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Heed Claire Burton below. This is not a trail. This is 1/3 trail, wonderful and subtle, 1/3 shwack through cacti and dense vegetation, then 1/3 trail again. I don’t have a problem with shwacking but this is really misleading and in land as dangerous as this it could prove harmful for inexperienced or unprepared navigators.

It's a beautiful place to hike. Pretty easy even with the include, although rocky.

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10 days ago

much more rocky than I expected, but the scenery was beautiful.

Hiked the Alamo Springs loop northbound and took the Spur back toward the trail head. It rained super hard the night before so the trail was really clean and the ground was somewhat packed down. Great trail for a few hour hike...bring lots of water for this 6 miler.

hiking
20 days ago

Went about 2 miles in, nice trail with scenic views. Nothing unusually spectacular though.

A little more difficult than expected, about 6 switchbacks. Beautiful scenery! Take lots of water.

Trails are poorly marked. We foraged around in sand for what seemed like forever. Never found petroglyphs. Walked North and south trails. Took the sidewalk to get back to parking lot. I just couldn't kick sand around any Ionger. There's a rock bridge and some interesting rocks but, nothing to see if you've driven southern Arizona and taken in it's incredible sites. Boring.

Trails are poorly marked. We foraged around in sand for what seemed like forever. Never found petroglyphs. Walked North and south trails. Took the sidewalk to get back to parking lot. I just couldn't kick sand around any Ionger. There's a rock bridge and some interesting rocks but, nothing to see if you've driven southern Arizona and taken in it's incredible sites. Boring.

Nice introduction to trails in Tucson . Interesting hike with every kind of iconic cactus you could imagine.

Lots of wildlife since monsoon season has started. We just went an hour in, hour out. It was evening. Came across a rattlesnake in the middle of our path; he wouldn’t let us cross him so we had to make our own way around to get back. Trail was clear. Only two spots where it was narrow enough that the brush touched us. Didn’t see any goats this time but it was highly trafficked for being so close to sunset. A must do and easy trail for anyone!

I don't really have anything to share that others have not expressed already. Take plenty of water. My biggest piece of advice is to preplan your trip here! My brother and I hiked this as it sits right outside his neighborhood. The views are great and you will be rewarded for your efforts just plan ahead and familiarize yourself with the route beforehand otherwise you may/will get frustrated with the lack of directions. I would wear a good hiking shoe, he lent me a pair of his as I only had cross trainers and couldn't believe the difference it made.

fairly easy trail rocky most of the time. beautiful scenery once past the homes. took me and my younger boys about 3 hours with a couple short breaks. shady 80% of the time coming in if your hiking in early.

Good views. Relatively easy trail. Only took about an hour.

very fun hike. great views of Tucson and beyond.

Fun, short hike with some good elevation gain. Start early in the summer months, it is completely exposed to the sun. The final .3 is the best part, fairly steep scrambling to a small summit. Be prepared for a lot of lose footing throughout most of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Terrific trail. Very pretty, and about an hour in the breeze through the Canyon was wonderful! Servers areas of kush green. Peace and quiet and nature.

hiking
3 months ago

I am not from the area (from Corvallis, OR), but it was an excellent hike to enjoy Tucson’s scenery. Great rocky views as you go into the canyon. I don’t think we went all the way to the end of the trail, but we must of been close. The rocky terrain is very doable, but I would suggest hiking boots. Went around 7:30 AM, lots of lizards out to sunbathe!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. First time on the trail. Saw 3 snakes though...one king snake at the bottom of the trail and two rattlesnakes within .5 from the end of the trail. One rattled and warned us, almost stepped on the other (was around 945 am). Other than that it was fine!

great hike with beautiful vistas

on Pima Canyon Trail

4 months ago

Gateway to the front range and Pusch Ridge Wilderness. I'll never tire of it.

A quick, rocky little climb that's easy to access off Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. Lots of cholla, prickly pear and saguaros along the way. Spotted a pyrrhuloxia and a few other birds, but no other creatures this time around. Would recommend if you are looking for a short hike that still offers a bit of challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

Very rocky, wear your hiking shoes if you have them. Definitely steady incline on the way in. Very pretty hike!

Great workout for such a short hike. Nice views, too.
Directions in description are inaccurate! (They lead you to someone’s private residence.) Park at Sanctuary Cove instead, but begin your hike along Scenic Road. The Scenic trailhead is at the end of the road, just passed Star Dance. (No parking is permitted at the dead end/trailhead or Star Dance.)

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful trails in Tucson. It goes on and on and on and unveils more and more of the beautiful Sonoran desert.. it really should be done before 1 April. Really really gorgeous enjoyable hike steady uphill not overly challenging.

This easy hike had some surprising, beautiful rock formations, including some places to scramble around and explore. It pretty easy, too, for our older dog to manage. I would definitely go again.

hiking
5 months ago

The first 3 miles of the trail is awesome ! great scenery, tons of petrified wood and a moderately challenging hike. The rest was kinda lame... Hiking through the resort and along the road. Next time I'll turn around half way and enjoy the best part twice.

We found the water tank and continued on the west side of the fence to a new house site; but never saw petroglyphs. Without GPS what should we look for?

hiking
5 months ago

First time on this trail. Very nice, good hike. Kids were on the trail and had no trouble climbing the "rock" stairs. (what we call them). We were fortunate to see Big Horn Sheep. Beautiful site

Really nice views, fun steep hike. Probably best classified as Difficult for the reasons people explain below.

I enjoy this hike when at The Ritz-Carlton. Not at all strenuous and minimal elevation.

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