Thunderbird Trail is a 6.4 kilometer 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.

Distance: 6.4 km Elevation Gain: 150 m Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

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.

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rocky
17 days ago

Trail itself was marked okay and there were beautiful view of the mountains. The mines as mentioned are just off the trail but not too far into the hike and we’re really cool! Have to give it a lower review though because despite wearing bug spray we could not escape the gnats and other bugs swarming our arms and faces and in the end turned back early because they were too annoying.

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25 days ago

Easy to follow Trail.

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1 month ago

A deer jumped out in front of my car on the way in, and on the way out! Drive slowwwwly. Saw a gorgeous crested (cristate) saguaro!!!! There were many bunnies, and one non threatening snake. Trail was very quiet, one other party. The hike is rocky, but that's okay - the views throughout the entire trail are really nice. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail with gorgeous scenery. Saquaro’s everywhere with pretty wildflowers along the way. There are abandoned mines that are blocked off...trail is rocky but easy to manage. Will be back soon!

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rocky
2 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Trail is surrounded by Saguaros and wildflowers. Couple of old mine shafts on the way too.

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2 months ago

Very nice trail. Beautiful views. Easy to follow.

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rocky
4 months ago

Sweetwater to Thunderbird. Very enjoyable hike. Rocky but a well maintained trail. couple of mines along the way which was a great surprise. Overall I would recommend; nice workout.

Nice trail but not well marked. Very lightly traveled. Got off track the other day and turned back. Got off trail today also but used AllTrails to get righted and finished Thunderbird trail today.

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Sun Mar 03 2019

Nice solitude on a weekend. diverse ups and downs. Terrific wildflowers in spots

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Mon Jan 14 2019

This is more a review for the network of trails this connector links to. Be aware - once you get the end of this .8 mile connector trail - the series of trails out here are very poorly marked. USE THIS APP!! Download a trail map ahead of time and check frequently. We had a great adventure getting semi-sorta lost at various junctures. The trail is easy - a few rocky places. Very pretty scenery - fun ups-and-downs. But be prepared to bushwhack. Like I said - we had a fun safe “adventure”.

Sun Mar 25 2018

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

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Tue Feb 27 2018

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

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Fri Jan 26 2018

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.

Mon Nov 06 2017

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

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Sun Dec 04 2016

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

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Wed Nov 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.

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Sat Sep 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.

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Sun Mar 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.

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Sun Feb 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!!!

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