Sycamore Reservoir Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Sycamore Reservoir Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Lemmon, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1617 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

views

wildlife

Directions from Tucson: Drive up the Catalina Highway to the turnoff into the old prison camp beyond milepost 7. Turn left and follow the road either to a closed gate or beyond if it is open. Low clearance vehicles should park at the last building slab in the prison camp. Four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance may continue the 1.25 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Followed AZT out up over Shreve Saddle into Bear Canyon with great views of Catalinas to Bear Creek and Sycamore Reservoir. Returned up steady grade of old road bed to Shreve Saddle.

10 months ago

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

hiking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Monday, October 27, 2014

This is a difficult hike. The last two miles going in are downhill over a lot of loose rock and boulders. Coming back up is difficult. There is a reservoir at the end of the trail but when you get there you will notice the smell of a sewer. It appears to collect all of the septic run off from Mt. Lemmon. Don't believe there will be usable water at the reservoir. I wouldn't feel safe even cooling my feet in the water.

hiking
Thursday, March 06, 2014

This was a great trail that offered some great views of the catalinas. it was 2.8 miles and not 1.8. A friend and I back packed to the reservoir and set up camp for the night. really great spot