Chiminea Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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An extended trip from Madrona Ranger Station to Manning Camp. The path arcs westward as it climbs, distancing itself from Chiminea Canyon. Watch for barrel cacti, ocotillos, and chollas in the midst of this diverse desert scrub community. The cactus-clad slopes ultimately turn to elevated, sandy flats populated by dense thickets of mesquite. After crossing these broad shelves, the trail climbs again, and the cacti grade into oak-studded grasslands. A waterfall graces a rocky cleft during the wet season; it is visible from a distance as the trail swings back toward Chiminea Canyon. The path turns west again before reaching the edge of the main canyon, and continues its climb on steep slopes.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

An extended trip from Madrona Ranger Station to Manning Camp. The path arcs westward as it climbs, distancing itself from Chiminea Canyon. Watch for barrel cacti, ocotillos, and chollas in the midst of this diverse desert scrub community. The cactus-clad slopes ultimately turn to elevated, sandy flats populated by dense thickets of mesquite. After crossing these broad shelves, the trail climbs again, and the cacti grade into oak-studded grasslands.

A waterfall graces a rocky cleft during the wet season; it is visible from a distance as the trail swings back toward Chiminea Canyon. The path turns west again before reaching the edge of the main canyon, and continues its climb on steep slopes.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 8.7
Elevation Gain: 4,760 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,930 feet
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District
Local Maps: USGS Mica Mountain; Rincon Mountains Hiker's Map
Topo Map: Chiminea Canyon Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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