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Phone Line Link Trail #27A, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,793 feet
Elevation Gain 430 feet
Accumulated Gain 430 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 2.13
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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Author Jeffshadows
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
Historical Weather
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:57am - 6:17pm
Official Route
6 Alternative

Why not make Blacketts Ridge harder?!
by Jeffshadows

Likely In-Season!
On 31 July 2006, Sabino Canyon experienced a massive flood event. The result was the devastation of the infrastructure and many of the recreation sites. The floodwaters and slides that resulted also heavily damaged many of the hiking trails in Sabino, closing some for over a year. This minor link trail is once such trail that has recently (Fall 2008) been entirely restored by the Forest Service.

To reach the Telephone Line Link Trail, #27A, or "Link trail"; follow the paved course of Sabino road to the first tram stop. Just beyond the tram stop, a trail descends steeply into Sabino creek below. Follow this trail and cross the stream at a convenient place. Just across the creek, the Dam trail will be encountered, turn left take up its course for a 2/10ths of a mile walk northeast to the signed junction with the Link trail. Alternatively, follow the Dam trail from the Bear Canyon trailhead at the parking lot and avoid the road altogether.

The Link trail begins to climb immediately. The entire course of its travel is an ascent of the north canyon wall below the Saddle-back (Blackett's Ridge). It switchbacks continuously to gain roughly 900' of elevation by the time it connects with the Phone Line trail #27. After about a half-dozen switchbacks, the trail encounters a signed junction with a side trail departing up-canyon to a series of picnic sites. The switchbacks continue, and the view of Sabino below becomes even more dazzling. At the end of a long switchback roughly 1/2-mile in, a small, improved vista is encountered. There is a large boulder facilitating a place to sit and take in unobstructed views of the entire canyon and the Front Range of the Catalinas. After leaving the vista, the trail rounds a dozen or more switchbacks and turns sharply into a junction with the Telephone Line trail.

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2009-01-14 Jeffshadows
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One-Way Notice
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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.

Permit $$
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2021 - 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.

2021 Catalina State Park
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/bicycle: $3.00

2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

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

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Speedway/Campbell in Tucson, take Speedway east to Kolb. Take Kolb north to the Sabino Canyon Recreation area (Follow the signs).
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