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one of my favorite trails

Good trail for running. A little rocky in some parts but overall gently sloping hills

There is no marked trail below the canyon. Just climb between the rocks. A little dangerous but funny. When I went there, the fall is very small, but the pool under the fall is still very beautiful.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked this yesterday around 7am before the heat. Starts with a few switchback to get you down to the riverbed. This is the driest I've seen this trail. There's water puddles here and there, with some trickling water. The lower water level does allow for easier climbing and route choice. Take your time on the final accent as you either go straight up the rock face or around the side. There's still plenty of stagnant water at the falls but no actual waterfall, which is a little disappointing, still a beautiful canyon though.

Awesome trail. Came across a rattler between the parking lot and the trailhead, so keep your eyes peeled. The initial descent is gradual, when you get to the river bed it’s fairly easy going except a few spots require some climbing over rocks. We had our 7 yr old walking with us and 10 month old in our Deuter III. There were a few larger rocks in the river bed that provided adequate shade for breaks for snacks. Unfortunately, with the kids progress was slow, starting the hike at 7 am, we turned back around around 830 due to the heat. I’m not sure if we would have been able to make it much further with the child carrier on anyway. All in all, a great hike, I hope one of these days once it get cooler we’ll be able to finish without having to worry about the heat.

If you like hordes of people with kids and dogs running loose then this is your hike!

We just moved down to Tucson—it was nice to get a great view of the place. Great hike for newcomers or visitors. The first part of this hike is beautiful. Not much shade, but there was a nice breeze to keep us cooled down from the heat. Coming back down from the ridge, pay special attention to where the trail leads. Enjoy!

Great easy hike. I won’t be doing this trail again only because it was too easy for me and there wasn’t any running water at the time. Also heard it’s packed when the water really starts to flow. Other than that I’d recommend it to anyone who is just starting off hiking or wants to get in a little cardio on the way back up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. As some of the other reviewers stated we also ran into a mountain bike rider. However very nice and shared the space with no problems. We started the hike with other hikers on the trail however there are so many off-shoots to this trail we ended up not seeing any other hikers. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There is not a lot of shade so the temps can get warm. Plan on hiking early and bring lot's of water.

No water yet. We found tadpoles in some small puddles. Make sure you bring extra water. Very fun and easy hike. Can’t wait to go back! My 8 year old did great

I don't mind the sights and sounds of the nearby city. Beautiful views that change a lot through the course of the hike. Lots of saguaro including young saguaro. Great views of downtown Tucson.

Just hiked this trail on the 24th . No running water, just some standing pools; despite that it was an absolutely beautiful hike. Watching the sunrise over the mountains as you're in the canyon makes getting up really early worth it!

This is a lovely moderate hike with great views south looking at Tucson and beyond. A good trail to take visitors on.

It was really hot. I drank all my 2 liter of Mt. Dew and was really thirsty, and I didn't have any Sour Patch Kids

hiking
2 months ago

Isolated and a great trail if you want to meditate and observe the core of the Catalina Mountains. Not sure if I went all the way to the end because I was stopped by an accumulation of rocks with no signs and no extended trail anywhere beyond that point.

I went alone and close to sunset. The view was amazing and very peaceful. The location feels like you’re driving to the middle of nowhere but the directions took me straight to the trailhead. I’d definitely do it again when I have more daylight to explore further.

Easy trail for the most part. Not always well marked. Got off the trail a view times, but found my way back. Good trail for your off workout days. No shade, very hot in the summer.

Our favorite hike currently. Difficulty depends on the water level. We can bring the dog! Some climbing required if water is high. Fun and beautiful.

Very tired but worth it. The sight on the top is excellent!

Says dogs are ok but if you want to climb the boulders may be best to leave your dog home. If your dog loves boulders - of course- bring him ;)

hiking
3 months ago

Really great afternoon hike. Tons of wildlife including lizards, rabbits and a Gila Monster =)

Took my dog we had a tiny scare, of course some other dogs were off leash but were super friendly (my dog is not). There was water but the river is not active. Definitely go at an earlier time sun is blazing when you go back uphill to the trail head. Other than that loved it!

Enjoyed the trail Great Views great Swim for the kids Very Pet Friendly

This trail was a butt kicker of a Moderate trail. As you get higher up in the canyon the trailer gets rockier and harder to find. The steepest section is climbing from the end of the canyon up to Pima saddle and then over to kimball Peak. The sign at the bottom of the trail says 7 miles to Kimball Peak. I believe it’s 7 miles in and 7 miles out for a 14 mile round-trip. Very scenic hike walking amongst blooming ocotillo’s and Saguaros. Many wildflowers were in bloom there was some water at the bottom of the canyon. Nice views from the top. You can see both sides of the Catalinas.

This is a great hike. Compared to other moderate trails (i.e. Romero Pools) this is definitely much harder. About 4 miles in it gets pretty rocky.
But there are multiple places with great vistas. Make sure you walk all the way to the end of the summit for an amazing view.

Un trail con excelentes vistas, gran altura.

hiking
4 months ago

Good short, relatively brisk hike. Nice vegetation, nice views of Tucson. Only downside is the car noise, but you get that any time you're in the foothills. Trail ends a bit abruptly, though it's obvious some people go on to the mines once it stops.

Beautiful view from the top. It was an 8 hour hike. Take plenty of water and food.

What a great hike! I took my 2 older kids 13 and 15, they found it difficult but worthwhile. Views where amazing. We went up old baldy and down old baldy. We made the peak in 4:20 and back down in about 3 hours.

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