Pima Canyon Trail 62

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Distance6.4mi
Elevation Gain6,234ft
Trailhead Elevation2,918ft
Top7,212ft
Elevation Min/Max2913/7212ft
Elevation Start/End2918/2918ft

Pima Canyon Trail 62

Pima Canyon Trail #62 is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 2,918 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,234 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Pima Spring and Pima Spring can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Finger Rock Trail #42 and Mount Kimball Spur Trail.

Pima Canyon Trail #62 Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months."

"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 to the base of the mountains, a few minutes’ walking takes you from the sights and sounds of the city into a wilderness canyon.

During the spring after snowmelt, the creek is often running, and later in the year there will still be seasonal pools,
which are popular destinations during the hot months."

"A day hike or backpack up Pima Canyon to Mount Kimball, 7.6 miles one way.

This trail runs up an easily accessible canyon on the outskirts of Tucson. The trail can be used for a short day hike into the lower reaches of the canyon or can be linked to the Mount Kimball Trail for longer backpacks in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Much of the trail tread is naked bedrock and jumbled boulders, and the footing is especially slippery in wet weather. It is not recommended for young children or hikers with weak joints. Backpackers will have a hard time finding level ground to pitch a tent within the canyon, and it is hard to find a good site away from the trail."

"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 superb views, including the rarely seen back side of Finger Rock, before bagging the summit of Mount Kimball.

Two small dams built to attract wildlife provide splashes of water, riparian plants, butterfles, and birds. I almost graded this hike a 2 for kids until I encountered a tough family group that included a 10-year-old boy, who told me it was “really, really hard, and we got lost, but Dad found the way.”"

Pima Canyon Trail #62 Reviews

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3/8/2009
Nice hike into a scenic canyon. Variety of plants and birds present. Fairly busy trail with mostly hikers but also college kids jogging. I would do again, but not during peak hours during the weekend.
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4/24/2004
We have hiked on this trail twice in the last couple of weeks and both times ended the hike by saying we have to come back. The scenery in the canyon is extroadinary. Wildlife in the form of birds, lizards and snakes is abundant and the scent of mesquite and desert wild flowers in the heat of the day is intoxicating. The trail is easy to follow for the most part. The farthest we hiked was to the dam which is a great place for a lunch and snooze before heading back to the car.
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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Coronado National Forest
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping, Birding
Additional Use
USGS Tucson North, Oro Valley; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018