Posted: Sep 23, 2011 6:10 AM
Updated: Sep 23, 2011 5:38 PM
TUCSON - Its Spanish translation is "The Hope Trail", and for those hoping for a good hike look no further.
The Sendero Esperanza Trail serves as a good re-introduction to the Sonoran Desert. The first mile of the trail is fairly flat and sandy, giving ample opportunity to soak in your surroundings.
Our old friends, prickly pears, chollas and saguaros are abundant. Add in blooming cactus flowers with some Mexican goldpoppies and a colorful palette flanks your trek.
Birders will be able to spot several bird species and you'll see lots of lizards darting from the trail into the desert brush.
While the first mile of the trail is fairly easy, the rest of the way gets steeper and starts switchbacking.
The trail remains well-marked, but becomes much more narrow and rocky. Make sure to watch your footing as you climb up to Wasson Peak.
Don't let any of that discourage you. Much like several trails in the Tucson Mountains, the Sendero Esperanza Trail hosts several abandoned mines. As always, exercise caution when walking around them.
All told, the Sendero Esperanza Trail is about an 8 mile round trip hike, with an elevation gain of over 1,300 feet.
To see the Sendero Esperanza Trail map, click here.
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