Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tumamoc Hill Loop

Tumamoc Hill Loop,
Sentinel Peak Park,
Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona

Total Time: 0:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 1.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points of Interest: Saguaros
Pros: Short, scenic hike within the city limits
Cons: Views are very urban

I was out in Tucson, Arizona, for a trade show, and at the end of the show had just enough time for this short hike within the city limits of Tucson, about a 5 minutes drive from downtown. I had climbed this mountain last year, and I had noticed a different trail skirting higher up the mountain which I decided I would try in the future. This was my opportunity to do that. I parked in the parking area on the road leading up to Sentinel Peak at the bottom parking area, and climbed on the trail that goes parallel to the road. At the top, I took the trail on the Western side, which then goes along the eastern slope of Tumamoc Hill. The trail eventually goes down and meets up with the first trail, making a nice but short loop.

Map of the Route

Looking  Up Towards Tumamoc  Hill

Small Hill Next to Tumamoc Hill with the Sun Slowly Leaving from View

Notch Facing Tucson in Between Tumamoc Hill and Sentinel Peak

Saguaro Cactus on the Hillside

View from the Above Looking Towards Downtown Tucson.
It's Less than an Hour to Sunset.

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