Sabino Canyon

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain2,293ft
Trailhead Elevation3,340ft
Top3,832ft
Elevation Min/Max3333/3832ft
Elevation Start/End3340/3340ft

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area and Coronado National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 3,340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,293 feet. This trail connects with the following: East Fork Trail Fs #24A.

Sabino Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"A hike up dramatic Sabino Canyon and its west fork to Hutch’s Pool, a series of pools that are swimmable when they exist in spring and early summer. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan your hike for early in the morning and carry plenty of water.

From Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, take the Sabino Canyon Shuttle 3.6 miles to the last stop in Sabino Canyon. From the last shuttle stop in Sabino Canyon, hike north on the Sabino Canyon Trail, which climbs 0.1 mile to meet the Phoneline Trail. Stay left and follow the Sabino Canyon Trail north along the east side of Sabino Canyon to Sabino Basin."

"This is a dramatic hike up Sabino Canyon and its West Fork to Hutch’s Pool in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The pools are a popular seasonal destination and are most likely to have water in the spring or early summer after a wet winter.

From the last shuttle stop in Sabino Canyon, hike north on the Sabino Canyon Trail, which climbs 0.1 mile to meet the Phoneline Trail. Stay left and follow the Sabino Canyon Trail
north along the east side of Sabino Canyon to Sabino Basin. Sabino Basin, the confluence of the East and West Forks of Sabino Canyon, is a popular camp spot and the start of several trails that head into the Santa Catalina high country to the north."

"Of all the drainages along the Santa Catalina’s front range, Sabino Canyon is by far the most popular. Accessed by a narrow paved road that extends 3.8 miles into the canyon, it attracts countless folks who come to stroll, jog, bicycle, or ride a shuttle bus through this scenic desert canyon.

From road’s end, the Sabino Canyon Trail ventures beyond the crowds and noise to reveal a rugged and beautiful wilderness. An ideal destination for day hikers along this route is Hutch’s Pool."

"A day hike along Sabino Canyon to Hutch’s Pool, 4.1 miles one way.

This hike is extremely popular, and the trail can be quite crowded during summer and on weekends. The trailhead is at the end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle bus route; hikers can pay the rather exorbitant fee and ride the bus or hike to the trailhead along the road or via the Phoneline Trail, which runs along the east wall of the canyon. The destination of the trek is Hutch’s Pool, which carries water year-round. The pool receives heavy use during late spring and summer and has been a victim of heavy visitor impact in the past."

"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—it’s the best place in Tucson to get into the wilderness with a wheelchair.

The tour shuttle has a flat fee that allows all-day on-and-off privileges at any of its nine stops, and can be used to access the Hutch’s Pool Trail or to hike the Phoneline Trail in reverse. Pools and a diminutive waterfall invite kids to play, but don’t feel that you need to stop here—plenty of other riparian areas are farther along the road."

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4/19/2009
On the outskirts of Tucson is Sabino Canyon. It offers a tram ride with many stops to the top of the canyon 3.7 miles. Take the tram to the top of the canyon and walk back. Outstanding views, Saguaro cactus, few critters and a stream the whole distance. Take a dip it is great. The walk back to the Desert Center is easy and full of mystery
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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Coronado National Forest
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
USGS Sabino Canyon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
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