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Douglas Spring Trail

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Easy trail with waterfall view
Near:Tucson, AZ
Distance:6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1000 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is an excellent introductory hike for someone who normally doesnt get out there. You can negotiate the trail with ease in a pair of tennis shoes, but hiking boots will enable you to continue farther up the trail. This trek doesnt end at Bridal Wreath Falls, but it is a common end point for most hikers. The scenery is classic Sonoran Desert Scrub, and the further you go on the trail, the more you get. For most begginers, the reward of a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike, is about they need to get hooked. I've personally introduced a lot of "never hiked before" folks to the outdoors by taking them on this hike. The whole family from toddlers to elderly enjoy this trek on a regular basis, not many steep hills and lots of hikers to keep you company. For those more experienced backpackers who plan to stay overnight, you'll need a permit available from the Saguaro National Park office.
Trailhead: From Downtown Tucson, take Speedway Blvd Eastbound toward the Rincon mountain range. Speedway dead-ends at the trailhead. (Lat:32.14 Lon:-110.41)
Trail Guides for Douglas Spring Trail:
Tucson Hiking Guide
by Betty Leavengood (Pruett Publishing Companey)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Suguaro National Park 3693 Old Spanish Trail, Tucson AZ. 85730 (520) 733-5153
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John McKenna, who has posted  8 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 7   Submit your own review
Reviewed by NLR on 2/19/2016
This is indeed a great hike but should be rated "moderate" rather than "easy" (I have over 40 years of hiking experience). When there's an elevation gain of more than 1,100 feet and most of it happens in one mile (beginning about 0.8 miles from the trail head), there are plenty of people who would have trouble. On the other hand, the trail surface is mostly excellent and the grade is never too steep. No danger that I recall. Lots of nice views along the way and a shady glade near the base of the falls. When we were there (mid-February), the falls were barely running. I wouldn't count on seeing water there much later in the year. Didn't see any horses and could easily avoid the typical amount of poop found on such a trail.

Reviewed by Viewer on 7/16/2015
This is definately not an easy trail. I think the person writing the review may have got this one confused with another. I have hiked this a few times and it is a strenuous cardio wookout. The first quarter mile is easy but quickly turns into some pretty steep climbs. I read in the main review that toodlers can hike this. LMAO !! There is no way a toddler is going to be able to do this trail. Anyone that takes a small child to this trail will quickly realize that this is not a tral for small children ( toodlers ). Each time I go, it's just as hard as the last time. Great workout with beautiful views, one of my favorites.

Reviewed by CML on 4/17/2015
This is a gorgeous Trail, don't forget to stop and take a gander at the view behind you! For those of you complaining abot the "Eqine Poop"....well...most of those trails were made and are maintained on the backs of our equine friends. AND it is highly possible some of that "poop" got there from horses that belong to members of a mounted search and rescue group probably going up to rescued a hiker injured or more likely a hiker that didn't bring enough water! Forest Service #1 preferance to go in and rescue hikers who are injured or more likely ran out of water IS our Equine friends! Try going out in a stokes basket! Most get "sea sick". So it just might be use...keeping our horses in shape to rescued your BUTTS!

Reviewed by Michelle on 1/11/2015
I am absolutely amazed at the people who decide to go out into nature and decide that they can't handle a little poop. Step over it. Some of the most beautiful plants you see growing around you are thanks to that nice big and sweet smelling horse manure. This trail is gorgeous for those who are looking for beauty and aren't too busy counting horse manure piles. :-)

Reviewed by Dave on 8/27/2014
While not easy it is a very "civilized" hike with a well maintained trail and moderate elevation gain. Try to go after a recent rainfall or during snow melt to enjoy the best water flow. There is more horse poop in Sabino Canyon than we found along this trail.

Reviewed by Jane on 7/22/2014
This would be a nice trail if horses weren't allowed. If you don't mind dodging and smelling horse poop then you will probably like this trail. I wouldn't say its an easy hike. My 70 year mother found the terrain a little tricky in places. We didn't make it the falls because we got tired of the horses & their poop.

Reviewed by Donovan on 3/5/2013
Allow me to throw in my 2ยข worth ... trail is definitely NOT easy, but it is well within the capabilities of most people. The views back toward the valley are legendary, and are alone worth the hike, but Bridal Falls is gorgeous when it's running (in mid- to late-summer, it may not be running, depending on recent rain), and there are several shorter trails you can detour to from Douglas Spring if you like (some are shorter, but not easier, Carillo for example has several very steep segments). My favorite hike.

Reviewed by kathryn on 3/2/2013
This hike is not easy, particularly since it is south facing slope most of the way and can be very hot. There is a lot of stair steps up to the bridal falls, I have not been beyond since this a 6 mile round trip. To Douglas Falls is a 12 mile round trip. Not easily doable in a day unless it is really flat from the bridal falls junction. Very nice in March with the water still running at bridal falls but lots of climbing, way more than 1000 feet.

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