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Soldier Trail #53

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 4.2 (6)

A beautifully steep trail through saguaro forests, along mesquite tree-lined drainages, and along exposed grassy ridges.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

4,845' 1,477 m

High

3,332' 1,016 m

Low

1,585' 483 m

Up

122' 37 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Description

From the trailhead right off Catalina Highway, ascend steep straightaways and rocky switchbacks through saguaros and prickly-pears for about a mile until the terrain levels out. Continue along the floor of Soldiers Canyon through the mesquite trees and eventually across the main drainage channel to the final section along the steep grassy ridge and descent into Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area.

Flora & Fauna

Saguaros, prickly-pears, agave, mesquite trees, and grassy hillsides abound! Redtail hawks, hummingbirds, roadrunners, raccoons, ringtails, skunks, the elusive coatimundi, cottontails, kangaroo rats, various lizards and rattlesnakes.

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Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

#8

in Tucson

#9994

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  4.2 from 6 votes
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#8

in Tucson

#323

in Arizona

#9,994

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Oct 12, 2021
Valleria Carr
Connected it with the AZT to the saddle above Sycamore reservoir. Nice climb aprox 2k ft & 7mi out & back 3hr23min Low morning temp 50 w/ full sun.
Feb 20, 2021
Keith Conway
5.1mi — 2h 30m
Dec 30, 2020
Amanda S
Roger, Lauren, David, Pancho, Layla, Sean, Amanda 3mi — 2h 26m
Jun 23, 2019
R Emco
Feb 11, 2018
Michael Esser
Oct 2, 2017
Steven Cota
Sep 21, 2016
Jess Hatscarf
Intense uphill immediately 5mi