Thunderbird Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Thunderbird Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from October until April.

4.0 miles
501 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

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.

5 months ago

BS... love a good reason for no dogs ⁉️

6 months ago

Well travelled trail. Not well marked. Loose rock on parts to make it interesting. Minimal elevation yet still had a good workout.

7 months ago

Very poorly marked. You cross other trails without knowing which one to take. It was pure luck we succeeded in hiking the length of this trail and back out. But when you’re from Wisconsin, you can’t beat hiking in the desert in January.

10 months ago

This trail is not dog friendly at all.... there are signs immediately saying they aren’t allowed. This is at the El Camino Del Cerro trailhead. Really bummed I drove all the way out there with the dog and couldn’t go on the trails

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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.

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.

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!!!

7 months ago

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