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dogs on leash
Access this trail from the 48th St Pima Canyon Trailhead parking lot- it opens up right to the rest area!
Love this trail! It's my go to each weekend. Marcos de Niza offers awesome views that reward incline efforts. Depending on the direction you choose, this trail can have varying difficulties. My personal favorite is to take an out-and-back approach from the parking lot without ever touching Pima. It's gratifying to see those steep climbs in reverse. At a fast walking pace, this route takes about an hour or less, with the SW leg being most challenging and the NE return being far less strenuous yet far more scenic. If you're feeling beat up after the SW leg, swing East at the end of Marcos de Niza to loop back on the flat, walk-friendly Beverly Canyon Trail. The easiest way to see the beauty of Marcos de Niza without all of the work is to access it via Beverly Canyon.
Love this area. There are a lot of trails off of Dixie Mountain Loop trail head. Desert Tortoise is one of them. Just beautiful! A small incline in the beginning, but the rest is pretty easy. Trail is rock, so watch your step. Beautiful flowers and various types of cactus. Also saw some lizards, family of owls, quail, beetles and caterpillars. Will definitely go back and hike all the trails there!
Ashley R. on Echo Canyon Summit Trail
One of my favorites! Be prepared to do some rock climbing. Stretch before you go, bring lots of water and have fun!
My poor rating is a direct result of all of the in different people that bring their dogs and do not clean up after them. Certain times of the year it smells terrible. for some reason on this trail people just don't care. As for the trail take The mountain on the south side of the Pima wash trail and walk along the Ridgeline last dog poop there plus it's a good workout. The trail is actually very well-maintained due to the higher amount of traffic it gets. You need to make ensure to bring enough water for the entire hike. The trail is a pretty easy walk the entire way but the desert will sneak up on you. I have found this is also an excellent trail for night hiking on the mountain. Starting at 6pm on a full moon it is an absolutely breathtaking view of the city the trail is somewhat well lit I had light would be required but what a wonderful trail
The hike today was pretty easy due to the weather not being overly hot if you are going to hike this trail please bring enough water. This is the month of March and I went through 64 ounces of water. I climbed telegraph pass made a right and then climbed all the way up to the towers along the path. The whole back and forth trip took me about three hours but I'm a very fast walker. Parking is always an issue but there are options if you keep your eyes open. I would rate it a very good path in that it is close to the house and it's a good challenge for a hiker not a climber