Sutherland Trail is a 18 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Great trail, my opinion- best for fall, spring hiking. Good alternative trail at Catalina State Park if you do t want to see so many people... Water at the 2.5 mi mark.
We took the 50 year trail out and around the park to the top of Sutherland trail. About 10 miles RT, a very good NOT summer hike, Also dogs are not allowed on the trail when you enter the Big horn sheep preserve.
This straightforward, enjoyable trail goes through three jurisdictions in its short distance. You start in Catalina State Park. Midway, you enter and leave the USFS Pusch Peak Wilderness (so no bikes here). Then the last part is on Arizona State Trust land, so a permit is required, though this requirement is widely ignored. At about the 2.3 mile point you arrive at the Cargodera Canyon drainage, a pretty spot where water runs about six months a year. This trail was built in 1984 by the Southern Arizona Hiking Club when the Trico Powerline Road obliterated the original Sutherland Trail. It was called the Sutherland Cutoff Trail when it was built, but hardly anyone calls it that anymore. Even the State Park signage ignores the history of the trail and just calls it the Sutherland Trail.
The Sutherland Trail is a great trail to do. You can take so many trail off of this trail to Green Rock, and other trails... it is fun to explore the off trails that go off of the Sutherland. You can hike this trail all year long. Just keep an out and ears out for the Critters. We have seen Rattlers, Gila Monster, Whip Snakes, Tortoises, and lot of Lizards. Have fun.