Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

9.0 miles
2007 feet
Out & Back


trail running



wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

Just do it!

2 months ago

Great trail! Amazing views from all of Tucson.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail and not too steep, even at the end. Great views at the top.

3 months ago

Pretty tough for someone like me who does not get out and hike everyday. The last bit is a tough one, as other reviewers have said. The view is great though. You can see all of Tucson, 360 degrees! Loose rocks and steep switchbacks made descending a little scary.

9 months ago

I've done this hike a few times and love the destination for its beautiful views. On clear days you can see Picacho Peak along with some distant mountain ranges. I've seen lots of animal life on this trail, including deer and javelina. When I went today a saguaro had fallen across the trail at one point. I walked right over it where the needles had worn away, which was an interesting experience.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

We started at 10:30 am and arrived at the top at 1:30. Only the last 1.2 miles were steep and a bit challenging

It's a long hike around 11miles round trip. Bring lots of water and start early. Great views from the top. Some of the best views I have seen in Tucson. No water on trail, very dry surroundings. Not much shade either.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This hike was great! Very distinct trail and mostly flat. The last 1.2 miles is the hardest part going to the peak but gradual with switchbacks.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Scenic hike with a beautiful reward at the peak with a 360 degree view of the area on a clear day. Despite the elevation gain, it's not too strenuous. Most of the elevation gain is in the mile right before reaching the peak which still wasn't that bad. We went the day after Christmas and saw few people until we reached the junction about a mile away from the peak.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

To add to my review, we started from Hugh Norris up and not sweet water. No traffic and that was nice.

Monday, December 19, 2016

My friend and I did this hike yesterday starting from the north side up. 9.8 miles total and what a beautiful view!

Monday, February 01, 2016

360° Views at the peak are awesome. Not too crowded, peak definitely worth the hike

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hiked at twilight under storm clouds and ended in rain and lightning. It was spectacular.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Beautiful view from the summit of the surrounding mountain range. The trek back down is steep at some points. Encountered a few other hikers but nothing heavy.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Great vista hike in Tucson with 360 degree views from the peak. See my Youtube video which details how to do this including directions to the trailhead.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

great hike

prefer this to kings canyon hike

take your poles slippery on the way down

Monday, November 04, 2013

First time going up to Wasson Peak. The vista from the top is amazing, not many places you can see all of Tucson and the surrounding developed areas. If i go up again it will probably be via a different route.The trail is very rocky, not too much of an issue going up but downhill the rocks really slow you down. there are a few really good views and the canyon areas give a little shade in the morning. One neat feature of this area is the air traffic that passes over the Mt. I saw several commercial planes, a few military, and some single prop planes. They pass fairly low and almost directly above the peak.

Monday, March 18, 2013

This hike was the third time I had been to Wasson Peak, but the first time taking Sweetwater Trail. Most of the trail runs through a canyon so you don't get as the views that you do taking the other routes, but it's still a beautiful trail. If you're looking for solitude, this isn't your trail; this is a very popular route, and I passed at least a couple dozen hikers. Overall, it was a great hike that I would definitely do again.

18 days ago

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