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 Todd on 12/26/2014
Easy hike if you are in decent shape. Fantastic views are made accessible by a paved road with somewhat steep grades that vary depending on the switchback. Best easily reached hiking views of the city. A MUST if you are visiting Tucson. Go early morning before dawn to get night views of the city as well as a fantastic sunrise.
Reviewed by Cheryl on 9/28/2014
Kicked my butt. I only made it a little over half-way.
Reviewed by Mimi on 9/8/2014
4 months post spinal fusion. Walked to 1 mile mark today. My husband walks to the top 2-3 x week. Best therapy I've had yet since my surgery.
Reviewed by Jennie on 9/3/2014
The very best thing you can do for your health, complexion, disposition, mood, heart and soul. GOOO Tumamoc!!!
Reviewed by Lilly on 9/2/2014
I use a walkameter and I haven't walk to the top yet but yesterday I went further than the half and I returned back down and my meter said 3.29 miles. Don't understand that they say it's only 1.5 miles up.
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.
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