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Name: Bridal Wreath Falls Author's Rating:
Author: Shannon Higgins Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: Hike Difficulty: (Learner)
Time: 3 - 4 hours Region: Southeast Arizona
Length: 5.6 miles (roundtrip) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +1216 ft / -81 ft / 0 ft (roundtrip)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 3000 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Medium Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: February, 2015
Short Description: A moderate hike back into the Rincon Mountains to the cascading Bridal Wreath Falls.
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area: Backcountry Boss ;I Can Findz Cache! ; Hiking Reddington
References / Contact Information: hikearizona.com, protrails.com, click here for feature story on the falls; Hiking Saguaro National Park; Map of hiking trails for the park on the east side
Points of interest: Scenic views of the Tucson desert, cascading waterfall over 20-foot canyon wall
Special Considerations: This trail is located within the Saguaro National Park. Click here for details on hiking in the park. Dogs are not allowed on this trail
How to get there: In Tucson, head east on Speedway Boulevard for about 16 miles until the road ends. There is a small parking lot on the right side of the dead end in front of the Douglas Springs Trailhead. Parking is available here and also on the sides of the road. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

The Douglas Springs trail is the main trail that leads hikers back into the Rincon Mountains. It starts off gradually, but eventually gets steep enough to where it’s almost a guarantee you’ll break a sweat. This is also a popular trail for horses, so it’s not uncommon to encounter some while hiking.

General Information and History

The Rincon Mountains are one of five mountain ranges that encapsulate Tucson and received its namesake from their shape. “Rincón” is Spanish for corner, which is the main shape of this mountain range creates. This square formation has three borders with the Saguaro National Forest. Elevations in the Rincons range from 3,600 to 7,770 feet where the vegetation also changes from the desert cacti to pinion, juniper, and oak trees. The Rincon Mountains now have 38,590 acres of wilderness designated to them.

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The Trail

This trail begins where Speedway Boulevard ends at Waypoint 001. The trail starts out gradually and passes two junctions at Waypoint 002 (0.25 miles) and Waypoint 003 (0.6 miles) where you’ll want to stay left and continue on the Douglas Spring Trail. A little under a mile after the second junction comes Waypoint 004, where you’ll want to turn left on to the Carrillo Trail. This trail will quickly lead you over a dry wash.

The vegetation will begin to change from the desert scenery into a cooler, shaded area with green grass. This is the part of the trail where it changes from its gradual ascent to a steeper incline. There will be another junction at Waypoint 005 (2.2 miles from the start) with the Three Tanks Trail, where you will want to keep left. There is one final junction before the final leg of the hike at Waypoint 006 at Aguila Corral (~2.4 miles from the start) where you’ll want to turn right onto the Bridal Wreath Falls trail.

After a couple minutes on this part of the trail, you’ll come across some boulders you’ll have to climb over in order to climb up to the waterfall at Waypoint 007. These boulders are the last obstacle before the falls and you’ll be able to feel a temperature change as you are getting closer to the cool grotto. To return to the beginning, just follow the same route back.

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