Explore the most popular camping trails in Coronado National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Meadow Trail #5A

hiking
14 days ago

Great day hike.

When we started on this trail we noticed there were no blazes to mark the trail, which wasn’t a problem initially as the trail was well maintained. After we got about a mile, the trail deteriorated to the point where the soil and rocks were sliding into the creek bed far below. Eventually, the trail just stopped. Our best guess is that the trail was washed away into / by the creek or was buried by a mudslide / landslide. We found a way to get to the creek bed and looked to pick up the trail on the other side of the creek as the map indicated. We did find a cairn on the other side marking the trail. The trail there, however, was overgrown with vegetation as if it hadn’t been maintained in quite some time.

If we come back up this way, perhaps we’ll give this trail another go provided the trail is repaired and well marked.

21 days ago

Beautiful hike with spectacular views!

on Carr Peak Trail

26 days ago

This is one of of my favorite hikes I've ever done! If you can only do one hike in this area, I'd recommend this one! I went on a Friday afternoon in late September and only saw one person near the start of the trail.
It had so much variety; scenic vistas from the get-go, aspen groves, mountain meadows, and rocky outcrops. The grade was enough to feel challenging but not strenuous and some rocky/rubbly areas kept it interesting.
Just be aware that you have to drive up a narrow dirt switchbacking road to get to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the Meadow Trail down, then up the Lemmon Trail to make a counterclockwise loop. It’s rather steep coming back up that way. Most other hikers seemed to be doing the loop in the opposite direction, which I’ll try next time. Either way, a beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Rushed through this hike on a rainy day. The way in is a gorgeous and relaxing hike. The way back is all uphill and a little more challenging. Dog loved it. Saw four tiny deer along the way.

Nice hike for the average adult. my little dog did the hike also. Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

What an awesome trail, definitely a hard trail.. great views. Lots of birds to see!! Glad I got to finish it this time and no rain!! Lots of shaded areas during the trail!! A must do again and add some of the side trails along the trail!!

hiking
3 months ago

We enjoyed mountain therapy and had a great hike on the Fourth of July! For the trailhead, look for mile marker #4400, which is right off of the paved road a few hundred feet away from the Steward Observatory. On the way back to the trailhead we took Mt. Lemmon Trail #5, which has a moderate designation; there was a bit of an incline with some rocky parts but quite manageable for adults with average health. I recommend Mt. Lemmon Trial #5 for the return hike because of the great scenery. Be sure to take a detour to visit the fire ranger’s lodge. Fire ranger Jeff was very friendly and invited us into his lodge for a chat. He shared with us how he “catches fire” around Mt. Lemmon with a cool giant compass looking instrument. Overall, I recommend this hike for hikers of all levels.

hiking
4 months ago

ended up going almost 9 miles. very pretty, uphill battle at some points

my dog did great

will do again

hiking
4 months ago

Shortest hike ever, thanks to Mother Nature amazing rain,, started lighting and thundering so that’s why I turned around,, scary!! Will come back and finish this trail soon!!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail. It is a 5 mile (10 round trip) hike from Upper Arcadia to Shannon campground. Take caution as some of this trail crosses through areas that were devastated by the Frye Fire. The trail is kinda hard to follow in a few spots but the worse spot is about a mile from the Arcadia campground. It crosses through a creek that has been severely washed out making it hard to find again once you work your way across the washed out creek that is now a small gorge. (Look for large piles of rock that have been placed as trail markers) Other than that one spot the trail was easy enough to stay on. It is overgrown in a few areas so large packs will be snagged on branches and brush. As you get close to the Shannon campground there is a fork in the trail that will take you to the Heliograph lookout (1 mile to lookout and 1 mile back to Arcadia trail) That fork is 1 mile from Shannon campground. Overall this is a great hike with amazing views! Well worth the effort. I saw wild turkeys and plenty of other wildlife, I highly recommend this trail to anyone considering it!

Fun trail, beginning has plenty of shade in the forest. Went off-trail and hiked a peak (dunno the name), was so windy my hat nearly flew off. Running down, almost stepped on a big snake, perpendicular across the trail and perfectly camouflaged. I be rating 1/1 for snakesssss

hiking
5 months ago

From the campground the trail switchbacks and is in decent shape however the trail quickly deteriorates as you approach the burned zone. I was turned around from both directions due to downed logs and uneven trail starting both top and bottom. Needs some chainsaw work and could make for an excellend MTB shuttle.

Easy hike
Wonderful views

Amazing views and great change of pace for the the desert. Key notes.

* Great trail for changeup. All sorts of terrain
* Constantly going up or down. Not real flat at any point.
* Cross dry Creek beds a few times. May and no rain in weeks so this may change.
* Really green and good amount of shade.
* Mostly moderate but with difficult spots. Especially when coming back down. Slippery rock

Very tired but worth it. The sight on the top is excellent!

Nice hike with good view

Un trail con excelentes vistas, gran altura.

Beautiful view from the top. It was an 8 hour hike. Take plenty of water and food.

on Arcadia Trail

hiking
6 months ago

My wife and I tried hiking the trail on April 1, 2018, from the Arcadia Campground site, and we could not. The trail started out fine, but in about 1 mile, it started to narrow down especially on the side of the mountain. In about 2 miles, it was so narrow that it was impossible to hike, and then we came to a huge gap that resulted from a wash out down the mountain and into the canyon.

What a great hike! I took my 2 older kids 13 and 15, they found it difficult but worthwhile. Views where amazing. We went up old baldy and down old baldy. We made the peak in 4:20 and back down in about 3 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful views all the way up. the trail is well defined but also a little rugged in spots to keep is interesting. it's worth noting my Garmin tracked it at just over 6 miles round trip. my hiking partners Fitbit tracked it at 6 as well

plan for about a 30 minute drive to the trailhead (starting when you enter Coronado). it's a pretty rough drive but my Chevy Cruze made it without much resistance.

definitely recommend

hiking
6 months ago

fun little walk to stretch your legs after the 27mi drive up. views are gorgeous. the drive enticed me to do so many more hikes along the way. i will be back.

After a total of 107 switch backs, several water breaks, I still managed to reach the top of the summit which I really enjoyed. The views were magnificent. Don't let the short distance fool you, be prepared....bring lots of H20, protein foods to include raw honey, bagels, nuts, etc...and of course pack enough for at least an overnight in case of emergency. Be safe.

Difficult, but loved it!!!

hiking
7 months ago

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

Hiked up Old Baldy came back on the Super Trail. Lot of ice on the North side, snow 2 feet deep toward the summit. Very soft snow on the South side. Have been up there several times before but this was the best. A real adventure. January 2017

Very pretty trail, nice walk through the trees and trail was completely empty. Beware- trail isn’t the best marked, particularly as you get to the dry stream beds. I lost the trail at the very end at the last stream crossing, but luckily I was right by the road so I just walked down 1/6 of a mile to my car.

hiking
8 months ago

Short well maintained trail to a nice lookout over Tucson.

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