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Gardner Canyon Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sonoita, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 3,589 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Ojan Nik
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I’m sure it’s a great trail, but you cannot make it to the trailhead without a high clearance vehicle. High clearance + 4x4 would be ideal. This should be included in the description.

Pamella Raines
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Hiking

A bit of a haul to get there but worth it. The road in gets rocky and you cross the creek so bring your 4×4. The hike is well marked and the views are awesome as you near the top. There is a nice amount of shade as well as sunny spots. Plan for a day of it with plenty of water and food.

Jill Talbot
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Horseback riding

Great footing on trails for horses. Nicely marked. Glad to have a water tank at Kentucky Camp.

Arnold Yuen
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Abe Gold
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Mountain biking

I usually start this in Fish Creek canyon. It's got several hard climbs as a mountain bike ride in the grasslands and oaks. Perennial stream near where the trail enters the wilderness closing it to bikes.

Randy Beck
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Hiking

This is a really nice trail, but was a bit difficult to get to. 4x4 would be no problem, but my little truck was bouncing all around on the rocks. The beginning of the trail looks like an old jeep trail, then it gets into a more single track type trail. We only made it 2 miles up before the sun went down, we'll update in a few days when we complete it.

Joe Schwermer
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. It was the first i have hiked in Arizona, and the weather was perfect seeing as i hiked it in Jan. I thought it was a bit hard to get to, there were lot of creeks and large rocks on the road in. The trail starts off strait up a hill then goes back down. After that it levels out. There was a camp site about half way through right after you cross the creek. It would be a nice place to camp with friends.

Joe Mussino
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Craig Cunningham
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Chris Cleveland
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Dominic Lancaster
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Leslie Knackstedt
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Brian Frost
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Taylor Taylor Riley
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Marisol Meza
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Gus Doherty
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