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 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!
Reviewed by Tucson Trina on 9/15/2008
This trail is near our house and we had a bit of confusion finding it. There is no sign indicating there is a trail. The parking lot is marked "park entrance". There is a sidewalk down about 100' to the two ramadas separated by a fairly large space. Each ramada contains four nice picnic tables and benches and a BBQ. Very well maintained. There's a clean, well supplied toilet very nearby. The north trailhead is very close to the ramadas. We crossed under the bridge and remarked that it was nice and cool under there (this is mid-September). The wash is sandy and I got a lot of it in my shoes. Easy walk. We had a little water in some areas. We got up to the petroglyphs in about 25 mins. Whole trip took under an hour. We enjoyed it.
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