Explore the most popular trails near Catalina Foothills with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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This is a nice hike that will get your heart pounding. The distance on this is incorrect, it is closer to 5.5 miles from the edge of the parking lot to the pools and back. The elevation gain is also around 1200 feet. The first 1.5 miles is easy but the last portion is mostly straight uphill. The pools are nice and frequently have water except in the driest times. Plenty of flowers and wildlife if you keep your eyes peeled and the views are great.

Great hike!! Creek had lots of water going!! So good to see evidence(poo) of big horns in the Sabino canyon area!

Tram or walking, this is one of the prettiest places in Southern AZ.

nice paved walk

My favorite Sabino Canyon hike❤️ upper hiking vistas into layers of canyons in Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Hike long or short time, it’s least crowded hike in Sabino.

Awesome hike from October to April. The best time to hike it is when Sabino Creek is flowing from the winter snow melt.

My son (7 years old) and I enjoyed the cayon views and minor rock scrambling. The girls in the family are strong hikers too. However, did not care for the heights amid some loose gravel parts.

Maiden Pools is one of several destinations on the Ventana Canyon Trail. See instructions and reviews for that trail. Not sure why this section is rated moderate and the longer trail hard. I’d say the lower canyon is easy (first mile or so) but as the trail ascends it gets much steeper and more rocky - i.e. hard. The trailhead is within the Ventana Canyon Resort and the first section of the trail runs along an easement through private property. It is well travelled and the trail is obvious.

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7 months ago

My first hike last year visiting... Easy and bathrooms along the way. Little pools with small waterfalls near the top if I can recall correctly. Very scenic and memorable.

my favorite for walking, running and biking!

Great views, the mileage is off- was 5.2 miles round trip.... would like to do again after some rain...

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail! But the Trail length and elevation gain is wrong on this app. It’s 2.4 miles one-way from trailhead to the pools. Not 1.9 miles round trip. Elevation gain is significantly different too.

The first half hour is a little challenging depending on which end of the actual part of Phone-line you start on. This does not include the Sabino Tram Rd which goes the north part of the trail - or - Sabino Creek on the south end of Phoneline trail. But once you get to the actual trail where it levels off its a nice easy enjoyable 3 miles of breath taking views of nature. Stop and sit on a rock once in awhile and take in the scenery.

8 months ago

This hike is amazing and you gotta do it at least once. We are older average hikers, which means that it actually takes more like 2 hrs and 40 minutes. Canyon ranch professional hiking guides have told me that its actually more like 3 miles to the small pools from the parking lot, and you can feel and see the distance. Especially the last hour going up the switchbacks, which reminded me a little of Blacketts Ridge. But not as intense. We drank 2 L. of water between the two of going uphill. But the temp was in the 40’s F. In Jan. and i am sure that you would need more during hotter days.

Agree that the distance is wrong. More like 4.7. Beginning and end are flat, some wide trail/road.....less appealingly.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this hike as a day trip, would love to spend a night at the pools next time. There is too much to do! I'd hit this hike in the Spring as the snowmelt usually fills the pools quite a bit.

backpacking
11 months ago

We did this as a 3 day backpacking trip, with 2 nights at the pools. The trail is well-marked. There is still water at the polls. We encountered 2 separate campgrounds starting about 10 min after you cross to the south side of sabino creek then a 2nd campground another 10 minutes down the trial.

October. Good shade well past 7 Fall, started 0615. I don't know about 7 hrs, my 10yo and I did it in 11.5 leisurely, about 16.5 miles from viz center and back. Beautiful scenery you don't see from common trails. no real water yet, pack 200oz+ to be safe. Did not see a sole until hitting tram 9, someone coming from the pool followed. Good hike, not for beginners, my boy is well versed hiker.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

I'll start by saying that I love this loop. It's my favorite in the entire Tucson area. You need to get out very early if you're going to take it on April - October. Starting up Phoneline and ending on the Bear Canyon side offers the opportunity to take a quick dip in the cool Seven Falls water. There is a great landing near the high point with some large boulders to sit down and grab something to eat. Took me about 7 hours to complete.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

pretty view of the mountains. very easy.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great path for running. It can get crowded at peak times, but I usually go early in the morning before the trams are running and it's much quieter. good mix of rolling hills, with a steeper portion the last 3/4 mile to the top.

camping
Friday, May 19, 2017

Great place to take the kids! Very beautiful.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

If you are new to the area or new to hiking, this is a great option. It's paved so there's no need for special gear. Make sure you have enough water and protection from the sun (depending on the time of day) - there are markers every mile. I do this several times per week and almost every time is a different experience because of the abundance of wildlife and views the canyon offers.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Arrived here for a dog friendly hike; NOT DOG FRIENDLY! THERE IS A NO PETS SIGN AT THE VERY FRONT OF THE PARKING LOT. So bummed. It used to
Allow pets... not any more :(

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I love this hike for initiating my loved ones! I've brought my family and boyfriend here, all of who have never really hiked much before or who haven't hiked in a really long time. It offers beautiful views all while providing an easy, paved road to walk upon. Along the way, there are a few off trail paths that dip into the cool running river that returns during the wetter months. If you get out of the way of the tram that periodically passes through along the road, you're sure to have a wonderful time!

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