I've not hiked to Wasson via Sandero Trail, which hooks up with the Hugh Norris and Kings Canyon trails, both of which I've done a few times. Wasson has become my go-to fitness hike. I've transitioned off Blackett's Ridge because the descent from that just kills my joints. Otherwise, that is a great hike.
Reaching the intersection with Hugh Norris, I now have good views to the south. The Norris trail is in great shape which contrasts with King Canyon which I don't favor at all. I decided to maintain a good pace with no stops so I could see how well I would do with time.
The tailings from an old mine is distinct in the slopes below.
There is a nice reprieve from the climbing for awhile as the trail is flat to slightly uphill. In the distance though is a final steep section that brings me to....
The intersection with King Canyon trail and the final ascent to the peak.
Reaching the peak, the Catalinas kind of look like a squat candle with a wick still burning. I have a nice chat with a couple from Taiwan who are living now in Tucson. Odd that on this Friday there is no one else up here.
I head back down. I think Sandero is the most direct of the 6 routes (actually there is a 7th, seldom hiked route) and starts from a higher elevation so I finish with only 8 miles and 1700' of climbing.
Being a Strava advocate, I couldn't wait to see how I did compared to unknown peers for the full climb to the peak.....
....yeehaw got the KOM but there are only 74 people who have recorded the hike on Strava so not a lot compared to some climbs. Celebrated a birthday on Saturday, the 21st. Yes, my birthday is the longest day of the year. How bout that? Got in short hikes on Saturday (Hieroglyphic Cave in Tucson Mountains) and Sunday (Sanctuary Cove loop) but then a good one on Monday and more to come on that.