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Alamo Canyon/Bathtub Tank

 4.3 (6)


3.1 Miles 5.0 Kilometers

333' 102 m


-333' -102 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

3,003' 915 m


2,683' 818 m


Shared By DAVID Carr


Minor Issues 75 days ago
Slightly overgrown due to monsoon. You spend about a mile in knee high weeds/grass and can lose sight of the trail. History

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This loop is not on Catalina Mountain Trail maps, even so, it features varied terrain with outstanding views.


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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Catalina State Park pass needed ($7.00). Drive to Romero Ruin Parking area on left.


This trail begins in the Romero Ruins parking lot. You'll strike out to the southeast and immediately cross over a wide, sandy wash. Just on the other side is a fork in the trail. Going left would have you doing the Romero Ruins Loop, so take a right.

Soon you'll find yourself at another junction. The main trail, which you'll want to stay on, curves to the left, while another path links up with it on the right. Follow the trail eastward and then watch for the trail to curve right (southeast) again and go through some trees.

The trail will curve due south and there will be one connecting trail coming in from the left, but you'll go straight past it. After that junction, the trail will begin to meander through a small wash and as it gets closer!

Bathtub Tank itself is found in the canyon just below a junction where your trail makes a turn to the northwest. If rain or snow melt has occurred then the bathtub will have water in it.

When you're ready to go back, keep going on the loop as it starts to head back towards the big wash on the west side of the small canyon with the Bathtub. You'll wind through the desert for a while.

You'll have a choice to make since there is a junction in the bottom of the wash. Take a right and head down the canyon to the wash, which is the path this profile follows. This profile directs you to cross right over it to a path on the other side.
You're not far from the road at this point, so just follow the path that runs alongside the wash and watch for for the trailhead on your left.

There are lots of trails out here but the main trail is worn. I had a GPS track but only needed it to reassure us that we were on the right track. It was not difficult to follow. Take a map, GPS or Hiking Project mobile app with the track, and plenty of water.


Land Manager: AZ State Land Department

Aug 12, 2016: Maricopa County

Aug 5, 2016: Apache County

Feb 5, 2015: North Scottsdale Rezoning Map

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Apr 19, 2018
Tom Adams
alamo canyon and bushwack to 4068 ft 6.3mi
Jan 14, 2018
Annarose Peterson
Dec 27, 2017
Werner Beine
Dec 9, 2017
Eric Jackson
Nice hike, great weather. We hiked clockwise, and felt this made for the best uphills, while the steepest downhill sections were still easy to walk. 3.2mi — 2h 00m

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