Summary: This easy hike is perfect for a family outing, or early evening nature walk. From the parking lot head under the Ranco Vistoso Blvd. bridge, which will drop you down into a dry wash bed. For the rest of the hike follow the weaving dry wash bed until it dead ends at a 7' cement wall. Enjoy the great views: interesting rock formations, tall cactus and occasional glimpse of the Pusch Ridge Mountains. Trail runners will enjoy this pleasent hike, since the ground is nice and soft.
Trailhead: Take Oracle Rd. north from Ina about 7 miles to Rancho Vistoso Blvd., go left (west) 3.1 miles to a very nice parking area on your left (you will need to make a U turn around the median). At the parking lot is bathrooms, water fountain, and a few small tables. There are two trails leading from the parking lot, one heads south past the bathrooms and the other North, underneath the Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Bridge. (Lat:32.46895 Lon:-110.96732)
Trail Guides for HoneyBee Canyon (North) Trail:
Tucson Hiking Guide
by Betty Leavengood (Pruett Publishing Company)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: 229-5050 Oro ValleyParks & Recreation
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Lawrence Knight, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Chris on 1/15/2015
The trail actually hits a barbed-wire fence after about 40 minutes. I'm not sure about the "7' cement wall" - there is a wall with cinderblock on the left and rocks on the right, maybe that is what was meant. The fence is further up. I saw footprints on the other side of the fence, so I crawled under it and walked a little further. I'm not sure if the fence is to keep livestock in or people out, but probably the former. I also climbed up on the rocks on the left (left as I was going up) - you get a great end-to-end view of the Catalina range. Look closely, there are a lot of 1" ferns tucked into damp places around the bottom sides off rocks on the shady side.
Reviewed by Torre on 2/29/2012
Pretty good hike when combined with the South hike as well. Funner if you find things to climb, that's how I kept me daughter interested.
Reviewed by Ty on 1/19/2012
Hiked this trial with my 3, 6 and 12 year old. Great trail in the wash just after it rained so the sand was nice and packed. Great views of the Catalinas with saguaros growing out of the rock walls along the way. Saw a huge javelina right at dusk about 1/2 way back to the trial head. Met three other groups along the way. Great for entertaining your friends from out of town.
Reviewed by GMW on 10/21/2011
The trail was very nice, saw couple of petroglyphs. We saw a rattlesnake on the rocks under the bridge...It was scary!
Reviewed by Jpk on 8/14/2011
Only hiked this for ten mins and loved what I saw. Seriously tho? Scary tarantulas and mt lions. Come on folks that's what hiking is all about! Look forward to doing this trail again.
Reviewed by Jones on 7/27/2011
Saw rabbits & a MOUNTAIN LION a little past the bridge!!! Didn't see him until he was about 30 feet away & then he turned & stared at us. SCARY! We turned around right away & left. Would not hike it again just because of the mountain lion. Also, saw rabbits & huge lizards.
Reviewed by Chris on 12/30/2009
This was a very good hike for us first-timers to hiking in the desert. Easy going on the wash and plenty of desert plantlife and rock formations to see. We hiked in the morning and saw no wildlife other than a roadrunner. We could not find the petro thingies no matter how hard we searched. Good photo opts.
Reviewed by Christie on 1/17/2009
I enjoy Honey Bee trail because it's dog friendly, quiet and serene. We would have taken our daughter when she was a tot if it had been available back then, so I recommend it for families. If you don't mind a bit sand in your shoes, then this is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours getting some fresh air and exercise. Perfect for the winter months. If you take your dog, bring a bag to clean up after him as none of us likes to step in it. Have fun!
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