Palisade Trail

Tucson Arizona Hikes

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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 ocotillos. The path is well beaten for its entire length, and Mud Spring offers a fairly reliable water source along the way. The scenery features Pine Canyon along the middle part of the route, and near its end is a rocky bluff that commands a panoramic view of the Sabino Basin.

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 ocotillos. The path is well beaten for its entire length, and Mud Spring offers a fairly reliable water source along the way. The scenery features Pine Canyon along the middle part of the route, and near its end is a rocky bluff that commands a panoramic view of the Sabino Basin.

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Trail Statistics & Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Length: 6.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 3,880 feet
Trail Type: Point-to-point
Skill Level: Moderate north - south; moderately strenuous south - north
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to May, September to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Bigelow, Sabino Canyon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Topo Map: Palisade Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Guide
Trail Directions: View Guide
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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Publishing)
Falcon Publishing This is the most comprehensive guide to hiking in southern Arizona south of Phoenix and around Tucso…
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