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Hidden Canyon from 50 Year Trail Area, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,244 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Jan, Dec
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:15am - 5:19pm
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by parkrunner

Likely In-Season!
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.

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.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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 $$
AZ State Land Recreational Permits are available for an individual ($15.00), or a family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18 ($20.00).

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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
From Oracle Road (AZ-77) north of Tucson in the community of Catalina turn east on Golder Ranch Road. Follow road until it crosses cattle guard. Immediately after cattle guard turn left. You are now on gravel road. Less than 1/2 mile later the road splits. Take the right split. After here, depending upon the year and rain washouts, you may need a high clearance vehicle. We did it with a regular car. About 1/2 to 3/4 mile later you will come to a parking area. After the parking area the road gets extremely rough. Only very high clearance and 4x4 can continue.
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