Bear Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,465' 751 m
Descent: -2,456' -749 m
High: 4,818' 1,468 m
Low: 2,683' 818 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“An amazing trail loop starting at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.”— Chad Dailey
The Bear Canyon Trail #29 will connect to the East Fork Trail #24A (part of the AZT - Passage 11 - Santa Catalina Mountains). Head west along Trail #24A until intersection with Sabino Canyon Trail #23.
Head south on Sabino Canyon Trail #23. The trail curves back and forth, following the contour of the hills. You'll pass a junction with the Phoneline Trail - stay to the right here to continue on the Sabino Canyon Trail #23. After a series of switchbacks that provide a view through the canyon overlooking the city, the trail will connect to the top of North Upper Sabino Canyon Road which you'll run back to the visitor center to complete the loop. An optional bonus would be to skip road and exit Sabino Canyon along the Phoneline Trail, which adds approximately 1.25 miles.
Note: The trail can be difficult to follow between Seven Falls and the AZT / East Fork Trail junction. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app to help find your way.
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