Monday, May 18, 2015

Hugh Norriss to Wasson Peak Saguaro National Park West April 25, 2015

                           Blooming Saguaro cactus

At 6 am in the morning I drove out to Saguaro National Park West to hike the Hugh Norris Trail to the top of Mount Wasson. This trail at 10 miles round trip is the longest hike in Saguaro Park West. When I completed it last year it also became one of my favorites as well because of its extraordinary views and desert vegetation. The Hugh Norris trail is steep in places but easy to follow. Remember to carry water, food and a hat because a hiker even during the winter can suffer from heat stroke and dehydration. During the summer I would not suggest hiking this trail after 10 am. In late April the hike did not disappoint with blooming Saguaro, Ocotillo, Staghorn cholla and Prickly pear along the trail. The wildflowers in southern Arizona have been blooming in waves as a result of the summer rains and it truly has been spectacular. . Each hike has given me the opportunity to photograph different species of flowers.

Location: The trailhead is located 3.5 miles north of the Red Hills Visitor Center in Saguaro National Park West. Turn right onto Kinney Road and follow it until the turnoff for Hohokam Road (also known as part of the Bajada Loop). The trailhead will be on the right and it can accommodate up to four cars if they are parked correctly. (Information from

                   View from the Hugh Norris trail

                   Three Saguaro cacti and rock outrcrop in early Arizona sun

                  Blooming Ocotillo

                 Sonoran Desert vegetation

                                Blooming Staghorn cholla

                         Blooming Staghorn cholla

                       Prickly pear

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