Sabino Canyon: Phoneline Trail

  • March 25, 2013 · 12:30 PM
  • Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Length:+- 6.0 mile loop
Elev gain: +- 600'
*Rated: Beginner +
*Dogs are not permitted in Sabino Canyon
*Sabino Canyon is a fee area - $5.00 per car.
These fees for recreational use will hopefully allow the Forest Service to continue to subsidize grazing leases and timber sales at their present generous levels.

Meet at the Visitor Center under the Ramada.
Hike DEPARTS at 12:30

We will hike to the "Big Rock" for a rest and snacks and enjoy the Canyon view. Then double back and take the connector trail down to Tram stop #1. Then walk the creek trail up to Tram stop #2 ,then walk back to Visitors Center via the road or on the Rattlesnake trail which ever gets the most votes.

Please Bring: 2+ liters of water, food for a snack, sun protection

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Tips for Beginning Hikers - Sierra Club

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  • Mike B.

    Greetings!
    After a relaxing stay at Rogers, on Wed the 27th I departed Tucson for home.
    Four days and 2,240 miles later I reached home in Morgantown WV.
    I arrived to bright sunshine, blooming daffodils and witch hazels and the calls of Chickadees and Cardinals.
    Spring has arrived...

    See you all next year!
    WV-Mike

    March 31, 2013

  • Dave T

    Overall: very good hike and trail. I extended by a bit......

    Nice group pace to the "big" rock.
    Then I continued the trail up past the last tram stop and into the back country - nice uphill grade.
    At jct of Sabino and E Fork trails (7 mi): stream & grassy area for camping. Good break time to refuel. Then, E Fork trail to jct at Bear Canyon trail: gradual > moderate climb of 1100'. Lots of shade in pm. Highest elevation: 4900 (.5 mi after E Fork/Bear Cyn jct). Sabino/E Fork jct elevation was 3800'.
    Bear Canyon trail drops fast with switchbacks and is rocky. Arrived opposite 7 Falls in the dark but with big moon illuminating the pools. Normally this is a good break spot. My Blk Diamond Spot headlamp was great to see trail obstacles. Without any light source, progress would have been slow, esp crossing the stream 7x. 2.5L of water was not enough. But within 30 mins I arrived at the tram station which had a nice faucet so I cameled-up there for the last 1.5 miles to the car.

    March 26, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Thanks for this report! I wonder how many people have ever seen moonlight dancing on the pools of the Seven Falls. Awesome...

      March 31, 2013

  • Gene M.

    Fantastic!

    March 28, 2013

  • Dave T

    Howdy. Bear Cyn loop: 18.5mi, 8hrs hiking time. Back at car @ 9:15p. Glad I had my headlamp. Fantastic trail loop. Full moon last 1.5hrs. Will try to post pics tomorrow. Dave

    March 25, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Dude - you rock!! Glad you got back OK.

      March 26, 2013

  • Maureen M.

    Hi Mike, tell Betsy to get well soon........thanks so much for so many fun hikes! and.........I hope to be still having fun when you return!

    March 26, 2013

  • Gene M.

    Mike...Thanks for heading up the hike today..Have a great summer back home and I'll look forward to seeing you in the fall...Gene

    March 25, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Fun hike. I enjoyed exploring the lower end of the creek.
    Seeya next year!

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great hike for the lat one Mike. It may have been just a tad on the warm side for me but a good work out. I will be looking forward for your return & doin some more great hikes with you. You take care of yourself and as Old Roy said "Happy Trails.

    March 25, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Indeed - Happy Trails!!

      March 25, 2013

  • Allison

    probably can't get there from work quickly enough

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The pollen is killing me!

    March 23, 2013

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