Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Canyon Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

no shade

This is a fun, moderate hike that has a well-defined trail. Along the trail are many different desert plants, la cholla, prickly pear, sahauro, and desert shrubs. The first half of the hike, you will have a constant view of rugged mountain ridges. The second half of the hike will drop you down and right along a wash/creek bed that you will cross four times. During the monsoon season (May- August) the wash will be full of water, so be careful when crossing. Also remember that this is the desert and with it comes desert critters (snakes, scorpions, etc.) Keep your eyes open and you will be fine, and remember to drink lots of water!! During the summer months the best time to hike, would be in the morning hours.

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14 days ago

Cute, easy trail with a long stretch of riparian area (I recommend saving that side of the loop for the end as it is easily the most beautiful part).

Very heavily trafficked as you might expect and the trail is big and wide. This one is not for the times when you want to feel like you are in the wilderness!

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29 days ago

Take water! Crisscross creek-beds, saw deer, cacti. Some portions very rugged, boulders as trail. Needed trail wear, not sneakers and yoga stretch pants. Very quiet, serene.

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4 months ago

Fantastic day hike! Storm rains caught us about 3/4 of the way thru - much appreciated with Summer! Very well marked by State Parks crews. Lots of green everywhere after the recent rains. We will definitely be back to do more trails in Catalina State Park.