Thunderbird Trail

HARD 10 reviews
#13 of 38 trails in

Thunderbird Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from December until February.

4.0 miles
620 feet
Out & Back


Abandoned mines and connecting trails This is a quick hike that has the potential of exploring all of the northern foothills of the Tucson Mountains Range through connecting trails. The first segment takes you around then down the western slope of a small peak that brings you to Gila Monster Mine (see picture). Be careful not to get too close, these mines have been abandoned for decades. The final section takes you down to the intersection of Gila Monster Trail (to the right) and Cactus Canyon Trail (to the left); this is the end of the Thunderbird Trail. Return the way you came.

1 month ago

6 months ago

Would not consider this trail hard, moderate at the most maybe even easy.

7 months ago

I enjoyed this hike! Was a little challenging on the way out but was a good workout! Definitely want to come back out and try some sort of loop.

9 months ago

Monday, April 25, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This trail is pretty easy.
Great views of Tucson.
It's more interesting and more challenging to use this trail to hike to the other interconnecting trails.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nice, well maintained trail. Followed this trail to a pink ribbon tied in a tree and branched off to the Brittlebush trail and then left down a nice big wash. Turned around after awhile and headed back out. Really nice scenery with interesting rock formations and fields of wildflowers. Wanna go back and do the loop shown on the map when I have more time. Parking lot at the trailhead is in good shape with maps posted, trash cans, and a sign-in log just a little way up the trail where it splits. Only spent a couple of hours in and out but it could easily be a dayhike if you keep going.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This was a nice easy day hike. Weather was perfect and on today's date, February 26th, the flowers were already blooming. Well worth your time!!!