Phoneline Trail

MODERATE 185 reviews

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, trail running, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,433 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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river

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wild flowers

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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 wet your appetite for the Sonoran Desert on the multitde 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 moneys 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.

recorded Phoneline Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Actually walked to bridge, dam and back up to Tram Rd and Rec Ctr and then home. Need to add 20 min for 1st mile from home to Sabine Canyon. Good to get moving again!

hiking
14 days ago

Steep at times. It’s right on the ledge of the canyon and can thing out a lot towards the end. Moderate the perfect description.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Great for running

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with good views. We walked up Sabino Canyon Road and returned on Phoneline trail. I look forward to repeating this hike in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Warm weekend with few people on the trail. Still a great early hike with beautiful views the whole way.

recorded Hot Sabino

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great views. Saw a few deer, a red tail hawk and some black king snakes. Trail is well maintained. Saguaros, ocotillos and chollas in bloom, gorgeous.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail beautiful views. Nicely maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

great trail. amazing views along the way.

5 months ago

Gorgeous trail in the spring; covered in wild flowers. If 9 miles is more than you're up for you can take the tram to stop 9 and hike back to the visitors center. Aside from the ascents the majority of this trail is fairly flat and gentle but is narrow and has steep drop offs into the canyon.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike yesterday from the visitors center to tram station 9. This hike is rated easy, but it gets technical in places and I am surprised that more people do not reference the sheer drop offs to the canyon floor. Locals use it for a running path-- I found it challenging but well worth the effort.

hiking
5 months ago

Full of spring flowers looks like a botanical garden!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers. Narrower trail than many others in the canyon as it goes along a ridge. If you are afraid of heights or drop offs, this isn't the hike for you. Lots of spots on the ridge are sheer drop offs.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views of the canyon on this train. It takes you along the ridge. Lots of wildflowers thanks to all the recent rain. We had to take our boots off to cross the river but the rest of the trail was dry. Highly recommend this trail!!!!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

I loved this trail! It's a fairly flat trail and is on the easier side, although the length and a couple rocky areas make it moderate. Gorgeous wildflowers and lots of butterflies and birds to see in the spring!

7 months ago

Have walked and run this trail many times and never have a complaint.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day to end January. Little traffic on the trail.. a good workout to go to the very end, down switchbacks to road and then turn right around to go back the same way. Well maintained and good footing.

7 months ago

Beautiful and very enjoyable without strenuous sections. It’s not overly busy and was a magical few hours.

8 months ago

Excellent walk

hiking
8 months ago

Nice ridge type trail overlooking Sabino Canyon. Good workout and access to connecting trails in the area.

8 months ago

took me a little over 4 hours to complete the trail, loved the views, not too steep, and perfect weather!! the app recording didn't work well so I couldn't get the accurate distance

8 months ago

Took 4 hours today to do the out and back on the trail. Most people seem to take the road back, but to me, road walking is boring and harder on the legs. The hardest part is the first third — both for grade and rocks. Beautiful hike, and starting at 8, didn’t see many other hikers.

8 months ago

Really enjoyable hike. We took the road up and the Phoneline back down. Excellent views and coming down its a very good hike. It wasn’t crowded like 7 Falls and the option to take the road gives some variety. It’s the usual Tucson footing and weather. The 5 star hike in Sabino Canyon is 7 Falls but this is my next favorite.

8 months ago

Great views, not to steep. A very pleasant hike!

8 months ago

Great trail, we took the tram up and hiked back to the visitor center. Take plenty of water!

8 months ago

Very enjoyable walk!

hiking
8 months ago

Rocky terrain, wear boots. Trail does get narrow at points so pay attention to cacti. Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful hike, gorgeous scenery. Well-marked trail and not too much people traffic. I took the paved road up to the turnaround (tram Stop 9) then continued onto the zigzag trail to get on Phoneline. Stunning views. Definitely raises your heart rate!

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