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Douglas Springs Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (10)

The main trail leading into the Rincon Mountains from the end of Speedway.


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10.2

Miles

16.5

KM

Point to Point

6,127' 1,868 m

High

2,760' 841 m

Low

3,569' 1,088 m

Up

907' 277 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Make sure you carry at least 4 liters of water or depending on time of year, a water filter for water that may be at Douglas Springs Campground or in pools and drainages above it.

Description

This is the main trail leaving from the parking lot at the end of Speedway Blvd. You'll pass Garwood & Wentworth Trail as you climb then it levels out and intersects with Carrillo Trail. Continue on the trail... the next section has the most sustained climbing.

After gaining the top of the hill, the trail levels out. You'll travel about 1 mile to reach the saddle and trail junctions of Bridal Wreath and Ernie's Falls Trail. Continue going straight; though rugged and undulating, there is only modest net elevation gain over the next 3+ miles to Douglas Springs campground.

The next 2.4 miles is a steady climb of switchbacks and stream bed crossings traversing through manzanita, juniper and sycamore trees to CowHead Saddle. The various native flowers and plants like Sand and Desert Verbena, Fairy Duster, Desert Aster and New Mexico Thistle never cease to amaze. The views of the Catalina Mountains, Redington Pass and over towards the San Pedro Valley as well as the Tanque Verde and Tucson Valley are exceptional.

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Shared By:

Mike Barcom

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  3.8 from 10 votes

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My impression of a giant saguaro.
Oct 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Cow Head Saddle with view up to Manning Camp. Juniper Tress and Manzanita in bloom.
May 8, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Heading back to the trailhead on Douglas Springs Trail.
Feb 7, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
A beaut for sure.
Oct 12, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ
2.5 miles on Douglas Springs Trail to trail signage & intersection. Trail heads south towards mountains.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Bridal Wreath has a slight incline for a short distance. The vegetation is heavier. Trail can be overgrown.
Aug 18, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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Mar 25, 2021
Jodi K
45 min in, 45 min out! Clear 30 degrees! — 6h 23m
Sep 14, 2020
Charles Paige
6mi — 2h 00m
Jul 9, 2020
Semi Feral
This trail is exquisitely constructed and maintained. — 3h 37m
Nov 27, 2019
Ken Lesinski
Sep 13, 2019
Private User
Aug 11, 2019
Cassie Tuholski
May 5, 2019
Wade George
little bit warm this time of year so start early 6mi — 3h 30m
Apr 16, 2019
Matt Swanson
13.2mi