Soldier Trail

HARD 43 reviews
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Soldier Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

waterfall

rocky

Beatiful canyons, challenging hike This trail follows the route of an old road and power line from the Catalina Highway to the site of a now-abandoned prison camp. The camp is gone and the power line poles cut down. The trail follows portions of this old route and provides access to an excellent example of Sonoran desert habitat. As the trail winds up the mountain, it visits a few ridge tops that provide good views back toward the city before dropping into Soldier Canyon, where there are some picturesque waterfalls when the stream is running. The boulder-strewn cascades over which those falls tumble are pleasant to spend a few moments by even when they are dry.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Start early as there is no shade on the trail. Nice views, saw a family of deer. Lots of brush overgrown into the trail right now (after the rainy season) so wear pants or enjoy having your legs get beat up. First part is very rocky and steep, so think twice about bringing your dog if they aren't a regular hiker.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking poles advisable for steep grades. Great views of valley floor below. My dog scraped off the pads of her front paws on the sharp rocks of the steep final descent, so not so "dog friendly".

3 months ago

Lots of gnats and mosquitoes in August. Steep climb the 1st 0.5mi into the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

steep at first but its a good hike. toke my dog with me so that was nice.

6 months ago

Great Hike. First mile or so is steep. Easy trail to follow

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8 months ago

Really steep at the beginning so a little difficult to get into. It's a pretty hike and the waterfalls at the end are nice. I will definitely do it again.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I'd say this is on the easier side of difficult. Hang a left when you get to the stream at the end to get to the waterfall, which is unusual and beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

2/15/2017

As other users have mentioned, the beginning is steep. During my hike the wind gusts were strong. The majority of the Northern journey is uphill. The terrain varies from loose rock, to flat soil, to moderately steep rock face. I would not recommend bringing a dog on this trail.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was a STEEP climb 4 steps from the hwy, but it was worth it and an excellent workout. The parking is actually a pull out area off of the hwy up mount Lemmon just enough room for 3 cars. You should get there very early.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with great variety of terrain. The initial three quarters of a mile are difficult with steep rocky ascent of about 750ft or so. After that the trail becomes more level while traversing grassland with some less arduous ascents to a saddle and eventually to where it ends, meeting other trails. The views are spectacular.

hiking
10 months ago

I highly recommend this trail if you are looking for a short hike with some good elevation gain. The path is relatively easy to follow and end of Soldiers Trail is very rewarding. The water stream has shaped a very unqiue water fall that is worth checking out. When you come to the clearing and hear water, all you must do is follow the flow of water and it will quide you to the cool rock formations. Added perk is that it's dog friendly so a portion of the hikers will have their cute furry friends along side. Arguably one of the best hikes in Tucson for dogs. If you do bring your dog, be sure to clean up and keep our trails clean. Thank you!