Pima Canyon to Mount Kimball

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Pima Canyon to Mount Kimball is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

11.6 miles
4,429 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers




no shade

no dogs

5 months ago

This trail was a butt kicker of a Moderate trail. As you get higher up in the canyon the trailer gets rockier and harder to find. The steepest section is climbing from the end of the canyon up to Pima saddle and then over to kimball Peak. The sign at the bottom of the trail says 7 miles to Kimball Peak. I believe it’s 7 miles in and 7 miles out for a 14 mile round-trip. Very scenic hike walking amongst blooming ocotillo’s and Saguaros. Many wildflowers were in bloom there was some water at the bottom of the canyon. Nice views from the top. You can see both sides of the Catalinas.

5 months ago

This is a great hike. Compared to other moderate trails (i.e. Romero Pools) this is definitely much harder. About 4 miles in it gets pretty rocky.
But there are multiple places with great vistas. Make sure you walk all the way to the end of the summit for an amazing view.

11 months ago

This trail is a real butt kicker I would classify it as a moderate plus bring lots of water and expect to be out there for a long time. On the other side of the coin though this track is well worth it beautiful scenery stayed cool for the most And bumped in to a Pack of Cody's which was awesome.

11 months ago

A good trail. Pretty rocky and steep, but lots of shade.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great hike, very rocky in the beginning but not bad after,, very green and lots of water running. Saw a deer and a rattle snake, didn't make it to mount kimball this time but next time for sure!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Epic trail, did it in tennis shoes and a t-shirt, no problem! bring a lot of water! Gets real steep at the end!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

We really enjoyed this very pleasant (though rocky) trail. The first mile or so is classic saguaro desert. Once into the canyon, trees including some cottonwoods dominate the trail. It's because in the summer the canyon gets at least 5 hours less sun in the day than the Tucson valley, and the canyon collects all the runoff from the surrounding mountains.
During a 3.5-hour hike on the Saturday morning of a 3-day weekend, we saw 5 or 6 other groups along the way. Two of those groups were families with young children (upper ES through high school), and most others were pairs.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beautiful scenery, very loose rock trail, make sure you have ankle support

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