Sabino Canyon Lake Loop
2.3 MILES | NORTHEAST | SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY
Sabino Lake Loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a small lake and hiking along Sabino Creek. It’s a good trail for all skill levels, and if there is water in the canyon, you could be getting your feet wet!
Lots of options for picnics on the rocks or at some of the picnic tables scattered along the trail The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.
Start in the parking area at Sabino Canyon and follow signs to Sabino Dam, then you can stay on Bluff Trail, or walk along the creek for a spell and rejoin Bluff Trail to get you back to the main road.
Tucson Mountain Park | Bowen House
2.6 MILES | WEST | MAY THROUGH AUGUST
Bowen House (aka “The Stone House) via Camino de Oeste - This is an easy 2.6 mile out and back trail with many wash crossings and less than 200’ elevation change. It’s a very casual hike but there is very little to no shade, so go early or on a cool day and bring plenty of water.
The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round but is very sunny and hot May-August.
From Speedway/Gates Pass, head South on Camino de Oeste and park in the dirt lot at the end of the road. The trailhead is well marked.
Mt. Lemmon | Aspen Trail & Marshall Gulch Loop Trail
4.4 MILES | NORTH | YEAR ROUND
Mt. Lemmon - Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and golden aspen trees in autumn, and is rated as moderate.
The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Drive through Summerhaven to the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area.
The trailhead is at the end of the road. You'll have to walk the last couple of hundred yards in winter when the road into the picnic area is closed. Don’t forget to pay the $5 parking fee!
Lower Ventana Canyon
SET YOUR OWN LENGTH | NORTHEAST | SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY
The full Window Peak via Ventana Canyon Trail is a 12.4 mile out and back trail that is rated as difficult and gains over 4,000 feet up to the window (la ventana) at the top.
For a much more accessible hike, just do the first couple of miles which is relatively flat and shaded for a 1-2 hour out and back. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Head North on Kolb past Sunrise. Turn right into the Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort and park in the first lot. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.
Catalina State Park | Romero Ruins Loop
0.6 MILES | NORTHWEST | YEAR ROUND
Catalina State Park, Romero Ruins Loop is a 0.6 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is good for all skill levels.
The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Parking is on the North side of Catalina State Park Road, look for the trailhead sign across the street.