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Sutherland Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews
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Sutherland Trail is a 17.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 17.4 miles Elevation Gain: 5,679 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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no shade
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11 days ago

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail in its entirety from Catalina State Park to where it meets MT Lemmon trail then took Mt Lemmon trail to the Observatory. After about 4 miles or so in the trail becomes anything but “moderate”. Very steep inclines with 40% + grades the rest of the way. No official trail markings only piles of rocks other hikers have left to help indicate the trail. Lost the trail several times. Certainly not a trail for the inexperienced. Bring as much water as you can carry. This app helped a lot when we lost the trail so be sure to bring lots of battery charge as by about 6-7 miles in the trail is nearly impossible to find.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this trail up to Mt Lemmon end of highway ~ 6000 vertical feet, was looking for a vertical mile outing. Trail is easy to follow with exception for segment approaching the power line up top. Only water is at end of FS road

hiking
7 months ago

What is ordinarily a somewhat boring trail is alive with wildflowers right now. The water in the washes is low enough to get across on stepping stones.

hiking
8 months ago

Hit 6.8 miles of this trail during MOVE Across 2 Ranges 21.5 mile Massive Hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful today! 3 water crossings to get to the falls, it was perfect weather and trail conditions were better than expected. Some small areas of mud but other than that, beautiful as usual!

Trail Link is a very rocky forest service road that connects the 50 Year Trail to the Sutherland Trail.

9 months ago

We had a great time. the trail goes to the top of the Santa Catalina range, and we did not opt to go that far. We went three miles in and back out. it was beautiful and well maintained. By three miles in we hit the part of the trail that also serves as an obvious waterway. It's very rocky, with a rich diversity of geologic sampling from the mountain that has been carried down by the waters. Wonderful stuff if you like to look at rocks!

hiking
Tue Jun 05 2018

Isolated and a great trail if you want to meditate and observe the core of the Catalina Mountains. Not sure if I went all the way to the end because I was stopped by an accumulation of rocks with no signs and no extended trail anywhere beyond that point.

hiking
Wed Feb 28 2018

Sat Jan 20 2018

Falls are dry now.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Nov 23 2017

We did this trail on our dirt bikes and it was mean! The last climb up to the hiking trails was extremely hard on the motorcycles. For reference we have done Charleau Gap multiple times and that ride is easy compared to this trail.

Wed Nov 15 2017

Amazing trail that will be great for young kids to come together.

Sat May 27 2017

Not a great trail to run up to Mt. Lemmon Summit. A lot of large loose rocks.

Sun Mar 26 2017

Hoped to find the falls but did not!!

Sun Aug 28 2016

Great trail, my opinion- best for fall, spring hiking. Good alternative trail at Catalina State Park if you do t want to see so many people... Water at the 2.5 mi mark.

hiking
Tue Dec 15 2015

We took the 50 year trail out and around the park to the top of Sutherland trail. About 10 miles RT, a very good NOT summer hike, Also dogs are not allowed on the trail when you enter the Big horn sheep preserve.

hiking
Tue Apr 08 2014

This straightforward, enjoyable trail goes through three jurisdictions in its short distance. You start in Catalina State Park. Midway, you enter and leave the USFS Pusch Peak Wilderness (so no bikes here). Then the last part is on Arizona State Trust land, so a permit is required, though this requirement is widely ignored. At about the 2.3 mile point you arrive at the Cargodera Canyon drainage, a pretty spot where water runs about six months a year. This trail was built in 1984 by the Southern Arizona Hiking Club when the Trico Powerline Road obliterated the original Sutherland Trail. It was called the Sutherland Cutoff Trail when it was built, but hardly anyone calls it that anymore. Even the State Park signage ignores the history of the trail and just calls it the Sutherland Trail.

hiking
Sun Apr 10 2011

The Sutherland Trail is a great trail to do. You can take so many trail off of this trail to Green Rock, and other trails... it is fun to explore the off trails that go off of the Sutherland. You can hike this trail all year long. Just keep an out and ears out for the Critters. We have seen Rattlers, Gila Monster, Whip Snakes, Tortoises, and lot of Lizards. Have fun.

Tue Jun 02 2009

As a member of the Tucson community I spend 4-6 hours a week volunteering my time at Catalina State Park.. I work on all the trails & this is definitelly my favorite. The hike up the trail from the Catalina parking lot & back is 4-5 miles right under the Catalina mountains & provides beautiful desert scenery & spectacular views of the Catalina foothills.

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