King Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,740' 530 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 4,588' 1,398 m
Low: 2,919' 890 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“Rocky trails, sandy washes, towering saguaros, and plenty of Sonoran Desert wildlife.”— Austin Thomas
From here you have two options: start up the gravel covered jeep trail or drop down into the wash. If you choose the wash expect some scrambling up old cement barriers- remnants of the days of a more developed area.
After about a mile the two paths converge and Sendero Esperanza trail and Mam-A-Gah picnic area will be on your left. Mam-A-Gah is a covered area with several picnic tables. This is a great place to stop and have lunch! At this junction keep heading North-East to continue on King Canyon Trail.
The trail continues to climb for another 1.5 miles before reaching the ridge that joins with Sweetwater Trail. From here head North-West up a series a steep switchbacks. During this time be on the lookout for bat sanctuaries! You can normally see bats here at dusk. A mile later the trail ends at the junction with Hugh Norris Trail and Wasson Peak Trail.
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