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blueBlack Pima Canyon Trail #62

Trail

6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point
67% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,300' 1,311 m
Descent: -339' -103 m
High: 7,200' 2,195 m
Low: 2,916' 889 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

A popular and scenic route up the impressive Pima Canyon.

Nick Wilder

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

The vast majority of runners go one to three miles up and then turn around. Going farther than three miles gets significantly, more difficult!

Runner Notes

Though rocky, this is one of the less-steep canyons in the area and makes for a decent run. Be careful of your ankles!

Description

Though the stream in Pima Canyon is dry for most of the year, it supports an excellent example of a desert riparian habitat located conveniently close to Tucson.

From the trailhead, the trail ascends a V-shaped notch carved along the south face of Pusch Ridge. Views down the canyon get better as you climb, encompassing the city of Tucson as well as distant mountains and valleys.

The riparian area on the floor of the canyon provides excellent birdwatching for a wide variety of resident and migratory species that make use of this most productive of all desert habitat types. Other desert creatures you may encounter in this area include javelina and jackrabbits, but the real viewing prize of Pima Canyon, and the entire Pusch Ridge area, are the desert bighorn sheep that maintain a surefooted existence here among rocky crags and rugged canyons.

Beyond Pima Spring, the trail becomes steeper and harder to follow as it continues to climb to the upper slopes of Mt. Kimball.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep, if you're lucky!

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Apr 15, 2019
Matthew Wolf
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