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Catalina Canyon Loop Trail

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Catalina State Park

Catalina Canyon Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

running

river

views

wildlife

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.

hiking
21 days ago

Really nice trail especially in the spring with the creek running. A little boring in the beginning, but gets more interesting further in.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely morning hike, dog loved the water. Lovely views and lots of shade. Perfect for multiple dogs, if ya got em. Perfect for the first hike of the day :)

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail, some water near the end. We took our dog for his first hike and he did great the whole way. Some bugs but hard to avoid this time of year. A good family option in the park.

hiking
fee
2 months ago

Dog friendly and beautiful views with a nice stream!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice morning walk

hiking
fee
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
fee
2 months ago

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fee
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely mellow walk - took Lucy-dog.

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk! Easy with dogs. Decent amount of traffic. Nice to walk along the running creek and nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this beautiful trail April 3rd. First off, I would rate it as easy/moderate and not moderate. Secondly, this trail from parking lot and back is 2.8 miles, not 2.3 as the app says.

hiking
3 months ago

Just right with with the kids. Not too heavily trafficked when we went.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers along the route!

Beautiful walk along running water most the time this time of year. Kid and dog friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful day for a hike on this trail. Few water crossings and well placed stairs on the descent. Well marked and well maintained.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Great trail. We did the trail clockwise and hiked up the rivers to start. We did the trail barefoot. Very busy but fun trail.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

Awesome beginner's and intermediate's trail. Obviously we did a lot more than that trail

Great trial for dog walking. Somewhat crowded, but we arrived after 10am. Saw some horses and mountain bikers, too, but enough room to let all pass with little hassle. Plenty of water flowing through the canyon. Easy amd well maintained loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful spring flowers!

horseback riding
4 months ago

started from the Equine parking lot. easy trail with great scenery. made for an enjoyable 1.4 hour ride. was about 5.5 miles total with bridle trail and canyon loop. lots of people and pets but everyone was nice and friendly. great little ride

hiking
4 months ago

You don't have to do the whole loop to enjoy it. Go until you're half out of water and then go back. In the winter you can sometimes see the surprising contrast of cactus in the canyon and snow on the mountains.

hiking
4 months ago

If going counter clockwise wise don’t let the 1st climb out of the wash discourage you; it’s the hardest part. Other than that it is an easy hike on a fairly smooth path. Mountain views and creek side hike (there was run off from mountain snow.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Easy enough to take children. Dogs allowed.

mountain biking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
flooded
5 months ago

Lots of water flowing still requiring one to cross the river.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really nice trail, very clearly marked.

mountain biking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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