One of the best parts of living in Tucson is the outdoors life that we get to live. We get year-round beautiful sunny weather and even our shopping malls are outdoors. One of the best features about the city of Tucson are the fantastic hiking areas. Several of the top areas to hike are:
Sabino Canyon – North East Tucson
Sabino Canyon is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The areas was originally inhabited by the Native American Hohokam people, and present day plant-life started 6-8000 years ago. In 1905, the US Forest Service took the land and started a National park here. In the Great Depression, the Sabino Canyon Dam was built as well as 9 different bridges over the Sabino Creek with the hopes to build a road to the top of Mount Lemmon. The road traverses 4.5 miles into Sabino Canyon, but ends there. There is a tram that will bring you to the end of the road, where the hiking trail begins. Seven Falls is the most popular hike in the Tucson area, and it is about 2.5 miles of hiking through the Sabino creek. Once you reach the end, there are 7 waterfalls that you can wade and swim around in. It is a beautiful trail and not very difficult other than the sheer length. The trail takes about 3 hours round trip.
Romero Pools – Oro Valley
Romero Pools is part of the Catalina State Park and located in Oro Valley. Once you have paid the daily use fee, go down the road until there is a large parking area on your left. Park and cross the road and continue onto the trails. Romero Pools hiking trail is about 5.5 miles long, and is mostly stairs uphill and can be challenging. It is a favorite hike because of the sheer views of Oro Valley after you climb up the mountain. Once at the top, there are several waterfalls and deep pools of water that you can swim in. During the summer months, expect to see people cliff jumping into the pools, but exercise extreme caution when doing so. It is an absolutely beautiful hike, however it can be challenging due to the elevation climb and steps during the hike.
A Mountain & Tumamoc Hill
Downtown Tucson offers some quick hikes right next to the city-center. A Mountain is a brief road you can take to get to the top of a hill that overlooks the city’s downtown. People have put rocks into the shape of an A for Arizona, and college students paint the letter every year. There are some trails that originate from the top including one that brings you to a tower to get an even higher viewpoint. Another good hike from here is Tumamoc Hill. Tumamoc Hill is the next hill over and is an incredibly popular hike. Expect lots of people to be hiking it at sunrise and sunsets. It is about 1.5 miles and gains around 600 foot in elevation. This makes it for a very popular exercise given just how close this is to the downtown region(under 5 minute drive from downtown Tucson!).