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Address: Saguaro National Park, AZ

Popular hiking trail in Saguaro West.

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Fantastic trail

I used this trail and others to form a great loop hike from the King Canyon parking lot, taking in the summit of Wasson Peak for some truly fantastic views. The trail did get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2016
Paul M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

I used this trail and others to form a great loop hike from the King Canyon parking lot, taking in the summit of Wasson Peak for some truly fantastic views. The trail did get pretty steep and had plenty of loose rock, gravel and stone but overall it was an excellent experience taking in some brilliant scenery.

Thank Paul M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

We partly took the King Canyon Trail and partly a wash. I simply love this place. We are visiting the Tucson Mountains already for years and we believe it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. When a lot of cactus are in bloom it is amazing. There are a lot of birds and it is so relaxing.... More 

Thank Rob J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

The drive out to the trailhead alone is a scenic adventure. This trail, and the larger park area, are just outside Tucson making it easily accessible for visitors and locals alike. The trail itself is easy enough to traverse if you are in decent shape. I heard some older couples (maybe in their 60s?) complaining about the loose rocks, so... More 

Thank Christina L
John Day, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Geology, beautiful desert vegetation. Really enjoyable hike. Opportunity to view pictographs and go off trail, too.

Thank JohnDay_ORJen
Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a fantastic trail. Easy access and parking right off the road. There is a picnic area on the trail,but it is a bit of a hike. The trail offers moderate terrain and tremendous views. It is not a super long hike,but still a workout. If you have a short amount of time, this is a good pick because... More 

4 Thank AdventurousAmy77
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We recently visited the Tucson area to enjoy some hiking and see the Saguaros. King Canyon trail starts about 100 feet beyond (going North) the entrance to the Desert Museum, on the right side of the road. There aren't any markers or maps in the parking lot, so we weren't sure... but 100 feet up the trail there is a... More 

3 Thank Leslie J
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The trailhead and parking area for this hike is located just outside the park, across the road from the Sonoran Desert Museum on Kinney Road. The loop hike is a combination of sections from several different trails. The hike starts northeast up King Canyon, climbing gradually along an old vehicle track constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.... More 

6 Thank Davis K
Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

You can go in as far as you like and still have great vistas. We only met a handful of people on the trail. Passed mines from the '30's. Super lunch stop at the top with a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Nice to have such a hike so close to Tucson...25 minute drive. Make sure you take a... More 

Thank ancientmoods
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

The lower section of the trail is a nice hike. A lot of good views a some huge cacti. The hike to the top of the mountain looks nice.

Thank Sjn1999
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Started at the Kings Canyon trailhead, and hiked up the canyon. There are petroglyphs about a mile in, down in the wash. We hiked up the trail to the saddle, and then over the top and hiked back down the Sweetwater trail, and had someone pick us up there (then had to drive back around to retrieve the first vehicle).... More 

Thank elrobo47

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