Wasson Peak Circle Route
ElevationAscent: 1,905' 581 m
Descent: -1,912' -583 m
High: 4,673' 1,424 m
Low: 2,914' 888 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“Head up King Canyon Trail, down the Hugh Norris Trail and Sendero Esperanza in this strenuous loop.”— Sandy Hilton
At the junction (3 miles from parking lot) with the Hugh Norris Trail, take the right fork to the top of Wasson Peak just a short 1/3 of a mile. Though this short trail is steep, the views at the top are worth it! You'll enjoy scenic views of the whole Tucson basin, making for a perfect place to catch your breath before a fast descent.
Once you've enjoyed the views from Wasson Peak, backtrack and then head down the Hugh Norris Trail - a sandy, and fun trail. Turn left on Sendero Esperanza which is a bit rocky but continues down past the picnic spot to the dry river bed. Continue down the river bed, also known as the King Canyon Wash. That will bring you back to the parking lot, where you can congratulate yourself on completing an excellent and strenuous run!
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