Five-Star Trails Tucson  by Rob Rachowiecki

Five-Star Trails: Tucson Guide Book

by Rob Rachowiecki (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails Tucson  by Rob Rachowiecki
Tucson lies in a saguaro-studded desert basin surrounded by four mountain ranges and book-ended by two national parks. In an hour you can drive from an arid canyon in the Arizona-Sonora desert to a pine-forested mountain at 9000 feet. Hiking trails are plentiful and as varied as the terrain. Five-Star Trails: Tucson by Rob Rachowiecki guides hikers to diverse trails suitable for anyone from wheelchair-using nature lovers to those looking for an all-day workout.

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: Tucson" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 35.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 35.

This trail starts from near the first parking area on General Hitchcock Highway, also known locally as Mount Lemmon Road. The trail climbs steadily but has no very steep sections, and the views of bot ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Some Tucsonans take a masochistic pleasure in running up this steep trail and pride themselves on getting to the summit in well under an hour from the parking lot. Others claim to climb it most days o ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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This loop takes you far from the desert and into thick and beautiful forests of sycamores, oaks, and pines. Th e Santa Rita Mountains are riddled with springs and streams that provide year-round moist ...
Green Valley, AZ - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
This figure-eight trail combines two 1-mile-long loop trails that both leave from Catalina State Park’s main trailhead, so you can just do one if you’re pressed for time. Both are trails for slow hi ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This rocky trail follows yet another of the many gorgeous canyons climbing into the Catalinas. Great mountain views and high desert flora characterize the hike, and wildlife ranging from skunks to dee ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
This lovely woodland trail is just far enough away from Tucson that it gets few hikers. Most stop at the lower spring, and those continuing to the upper spring will either get lost or fi nd solitude. ...
Green Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Finger Rock is a major landmark on Tucson’s mountainous northern horizon. Th is steep, diffi cult, but clear trail climbs Finger Rock Canyon almost a vertical mile up into the Catalinas, never getting ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
Hutch’s Pool comes a distinct second to Seven Falls as a destination for water-seeking hikers in the Sabino Canyon area, but it ranks first as a year-round water attraction—it doesn’t dry up completel ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
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This short trail gives you a lot of bang for your shoe leather. There are excellent mountain, forest, and valley views all around (though you can’t see Tucson), and the rock slabs at the end of the tr ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.3
Linda Vista (Spanish for “lovely view”) is a fun, easy loop with attractive views of Pusch Peak at the western end of the Santa Catalina mountain range. The desert vegetation is thick, beautiful, and ...
Cortaro, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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These two loops are lovely. Folks in wheelchairs will definitely get a real outdoors experience with fine mountain views, bird-filled woodlands, and historical sites. The trails are also recommended f ...
Green Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
This is a very popular loop hike for Tucsonans looking to beat the summer heat. Combined with a picnic lunch or a visit to a Summerhaven restaurant (see Nearby Attractions), this hike completes a rela ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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This lovely loop takes you through alpine meadows and conifer forests before reaching views of Tucson. The first section is flat and suitable for introducing pre-kindergarten youngsters to the high co ...
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.6
The upper section of the Nature Trail seems almost forgotten by hikers who are heading for the adjoining trailheads leading to the summit of Mount Wrightson, and there are relatively few people to be ...
Green Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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This is the oldest, shortest, and steepest route to ascend the 4,000 feet from the trailhead to summit. Desert dwellers can experience pleasing pine-forest smells, scenery, and shade while taking a br ...
Green Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
When I have out-of-town guests who want a fun hike where they can see plenty of saguaros and great desert and canyon scenery without taking up too much time and energy, I inevitably take them on the s ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
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This trail attracts many hikers on its lower part but fewer hikers in its difficult higher reaches than the more-iconic Finger Rock Trail or the ever-popular Sabino Canyon. Those who go high enjoy sup ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 14
This trail aff ords excellent views of Tucson and its surrounding mountains from diff erent angles—bring a city map and binoculars to pick out the streets and landmarks. Looking away from Tucson, yo ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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This paved road is closed to vehicles (except for limited bicycle and shuttle traffic) and provides walkers, joggers, parents with strollers, and folks in wheelchairs with a gorgeous hiking experience ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
This gentle stroll crosses almost the entire girth of Saguaro National Park East from north to south. For a quick look at the desert, you can just take the Mica View Loop (1.9 miles). The northern ...
Tucson, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.4
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