Canyon Loop Trail - Catalina State Park

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Canyon Loop Trail - Catalina State Park is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.2 miles 232 feet Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

Easy hike along desert landscape, with rugged mountain views This is a fun, moderate hike that has a well-defined trail. Along the trail are many different desert plants, la cholla, prickly pear, sahauro, and desert shrubs. The first half of the hike, you will have a constant view of rugged mountain ridges. The second half of the hike will drop you down and right along a wash/creek bed that you will cross four times. During the monsoon season (May- August) the wash will be full of water, so be careful when crossing. Also remember that this is the desert and with it comes desert critters (snakes, scorpions, etc.) Keep your eyes open and you will be fine, and remember to drink lots of water!! During the summer months the best time to hike, would be in the morning hours.

hiking
9 minutes ago

Not a difficult hike, tricky if rainy though because dry beds become wet beds very quickly. Very scenic

hiking
2 days ago

72 degrees. Moderately used trail at the time I hiked, early afternoon. The trail was spectacular. Last half of the hike was along the stream. The sound of the running water made the hike more enjoyable. Wonderful scenery. Like others have noted this trail is on the easy side of Moderate.

trail running
7 days ago

Full of the best parts of Tucson. Great for a short easy trail run.

25 days ago

Nice easy trail.

1 month ago

Moderate trail that borders on easy. Minimal elevation change. Wide and flat for the most part. Scenic. The hardest part is crossing the washes if you desire dry shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful, Gorgeous, Outstanding; what more can I say. The hike was everything anyone can ask for, definitely fun for a family bonding. I took some of my relatives after the three-four day rain that we had in Tucson, Arizona and it was a attack spectacular experience. The trail runs back and forth through the stream, even though it was cold it was a blast.

If you're looking for a family experience this is the one. If you're looking for a challenging run this is it. If you're looking for a trail that allows dogs this is definitely your trail.

And without further ado; happy trails!

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hiking
3 months ago

This was awesome and going counterclockwise was good because all the stairs were downhill. I was surprised there was some shade along the way, especially in the canyon. The views were terrific. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. It is sandy and some spots are like walking on a beach so I was slowed a bit by that. I thought the trail was very easy.

3 months ago

great quick hike, if I had a bit more time I would have gone around twice!

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy and enjoyable hike. Benches to stop and just take in the beautiful scenery. It's hard to believe the road is so close because all you hear are the birds and the breeze. Will definitely go back for a quick and easy walk in a beautiful setting.
September 2016

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5 months ago

Where the trail starts to loop back go off trail, it's good stuff

5 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail for a simple hike - not very much incline, lots of birds and soft sand. Trail is easy to determine.

hiking
10 months ago