This is a favorite short hike of the Saddlebrooke Hiking Club. Access is from the east end of Golder Ranch Road in Catalina. This is the trailhead for a number of hikes and mountain bike rides. The 50 Year trail from Catalina State Park comes through too.
Hike down the road a ways past the gate, then follow a trail to the left. Do not take the road to the end. That will take you to the Baby Jesus trail. Follow the trail across a couple of washes and then gradually start to climb. It is important to follow the GPS track as there are a lot of mountain bike trails around here and a lot of trail intersections. You will cross several small washes and hike up a wash for 100 yards. After about 3 miles the canyon will come into view. At about 3.6 miles you'll pass through the heart of the canyon. At 3.8 miles there is a great rock outcropping to stop and have a snack or lunch. The trail will continue on to meet up with Charleaux Gap Road.
Check out the Official Route.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking 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.
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.