Explore the most popular nature trips 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 Carr Peak Trail

1 day 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.

5 days ago

I hiked out of the Ramsey reserve and then ended up breaking off at Pleasant trail (~2 miles in) and followed that all the way to the road in Carr canyon then back. It was a pretty hike with lots of shade though it didn't really have scenic vistas of the valleys since it stays in the interior of the mountains.
I had a late start (~1230) and still made it back in plenty of time before they closed the lot. I went on Thursday and did not see one person after the reserve. Overall a good afternoon hike!

This was the toughest hike I’ve ever done. Totally worth the views at the top!

Definitely difficult! But loved the view from the top! Totally worth it!

hiking
11 days 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.

Great trail, the reward of water at the end makes it totally worth it! Parked at the trailhead on Bear Canyon Rd which made it approximately 6.5 mi. My 8 & 12 yr old handled the distance just fine. Not a ton of water, but enough to get in and cool off. Would like to do again in the spring.

hiking
22 days 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.

Amazing views defiantly must go trolly was down so it was 8 miles instead of 4 but was well worth the trip we went during dry season and the water was 10 feet at one point I’m 12 and did this so it wasn’t to deficult

Awesome! Wear your best boots and bring bug spray! Enjoy!

great hike!!! Went clockwise and stopped at Bog springs first.. went onto Kent springs and finished thru Sylvester springs. Miles were very close to what it says and so was altitude. Has alot of shade and today is was 70 degrees when we started. We are slow so took us 4 hours but that included alot of stops to enjoy the views.

Beautiful views! You can feel the mileage, but it isn't miserable- pleasant burn. Food and water a must.

Awesome hike! Top pools had nice water, waterfall was running but not vigorous. My GPS was 8.56 from parking out and back, FYI.

Beautiful hike. Bring lots of water, a lunch and some energy chews. Definitely feels like 8 miles but well worth it when you get the the pools of water and the waterfalls! Bring a swim suit. And some sun screen ❤️ you will love it

-LaurenAB

Hiked from Shannon Campground up to Heliograph peak after talking with a hiker who'd come back to the campground where we'd just finished lunch. The trail is a challenge to locate once you get to certain areas, and when we got to the top we went ahead and took the road back. It's well worth it, but if you're unsure, you can stop and look around and figure out where the trail continues. Definitely needs more markers until it's cut back in again.

Great fall/winter/spring hike for any experience level. One of the best views in the Catalinas.

beautiful view all the way throughout the loop

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

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!!

If you leave early enough, you will be shaded by the canyon for most of the hike. We started a little after 6am and it was shaded the whole way there—however, the sun had risen over the canyon by the time we were heading back. We stayed at the falls for a bit. There was plenty of water running through them—beautiful—some people were even jumping in! Try to stay on the trail by paying attention to trail markers, it’s easy to miss them when you get to the riverbed.

Beautiful mountains and wonderful “ side trails”

Great views and a fun trail run! Great gnats this time of year. 4/5 sour patch kids.

Worth the trip. Very well maintained trails. Beautiful!

I loved this trail! There wasn’t much water when I went so I’ll definitely be going again. A lot of flat hiking then a lot of incline towards the end.

It was hard, but amazing views and at the end the Seven Falls!

Went out today for an afternoon hike. The trail is in great shape. There was a lot of water today. We were able to swim at the pools at the falls. Lots of frogs and lizards on the trail today.

Awesome refreshing swim at the top! Can’t beat it!

hiking
2 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.

One of the tougher trails in the Tucson area. The cooler option hangs a left and back-countriez up to the gaurd above finger rock.

Nice

Great lollipop trail. We went clockwise one the loop. Climb was difficult and decent was steep. Great views, nice change of scenery, cool breeze.

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