Canyon Loop Trail - Catalina State Park

MODERATE 62 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.

hiking
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hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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!

hiking
4 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!

4 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

geocaching
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4 months ago

Great fun with dogs when there is water!

hiking
5 months ago

Not a difficult hike, tricky if rainy though because dry beds become wet beds very quickly. Very scenic

hiking
5 months ago

72 degrees. Moderately used trail at the time I hiked, early afternoon. The trail was spectacular. Last half of the hike was along the stream. The sound of the running water made the hike more enjoyable. Wonderful scenery. Like others have noted this trail is on the easy side of Moderate.

trail running
5 months ago

Full of the best parts of Tucson. Great for a short easy trail run.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Nice easy trail.

6 months ago

Moderate trail that borders on easy. Minimal elevation change. Wide and flat for the most part. Scenic. The hardest part is crossing the washes if you desire dry shoes.

hiking
6 months ago

Peaceful, Gorgeous, Outstanding; what more can I say. The hike was everything anyone can ask for, definitely fun for a family bonding. I took some of my relatives after the three-four day rain that we had in Tucson, Arizona and it was a attack spectacular experience. The trail runs back and forth through the stream, even though it was cold it was a blast.

If you're looking for a family experience this is the one. If you're looking for a challenging run this is it. If you're looking for a trail that allows dogs this is definitely your trail.

And without further ado; happy trails!

6 months ago