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Pima Canyon Trail #62

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 4.2 (10)

A popular and scenic route up the impressive Pima Canyon.


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Map Key

6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Point to Point

7,200' 2,195 m

High

2,916' 889 m

Low

4,300' 1,311 m

Up

339' 103 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

The vast majority of hikers go one to three miles up and then turn around. Going farther than three miles gets significantly, more difficult!

Description

Though the stream in Pima Canyon is dry for most of the year, it supports an excellent example of a desert riparian habitat located conveniently close to Tucson.

From the trailhead, the trail ascends a V-shaped notch carved along the south face of Pusch Ridge. Views down the canyon get better as you climb, encompassing the city of Tucson as well as distant mountains and valleys.

The riparian area on the floor of the canyon provides excellent birdwatching for a wide variety of resident and migratory species that make use of this most productive of all desert habitat types. Other desert creatures you may encounter in this area include javelina and jackrabbits, but the real viewing prize of Pima Canyon, and the entire Pusch Ridge area, are the desert bighorn sheep that maintain a surefooted existence here among rocky crags and rugged canyons.

Beyond Pima Spring, the trail becomes steeper and harder to follow as it continues to climb to the upper slopes of Mt. Kimball.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep, if you're lucky!

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

#5

in Oro Valley

#6406

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Trail Rankings

#5

in Oro Valley

#184

in Arizona

#6,406

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Photos

Morning ocotillo sun in Pima Canyon
Apr 27, 2018 near Oro Valley, AZ
Looking down on Pusch Ridge with Pusch Peak clearly in the middle from Mount Kimball
Nov 2, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ
On Mount Kimball with Mount Wrightson looming in the background
Nov 2, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ
View heading up canyon - looking east.
Dec 27, 2018 near Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Kimball Trail.
Sep 21, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ
Forest on Pusch Ridge Wilderness Mount Kimball trail.
Sep 21, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ

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Mar 10, 2020
Megan Hodge
Beautiful trail within the canyon. Great views of the foothills. Uneven terrain but not difficult. Parking was easy around 12PM on an overcast day. — 3h 00m
Feb 14, 2020
Jason Lu
9h 40m
Dec 29, 2019
Matt Gish
First couple of miles were not to difficult! 5.9mi — 3h 16m
Dec 7, 2019
Semi Feral
The uppermost 2-2.5 miles of this trail is extremely technical and difficult. Plus it is easy to get off trail when descending. GPS is a must! 12mi — 10h 34m
Nov 11, 2019
Nick Wilder
6mi
Nov 3, 2019
Aloys Verheggen
Apr 6, 2019
Cassie Tuholski
Mar 23, 2019
DD Demers