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Breakfast Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,731 feet
Elevation Gain 2,100 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,200 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.63
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
 Dogs not allowed
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author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan → Early
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:24pm
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Take a Lunch, Too!
by imike

This little hiked and slightly hidden away canyon is right in the middle of the busiest area in Tucson outdoors, The Sabino Canyon recreation area. While not as dramatic as its sister canyon, Rattlesnake, it offers some very interesting features and potentials.

The hike starts out just like the trek up into Rattlesnake. After following the paved road a bit over one mile into the park, up and over the first big hill, you divert to the left into the Rattlesnake Canyon drainage (or along the Rattlesnake trail) then in a very short distance turn to your right up and into Breakfast Canyon.

Depending on the rain and flood patterns the canyon bottom might be open or overgrown. As you work your way up canyon there will be assorted boulder obstacles but nothing too challenging. The interesting aspect of Breakfast Canyon was the concentration of wildlife both in the lower regions and in the upper broad meadow areas. The upper reaches of the canyon form a wide open basin with access to ridges on either side. The ridge to your left overlooks Rattlesnake Canyon and the Ridge on the right overshadows the main portion of Sabino Canyon. It can be very entertaining to sit up there and watch the spectacle that is Sabino on any given weekend.

The views over into Sabino provide a very different perspective on trails and routes you may have already hiked down below.

You will likely encounter a fair number of deer grazing the upper slopes.

Once up canyon, a fun return route is to drop over and down the ridge into Rattlesnake Canyon. It is best accomplished from the upper meadow. If you follow the ridgeline too far around and down the descent can get a bit iffy.

This hike makes for a nice getaway from the crowds typical to the other Tucson area trails.

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2010-11-23 imike
    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.

     Permit $$
    Visit overview & permits.
    2022 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2022 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Paved - Car Okay

    To canyon trip
    Directions 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.
    page created by imike on Nov 23 2010 2:47 pm
     90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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