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Bird Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,732 feet
Elevation Gain 2,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,050 feet
Avg Time One Way 2-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.83
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
 Backpack No
 Dogs not allowed
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20  2021-12-18 Mike_W
9  2017-01-16 air
1  2016-09-10 air
24  2012-02-20
Esperero Trail #25
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
Associated Areas
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Tucson Region
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Preferred Mar, Feb, Nov, Jan
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:20am - 5:53pm
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Grotto Stroll
by imike

 Likely In-Season!
For a simple off-trail getaway hike, right in the middle of the bustle of the Sabino Canyon Recreation area, take off up Esperero Trail to Bird Canyon. The 0.7-mile paved road, then the 0.6-mile walk up the trail to the junction with the Rattlesnake Wash cutoff takes you close to the base of a steep but short hill. Work your way up and on top of that ridge, following the trail, then as the trail drops steeply off the bench and into Bird Canyon drainage, make your way to the bottom and across to the other side of the drainage... at this point you could simply begin to work your way up drainage, but it is a little easier to stay on the trail for another 100yds or so, and re-enter the drainage slightly above the crossing. Esperero Canyon Trail will begin to incline steeply out of the Bird Canyon drainage at this point; do not continue to follow the trail.

From this point you will be off trail for the remainder of the hike.

The drainage may be followed for miles, but a very pleasant and logical destination is a narrow waterfall grotto about a mile up drainage. In season this grotto is a fairly dramatic setting with water cascading into a fern lined, rock bound defile with nice tree accents overhanging. This is a great picnic destination point.

There is an obvious and fairly easy access around this obstacle on the right side, 35 yds short of the waterfall.

The hike continues in canyon fashion with small rock falls, pools, and pleasant riparian habitat. There is the normal danger of slipping on the wet rocks. At a further point, the canyon vegetation can present problems, depending on just how overgrown it has become since the latest flooding.

It is not big Adventure... but it is adventure!

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2009-04-29 imike

    One-Way Notice
    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.

     Permit $$
    information is in description

    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 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
    page created by imike on Apr 29 2009 2:47 pm

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