We asked our clinicians, “What are the best hiking trails in Tucson?” Tucson is nestled in the Sonoran Desert and offers diverse trails for everyone, so lace-up those hiking shoes and get out on the trail!
1. Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon offers 15 great trails, but Seven Falls is one of Tucson’s most popular and strenuous hikes. This trail has several river crossings that add to the fun and adventure of the 8-hour, 17.5-mile hike. Many find the payoff worth it, as watching the falls is peaceful and enjoyable.
2. The Window at Ventana Canyon
If you’re up for a challenge, this 14.5-mile Tucson hike is for you. With steep switchbacks, this trail should only be made if you’ve been hiking or exercising regularly. Once you reach “The Window,” a large opening atop the Santa Catalina Mountains, you’ll see why this trail is on many people’s bucket lists.
3. Wasson Peak
With a lower elevation, this trail is usually not ideal during the warm summer. Spring and fall are the best times to try this hike. During this 7.9-mile trail, you’ll be among many saguaros, so bring your camera to capture the Sonoran Desert. You can view incredible city views and look south over the Tucson mountain range.
4. Tumamoc Hill
Tumamoc Hill is a moderate-level, short hike that’s great for those new to hiking or if you want to include more exercise into your lifestyle. Additionally, the paved road makes this trail ideal and safe for a night hike. As you quickly gain elevation, turn around and enjoy the beautiful view of the entire Tuscon area.
5. Redington Pass at Coronado National Forest
Redington Pass is unpaved between the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Rincons in northeast Pima County, Arizona. Many Tucsonans recall it as the dirt road to the Tanque Verde Falls. Redington Pass offers majestic beauty for hikers, hunters, and off-roaders as it offers views overlooking the east side of Tucson, spread out across the Sonoran Desert floor below.
If you’re easing back into hiking or exercise after an injury, remember to rest when necessary and listen to your body. Injuries, or even re-injuries, tend to occur when people are tired. And if aches and pains are keeping you from enjoying the best of Tucson hiking, contact us to schedule a FREE injury assessment. We can work with you to get you back on the trails pain-free. Spring and fall are one of the most beautiful times of the year in Tucson, and we don’t want you to miss out.