Phoneline Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Length9.4 miElevation gain1433 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingBird watchingrunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shadeNo dogs
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Enchanting views of the Sonoran Desert & an abundance of wildlife. First you should stop into the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center and whet your appetite for the Sonoran Desert with the multitude of displays and reference material. What follows is an easy yet visually stunning trek that will take you through all that our wonderful desert has to offer. From bobcats to deer and everything in between, your eyes and your camera are sure to get their money's worth. The terrain is fairly flat, and most people do just fine in a pair of jogging shoes. It goes without saying to bring some water, and in the summer...bring twice as much. All ages appreciate this trail, and on the weekends you'll have plenty of company. A small fee is necessary to enter the park, but keep in mind, your pass is also valid at Mount Lemmon and Madera Canyon.

Catalina Ranger District 520 388 8300

From downtown Tucson, take Oracle Road (U.S. 89) North, and turn right at Ina Road (East). Follow Ina road which will turn into Skyline Road, and then turns into Sunrise Road. Sunrise will dead-end at Sabino Canyon Road, turn left and the entrance to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area will be on your right.

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Meela Hill
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Bryan Robichaux
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Amanda Lipp
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didn’t make it all the way to the end but will one day!! great trail, good incline at the beginning and then it flattens out. really nice views

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BrianPaula Johnson
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We took the first shuttle up to Stop 9 and hiked down to the visitors center. The earlier the better for low to minimal exposure to sun and crowds. Pleasant and easy hike down and views were gorgeous. It was a great day!

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Stanley Stachowiak
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Geoff A
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Ivan Onate
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Beautiful trail, wish I could’ve reached the end but I started at 4 and sun sets at 6. Very peaceful.

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Stephanie S
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Frank Knapp
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Very pretty trail. I had to park down the hill a ways because the parking lot was closed and that added on a couple extra miles. I’m actually glad because it was pretty too. 

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R D
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On the easy side of moderate in terms of terrain, it is nevertheless a long trail filled with rocks and some sharp switchbacks. We used the shuttle to get to the final rest spot and hiked downhill from there which made it easier. Took almost 3 hours to come down so if you intend to do it out and back, you might as well start early in the morning. Beautiful views throughout and not as crowded as some of the other trails making it peaceful and charming.

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Allegra A
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Great trail! Get here early. Started at 0700 and had the trail to myself. By 1000 there were lines of people coming up the trail.

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Lisa Prentice
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Great hike. Rated as moderate but maybe a little more challenging than that, based on our past experience and our relatively new hiking experience. We started out in the parking lot and hiked 2.7 miles ascending into the canyon and made it to where the trail splits. The left fork goes to tram stop #1 but looked it it was straight down the cliff. The right fork keeps going up although now the trail is half as wide. This is not for anyone with vertigo or fear of heights. Due to one of use prone to vertigo we turned back finishing the total hike at 4.8 miles. For being a 9 mile hike round trip from the map it didn’t even look like we were close to half way. It was a little bit of a walk from the parking lot to the actual start of the marked trail head. All in all lots of people on the trail and I would say it was a crowded New Year’s Day!

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Britton Watson
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Gregg Blohm
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Rosie Hernandez
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Great an on overcast day. Lots of saguaro.

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Bert Yothment
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Great hiking

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Jill Wagner
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Carson Minarik
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B-E-A-Utiful! Started with Phonelime and ended with the team road!

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Gregg Blohm
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Tony Gray
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Gregg Blohm
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Tim Collins
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Loved it! Steady rolling subtle incline.

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Don Riegger
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Hike up, took the new tram back

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Michael Waclawiczek
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If you are in the Tucson area, you should definitely hike this trail. My wife and I have hiked it several times during our stays in the Catalina Foothills in December 2019 & 2020.

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Sydney Englert
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I really liked it, very gradual incline. Nice mileage. Beautiful views.

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Stephanie Tsang
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Fantastic views!

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Diane Stuart
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Levi Harris
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This trail was really challenging for me, but I wanted to see if I could do it before headed back home to St. Louis. It ended up being my highest-ever elevation and nearly 12 miles, according to my Fitbit. I foolishly got a late start at 1:15 pm when it was 90° out. Down in the desert between the Visitor’s Center and the canyon, the heat was brutal, and I had to stop several times just to let my pulse stop racing. But once I was up on the mountainside, there was some shade and some breeze, and the elevation evened out again until the very end. I did this more as a self-challenge than anything, but the views were gorgeous, and on a cooler day, I think this would’ve been a lot less formidable. The sunset looks stupendous from up there, as do the lights of the city once the sun has gone down. I came down in the dark but could see by the light of the stars and the city for most of the way. If I’m ever here again, I would hike this trail another time. Take plenty of water and maybe snacks. I went through a gallon of water and a Kind bar. And hiking poles are essential.

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