots on. Would highly recommend hiking poles. A lot of bugs at the top so you may want to consider some bug repellent. Right now with everything in full bloom, the trail gets a bit narrow in places due to overgrowth. May want to consider long pants/tights or knee socks.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Really good for cooler weather. No shade on the trail. Was not able to make it all the way up to the top because of knee problems. The views were fantastic though.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Amazing panoramic views at the top. Lots of loose rock and small cactus along the trail, so wear some good shoes. Recommend doing this one in cooler weather. Sweetwater is a steady incline and the switchbacks to the Peak are the real leg burners! Happy Trails!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Excellent views!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful views, well-defined trail. I'd call this one at the upper end of moderate. The first 3 miles are relatively easy. The last mile and a half are fairly steep. The old fenced-off mine shafts along the way are pretty neat!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Fantastic trail. I would say only the last little bit up is hard. Everything else is gradual.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Easy to follow, locked my butt! Saw a herd of Javelina on the way up. A fair number of poppies are blooming. Incredible view of the Tucson Mountains and at the top 360 views

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was in great condition. Awesome views from the peak!

Beautiful 360 view up top. Trail is very well maintained and very obvious where to go. It was moderately hard and 3L of water was more than enough for me on a 70 degree day in January

running
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the area, I love the view at the top. Some parts were a little muddy from the recent rain, but should dry up in the next few days. I often see deer on this trail and it did not disappoint, saw 5 total, one was a buck. Overall great day.

6 months ago

Always a good time. Pretty gradual until the last mile up. Good opportunity to see some critters.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Hiked this today. Left at 7:30am, 69 degrees; returned at 12:00pm, 93 degrees. Drank every bit of the gallon of water I took with me, just the right amount. Trail is very well maintained. In fact, about two miles in I met a volunteer cutting away a saguaro that had fallen across the trail. You'll be exposed to the sun all along this trail; slather accordingly.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely toasty this time of year. Even with an early start, there is generally no shade. The view at the peak is amazing!

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

The final push up to Wasson is what has this trail rated as difficult. That, combined with a complete lack of shade for the entire ~10 miles. If you do this during the summer, bring LOTS of water. I brought 3L plus some electrolytes and it was just enough. Also, be mindful of snakes as you hike along Sweetwater. There are quite a few sections right along the trail that are perfect for a snake to cool off. I got rattled at from under a bush on my way up. Once you head up King Canyon up to Wasson, the trail is mostly exposed rock, which doesn't lend itself as well to snakes. I'll definitely have this trail in mind again for the colder months!

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

Great steady incline. Clean trail.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
Sun Apr 21 2019

It was harder than easy trail.

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