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Douglas Springs Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (10)

The main trail leading into the Rincon Mountains from the end of Speedway.


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10.2

Miles

16.5

KM

82%

Runnable

6,127' 1,868 m

High

2,760' 841 m

Low

3,569' 1,088 m

Up

907' 277 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Make sure you carry at least 4 liters of water or depending on time of year, a water filter for water that may be at Douglas Springs Campground or in pools and drainages above it.

Description

This is the main trail leaving from the parking lot at the end of Speedway Blvd. You'll pass Garwood & Wentworth Trail as you climb then it levels out and intersects with Carrillo Trail. Continue on the trail... the next section has the most sustained climbing.

After gaining the top of the hill, the trail levels out. You'll travel about 1 mile to reach the saddle and trail junctions of Bridal Wreath and Ernie's Falls Trail. Continue going straight; though rugged and undulating, there is only modest net elevation gain over the next 3+ miles to Douglas Springs campground.

The next 2.4 miles is a steady climb of switchbacks and stream bed crossings traversing through manzanita, juniper and sycamore trees to CowHead Saddle. The various native flowers and plants like Sand and Desert Verbena, Fairy Duster, Desert Aster and New Mexico Thistle never cease to amaze. The views of the Catalina Mountains, Redington Pass and over towards the San Pedro Valley as well as the Tanque Verde and Tucson Valley are exceptional.

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Mike Barcom

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Photos

Cow Head Saddle with view up to Manning Camp. Juniper Tress and Manzanita in bloom.
May 8, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Heading back to the trailhead on Douglas Springs Trail.
Feb 7, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Cow Head Saddle—Douglas Springs Trail Terminus 6800' Elev. Beautiful views with Sycamore, Juniper and Manzanita.
May 8, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Gnarly Sycamore tree on Douglas Springs Trail.
May 8, 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
A beaut for sure.
Oct 12, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ

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Aug 4, 2018
Marizonagirl M
5 miles and turned around. Stopped at Bridal Wreath Falls along the way 10mi