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Sweetwater Trail

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Length

3.5 Miles 5.6 Kilometers

87%

Runnable

Elevation

1,158' 353 m

Ascent

-101' -31 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

3,866' 1,178 m

High

2,810' 856 m

Low

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A very popular trail in the Tucson Mountain range.

Austin Thomas

Overview

As with all lower elevation trails in this area. June through September may be too hot for a comfortable run. Many choose to run this trail at night during this time. However, there are no seasonal closures in Saguaro National Park.
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Dogs: No Dogs

Runner Notes [Suggest Changes]

The trail has a few rough spots with sections of the trail partially washed out. Even so, this is a very popular trail, and you will likely encounter many trail runners.

Description [Suggest Changes]

The beginning of this trail is marked by a large, paved parking lot. After less than 1/2 mile into the run, you'll come to an intersection.

Turn left to continue on Sweetwater Trail. The next section of the trail will take you through a large wash and into a canyon that the trail stays in for the remainder of the run. After the wash and a quick set of switchbacks, the trail stays at a consistent grade all the way to the Sweetwater Saddle.

As you make your way up the trail, don't forget to look back for a unique view of the Santa Catalina Mountains! The high canyon walls block out most of the city to provide a perfect natural frame.

The end of the trail is marked by a large, open area and an intersection with King Canyon Trail.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Watch your step! Rattlesnakes like to get some sun in the middle of the trail.

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Jan 17, 2018
Travis Atwood
Out and back 3.5mi
Aug 21, 2016
Chad Dailey

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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  4.4 from 5 votes
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#119

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