Sweetwater

Sweetwater near Tucson, AZ


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9 miles
5hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall
Tucson, AZ
User sdecarie
Climbing to the Junction of King Canyon and Wasson peak trails you encounter a variety of desert vegetation (be careful it bites as in having all kinds of prickles and thorns). Didn't see any rattlesnakes but they are common in the area.

The first portion winds through the desert down to Sweetwater Valley then you work your way along the older section of the trail. It's rocky and rugged in places. There are spectular views of Tucscon and the mountains from the trail.

Once at the saddle there is an optional 1.2 mile hike to Wasson Peak. It's the highest peak in the Tucson mountains and offers great views in all directions.

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Directions:

Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell drive west on speedway to the I-10 Frontage Road. Turn right (north) on Frontage Rd. During I-10 construction follow Frontage Rd. to El Camino Del Cerro/Ruthrauff Rd. Turn left (west) on El Camino Del Cerro. Follow El Camino Del Cerro west for 5.7 miles to the Sweetwater Trailhead. (Lat:32.28865 Lon:-111.12077)


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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