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Pima Canyon Trail #62

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Length


6.4 Miles 10.3 Kilometers


4,300' 1,311 m

Ascent

-339' -103 m

Descent

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

7,200' 2,195 m

High

2,916' 889 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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All Clear 17 days ago

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A popular and scenic route up the impressive Pima Canyon.

Nick Wilder

Dogs No Dogs

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!

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Check-Ins

Dec 31, 2018
Matthew T
3.1mi
Dec 27, 2018
Lisa M
6mi
Dec 2, 2018
D Wilson
Nov 23, 2018
Jess Hatscarf
Apr 27, 2018
Nick Wilder
4.5mi — 1h 00m
Apr 20, 2018
Tom Adams
Mar 4, 2018
Freddie Sanchez
3.1mi
Feb 12, 2018
Garrett Ellison
My first trail hiked out West. Very technical with lots of obstacles. 2.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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in Oro Valley

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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#3

in Oro Valley

#141

in Arizona

#4,891

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906 Since Apr 11, 2017
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