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Sycamore Reservoir

Intermediate
 3.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Sycamore Reservoir offers great views of the inner basin of the Catalina Mountains.


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4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Out and Back

4,979' 1,517 m

High

4,370' 1,332 m

Low

793' 242 m

Up

793' 242 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Overview

Easy trail access from Catalina Highway. Look for signs for "Gordon Hirabayashi Reception Site." As part of the Arizona Trail (AZT), the Sycamore Trail can be an "in and out" hike or a connector trail taking you deep into the Catalina Mountains.

Description

This is a great trail for fall/winter hiking. The Sycamore Reservoir Trail begins just west of the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site. For the first mile, the trail is shared use and you might see hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. After the first mile, you cross into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness boundary. From here, it's approximately one mile down to Sycamore Reservoir.

This is not a long trail, but some people might find the return trip (back up) a little strenuous. The trail offers great views of the inner-basin of the Catalina Mountains. The area of the reservoir offers nice fall colors.

As you travel up the Catalina Highway from Tucson, the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site is a well-marked turn to the left (west) just past mile marker 7.

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Shared By:

Chris McD with improvements by Jerry Cagle

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Hiking west along Sycamore Reservoir Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Water flowing at Sycamore Reservoir.
Nov 10, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ

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Mar 3, 2019
Joshua Watkins
Feb 9, 2019
April Richardson
little man did 5 miles! cool waterfall at the end....lots of creek crossings - 24 in total 5mi
Mar 2, 2018
hdjohnson
Overnight backpacking trip with the scout troop 4mi
Mar 17, 2017
hdjohnson
Backpacking with the scout troop
Nov 4, 2016
Rick Ihnat
Took this trail to access the Alcatraz wall for climbing.