Canyon Loop Trail - Catalina State Park

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Canyon Loop Trail - Catalina State Park is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

Easy hike along desert landscape, with rugged mountain views 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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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.

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A great mix of desert views. Best during monsoon season when the water is flowing. It makes for a great trail run.

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5 months ago

wonderful and beautiful...dog friendly, rare in this area!

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike! I would rate this hike as easy. My Map My Hike app was not working but I hiked an hour in and an hour back out. Maybe it gets harder further in? Water is flowing. Lots of flowers and quiet and peaceful!

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5 months ago

The Canyon Loop Trail was very enjoyable. A large part of it is like a road of beach sand. Much preferred the rocky part of the trail. Great treat to have it go along the creek side and I actually have to cross water. Many wildflowers. Beautiful scenery. Variable landscape-- rock, creek, cactus, grasses. Recommend!

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