Douglas Spring Trail

#1 of 34 trails in Saguaro National Park
Douglas Spring Trail is a 17.2 mile out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

17.2 miles 3723 feet Out & Back
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Easy trail with waterfall view This is an excellent introductory hike for someone who normally doesnt 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 doesnt end at Bridal Wreath Falls, but it is a common end point for most hikers. The scenery is classic Sonoran Desert Scrub, and the further you go on the trail, the more you get. For most begginers, the reward of a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike, is about 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.

bevin smith
1 month ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Love this Hike!

B_Mo O'Miley
4 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

I'm a novice hiker, trying out new trails as I go, but I've done this one a few times already, going a little further each time. Being just in ok shape, it's a little challenging, but has gotten easier after just a few more hikes and conditioning.
Well marked trail. Pretty views. Nice mix of ascents, descents and some flat areas.
Heavily traveled with lots of nice and friendly hikers.

Alex Layton
7 months ago

4 Completed5 Reviews

There was plenty of water when I went the beginning of the trail is steep but then it levels out the falls are well worth the hike

Rachel Goicoa
10 months ago

12 Completed9 Reviews

I'm still getting out and discovering trails but so far this is one of my favorites. It is accurately rated as moderate; the trail becomes strenuous and then flattens out with just enough time to catch your breath before il the incline starts again. The ending is AMAZING! If only it had water when we went but even without we did a bit of bouldering and had a fantastic view of the city.

LouAnne Wegrzyniak
1 year ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Pretty easy hike, with a lovely waterfall. Not much effort needed, and especially lovely if you go in late afternoon to catch the arizona sunset on the way back.

David Lewis
1 year ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Great hike to start on if you want something with elevation change and be sure to do it early morning before the sun gets hot. Make sure you take water and snacks.

FiddleGirl 67
2 years ago

5 Completed4 Reviews

My husband and I hiked this trail in February 2013. It was our first hike ever. I agree with PJMac in that although this IS a moderate trail *NOT* an 'easy' trail as it has been rated here, it can be done by beginners as long as you listen to your body, know what you're getting in to, rest when you need to, and KEEP HYDRATED. We walked up to Bridal Veil Falls and back. The falls were just a trickle at that time, but well worth the hike up. Parts of the trail are not for the a-feared of heights but the views are AMAZING!

Larry Snowberger
2 years ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Moderate trail. The first leg up climbs about 380 feet from the Speedway trailhead to the first 'saddle' connection with the Corillio trail (excellent, btw), and with the Bridal Veil trail.. Good views of the Tanque Verde (dude) Ranch and Mt. Lemon.

Pjmacaz U.
4 years ago

I have seen several reviews where this trail is listed as "Easy" It is if you are a regular hiker and in good condition. This is not a trail for OVER CONFIDENT beginners, out of shape elderly, or those in bad health. HOWEVER it is a trail that can be done by beginners and first time hikers if they take it slow and understand they will be using leg muscles they don't normally use. Several Reviews list this as a 3/6/12 mile hike, be sure to understand your destination. It is a beautiful 3 mile walk to Bridal Wreath falls making it a 6 mile round trip. This is what i took for my first hike in 15+years and would suggest that one only go this far if it is your first hike in AZ. I walk 3 miles a day twice a week and the well maintained trail with stair master type climbs starting about 1 miles in really put my thigh muscles through a workout you don't get on neighborhood walks. I only saw a few hikers and runners (all over the age of 50). At the falls a group of seven showed up and shared in a nice picnic even though the falls were dry. Although the path is well maintained for the first mile or so, the remainder is well marked and well defined. I use to run 7 falls, phone line and Sabino etc. assisting hikers that misjudged their capabilities, this is a nice beginner, fun and safe hike if you are prepared.

Shelby Watkins
6 years ago

5 Completed5 Reviews