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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.

No falls as of 5/19. It's a moderate hike but right now it's hot and the sun is relentless. Little to no shade on the trail. It's still gorgeous up there though. There is still some water in the reservoirs but I wouldn't get in it. There were at least 20 'young adults' that were up there swimming and being obnoxious. Don't expect calm and serene.
We walked from the visitors center but took the tram back....worth the $4
Also, it's more that the 7.9 miles the hike description says. According to my 'map my hike' it was 9.75 from the visitors center and back round trip. When we got to the 7 switchbacks it was still about a mile to the 'falls'. We thought we were almost there but not quite lol

The trail starts off with an incline, and after about a mile you head down. After another set of incline/decline (2 miles total) the trail gets relatively flat and stays that way. We only did a total of 10 miles (5 miles in + 5 miles out) and saw a couple of domesticated horses and a couple of deers as well. Overall a nice, long, moderate hike but should do it when the weather is not bad as there is barely any shade

Trail was beautiful, but close to the campgrounds and highway for the most parts.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike. Not too difficult. Very rewarding 360 view at the end from the ridge. So beautiful at dusk. :-)

Nice hike and great views, but the pools are now bug farms ... will have to go back after monsoon season.

Awesome trail run! Nearly went through 3L of my CamelBak... maybe because of Saturday night? Great views up top. Whoever scrawled in the register: "Trump help Russia", really not sure what you meant. 4/5 Sour Patch Kids for trail running. Super fun running in the wash at the beginning and end!

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.

perfect workout. I've done 3 times in a 24 hr.period. It never gets any easier

Tough hike. Don’t let the short distance fool you-this joke gets up in a hurry. Beautiful views-especially on the way up. You’ll be surprised how quickly you gain elevation.

Awesome hike with lots of wildlife. I would love to hike this at nighttime too with a black light. Always carry water and a multi-tool should any have a run in with cactus.

12 days ago

Aptly named. Pick a cool day, or what passes for cool in Tucson.

12 days ago

This a favorite. In March or April, you might find snow in places. Please do not attempt this in the heat of summer. On the way out, you'll lose a lot of elevation quickly and still have miles to go at low (hot!) elevation. I've assisted several people in the early stages of heatstroke here. Be smart.

on Phoneline Trail

12 days ago

This is a good hike for newcomers acclimating or visitors not content to stay on the tram, with nice views of lower Sabino Canyon.

This trail is just relentless and awesome! There's no boulder climbing--just a challenging hike. As soon as you get a little break, the trail just keeps going up. I'm not a huge fan of heights, but I had no issues at all. Only stupid thing I did was start the hike at 2p on the hottest day of the year so far. It was brutal for the first half, but you noticed a significant cooling half way up. That got me through!
I'm in good shape, but it still took me 3 hours to top with frequent water breaks due to the heat. Took me a little over 2 hours to get down.

great for a quick hike to get out, relax, and forget the stress of the city.

This hike was actually really difficult for us. Coming back is easier because it's mostly downhill. The falls are just a trickle and all the creek beds were dry. We actually got lost on the way down for about 20 min and it was terrifying in the heat. I think it's only worth it if the falls are flowing. Check with the visitors center before going.

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

hiking
20 days ago

Finally hiked Ventana canyon trail to the window. I've always wanted to get to the window and I finally did it! Perfect day for it. 4 hours up, 3:35 down.

21 days ago

Love this trail. Not very difficult and an ideal trek for the solitary hiker. A variety of flora along the way and water in the Rincon River when we were there. It would be a good hike when the cacti are in bloom.

I give it four stars not five because of the crowds. It’s a very popular and relatively easy hike to a lovely spot. Worth the hike but don’t expect a quiet , solitary,meditative experience.

Took some out of towners on this hike and we had a blast. The pools were full enough to swim in and the trail is well maintained.

A quick, rocky little climb that's easy to access off Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. Lots of cholla, prickly pear and saguaros along the way. Spotted a pyrrhuloxia and a few other birds, but no other creatures this time around. Would recommend if you are looking for a short hike that still offers a bit of challenge.

Beautiful hike in north Tucson. Made it maybe 3-4 miles in but had to turn back due to time constraints. Gorgeous views of Tucson. Amazing Mountain View’s. Rocky but not sure why it’s rated as hard, maybe I didn’t make it far enough up the trail. Easy trailhead to find. Looking forward to going farther when I have more time.

The hike is a bit of a grind since there is not much sun cover. The views are varied and spectacular so I highly suggest this trail. The pools at the end were ok, but the very last pool and its hidden view totally made the trek worth it.

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
26 days ago

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

The falls started getting small, still plenty of water in the bigger and higher reservoirs. Glad to make through with friend and 3 kids. Still popular even getting pretty hot. The reviews on this site and many people on the way helped a LOT in preparation and not getting lost for the first time! Exhausted and overheated. Will try again when weather is cool and more water in the creek.

Want to go back with more than a trickled of water

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