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Wasson Peak Day Hike
Tucson Mountains
March 12, 2016
by Quy Nguyen
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Nancy, Rudy, and Quy are ready for a grand adventure.

Rudy and Quy drove from the Valley to meet Nancy at King Canyon Trailhead. We look up the map and decided to hike up to Wasson Peak on the King Canyon Trail and hike back on the Hugh Norris, Esperanza, and Gould Mine Trails.

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Let’s see. I found the trail on the map.
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Ocotillo blossoms brighten the way.
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Rudy and Nancy walk through fields of wildflowers.
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We have a grand view out over the valley.
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There’s the trail, but we aren’t yet at the top.

Springtime following a wet winter made this a pleasurable hike with wildflowers along the trail. Most of them are brittlebush flowers. Vegetation is typically Sonoran: saguaros, barrel cactus, cholla, ocotillo, paloverde trees. Ocotillo are booming to brighten the trail. The first mile of King Canyon trail is an old jeep road. After passing the intersection of Sendero Esperanza, King Canyon trail is gradual, going up with many switchbacks. We stopped many times to catch our breath. Along the trail we saw two mine shafts.

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Just below the summit.
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We made it to the top! Quy, Nancy, and Rudy.
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Might as well sign the register.
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U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey.
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You’ve come a long way.
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Tucson, from the top.

We returned to King Canyon Trailhead on the Hugh Norris, Esperanza, and Gould Mine Trails.

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It’s looking good on the down grade.
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Plenty of saguaros live in these mountains.
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Rudy and Nancy enjoy the fine view.
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Ocotillo blossoms cheer us on the way down.
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This calls for some music!
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Colorful trailside vegetation.
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Agaves thrive here.
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Sonoran Desert in bloom.
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Colorful buds along the trail.

This was the beautiful hike with great company in pleasant weather. All is good!

Thanks to Rudy and Nancy for joining my hike. Happy Trails!

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updated September 13, 2016