Phoneline Trail

EASY 56 reviews
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Phoneline Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.8 miles 1893 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Enchanting views of the Sonoran Desert & an abundance of wildlife. First you should stop into the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center and wet your appetite for the Sonoran Desert on the multitde of displays and reference material. What follows is an easy yet visually stunning trek that will take you through all that our wonderful desert has to offer. From bobcats to deer and everything in between, your eyes and your camera are sure to get their moneys worth. The terrain is fairly flat, and most people do just fine in a pair of jogging shoes, it goes without saying to bring some water, and in the summer....bring twice as much. All ages appreciate this trail, and on the weekends you'll have plenty of company. A small fee is necessary to enter the park, but keep in mind, your pass is also valid at Mount Lemmon and Madera Canyon.

8 days ago

8 days ago

Easy and safe and long enough to burn calories

backpacking
8 days ago

backpacking
15 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Worth every step. Amazing views.
Loved the change in terrain as we gained elevation. Saguaro disappear as grasses appear. Snow capped peaks in the distance add dimensions to the stunning views. Narrow, rocky cliffs shadowed by the warming sun, give comfort to the intense heat. Creeks flooded by the snow run off, cool the weary soul.
Make sure you check with the rangers that the crossings are manageable. Depth and current may hamper your crossing.

trail running
22 days ago

very well maintained..

24 days ago

trail running
25 days ago

One of my favorite trails to run, beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

(Forgot to post my view for last week.)

The hike was peaceful and enjoyable; but it was a little challenging. Then again I did start a bit late. The view coming back in the canyon with the purple and orange-pink sky was my highlight. There is a fee to enter the trail but nothing worth and arm and a leg for, so you're good there.

It's a great location to see wildlife there and walking through the creeks and/or streams was fun. A positive experience for your own use or a family bond; for this particular trail be sure you bring your older kids with you. And if your not able to there are many other trails down there that are much more easier.

Hope to see you on the trails!!!

trail running
1 month ago

I'm rating this trail five stars because I'm using the Sabino Canyon Tram Road + the Phoneline Trail to create a loop in order to train for Toughest Mudder this year. It's got the perfect pitch and mix of asphalt and singletrack to practice trail running.

great trail!

1 month ago

Awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Took the tram to #9. There's a slight hike up to get to phoneline. After that it's 90% downhill. Don't think you're taking the easy way out by doing this though, after a while you really start to feel the burn in your thighs. Such a beautiful hike, even through the lower desert area.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

September 2016
This was one of my favorite trails while in Tucson. We took the tram up to the last stop and hiked down the trail back to the parking lot. Once off tram, you have to hike up top toward the top to get on the trail. It was easy/moderate, but a few spots were a little narrow and very high with steep downhills. Use a hiking stick for balance. We brought a lunch and ate on a huge rock halfway down. Really beautiful views. The end of trail is full of saguaros. Took about 3 hours to get down... But we stopped a lot to take pictures. Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is about 11 miles not 9.8 miles as it is listed on here. Also, it was more of a moderate trail than easy. Overall, it was a great hike with great views. We noticed people would take the tram uphill and hike down. But it's more of an adventure hiking rountrip as you get to see everything from a different view.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Not for height sensitive hikers. Amazing trail with great views, but steep dropoffs.

hiking
6 months ago