Gardner Canyon Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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This remote route to Mt. Wrightson’s upper reaches lifts off humbly, beside a quiet, perennial stream, heading southwest. The effusive lushness that springs from the marriage of shade and water in southwestern canyons produces a convivial jumble of plant life: agaves, yuccas, barrel cacti, prickly pear cacti, bear grass, rose mallows, penstemons, woodsorrels, sages, cat-claw bushes, Arizona cypress, alligator and one-seed junipers, and ponderosa pines. Snakes—including rattlesnakes—inhabit the area as well, so stay alert. If you are very lucky, you might spot a coati or some white-tailed deer foraging at the streamside.

Gardner Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This remote route to Mt. Wrightson’s upper reaches lifts off humbly, beside a quiet, perennial stream, heading southwest. The effusive lushness that springs from the marriage of shade and water in southwestern canyons produces a convivial jumble of plant life: agaves, yuccas, barrel cacti, prickly pear cacti, bear grass, rose mallows, penstemons, woodsorrels, sages, cat-claw bushes, Arizona cypress, alligator and one-seed junipers, and ponderosa pines. Snakes—including rattlesnakes—inhabit the area as well, so stay alert. If you are very lucky, you might spot a coati or some white-tailed deer foraging at the streamside."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 3,383 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 9,453 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger Station
Local Maps: Mt. Wrightson USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Gardner Canyon Trail

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May 2018