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one of my favorite trails

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

Nice introduction to trails in Tucson . Interesting hike with every kind of iconic cactus you could imagine.

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.

We went on this easy, short hike at 8am on a weekday in August. There was great cloud cover and temperatures were around 80 degrees. We were the only people out, and we saw a lot of birds including a pair of great horned owls and a Harris hawk. We also saw a desert tortoise burrow, many lizards and butterflies, and a beautiful shiny black snake called a coach whip!

There were signs along the way identifying the iconic plants of the desert, and everything was green due to rains the night before.

If you go during monsoon season, bring bug spray as there are many mosquitoes. Even though this is a short hike, water and sun protection is needed.

We took our time, and the whole loop was about a 40 minute walk with a few steps down and up.

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.

Lovely walk in the early hours today. I recommend this one for the vistas and desert plants.

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

If you leave early enough, you will be shaded by the canyon for most of the hike. We started a little after 6am and it was shaded the whole way there—however, the sun had risen over the canyon by the time we were heading back. We stayed at the falls for a bit. There was plenty of water running through them—beautiful—some people were even jumping in! Try to stay on the trail by paying attention to trail markers, it’s easy to miss them when you get to the riverbed.

Beautiful trail. Hiked it this morning and the views were great. Make sure to have water.

Made the trek at 6am, finished at 9am. No water moving in the pools, just standing water that looked gross, so that was a bit disappointing. Nice little hike though! Best time to do it in the summer is sunrise. The whole flat beginning was in the shade, mountain provided some shade on the trail once the sun came up, and the sun was behind us as we hit the flat land home. Lots of rattlesnakes. Be nice to do this when there’s water in the pools! Beautiful views however.

A easy trail for all tucsonians

Beautiful mountains and wonderful “ side trails”

It was more than moderate.... I thought it was a tough hike.

Beautiful hike, started at 5:30am and out by 9:30am. There was a good rain last night and the pools were full this morning. Spectacular views and great color everywhere. The desert was full of life today. Well worth the effort to get into the canyon.

Great views and a fun trail run! Great gnats this time of year. 4/5 sour patch kids.

This is my favorite trail around. It's steep enough to test you no matter how fit you are and has a great summit. There's also a chance of seeing some bighorn sheep too.

nature trips
20 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of potential wildlife sightings. Went last weekend and saw a Ringtail! Tried to find him again today but no luck. Saw him near an overlook at just under the first mile mark.

Dogs are allowed.

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!

Awesome hike. PhoneLine switchback ascent is more moderate than easy.

Worth the trip. Very well maintained trails. Beautiful!

hiking
26 days ago

I’ve been here three weeks and this was my third hike (Pusch Peak, Mt. Kimball, now this)—up to The Window—a must-see happy ending. The canyon part, roughly 75% of the trail, is moderately grown up with foliage from the monsoons. I saw an Arizona Black Rattler, Tiger Rattler, Black-Nose Gartersnake, a centipede, and quite a few mammals. My dad would’ve labeled the canyon as “snakey”. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll love this one of a kind hike. The trail crosses the dry canyon creek about 15 times, but the trail is well-marked with cairns. I blew through 6L of water and ran out about 45 minutes from the truck. Spending about an hour at the window, taking pictures, and getting snakes out of my way—took me 11 hours to go 20 miles. And I’m built like a goddamn mythological god. So start early, pack at least 6L of water, keep an eye out for snakes, and find the amo can at The Window so you can sign in!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike up to The Window. Tough. There’s a lot of small foliage in the canyon section (like 75% of the route) because of the rains. I started at 5:30am and saw three snakes, a centipede, and mule deer. Like my dad would say, “it’s snakey “. But if that doesn’t bother you, the canyon trail is unique to what I’ve done locally, and The Window is a true happy ending. Find the amo can and sign in!

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.

I loved this trail! There wasn’t much water when I went so I’ll definitely be going again. A lot of flat hiking then a lot of incline towards the end.

Definitely not a summer trail,, started around 6am it was nice but got hot pretty soon. Not much water in the pools and pretty nasty water standing. Went off trail and found water running on the other side of the mountain, ran into a deer and baby!!

horseback riding
27 days ago

Beautiful desert county. Lots of wildlife curious about the ponies.
Pretty dense and narrow in places.
Some hairy spots where I felt more comfortable to dismount my mare and lead her.

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