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Palisade Trail to East Fork Trail

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Butterfly Peak Natural Area

Palisade Trail to East Fork Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,835 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Tucson: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 19 miles to Organization Ridge Road just downhill from the Palisade Visitor Information Center. Turn left here and drive a quarter mile down the Organization Ridge road to the trailhead parking area.

hiking
Sun May 07 2017

We did this hike many years ago with my Boy Scout troop. We started at Camp Lawton, hiked the Palisades trail but went all the way down to Sabino Canyon. It's a challenging hike, especially with the weather changing as you drop in elevation.

hiking
Sun Jun 19 2016

Was great. We didn't go the whole way due to time constraints. Maybe next time.

running
Sun Jun 05 2016

The map shows that the trail head starts at the end of Organization ridge, this may have been the case in the past, but now the trailhead is about 0.6 miles down Organization ridge road off to the right. There is proper trailhead parking signage and a trail map but parking space is very limited. The trail then continues past Mud Spring 2.7 miles in (which is fern-filled and can be difficult to find the trail continuation) and then meets up with East fork finally at mile 6.8. Well worth the trip up the mountain for this trail for a hike or a trail run.

hiking
Sun Jun 22 2014

fun hike down the mountain then back up... great views!