Hiking Douglas Spring Trail, near Tucson AZ

Easy trail with waterfall view

Near: Tucson, AZ

Distance: 6 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Hike Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Out and Back

This is an excellent introductory hike for someone who normally doesn’t 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 doesn’t end at Bridal Wreath Falls, but it is a common endpoint for most hikers.

The scenery is classic Sonoran Desert Scrub, and the further you go on the trail, the more you get. For most beginners, the reward of a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike is what 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.

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From Downtown Tucson, take Speedway Blvd Eastbound toward the Rincon mountain range. Speedway dead-ends at the trailhead. (Lat:32.14 Lon:-110.41)