Summary: This is a great hike up a well paved hill with fantastic city views. Since this hike is on university property it is one of the only hikes in the Tucson Mountain Range that permits night hiking, making this the perfect hike for sunrise/sunset watching. Tumamoc Hill is a research station that has been studied since 1906. Travel is permitted all the way to the top but on pavement only. With continued respect this route should remain open to the public!
Trailhead: From I-10 and Speedway dirve 1 mile west on Speedway to Silverbell. Turn south (left) on Silverbell and drive 0.2 miles to West Anklam Rd. Turn west (right) on West Anklam and the trailhead is on your left. Park in or near the St. Mary's Hostpital parking lot as there is no parking at the trailhead. (Lat:32.22643 Lon:-111.00168)
Trail Guides for Tumamoc Hill:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: The University of Arizona
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by AT on 3/19/2014
Just to add a note to the summary: as mentioned it's located on university property and with respect this route should be open to the public, well if you look under Arizona State Park website on Grant section...you will find a fact that 2008 and 2001 Tumamoc project received almost $5 mil. for public to enjoy it...so there is no reason that it should't stay this way.
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/31/2014
Your directions to the hike are wrong. It is a lot more than .2 miles from Speedway and Silvebell to Anklam. It is more like .2 miles south from St. Mary's Road. I would hate for people to get confused and not take this trail. It is a workout and does have great city views. It is very crowded w/ a lot of different types of people. Who cares if you can hear peoples music. I don't consider this serious hiking. This is a very good walk for people who live in town and want to exercise. It is what it is and it is nice to see lots of people exercising.
Reviewed by Laurel on 10/23/2013
Challenging hike but loved it. Will definitely make this a regular at least a couple of times a week.
Reviewed by Dave on 9/19/2013
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Reviewed by Dave on 9/13/2013
I have lived in Tucson 41 years and had never done this hike. It is a fantastic one hour workout I wish I could do every day. Going back this weekend to see home many times I can do it before I collapse.
Reviewed by Ben on 5/12/2013
Just completed Tumamoc and loved every minute. The burning in my claves and getting my heart rate up made for an excellent workout. I would recommend this hike to anyone.
Reviewed by CC on 2/7/2013
Too many people and watch out of snakes!
Reviewed by Jesse on 1/19/2013
Frequently run this trail. From the road it's 1.3 miles up. It's paved asphalt the whole way and is always PACKED. Also, there are many inconsiderate people who play their music out loud rather than on headphones. Avoid this if you're an experienced hiker, reserve this for a GREAT running workout. It does however, have the best views of downtown Tucson of any Tucson peak.
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