Phoneline Trail

EASY 26 reviews
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Phoneline Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ 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 1795 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.

hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 months ago

beautiful view of the canyon below!

8 months ago

I went about halfway into this trail due to time restraints and came out following another trail. amazing scenery and a really good hike. I enjoyed myself. I am planning on hiking this area again real soon.

cross country skiing
11 months ago

An easy hike with a slow Ascension. It runs along the ridge. The trail is fairly narrow. Usually lots of traffic with hikers and trail runners.

hiking
11 months ago

Love this trail. It is an easy hike with beautiful views.

11 months ago

Beautiful Trail great on the knees. Many hikers for first mile but then few and far between. Can take paved road back down if you cross over using the old phone line it is a bit steep and rocky!

11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

We did our first night hike on this trail. Totally scary and exhilarating!

hiking
1 year ago

We rode the tram to the last stop and hiked the trail down about 6 miles. great views cool hike.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great views of sabino canyon, more natural feel than hiking on the pavement hundreds of feet below, but not near the water.

hiking
1 year ago

A longer hike. There are a few steep upgrades at the beginning of the trail. It levels off as you hike along the ridge

1 year ago

I started on the east side and the hike began flat but the ascent turned really steep towards the end. I didn't make it to the top so I turned around early and went back down the paved road that runs through Sabino. Incredible views and beautiful desert flora and fauna. There are areas with water, so the trees surrounding these areas are extra stunning.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy stroll with option to return down paved Sabino road. Would take first time hikers on this. Also pretty easy trail so a night hike would not be difficult.

hiking
1 year ago

Since we arrived later in the day we decided to take the tram to last stop (#9) and hike Phoneline Trail to the parking lot. Beautiful, non-technical hike suitable for most (it's almost 6 miles so be fit enough to tackle that distance). There is a rocky outcropping just before the trail to stop 7 that makes for a nice picnic spot. Fantastic views. We hiked on Mar 5, 2015 and the wildflowers were blooming all over.