Bridal Wreath Falls Trail
Bridal Wreath Falls Trail is a moderately difficult 9.2 km hike in the north end of Saguaro National Park East. This route heads uphill through the rugged desert to a delicate cascading waterfall. If you can time this hike to hit the falls when they’re running (early spring and post-monsoon tend to be best for this). The route to the falls is consistently uphill on rocky mountain steps. While it won’t feel that challenging for fit hikers, beginners or younger hikers might find this trail to be on the difficult side of moderate. Bring plenty of water, consider bringing poles, and get your hike in before the heat of the day hits.
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Route Description for Bridal Wreath Falls Trail
Bridal Wreath Falls Trail is often described as worth all the effort required by users. Some will find this route challenging, others will feel comfortable with its steady incline, but no matter where you fall on that spectrum, you’ll likely want to revisit this beautiful trail again in the future.
The hike to Bridal Wreath Falls is, as mentioned, consistently uphill all the way to the falls. There are rocky “steps” built into the slope to help you up, but beginner hikers often find this ascent quite tiring. Poles may be helpful. Bring plenty of water. Additionally, we recommend using the restroom before arriving, as there are no private spaces along the trail, nor are there facilities at the trailhead.
We enjoy this hike even when the falls aren’t running, but of course, it’s best when they are. Late winter, spring, and post-monsoon give you the best chance to enjoy them at their best.
No dogs are permitted on this trail.
From the trailhead, you’ll take Douglas Spring Trail east. There’s a brief warm-up over flat ground, but once you approach the mountain, the grade picks up. This trail is lined with saguaro, prickly pear, ocotillo (especially beautiful when in bloom), and cholla.
Climb up the steps that ascend the hill. At the first junction on the hill, stay left to cross a creek bed. It may or may not be wet. At the next junction, stay left again. Shortly thereafter, you’ll reach a 4-way junction. Take the trail furthest to your right. This is the Bridal Wreath Falls Trail.
It’s only about 0.3 km to the falls from this junction. There is signage here to show you the way. You’ll need to navigate over a few rocky steps to get to the falls. If they’re flowing, stop and admire this lovely little place for a while. If they’re not, you’ll probably still enjoy the scenery quite a bit.
When you’re ready, scramble back over the rocky section and return to the 4-way junction. Take the route on your immediate left to get back onto Douglas Spring Trail.
Stay right twice and continue down the stone steps back to the trailhead, enjoying the change in view that comes with the return trip. While the way out has you looking at the rugged desert mountain scenery, the return trip has you admiring Tucson.
Hiking Route Highlights
Bridal Wreath Falls
Bridal Wreath Falls in Saguaro National Park East is a rare desert waterfall that supports a variety of wildlife in this arid location, including javelina, coyote, and deer. The trail to the falls is very popular, and hundreds of hikers visit each week to see the massive saguaros that line the path and the gently trickling falls at the midway point. The falls tend to be at their best in early spring and after summer monsoons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there water at Bridal Wreath Falls?
Hiking in early spring or after a monsoon gives the best chance of seeing the falls flowing.
Are dogs allowed on Bridal Wreath Falls Trail?
No, dogs are not allowed on this trail.
Do I have to pay to hike Bridal Wreath Falls Trail?
No, there is no fee required for this hike.
Insider Hints for Bridal Wreath Falls Trail
- This route can get busy. Consider a midweek visit to have more of the trail to yourself.
Getting to the Bridal Wreath Falls Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Bridal Wreath Falls Trail is at the end of E Speedway Blvd.
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