Santa Catalina Mountains Hiking

This high mountain range is located just north of Tucson and includes the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. You can hike to the highest mountain in this range, Mount Lemmon elevation 9157 feet, or drive up and hike down with great views along the way.

 
... Preview: A day loop through the high country near Mount Lemmon. This trail offers a popular day loop through high montane country from the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. It is often crowded during summer and earl ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 3 miles   
... Preview: This pleasurable walk through a variety of high mountain forests is quite popular among local hikers. Do not be turned away by the crowds, however, as this is a short, easy hike that should not be mis ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 3.7 miles   
... Preview: A short day hike to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged Wilderness of Rocks area. ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 3 miles   
... Preview: The Aspen Trail is a short but very scenic day hike to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged Wilderness of Rocks area and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This is another cool hike during the summer, and a go ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike along Bear Canyon. Sloping walls covered in saguaro rise above a canyon floor choked with deep-rooted shrubs. There are several streamcourse crossings as the trail proceeds up the canyon; s ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 13 miles   
... Preview: A walk to famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan your hike for early in the morning and carry plenty of water. ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7 miles   
... Preview: A backpack from the Catalina Highway to the Sabino Basin. This trail runs from the crest of the Santa Catalinas to the bottom of the Sabino Basin. It follows a ridgetop for most of its length, and off ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.1 miles   
... Preview: A wilderness route to a long-abandoned ranger station site. This trail runs across a bare dome of gravel, then cuts to the pine-clad flanks of Green Mountain. Several prominent pillars of stone allow ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 14.4 miles   
... Preview: A hike on the cool, northeast slopes of Mount Bigelow, in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The north-facing slopes along the Butterfly Trail are mostly covered with a lush green pine–fir forest. As the t ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 5.2 miles   
... Preview: A day hike across the northeast slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Special Considerations: Although this is a relatively cool and shady hike, carry plenty of water during the warm summer months. ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 6.6 miles   
... Preview: This is a cool hike through pine, fir, and aspen forest high on the northeast slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It offers a welcome respite from the desert heat and is also pleasant in the fall, ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tanque Verde, AZ - Hiking - 6.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A wilderness route from Palisade Ranger Station to Davis Spring. There is a fine vista spot along the way, and from here one can look out across the broad desert basin of the San Pedro Valley at the r ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 9.4 miles   
... Preview: A backpack from the Cactus Picnic Area to Window Rock. This trail climbs into the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalina Mountains, passing scenic landmarks that include Bridalveil Falls and Window Ro ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 17 miles   
... Preview: This rugged trail takes you into one of the more remote Front Range canyons to a seasonal waterfall. Special Considerations: Although there is seasonal water in Esperero Canyon, carry plenty of water, ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10.6 miles   
... Preview: The Finger Rock Trail offers the quickest access to Mount Kimball—the top of the Santa Catalinas’ broken front range. This steep and rugged route reveals some interesting geological formations, and pr ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10 miles   
... Preview: An alternative route to the summit of Mount Kimball, using the trail up Finger Rock Canyon. This trail is shorter than the Pima Canyon Trail. Special Considerations: This hike has 4,110 feet of elevat ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8 miles   
... Preview: This hike uses the Finger Rock Canyon Trail to reach a seasonal spring in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The outing is especially enjoyable during or just after a wet winter, when a seasonal stream fills ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A hike up a rugged, scenic canyon in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. It’s a steep climb but worth it. As you ascend, the vegetation changes from saguaro-f ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8.8 miles   
... Preview: A day hike from San Pedro Vista to General Hitchcock Campground. A mixed forest of white firs, Douglas firs, ponderosa pines, and evergreen oaks provide shady walking. Gaps in the canopy allow a sweep ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 3.7 miles   
... Preview: Accessing some spectacular views from the Santa Catalina Range’s east side, the Green Mountain Trail makes for a nice day hike. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.8 miles   
... Preview: This is a scenic loop over Mica Mountain, the highest summit in the Rincon Mountains, starting from the east side of the range. A permit is required; it can be obtained in person at the Saguaro Nation ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Loop Hikes Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 19.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike along Finger Rock Canyon to the summit of Mount Kimball. This trail climbs to a high summit on Pusch Ridge, offering views of Finger Rock and a breathtaking overlook along the way. The trai ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10.2 miles   
... Preview: A backpack from the top of Mount Lemmon to Romero Pass. Hikers will encounter a wide spectrum of life zones along the route, ranging from lush conifer forest to arid scrubland. The magnificent granite ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Summerhaven, AZ - Hiking - 6.3 miles   
... Preview: A backpack along the spine of Oracle Ridge. This trail follows the crest of a long ridge that extends northward from the Santa Catalina Range. The ridge offers sweeping views of the Galiuro Mountains ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Summerhaven, AZ - Hiking - 13.2 miles   
... Preview: From Mount Lemmon, two main ridges drop from the north side of the Santa Catalina Range toward the vicinity of Oracle. One of these, Oracle Ridge, is accessed by trailheads on both ends. A hike down t ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 13 miles   
... Preview: A backpack from Organization Ridge Road to the Sabino Basin. Canyon. It initially passes through pine forest, then descends through oak woodlands and ends up in arid grasslands sprinkled with ocotillo ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 6.2 miles   
