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Sabino Lake (#30), Creek Trail (#52), Rattlesnake Trail (#50), and Esperero Trail (#25)

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Sabino Canyon Recreational Area

Sabino Lake (#30), Creek Trail (#52), Rattlesnake Trail (#50), and Esperero Trail (#25) is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 272 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Dogs are not allowed in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Coronado National Forest: 520-670-4552

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Reviews (371)
Photos (588)
Recordings (339)
Completed (891)
Ben H.
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HikingOff trailRocky

Nice hike and a pretty good loop. Kid friendly. Couldn’t find the cut through to the east side of the creek. Had to backtrack and then go up the road to another trail to reconnect with the loop further down.

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Russ Ricks
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Hiking

Great trail that changes all the time. Sometimes you’re in a wooded area, sometimes along a creek or the dam, others along the ridge and canyon side. Not too difficult. Had a great time! We started on Bluff Trail #51 went down Sabino Lake Trail #30 and around to Sabino Dam Trail #33 to Creek Trail #52. Great time!

Lindsay Hoover
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Hiking

Finally a trail with some shade!

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Alexander Barrera
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This trail has so many things to offer. you will be exposed to many things it is amazing. the trail is easy, a lot of bugs and the water is great to jump in and cool off in.

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Katherine Schmidt
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Jesika Esquivel
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Hiking

Beautiful, well-maintained trail! Wear sunscreen and bring a hat :)

Parisa Heydarifar
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Hiking

Nice, sunny, beautiful trail filled with wildflowers and a gorgeous waterfall and river mid-March. Highly recommend. It’s a nice, leisurely, scenic walk with some fun minimal, easy, rocky incline hiking at a few spots. Clear blue skies across the mountains and saguaros.

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Patrick O
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At creek crossings (Feb 24), water was almost knee deep in places (recent rains and snow melt), so be willing to get wet during certain times of year. Hiked this during dusk, ending in dark (flashlight in use second half). Next time will hike earlier in the day, and will take the side trail along the dirt road at the beginning and instead of ending along Sabino tram road, will cross the road and continue along Esperero trail to make those sections a bit more interesting. Very short, quick and easy (if experienced) trail, with many beautiful sections, especially with the running water. The app map helps to keep on trail as some might have trouble staying on the route during some trail transitions or creek crossings.

Anna Alonzo
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HikingBugsFee

Nice trail! Some parts with pavement and some without. Beautiful views.

Susan Kettles
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HikingRocky

We planned to do the Phoneline Trail. It rained most of the day before. At the entrance was a caution about flash floods. The trams were not running due to flooded bridges. We met a ranger and created a new plan. Sabino Lake Trail to Esperero Trail. Go past Rattlesnake junction a mile or so. Turn around. Go on Rattlesnake Trail to Bluff Trail to Sabino Lake Trail to the visitor center. Recording is the last part. We arrived at 9 am on Sunday and left at noon. Line of cars entering the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area when we left. The Sabino Lake trail is a nice alternative to the road. But be careful of the many cacti close to the trail. The Esperero Trail gained in elevation after the Rattlesnake trail junction. Beautiful views. The Rattlesnake trail brought us to the road and then the swollen river. We saw the dam with abundant water. The bluff trail had shade from the rock cliff. It was a nice hike.

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Donovan LINK
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Hiking

this a wonderful hike in beautiful country trails fairly well marked Recommend this to all

Katie Buchalski
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Hiking

Beautiful day. Trails nice and clear. Some water, but not an overwhelming amount.

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Frank Maglin
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Hiking

An awesome trail that can be enjoyed by all.

Eric Allen
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HikingNo shade
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Lori Kpf
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HikingFloodedRocky

A really fun trail. The water was high so we ended up pretty wet. definitely recommend either going in shoeless or bringing a dry pair of socks.

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Katie Buchalski
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Hiking

Great weather. Grateful for whoever stacked cairns along the rattlesnake trail because I always get a little confused keeping track of the trail when I’m jogging through there. Trails were clean, clear and dry. Creek had a good little bit of water flowing :)

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Melissa Dispenza
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Sam Wat
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Did this in the summer and almost ran out of water. Not too much shade opportunities unless you want to stop a lot. Water pools are great to get some relief. Views get better the further you go.

David Giles
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