Pontatoc Canyon Trail

HARD 25 reviews

Pontatoc Canyon Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

no dogs

21 days ago

It was my first time in Tucson so I really appreciated the landscape. This trail map isn’t accurate however. I was off trail according this map at the very end, but that’s because I was on the right trail, it just kept going. So the trail is longer than said. I also didn’t finish because it was longer than expected. Very sun exposed with elevation gain, but a beautiful view of Tucson.

hiking
2 months ago

nature trips
4 months ago

Very fun canyon trail, lots of plant life crowding the path and ends at an interesting point in the canyon.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

I agree with the comment that the trail is fun, but not memorable. I hike this primarily because the trailhead is close to my house.

7 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Difficult hike and after you come out of the canyon again you are exposed to lots of sun. I didn't make it to the end - too hot with elevation gain still. Very pretty though with Spring flowers.

hiking
9 months ago

Pleasant

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Saturday, October 22, 2016

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 15, 2016

hiking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fun, but not particularly memorable.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Right under our noses. Best after rains when creek is running. End of trail difficult to locate.. High grass and Shin Daggers galore but well worth it. data:image/jpeg;base64,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

hiking
Friday, February 06, 2015

hiking
Sunday, November 09, 2014

beautiful day...

hiking
Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 27, 2014, Trail disappears about a mile above the waterfalls, but a beautiful hike.

hiking
Monday, March 04, 2013

For clarification, if you took the right fork to the Pontatoc Ridge trail, this listing is for the other trail that goes off to the left. A brutal hike indeed, the serious outdoorsman indeed. The trail is a steady climb and well marked until about mile 2.5 or 3 where it descends to the creek bed and then climbs up the Northface of the canyon. Very steep and hard to follow for the rest of the trail 1 or 1.5 more miles. Yeah, there were good views and all but it really is a brutal hike with tons of cacti in the middle of the trail and loose rocks abound. Consider yourself warned.