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Bridal Wreath Falls

Intermediate

Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,066' 325 m
Descent: -1,066' -325 m
High: 3,802' 1,159 m
Low: 2,757' 840 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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A pleasant route leading to Bridal Wreath Falls.

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Features Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route climbs through the foothills of the Rincons to get to the base of Bridal Wreath Falls. It can get crowded on weekends, as the falls are a popular destination. Be aware that due to lack of shade, the trail can be hot during the day.

Need to Know

The sun is quite intense in the Arizona desert, so come prepared with adequate sun protection and water.

Runner Notes

This trail features great singletrack with a good climb, but you'll have to fight the crowds if you don't get out early enough.

Description

From the trailhead, follow the Douglas Springs Trail. There will be several trail junctions along the way but they are always well marked with signs. Stay on Douglas Springs Trail until about 2.5 miles in. The trail up to this point will have a combination of easy, moderate grades punctuated with a few short, steep climbs. Shade will be at a premium, so make sure that you've brought a good sun hat and plenty of water!

After about 2.5 miles on the Douglas Springs Trail, turn right onto the Bridal Wreath Falls Trail. This trail is short and sweet, bringing visitors up the last 1/4 mile or so to the actual falls. You'll continue to climb, but at a gentler rate than on the Douglas Springs Trail. The last hundred yards takes you through a wash with stones and boulders that you have to navigate around, so use appropriate caution here.

The waterfall is about 25 ft tall and has a small pool at the base, a striking feature in the desert! Take your time to enjoy the water, and to cool off from your ascent. Once you've had your fill, return the way that you came, and descend back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Desert natives dot the landscape, like Joshua Trees, cholla, and the saguaros that give the park its name.

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Jan 26, 2020
ARMoss
Red lined myself at the start - didn't really notice the slow but steady ascent. Took dunking my head and breather at the falls to feel good again. 5.9mi — 1h 08m
Mar 20, 2019
Avery Williams
First time here, definitely underestimated the gain. Ended up finishing about 30min past sunset. Views are gorgeous. Water was low in the falls. 6.1mi — 1h 18m
Aug 4, 2018
Marizonagirl M
Small trickle at the falls

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Bridal Wreath Falls
Jan 3, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ
The trail crosses the wash... depending on time of year and weather can be dry or full and flowing really well.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
A view looking up at Bridal Wreath Canyon.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Bridal Wreath has a slight incline for a short distance. The vegetation is heavier. Trail can be overgrown.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Big cactus in Saguaro Wilderness
Apr 29, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking at the falls. There are times when it's wall-to-wall water. A look above the rocks reveals a 3.5 ft garter snake.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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