Hiking Wasson Peak

Tucson, AZ

When we found that fellow bloggers Eric and Laurel (Raven and Chickadee) were going to be in nearby Gilbert Ray Campground on the last day of our visit to Tucson, we took the opportunity to meet them and share a hike up to nearby Wasson Peak.  We did this hike two years ago with Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road) and were anxious to tackle it again.

On Friday morning we drove out to Gilbert Ray Campground and found their site in Loop A.   After introductions we loaded up in the Jeep and headed just a few miles away to the trailhead.

John and Laurel on the trail

There was some significant rain in the area a couple of weeks ago, so the wildflowers were beginning to bloom.

Poppies along the trail

A Fairy Duster

This area is filled with Saguaros, so we were not surprised to spot a Crested Saguaro just off the trail on the way up the mountain.

The group climbs up toward the peak

The hike up to Wasson Peak involves an increase in elevation of almost 2,000 feet in four miles on a rocky but nicely maintained trail.  As we climbed we could see the trail down below us.

Important discussions along the trail

The 360 degree views at the peak are fantastic

Planes approaching the Tucson Airport passed just overhead

Post-lunch group selfie

A good view as we headed back down the mountain

A Royal Desert Lupine along the trail

Eric spotted this Crested Saguaro along the return trail way up on top of the mountain behind us.  Great eyes, Eric!

The return trail we used was a bit longer than the one we used going up.  But we finally returned to the parking area after a hike of ten miles.  It was a beautiful day and a great hike.  We really enjoyed spending some time with Eric and Laurel and look forward to seeing them again somewhere down the road!

Next up for us – Bisbee, AZ.  More on that later . . .

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13 Responses to Hiking Wasson Peak

  1. Laurel says:

    We had such a great time with you guys! That was an incredible hike, a gorgeous day, and we had the best hiking companions. 🙂 Can’t wait to meet up with you again for more adventures, hopefully sometime soon. Enjoy Bisbee!

  2. pmbweaver says:

    Love seeing the desert starting to come alive.
    Fabulous 360 view. Keep those Crested Saguaros coming.
    Wonderful for you four to have such a gorgeous day. Our poor families back home. -30 where Kelly is tomorrow morning. I just hate to answer their question when they ask how the weather is.

  3. Oh wow, you finally met Laurel and Eric! Im sure their company made your hike more enjoyable. I so love that desert lupine, beautiful!

  4. Jodee Gravel says:

    A beautiful hike! Eric and John look like they’re deciding the fate of that bush 🙂 Pam, you need a desert hat, just sayin….. Always love to see folks I follow getting together “out there” and enjoying the good life! It should be a colorful spring in that area, if it doesn’t get too hot too soon. Looking forward to Bisbee :-))))

  5. Rick Doyle says:

    Another beautiful hike and great photos. Nice to see the desert wildflowers beginning to bloom.

  6. I can’t believe it’s been two years since we hiked that mountain! How wonderful there were flowers and that you saw the second crested! I found that beauty last year, it’s a tough spot!

  7. Sherry says:

    What fun for me to see the four of you out on a hike. Love seeing the flowers in bloom and the crested saguaros. Really nice pictures. The only thing bad about it for me is that I wasn’t along. Looks like a terrific hike.

  8. Gay says:

    Awesome trail, wildflowers, blue skies, panoramic views, crested saguaros, and new friends to share it with…who could ask for more?

  9. Nancy says:

    Wow! You could have touched that plane! Loving the blooms and the crested Saguaros!

  10. LuAnn says:

    This looks like a wonderful hike! My hiking list is growing long thanks to you guys. So wonderful that you had the opportunity to meet Eric and Laurel. Great photos! 🙂

  11. A great looking hike to add to my list!

  12. Joan says:

    While in Bisbee keep an eye out for a man walking his dog, with a cat on the back of the dog, and a mouse on the back of the cat. 🙂 Love reading about your travels. Someday hope to be like you.

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