Mountains of Southern Arizona


Day Hike - Mountains of Southern Arizona

Saguaro National Park East: Douglas Spring to Bridal Wreath Falls (with options for extended milage) Day 1 of 3 hikes near Tucson, Arizona

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,425 ft

Meet at the Douglas Spring Trailhead in the Saguaro National Park at 8 am.

A National Park Pass is required for entry

This is the first of 3 day hikes in the Tucson area from Feb 7-9th.  We will be exploring three regions in the area:  Saguaro National Park East, Saguaro National Park West and Sabino Canyon where we will see the best of the canyons, views, falls, geology and nature in the Tucson Basin.

Richard DuBois (Co-leader) will be offering longer extension options for this hike

Pace will be moderate, with plenty of time for taking in the scenery. 

Here is the proposed route for this hike

From the Douglas Spring trailhead, the trail starts out flat, but then begins to ascend into the mountains. through various types of desert vegetation, such as saguaro and barrel cactus, mesquite and creosote, and views of the Rincon and Santa Catalina mountains.  The falls are surrounded by big boulders, and a great place to stop for a snack before looping back around through a gorgeous expanse of desert foothills on the Three Tank, Carrillo and Garwood trails.

Part of this hike is consistently uphill on rocky mountain steps. Bring plenty of water, sturdy hiking footwear, sun protection and hiking poles.  The Sonoran Desert houses venomous insects to be aware of when hiking (snakes, bees, scorpions and spiders).

February is the cool season with high's around 70F, dry and sunny.  Some plants and wildflowers may begin blooming.  

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging, although carpooling options to the trailhead can be arranged.  Leader has secured a 3-bedroom home through Airbnb that can be shared with several participants (send me an email if you are interested).  The Tucson airport would be the most convenient to fly into.  There will be options for dining together and sharing free time activities.

Other fun things to see in Tucson during free time:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tuscon Botanical Garden

Tohono Chul Gardens

San Xavier del Bac Mission

Old Tucson Studios

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Colossal Cave

Chiricahua National Monument 

Picacho State Park, very easy hiking with lots of flowers

Madera Canyon, an amazing birding location

Karchner Caverns State Park

Pima Air and Space Museum

Titan Missile Museum


Mountains of Southern Arizona

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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