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Wasson Peak Day Hike
February 11, 2017
by Tamar Gottfried
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Hikers assemble at the trailhead.
back row: Michael, Nancy, Mark, Heather, Rudy, Yanis, Michelle, Ann.
front row: Sandy, Monika, Lawrence.

Nine Trailblazers met at 6 AM and headed off for Tucson. After a brief stop at McDonald’s on Grant to meet three more hikers, we set off for nearby Saguaro National Park. Hit the trail at 8:25, having snagged some of the last parking spots at the small and busy trailhead. We tackled the trail counter clockwise, starting on the King Canyon Trail. After a short warm up, the climbing began and got steeper and steeper until we reached the peak just after 10 AM.

Switchbacks on our way up.
Sure, we’re going to make it. [photo by Ann]
Must be the peak.  Nothing higher around here.
Ever closer, march we onward. [photo by Ann]
Almost there ...
Trailblazers top out on Wasson Peak.
While we’re here, let’s enjoy the view.
You can see for a long way up here. [photo by Ann]

After a brief rest to appreciate the panoramic views of Tucson, Mt. Lemmon, Kitt Peak and the surrounding valleys, we headed down on the Hugh Norris Trail. Leonard split from the group to bag Amole Peak and then rejoined us. We transitioned to the Sendero trail, where we took a few minutes to explore the mine and an abandoned structure. We then took the Gould Mine Trail back to the trailhead, crossing a wash to get back to the cars. By then, after 4.5 hours of hiking, the temperature was venturing into the 80s and we were happy to be headed toward cool drinks and air conditioning.

Hmmm, this abandoned mine looks interesting. [photo by Ann]
The Mosaic Café.

We were welcomed and treated like family at the Mosaic Café as we filled up on good food and drinks, including fresh tortillas. We parted ways by 3 PM, full, tired, and satisfied by a great day on the trail.

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updated February 18, 2017