Pine Canyon Trail

HARD 25 reviews
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Pine Canyon Trail is a 19.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.5 miles
3,369 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






over grown


Pine Trail is an 8 mile trail located near Pine, Arizona. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. This trail travels through one of the most peaceful and verdant canyons below the Rim. Rocky Mountain maples, alders and oaks abound near the creek. Mixed conifers spread out on the canyon walls. Several dripping springs make Pine Canyon the epitome of a storybook setting abundant with yellow columbines and scarlet monkey flowers.

2 months ago

Started the trail from the north end. Fall is a great time to go, the weather was cool and the leaves were changing. Just be sure to pack rain gear because the clouds can gather just beyond the high ridges. North end was quiet, didn't see any other hikers.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Lot of switch backs exposed to the sun for a lot of the trail. Northern section is beautiful. Bottom of pine canyon is about as vibrant green as it gets in Az

7 months ago

Heaven on Earth

9 months ago

I've done this hike 2 times in March from the trailhead parking on the south end of Pine. I've been lost both times. There is a pool called dripping springs. If you get there, you've missed the turn for TR26 that goes to the right.(Marked) From the trail turn BEFORE dripping springs. it is approx. 7.5 to 8 miles to complete the hike to Hwy 87. After about 1/2 mile, there is a trail cutoff that says "good enough" I don't know where it goes. After about 4 miles from the turn, you will see camp Lomia cabins down the hill. another 1/2 to one mile further, there is a signpost that has a sign that points to the left for Stradling springs and a sign that points straight for Darling Rocks. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT on the trail to Darling rocks! Follow the Stradling springs arrow and cross the stream and pick up Trail 26 on the other side. From that point it is 2-2.5 miles to complete the hike up to 87. There is a sign about 3 miles from hwy 87 where some joker changed a mileage number from 3 to 8 miles to the highway. I locked my bike at the trail marker 6038 on hwy. 87 that is between mile 278 and 279 to ride 10 miles down to the Pine Trailhead. One way was enough for me.

11 months ago

Trail running from Pine TH to Highline trail intersection and back. Great day hike for locals.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Loved this trail. Did get a little confusing with the red flags towards the climb heading to Cinch Hook. Right now.... AMAZING Fall colors in some canyon areas. Just an all around nice hike. Views are beautiful.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

A friend and I hiked one-way from 87 down to Pine. We found the scary warnings about getting lost a little overblown. Though we had to climb over, around, and under a few trees about 2-3 miles down, there was never a time when we couldn't see which way the trail went. The section along the river was gorgeous, as were the views if the canyon from the top. Many trails turn off of this trail, and they, unfortunately, are marked with the same red tags. Just ignore the side trails and keep on truckin'. It did seem a tad longer than 8.3 add an extra 45 minutes to your usual estimate. Would/will do this one again.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Awesome trail with great views and a lot of wildlife. Once you reach the camp the trail seems to lack any identification and is really heard to follow due to brush overgrowth. I started the trail from Pine and hiked out to the 87. Be prepared for a good climb near the end and pack plenty of supplies.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Hiked Pine Canyon Trail #262nd today starting from Pine Trail Head. The hike is absolutely beautiful with vista views. However, once you reach the Pine Creek in the canyon be prepared to spend hours searching for the Trail, bush whacking, until you get up out of the canyon at Route 87. There is so much over growth and dead fall across the Trail it is a real challange. In addition the pink streamers to identify the Trail are faded and in places just nubs due to plastic streamers being gone. Also the red trail identifiers can be found on the ground due to many of the trees have fallen. This lack of Trail maintenance should cause the Trail to be closed once you get within 3 miles of Route 87.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

This is an enjoyable trail with not too much traffic. Expect to see deer, elk, and javelina around dawn or dusk.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pine Canyon trail probably should be four stars. Only a three because it did not have a spectacular element to distinguish it from its surroundings. It was a pleasant hike of some distance. Only saw a couple hikers early on. Most seem to hike out a couple miles and turn around. So, I had a lot of solitude past the first couple miles. Greatly enjoyed the hike.

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