Pima Canyon Trail

MODERATE 115 reviews
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Pima Canyon Trail is a 3.9 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, rock climbing, and horses and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
734 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Located at the Northwest side of Tucson on the edge of front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains lies the Iris O. Dewhirst trail. Also commonly known as the Pima Canyon Trail #62. This well traveled and well known trail is popular among trail runners, hikers, and day trippers of the Tucson area. Though the stream in Pima Canyon is dry for most of the year, it supports an excellent example of a desert riparian habitat located conveniently close to the Tucson metropolitan area. Unfortunately, that accessibility has resulted in significant overuse of this beautiful and fragile area, especially during the winter, its season of highest use. From the trailhead, located among suburban ranchos, the trail ascends a V-shaped notch carved along the south face of Pusch Ridge. Views down the canyon get better as you climb, encompassing the city of Tucson as well as distant mountains and valleys. The riparian area on the floor of the canyon provides excellent birdwatching for a wide variety of resident and migratory species that make use of this most productive of all desert habitat types. Other desert creatures you may encounter in this area include javelina and jackrabbits, but the real viewing prize of Pima Canyon and the entire Pusch Ridge area are the desert bighorn sheep that maintain a surefooted existence here among rocky crags and rugged canyons. Beyond Pima Spring, the trail becomes steeper and harder to follow as it continues to climb to the upper slopes of Mt. Kimball. Incentives for persevering here are good views of Window Rock and Cathedral Rock. Trail #62 ends at its junction with the Finger Rock Trail #42.

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1 day ago

Solid hike with some good views of the city. The canyon gives some decent shade to beat the heat as well. Time it right and it's a great way to end the day and catch the sunset on the way back to the trailhead.

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8 days ago

Good stuff

hiking
14 days ago

Very gentle quiet trail for first 2 miles. Not the best views since it is low, but great for a low key hike.

14 days ago

Great hike!

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29 days ago

Great hike, but overgrown right now. Needs some trimming

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2 months ago

Great trail for jogging and sight seeing! Would do again!

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2 months ago