Cougar Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Cougar Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles 554 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


horseback riding


wild flowers


Easy foothills stroll in Saguaro National Park West. This is a fun trail to get a feel for what the Tucson Mountains have to offer. The trailhead is near the Gilbert Ray Campground entrance. The trail starts by using the Brown Mountain Trail for about half a mile, then splits off to the right (signed trail marker) and wanders through the foothills of Brown Mountain. The trail terminates in a parking lot right next to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a world class desert animal museum with refreshments, should you choose to visit. The trail is kid friendly but the total distance might be a bit much for younger ones. For the return, it's back the way you came.

4 months ago

A relatively flat trail through the Tucsons that is good for dogs. The section of the trail north of Kinney was a bit obscured from time to time, so mainly follow the light poles. Despite having to bushwhack a few times, it was a nice hike. Views of the mountains, wildflowers. lizards, and birds. I did encounter a couple of rattlers and a swarm of bees without incident, so be on the lookout.

1 year ago

Starting point is K-19 (Kinney). Parking is on the right and is limited. Trail is well laid out.

2 years ago

Nice easier return to starting point after hiking Brown Mountain trail. Only real difficulty is finding where it branches off near Juan Santa Cruz picnic area.

4 years ago

took the Cougar Trail bout 1800 today & really not impressed. don't get me wrong we have a beautiful desert, Saguaro's, Cactus, Chollas etc etx but the trail was very short. this is an ideal trail for a quick 37minute walk not 2hrs... No signs of critters :(

4 years ago

Nice trail off main trail. Can either take wash back to main trail or head to brown mountain trail. Saw ringtail cat on wash trail

5 years ago

Nice scenic trail that leads you right into brown mountain trail.