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Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail

Tucson Area, Arizona

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  • Forest of saguaro cacti. - Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • Cholla cactus.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • A close-up of a saguaro cactus.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • The saguaro cacti begin to bloom in late April and early May.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • Blooms in the desert in late April and early May.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • The other-worldly ocotillo cactus along the trail to Wasson Peak.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • The trail to Wasson Peak.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • An ocotillo in bloom.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • A view of the trail leading to Wasson Peak.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • A view looking from the top of Wasson Peak to the trail.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
  • An ocotillo in bloom.- Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Saguaro forest. Scenic views of Tucson.
Cons: 
No shade.
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Region:
Tucson Area, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
4,686.00 ft (1,428.29 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.60 mi (13.84 km)
Total elevation gain: 
2,388.00 ft (727.86 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,599.00 ft (792.18 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This 8.6-mile out-and-back trail rests entirely in Saguaro National Park. The trail immediately starts to climb once hikers leave the parking lot. The first mile consists primarily of stone stairs and switchbacks. This first mile also consists of the most densely populated area of Saguaro cacti on the trail. The saguaros are beautiful when they are in bloom as well, starting in late April or early May. After the first mile the trail follows the mountainside for as far as the eye can see. For the most part the first 3 miles of the trail are visible along the mountainside and hikers can see where they are going. 

The second mile of the trail continues to ascend following the mountains. After the 2-mile mark the trail descends for a quarter mile until crossing the first of two trail junctions. Continue straight and continue to ascend. After about 4 miles the trail quickly ascends for a half mile through a series of switchbacks. At the top of the switchbacks hikers will find the second trail junction and follow the trail to the left. At this junction hikers will be able to see Wasson Peak and the trail leading to it. The peak is a few hundred yards from the junction. 

After spending some time enjoying the views of Tucson, hikers can return to the trailhead by the way they came. Wasson Peak is the tallest in the Tucson Mountain Range, and the trail is a great way to see the Sonoran Desert and the plant and animal life that live in the terrain. It can get extremely hot in summer, and there are no water sources along the trail.

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