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 Phone Line Trail #27, AZPrint Full | Basic
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Difficulty 1.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 4.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,730 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.5
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Routes 153
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Trips 1,508 map ( 10,197 miles )
Age 39
Location Tucson, AZ
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 Lower Sabino Canyon Loop
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 Lower Sabino Canyon Loop
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 Sabino-Bear Loop
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18  2013-08-19 Timknorr
23  2012-09-13
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Map - Coronado NF - Safford & Catalina Distric
Forest Coronado
Wilderness Pusch Ridge
Backpack - Possible & Connecting
Seasons - Autumn to Spring
Dogs not allowed
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0.0  Sabino-Bear Loop
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     Mallard Duck
     Sonoran Desert Toad
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The ringing never ends
by fricknaley

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The Phone Line trail in Sabino Canyon is as straightforward as it gets. This trail follows the southern side of the tram road up into and along Sabino Canyon, albeit several hundred feet above it. It's a nice distance on an easy to follow trail with great views up into Sabino Canyon all along the way. This trail is also popular with trail runners as it is fairly level after the initial elevation changes at either end.

To reach the beginning of the Phone Line Trail you start out from the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center following the Bear Canyon Trail, which begins at the eastern corner of the parking lot, to the right of the visitors center. This first section follows a wide dirt track, formally a shuttle road, till it reaches a paved section of road. Turn right on the paved road, and follow it downhill to another intersection, next to a building containing restrooms. Here, you'll turn right again, and follow the road across Sabino Creek and uphill to the last intersection. Straight in front you, the Phone Line trail leaves the road (at a small sign announcing it's departure) and climbs a short distance up to the spine of a ridge where it splits. To the right the Bear Canyon trail heads off toward Seven Falls. To the left, the Phone Line Trail heads gently up the ridge on it's way into Sabino Canyon. Turn left here and formally begin your journey.

Initially the trail gains elevation and heads towards the western flank of Blackett's Ridge. After a little over one-half a mile a sign marks the beginning of the Blackett's Ridge trail to your right. The Phone Line continues onward to skirt th the western edge of the ridge, then eventually curves north, then east around it to start it's northeastern trek into Sabino Canyon.

As you round the bend, great views up into Sabino and the Catalina high country will be your guide the rest of the way. You can also see the tram road climbing up the canyon as well. You are now hundreds of feet above it, you can see little specks (people) cruising along the path. Thimble peak and Blackett's Ridge are up and to your right. As you pass these, new peaks guide you further into the canyon. The going is easy. Multiple large rock outcroppings on your left along the way provide good sites to have lunch. As you finally reach the end of the line, the trail starts switchbacking down. You can see the circular turnaround beneath you for the trams. Switchbacking down, the Phone Line meets up with Sabino Canyon trails (which continue up the canyon). Continue downward to the road. Enjoy nice views, then reclimb and begin your trip back. Alternatively, for those inclined, you could always catch the tram back to the visitor center. If you choose to walk to and from the formal beginning of the Phone Line trail plan on adding about 2 miles to your total trip length, bringing the whole hike to about 11 miles or so.

This is by no means a secluded hike, but it's a nice stroll along the upper walls of Sabino Canyon nonetheless. It's also kind of neat to tower hundreds of feet above the walkers and trams patrolling the roadway. As a side note, this trail is popular in Tucson for runners. If you encounter any, be courteous and give them the right of passage.

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One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

Directions Preferred Months Feb Mar Oct Nov
Preferred Start7 AM Sunrise6:32am Sunset5:43pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / Permit
Sabino/Madera - $5 per day or $20 annual. Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $8 extra.

Directions
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To Sabino Canyon Recreation Trailhead
From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Grant/Kolb Rd head northeast on Tanque Verde. Turn left at the second light on Sabino Canyon Rd. Go about 8 miles up Sabino Canyon Rd and you come to a four way stop with Sunrise. Go straight through the intersection and take the next right into the parking lot of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Signs marking the way start on North Kolb road.

This is the universal directions to Sabino Canyon Recreation Center. Hikes take off from all directions and some you might need to hike another trail to get to the start of your hike. Reference the hike summary for details.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 117 mi - about 1 hour 57 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 14.1 mi - about 30 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 261 mi - about 4 hours 1 min
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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