Molino Canyon Vista to Ridgeline

EASY 7 reviews
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Molino Canyon Vista to Ridgeline is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

over grown

This is a short out-and-back trail. The trailhead is not marked but should be easy to follow. Your destination is the top of ridge that the vista look-out faces. The top of the ridge is covered in Agave plants so wear long pants. The vista may see quite few visitors at the vista, but you probably won't see many of them on the trail. Once you get to the ridgeline there are great views of both Molino Canyon and La Milagrosa Canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is great - excellent trail, wonderful views, and interesting history. But its name is somewhat misleading and might be better named the Molino Basin Trail. It doesn't start from the Molino Canyon Vista turnout but from the Molino Basin Campground parking lot 0.7 miles further uphill on the General Hitchcock Highway. It is the northernmost portion of Passage #10 - "Redington Pass" of the Arizona Trail, After skirting south of the Molino Basin Campground the trail climbs steadily westward until it reaches the ridgeline and nearby Gordon Hirabayashi trailhead, campground and memorial at the site of the former Catalina Federal Honor (prison) Camp begun in 1937 and used for relocating Japanese-Americans in WW-II.

hiking
4 months ago

8 months ago

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Great trail, saw lots of spring blossoms and wildlife. bathroom at beginning of trail at the campground entrance.

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

hiking
Friday, February 22, 2013

The best part of this trail is that you can bring your four-legged friends. Very short, easy hike, but great views of both canyons and the city.