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Phoneline Trail

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Enchanting views of the Sonoran Desert & an abundance of wildlife.
Near:Tucson, AZ
Distance:8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:750 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: First you should stop into the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center and wet your appetite for the Sonoran Desert on the multitde of displays and reference material. What follows is an easy yet visually stunning trek that will take you through all that our wonderful desert has to offer. From bobcats to deer and everything in between, your eyes and your camera are sure to get their moneys worth. The terrain is fairly flat, and most people do just fine in a pair of jogging shoes, it goes without saying to bring some water, and in the summer....bring twice as much. All ages appreciate this trail, and on the weekends you'll have plenty of company. A small fee is necessary to enter the park, but keep in mind, your pass is also valid at Mount Lemmon and Madera Canyon.
Trailhead: From downtown Tucson, take Oracle Road (U.S. 89) North, and turn right at Ina Road (East). Follow Ina road which will turn into Skyline Road, and then turns into Sunrise Road. Sunrise will dead-end at Sabino Canyon Road, turn left and the entrance to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area will be on your right. (Lat:32.19 Lon:-110.49)
Trail Guides for Phoneline Trail:
Tucson Hiking Guide
by Betty Leavengood (Pruett Publishing Companey)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Catalina Ranger District 520 388 8300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John McKenna, who has posted  8 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Z on 6/26/2013
Beautiful hike. Its an actual trail with rocks and nature all around. The views are amazing. Enjoy knowing you've traveled the path less traveled.

Reviewed by AZDean on 2/22/2013
What's nice about the Phoneline trail is that it is one of the easier trails where you can go a long ways seeing the absolutely incredible views of Sabino Canyon. But once you've had enough, you can just turn around, or go down one of the side trails to the road. Alternately, take the tram to the end of the road and hike back on the trail, which is mostly downhill from that point. That's a great way to start out hiking in Tucson. I've had so much fun hiking myself that I've started blogging about them at

Reviewed by Dan on 2/19/2009
The trail has four (4) trails up and down to access the main trail above the canyon bottom. All trails are open and cleared. Superb B-level hike.

Reviewed by M.G. on 11/21/2008
There is an interesting boulder formation about 1 hour into the hike. Definitly a moderate hike for the narrow trail. Great to hike in the winter as there are icicle formations at some points (winter 2007)

Reviewed by Richard on 5/10/2007
The 750 ft. elevation gain description is contradictary to the side bar elevation for this hike

Reviewed by wjm on 2/25/2007
The upper portion of this trail is closed due to heavy rainfall erosion. Lower portion is still open.

Reviewed by FJT on 3/6/2006
I would classify this more as a moderate hike than easy, due to the gain in elevation and the very narrow trail at some points (be careful). But the view of the canyon is excellent. We took the trail in, and then walked the road back down.

Reviewed by LAS on 2/27/2006
lovely hike, enough climb, good views, not too hot if you go early

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