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Cougar Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 603 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

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 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.

Saguaro National Park - www.nps.gov/sagu - (520) 733-5158

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MITZI SADLER
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Jacques Simard
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Not recommended for mountain bikes, too many cactus and other nasty trees. Nice hiking trail but that's it.

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Carol LeCrone
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Hiking

did this loop from the campground as a sunrise hike... mostly away from traffic noise, some hills and washes.... got in my 10K steps before breakfast! Forgot to record first 1/2 mile

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Karen Buchs
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Make sure you have a trail map. Easy to go down a wrong trail branch but once you know these trails it is an easy trail to hike

Chuck Curry
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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.

Jeff McWhorter
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A relatively flat trail through the Tucsons that is good for dogs. The section of the trail north of Kinney was a bit obscured from time to time, so mainly follow the light poles. Despite having to bushwhack a few times, it was a nice hike. Views of the mountains, wildflowers. lizards, and birds. I did encounter a couple of rattlers and a swarm of bees without incident, so be on the lookout.

Arnold Yuen
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Hiking

Starting point is K-19 (Kinney). Parking is on the right and is limited. Trail is well laid out.

Richard Higginson
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Hiking

Nice easier return to starting point after hiking Brown Mountain trail. Only real difficulty is finding where it branches off near Juan Santa Cruz picnic area.

Gil Vasquez
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Hiking

took the Cougar Trail bout 1800 today & really not impressed. don't get me wrong we have a beautiful desert, Saguaro's, Cactus, Chollas etc etx but the trail was very short. this is an ideal trail for a quick 37minute walk not 2hrs... No signs of critters :(

Rubie Redd
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Hiking

Nice trail off main trail. Can either take wash back to main trail or head to brown mountain trail. Saw ringtail cat on wash trail

Eunice Cruz
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Hiking

Nice scenic trail that leads you right into brown mountain trail.

Cosmos C. Yeh
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Kianna Dieudonne
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Joe Mussino
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Michelle L.
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Glenn Mulloy
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Ashley Nicole
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Sheila Taylor
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Marsha Wegner
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Jack McClane
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Aaron Dyer
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Phillip Morris
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Cody Ellis
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Mike Cannella
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Arnold Yuen
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Drew Berryessa
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