... Preview: A day hike or backpack up Pima Canyon to Mt. Kimball. As the trail penetrates deeper into the canyon, towering walls of metamorphic rock guard the rims, and the vegetation grades from low desert cactu ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 15.2 miles   
... Preview: A scenic route into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness to the summit of Mount Kimball, a prominent peak in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Special Considerations: This hike has 4,240 feet of ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10.8 miles   
... Preview: This scenic route takes you into the rugged Pusch Ridge Wilderness, in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Although the hike starts in the outskirts of Tucson, which has now spread right ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike to an overlook above Ventana Canyon. The trail begins by gently climbing through rugged country populated by saguaros, prickly pears, and palo verdes. There are early views of the vertical ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8 miles   
... Preview: The Santa Catalina Mountains, the northern rampart of the Tucson Valley, along with the Rincon Mountains, which define the valley’s eastern perimeter, are what earn Tucson, Arizona its reputation as o ... Related information:... From the guidebook Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 100 miles   
... Preview: A day hike from the Mount Lemmon Road to the floor of the Cañada del Oro. The trail begins by climbing over a low hill clad in a mixed forest that includes pines, aspens, spruces, and even subalpine f ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Summerhaven, AZ - Hiking - 2.8 miles   
... Preview: If what is protected as wilderness is a measure of value, the Redfield Canyon Wilderness is among the most treasured. The reason is water. Redfield contains running water year-round. In terrain where ... Related information:... From the guidebook Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas
Benson, AZ - Hiking
... Preview: This trek begins on the flats of Catalina State Park, ascends through the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, then penetrates deep into the mountains. Most hikers travel only as far as Romero Poo ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 14.4 miles   
... Preview: Like other routes in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Romero Canyon Trail begins at the base of the range but eventually climbs to its upper reaches. The canyon itself is quite rugged and beautiful, ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 14.4 miles   
... Preview: A long day hike or backpack trip into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness from Catalina State Park, ending at Romero Pass at the head of Romero Canyon. Special Considerations: This hike has 3,230 feet of eleva ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 12 miles   
... Preview: This hike leads to a collection of popular seasonal pools in Romero Canyon, starting from Catalina State Park and heading into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness in the Coronado National Forest. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Oro Valley, AZ - Hiking - 4.6 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: An interpretive loop through Hohokam and early Spanish ruins. This short trail crosses Sutherland Wash to provide an interpretive loop through the ruins of a Hohokam Indian village. The Hohokam are th ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 0.7 mile   
... Preview: Most of the Santa Catalina Mountains have burned in huge wildfires during recent years, including the north portion of this loop. The trails may be blocked with deadfall or closed outright from time t ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Loop Hikes Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 11.7 miles   
... Preview: A day hike along Sabino Canyon to Hutch’s Pool. This hike is extremely popular, and the trail can be quite crowded during summer and on weekends. After the path crosses a high spur, the landscape take ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8.2 miles   
... Preview: Of all the drainages along the Santa Catalina’s front range, Sabino Canyon is by far the most popular. Accessed by a narrow paved road that extends 3.8 miles upstream, it attracts countless folks who ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8.2 miles   
... Preview: A hike up dramatic Sabino Canyon and its west fork to Hutch’s Pool, a series of pools that are swimmable when they exist in spring and early summer. Special Considerations: During the hot summer month ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
... Preview: This is a dramatic hike up Sabino Canyon and its West Fork to Hutch’s Pool in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The pools are a popular seasonal destinati ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This walk leads to famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon, which uses the Bear Canyon Trail in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. As with other seasonal streams in the Santa Catalin ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Surrounded by soaring canyon walls, Seven Falls is one of the more alluring wonders of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Dropping through a staircase of pools, the cool water of Bear Creek tempts hikers t ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 5.2 miles   
... Preview: Swinging through the foothills of the Rincon Mountains in Saguaro National Park, this loop starts at the Douglas Spring Trailhead and uses the Douglas Spring, Three Tanks, Carrillo, and Garwood Trails ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Loop Hikes Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.7 miles   
... Preview: A day hike through Ventana Canyon. Soon after entering the canyon, the path goes beyond the national forest boundary and enters the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Massive cliffs of metamorphic stone slant sk ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10.2 miles   
... Preview: A hike up a rugged canyon to Window Rock, in the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Special Considerations: This hike has 4,040 feet of elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot s ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 10.8 miles   
... Preview: A hike to fine pools in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The Sabino Canyon Trail switchbacks up the slope east of Sabino Creek, then climbs more gradually. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 8.8 miles   
... Preview: A day hike or backpack into the Wilderness of Rock. This route accesses a very popular area of pine forests and striking granite formations. The Wilderness of Rock receives particularly heavy visitor ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Summerhaven, AZ - Hiking - 10 miles   
... Preview: This long day hike leads from Mount Lemmon through the scenic Wilderness of Rocks and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Wilderness of Rocks takes its name from the many granite boulders, domes, cliffs, and ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A long day hike or overnight backpack trip from Mount Lemmon through the scenic Wilderness of Rocks. Special Considerations: This trail starts at the top of Mount Lemmon and loses 2,800 feet of elevat ... Related information:... From the guidebook A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - 7.4 miles   

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