Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Phoneline Trail at Sabino Canyon

Coronado National Forest
Santa Catalina Mountains
North of Tucson
Pima Co.,

Hiking Trails:
Sabino Canyon Trail
Phoneline Trail
Bear Canyon Trail

Total Time: 2:25 hour
Estimated Distance: 5.4 Miles

Pros: Very scenic area
Cons: Parking fee and tram fee
Hike Type: Tram up and then hike back
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

Google Maps of Parking:

I was in Tucson, Arizona for a tradeshow, and took the opportunity to hike with Yehudah Koblick while we were there together. Sabino Canyon is one of the most famous outdoor attractions in the Tucson area, and it's for good reason. It's a very scenic area with nice mountains, flowing water, and lush desert scenery.

We took the tram (make sure to book in advance otherwise they can fill up) to the end of the road, and got off and took the Sabino Canyon Trail up the switchbacks until we reached the Phoneline Trail. We took the Phoneline Trail south all the way down through the side of the canyon and along to where it opens up north of the Tucson area. We took this trail to the end, which we took to the Bear Canyon Trail which we took back to our car.

Map of the Route

View from the Tram Along the Route

Start of the Hike, at the Exit of the Tram

Me at the Start of the Hike

Looking Towards the Steps of the Sabino Canyon Trail

Me and Yehudah at the Beginning of the Hike

Looking Up at the Rock Formation

Mountain Behind Sabino Canyon

Ascending the Sabino Canyon Trail Switchback Area

View Looking Into Sabino Canyon

Large Saguaro Cactus

On the Phoneline Trail

Sabino Creek

Mountain Lion Sign at the End of the Hike

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