Time  3 hours 45 minutes

Coordinates 511

Uploaded May 6, 2009

Recorded May 2009

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4,598 ft
2,838 ft
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1.8
3.5
7.06 mi

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near Old Tucson, Arizona (United States)

Nice loop with views along Wasson Peak.

From Tucson, take Speedway, Gates Pass Road, Kinney Road. Just as you pass the Desert Museum at your left, the trail head parking is on a dirt parking lot on the right side.

You can take the old jeep road or a we did go more left, past the sign (photo) into the wash.
Go right uphill (if you turn left, downhill, just before the road on the right starts the unmarked, Gould Mine Trail)

Uphill in the wash is more difficult but more interesting. At a crossing with a trail sign, going 2 ways, go right uphill, on the King Canyon Trail.
When you reach a saddle, the crossing with Sweetwater, turn left uphill.
You pass a couple of mines and at the next crossing you may go right if you didn't climb Wasson Peak (easy).
Go Left on Hugh Norris Trail and the trail almost immediately descents, the trail follows a rocky ridge.
At the crossing with Sendero Esperanza Trail go left. Just past another mine you find the trail head of Gould Mine Trail. Follow this trail up to the parking.

There is no shade.
In early May the Saguaro where blooming. Start early as the flowers close in the day. (We started around 8:00am (80F) and ended at 94F)
Hiking time: 3 Hours 45 Minutes return.
There is no fee on this parking lot as it starts outside the park.

Another way to climb Wasson Peak is taking Sweetwater Trail (on this site) or taking Hugh Norris Trail (on this site).

http://www.efmer.eu/trails/usa/az/tucson/king_canyon_hugh_norris_esperanza_gold_mine_loop.html

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Hiking

A Trail H

A Parking - Trail Head
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F Xing

F Xing - King Canon Trail
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G Photo 1 death
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I Xing

I Xing - Sweetwater strait ahead - King Canyon Left uphill
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K Mine

K Mine
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L Mine

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M Xing

M Xing - King Canyon Trail - Left and Right Hugh Norris Trail
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P Photo 1 Sag
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Q Xing Hugh Norris Trail - Sendero Esperanza Trail - Photo 1
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S Mine

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T Xing

T Xing Strait ahead Sendero Esperanza Trail - Right Trail Head Gould Mine Trail
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V Photo 1 Sag
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W Trail H

W Trail Head - Gould Mine Trail
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B Wash

B Wash - Left down the wash to Gold Mine Trail - Right up the wash King Canyon Trail

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