Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Wasson Peak Day Hike
when Trip Report : February 11, 2017
  Trip Report : March 12, 2016
  Trip Report : March 5, 2005
where Tucson Mountains
the hike     At 4,687 feet, Wasson Peak is the highest point in the Tucson Mountain range. We will be hiking the King Canyon Trail, which provides the shortest access to Wasson Peak, and returning to the trailhead on the Hugh Norris and Esperanza trails. This is a fairly strenuous hike of nine miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1,837 feet to the summit. Climbing all the way to the top is optional.
    The King Canyon Trail was originally constructed as a mining road to the Copper King Mine in 1917, and abandoned mine shafts dot the trail to the summit. The views from the peak include much of the city of Tucson, in addition to the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains to the east. We will keep a slow pace to enjoy the scenery. Spring wildflowers may be at their peak. Bring your camera.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 9 mile loop
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1,837' elevation change
on trail 100% — King Canyon Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Tucson
meet 6:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot and not in the Einstein’s common parking area.
drive
•  I-10 to Tucson. In Tucson take the Speedway Blvd. exit and drive west, following the signs to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Speedway eventually becomes Gates Pass Road.
At the T-intersection on the other side of Gates Pass, turn right onto Kinney Road and continue for another two miles to the museum entrance.
The King Canyon Trailhead is located 0.1 miles past the museum entrance on the right side of the road.

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