nature trips

trail running


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Great hike, really pretty. Be very careful of cholla, the monsoons have washed them all over the paths so take extra caution especially if hiking with dogs

its chill..but didnt look like much of a canyon but it was neat anyway.

2 months ago

Okay. The Cougar trail starts at pullout K15, across Kinney road from the parking area. It ends at pullout K23, same side as the parking area. The actual distance is closer to six miles in and out. The whole trail basically follows a utility easement and is usually a well defined unpaved service road. at about 1.85 miles, there is a large wash, and the trail spikes away from the power lines. It is easy to miss the continuation over the wash and continue onto the Ringtail Trail where you may find yourself back on Kinney Road at pullout K19, so keep an eye out for the trail - remember it follows the power lines.

After this wash, there are some good climbs, with the last revealing a view of the Tucson Desert Museum, and the highest spot on the trail. From here, you're basically at the end, and can go downhill a few hundred feet to pullout K23 as described above. The hike back is a bit weary, especially after the sun comes up! But mostly downhill with a few shady spots to rest (good for the doggy!)

The Tucson Mountains are your backdrop most of the time, with some good sweeping views of the valley. Also some dense underbrush in the washes and behind the Archery Range (The trail runs the backside of that). There are too some nice groves of saguaro, but overall I'm giving this trail 3 stars. It has poor and nonexistent markings, a number of unmarked side trails, and it is an easement. The power lines are almost always in the view.

Good hike to warm up for something bigger.

2 months ago

The Trailhead is not Brown Mountain Trail. It is at the Western terminus of Gates Pass Road, just North. The diagram on Alltrails shows a loop consisting of part of the Cougar trail (N) and the low portion of the Brown Mountain trail. There is a trail marker on Brown Mountain trail just after you clear the wash that directs you to the Cougar trail, but you intersect it about 1/2 way. Maybe that's where the confusion lies. It got dark on me while I was figuring this out...So tomorrow's another day.

There and back on the Cougar trail looks more like 5.6 miles. I'll be doing the whole stretch tomorrow for a complete review.

3 months ago

Unless you hike more than two times a month, this trail is not easy. It is poorly marked to start. We ascended the west flank from a rather hard to figure path. A large wash has to be crossed w/o signage. The trail is very rocky, with loose debris as you go. Not for tennis shoes or preteen or dogs. The views and Saguaro cacti are outstanding. When descending the east side, the colored rock is very cool looking but very difficult to proceed downhill. I agree that the trail should be traveled counterclockwise.

Nice ridge hike

This was a very nice easy trail to get out and stretch the legs a little bit. There was a nice view of Tucson at one point.

Went with the kids for a morning hike. Quiet and beautiful area. There was some light traffic, probably from the guests at Starr Pass. We saw a small group of deer. The ocotillo and smaller barrel cactus were blooming. Might come back in a couple of weeks to see if the rest of the flowers are out yet.