Hiking Trails Worth Checking Out

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As the leaves change (in the eastern and northern parts of the state) and the temperatures drop, there’s no better time than in the fall to pull your outdoor equipment out of the garage. Fill your hydration packs and lace up your hiking boots. Tucson provides miles and miles of beginning, moderate, and advanced hiking trails for you to explore.

Here are just a few hiking trails worth checking out.

Seven Falls

If you have time for a leisurely, although moderate hike, aim for Seven Falls. Accessible year ‘round through the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Seven Falls trail winds through forests of saguaros, sycamore, and cottonwood trees as teddy bear cactus, buckhorn Cholla, and barrel cactus line the path. The trail is 2 ½ miles one way, but you are awarded with spectacular views: It leads to a surreal set of waterfalls that cascade into large pools that you can relax around, and swim or wade into (weather permitting). The hike takes about 3 hours’ round trip.

More information can be found here.

Tumamoc Hill

Great for the whole family, Tumamoc Hill is one of the only trails in the Tucson Mountain Range that permits night hiking, making it the perfect place to watch the sun rise or set. Completely paved, with gentle slopes, it is a 2.9-mile out and back trail that provides phenomenal views of the city. There are also opportunities to see wildlife. The trail is best used from September until May.

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The park contains a network of interconnected trails – over 15 miles worth, so it’s easy to put together outings for all ages and abilities.

Covering 1.6 miles, Granite Overlook circles through hills dotted with clusters of boulders, as well as oak and mesquite trees. Yucca, stool, and bear grass line the path. The trail, which is best taken counterclockwise, crosses the park’s highest point (4,622) and offers impressive views of the entire park including the ranch house.

A section of the Arizona Trail crosses through the park. If you want to take this trail, use the Wildlife Corridor and Manzanita trails to form a 6-mile loop. Additionally, Oracle State Park is a designated International Dark Sky Park.

More information can be found here.

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