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Sweetwater Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (12)

A very popular trail in the Tucson Mountain range.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

87%

Runnable

3,866' 1,178 m

High

2,810' 856 m

Low

1,158' 353 m

Up

101' 31 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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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.

Runner Notes

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

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

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

Contacts

Shared By:

Austin Thomas

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  4.5 from 12 votes

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  4.5 from 12 votes
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Photos

Cholla blossoms.
May 5, 2015 near Tucson…, AZ
Mount Lemmon from the Sweetwater Trail
Mar 28, 2018 near Tucson…, AZ
Saguaro Cactus surround the trailhead.
Aug 2, 2017 near Flowing…, AZ
Cacti blossoms over Tucson.
May 5, 2015 near Tucson…, AZ
Saddle before heading up to Wasson Peak.
Aug 2, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ
Overshadowed by the plentiful saguaros, the ocotillos of the National Park are big and colorful.
Apr 3, 2016 near Flowing…, AZ

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