Wasson Peak via Sweetwater Trail is a 9.3 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.

9.3 miles
2,093 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.

6 months ago

Awesome views

7 months ago

Total hiking time around 4 hours round trip... spent about 45 minutes enjoying the summit. Not too strenuous but it’s a pretty long trail overall. Once you reach the base of Wasson Peak itself from the Sweetwater/King trail junction, the hike intensifies considerably and has quite a bit of loose rock, so watch your footing carefully. The last quarter of a mile or so is stunning as you hike along the ridge of the peak leading to the summit. Excited to do this one again soon.

8 months ago

Moderate incline for the first 3 miles, with a steep finish to get to the peak. Nice views from the top. Lots of cacti and shrubs, but no real shade on this hike unfortunately. Took about 3.5 hours and I'm not very experienced.

8 months ago

Fun trail going up not hard at all. ran into a family of ten deer very cool to see. Made the top for a 3rd time thru a different start!! Must do again sometime!!

8 months ago

Bollocks to no dogs allowed... Rubbish

8 months ago

This hike definitely leans on the side of hard. The first couple miles aren’t too bad, but the last 1.5 or so are gnarly and steep. Pretty exhausting. The top is very picturesque so if you’re a vista fanatic, this hike is well worth it. If you’re not all that into 360 pano’s of cities.. well... there’s not much in it for you. However, on a weekday morning, there’s barely another soul on the trail making for great contemplation time.
I definitely recommend really good shoes with a lot of ankle support—this hike is about as rocky as they get. Even for me, active in my 20s, my knees and ankles were aching by the end. Bring tons of water and lots of snacks and take care to rest in shaded spots— as these are far and few.
Overall, I think there are lots of other hikes I’d rather do in Tucson. Took roughly 5 hours... but I stopped a lot for photographs of cacti.

trail running
9 months ago

A fun trail to hike up and run down. The first two miles are very mellow, and the last 3/4 is a steeper switchback hike. I’d say the full Summit hike leans closer to hard than moderate. Around 2 1/2-3 hours for a runner, 4-6 hours for a hiker.

9 months ago

Awesome views!

11 months ago

Just do it!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Great trail! Amazing views from all of Tucson.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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.

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