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Stayed in a Condo sitauted right at trailhead. We used the trail a couple times for morning exercise before it got too hot! So only went halfway up. To that point about 2.5mi and 1000' elevation gain. Nice easy to moderate trek with some good views of the canyon.

This is one of the toughest hikes in the Catalinas. If you are afraid of heights and cliffs: many people have to turn back at one of a few sections that are bare rock, narrow, and along a drop-off. My hiking partner had to crawl and hands and knees the first time we did it. It's steep and there are quite a few areas where you need to haul yourself up over rocks. BUT it is so worth it! It's great cardio day, amazing views, the pines smell wonderful along the last mile on a warm day. Coming down takes about as long as going up (which is not true of most hikes). Agree with the others - start early because it will take all day. For a half day trip, go to the Linda Vista lookout which is about 3 miles up (watch for the intersection and take two rights).

a hard hike but well worth it.

Went on a day hike. This is a difficult trail, but the views at the top are amazing. You can even see the biosphere 2 from the top. Bring a monocular and a camera! Also, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, start early (we started at 8:15... we wished we started at 7), bring sunscreen, some salty and high protein snacks, and bring plenty of water. We went through ~4 liters each.

If you’re not ready to go the whole way, there are fantastic views all along the way, and a great cave that is shady in the morning hours ~2.5 miles out. Our first hike out on this trail was 2.75 miles and 2 liters of water was plenty for that. Tip: we leave an insulated bottle of iced water in the car for when we get back from the trail. Enjoy your hike!

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11 days ago

Nice trail well indicated

Did this bad boy on the last day of March! Temperatures were topping off at 90. It also took me 3 hours ascending like the person below, definitely bring tons of water!!! I drank about a gallon. I was pretty shaded going up due to the shadow of the canyon, but the way down is brutal in the sun. I would definitely recommend water, sunscreen, and trekking poles. I stayed at the summit for awhile, just me and another older gentleman admiring the views! I am from Denver so this was definitely a great hike to see some beautiful Arizona mountains and get some training in for 14ers.

Happy hiking!

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16 days ago

Good short, relatively brisk hike. Nice vegetation, nice views of Tucson. Only downside is the car noise, but you get that any time you're in the foothills. Trail ends a bit abruptly, though it's obvious some people go on to the mines once it stops.

Awesome adventure! My sister and I completed this in April on a day that was to hit mid 80s. We began at 6am and it took us 3 hours to reach the summit. I went through 6 quarts of water and was very comfortable.
If you enjoy a challenge this is the hike for you!

Short but intense. Love the incline!

When you get to the top of the saddle go easy to Window Rock. Another mile or so. Best hike in the Tucson area I think.

Tough trail, but well worth it! The views are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great experience for someone used to hiking on the east coast! Took the tram to the end and hiked back on the phoneline. Just about 2 hours total and some great sights.

Second time. This is a great trail and a superb way to see max canyon in a single day.

My favorite hike of all time! I love bringing people here from in and out of town! You forget you’re even in AZ!!!

Great hike with lots of running water!!

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1 month ago

Difficult but the spectacular views from the top are worth it!

Very hard hike. Bring enough water and don't go when it's hot- I made that mistake

Pretty accurate distance and vertical! Exactly what I expected from those measurements!

Be prepared, this is a hard hike. Unless you’re very fit, this will take you 6-8 hours. Maybe longer. It’s very hot with only the last 3/4 mike with much shade. As someone who loves hiking 14ers in Colorado during the summer, I’ll say the difficulty is pretty comparable to some of the “easier” ones. Great training. Don’t be unprepared!

Kicks your butt!! but so worth it!

Difficult, but the view at the top is totally worth every single switchback!

Well developed trial. Easy to follow. Turn left to Esperero trial to see window rock. Took us about 11 hours to Window rock and back. We are a group of hikers without much experience.

Beautiful Tucson day and beautiful hike. A bit rocky but navigable. Little water in the pools. A little past the pools the vegetation change to more green with trees. Prettier. Make sure you watch for the cairns along the way. Would do it again.

Great trail. Spectacular views. Only went up to the view at a little after 3 miles. Will be back soon to try to go all the way! Pretty rocky and tough on the way up. Coming down is a little hard on the feet and knees, totally worth it though!

Went on February 19th 2018 on a windy and cloudy day and it was just perfect! Wonderful views both ways. Glad I had this app so that I could find the trail again on certain rocky spots. Great gradual incline. When you get to the end of the trail it kind of leaves you with a feeling of “Is this it?” I kind of expected a higher point with a better view but instead the trail got into an abrupt end. From there you can see a small cave that looks very inviting but to get there you have to scramble on some slippery rocks and gravel and very little room of survival if you loose your footing. Beautiful and heart pumping hike for a day with little time and cooler weather ❤️

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great. The views were pretty spectacular going into th canyon. I've only done a few hikes in Tucson so far but this one is my favorite.

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2 months ago

Breathtaking views but kind of a drag that to get to the trail you have to walk a mile through an easement with barbed wire fence on either side. Large rocks/boulders cover a large part of the trail and the trail is not well marked. It’s a great workout because of elevation gain. I experienced a spiritual tranquility being surrounded by
what really can only be described as the majesty of nature.

Make sure you don't lose the trail. Crosses a gulley about a half mile in. I spent two hours bouldering down there before getting back on the trail. Amazing views around sunset.

I did this yesterday. I would say that it is only rated moderate due to the length of the trail. As for the actually difficulty of the hiking, it is an easy trail. February was the perfect time to go with weather in the 70’s. Beautiful views.

A fun moderate hike. Take the $10 tram ride into Sabino Canyon and then hike out Phoneline trail. There are great city and canyon views. There are some slippery rocks and during certain times of the year there are water crossings. A great trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Today we tried to get to the window but after 3.93 miles up we decided it was time to turn around. Boy, we were all too tired and the heat certainly didn't help either.

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