A series of trails in the park's Tucson Mountain District link together for an eight-mile loop hike to the summit of Wasson Peak, the highest in the Tucson Mountains at 4,687 feet. From King Canyon Trailhead, on the north side of Kinney Road opposite the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, head northeast on the King Canyon Trail up a gentle grade to the Mam-a-Gah Picnic Area. From here the trail steepens on a climb to a ridge with views of the Catalina Mountains in 1.4 miles, then switchbacks 0.9 mile to the Hugh Norris Trail. Turn right 0.3 mile to the summit of Wasson Peak and catch a panoramic view of southern Arizona. To make the loop, stay on the Hugh Norris Trail for a 1.9-mile descent on a set of switchbacks and along a ridge. Turn left on Sendero Esperanza Trail and continue descending one mile, then turn right on the Gould Mine Trail and follow it 1.1 miles back to the start.

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Active and Adventure Review of Wasson Peak Hike

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The visitor center and the website provide free map and trail descriptions.
  • Other trail combinations are possible by using one of the other trailheads in the park.
  • These trails are for day-use only.

Tucson Mountain District
2700 North Kinney Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85743
Parking: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
Price: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 520-733-5158
Fax: 520-733-5183
Neighborhood: Tucson
Price Information: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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