I have previously hiked up to Wasson Peak in the Tucson Mountains using Sweetwater Trail from the East side. This week I hiked up from the West side starting at the trailhead near the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I chose the Gould Mine trail that leads up to the Hugh Norris trail, which is a very nicely built trail. The hike was about 8.5 miles to the peak and back with an elevation gain of 1770 feet over the parking lot, or about 2400 feet of climbing if you include all the ups and downs. I preferred this hike to the Sweetwater trail, but next time I think I’ll go all the way on the Hugh Norris trail. It’s a bit longer but it’s about as lovely a trail as you’ll find in the Sonoran desert.
iPhone NOTE: I’ve been bothered by the terrible lens flare I get whenever I try to take a picture in the direction of the sun, so this time I bought a cheap polarizing filter (less than $7) on Amazon (see here). The filter has the drawback that I had to remove my iPhone from the battery case I use, and it seems likely to fall off on a hike, but it did significantly reduce the lens flare. The last picture below was taken directly at the sun, and while it still has some lens flare, at least I was able to get the picture. Previously, these photos were ruined by the flare.
Here is the Google Earth video of my hike (full GPX file available here):
And the Google Earth profile:
And here is the map of the hike (a full map is available here):
And here is the iPhone video I made:
This is where the first sign is posted at the start of the Gould Mine trail:
The Hugh Norris trail has quite a few steps that have been built into the trail which makes it a very easy trail to hike on. It’s also not near as rocky as the Gould Mine trail.
The views get more and more stunning as you ascend:
Finally, these are the panoramas I took from the top of Wasson peak: