Chimney Rock - Catalinas, AZ | HikeArizona

Chimney Rock - Catalinas, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,990 feet
Elevation Gain 175 feet
Accumulated Gain 191 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.26
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Chimney Rock Loop
11  2023-01-30 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 46
Routes 68
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Trips 218 map ( 1,224 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:27am - 6:34pm
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🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2017 Burro Fire27.2k
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Climb this chimney, but don't get burned!
by Mike_W

Chimney rock is a huge rock formation about 50 feet tall and a great unique area for climbers and hikers who are comfortable with rock climbing. You'll need a high-clearance vehicle or an ATV to get to this remote area and some patience. This is still an enjoyable hike, even if you are not a climber and you choose not to climb Chimney Rock. The many rock formations in the area photograph well and the scenery all around is very nice.

Climbing Chimney Rock, and other rocks in the area, can absolutely be dangerous and can cause injury or death if you don't know what you're doing. Only attempt this climb if you are comfortable and experienced with climbing.

Start off hiking east down the road toward Chimney Rock. Within about 1/2 mile, you should see Chimney Rock, the tallest rock structure in the area. Continue down to the road until you see a junction very close to the rock. There's a road that circles around Chimney Rock so you can see all views of this unique structure.

There is a barbed wire fence that goes around this rock structure, but I didn't see any signs saying "keep out" or "no trespassing". Climbing Chimney rock without ropes is possible on the west face for experienced hikers and people comfortable with climbing. Ropes will need to be used along the other faces. There are several metal rings at the top which are intended for rope climbers. Remember that there are multiple ways to climb this rock if you choose to climb it and many more bad ways than good ways. Remember to be safe at all times.

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2023-01-31 Mike_W
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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.

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

High Clearance possible when dry

To hike
From Tucson take Tanque Verde road until it runs into Redington road. Continue up the mountain until you reach the lower Tanque Verde falls trailhead parking lot. At this point, you'll be on a dirt road that can get bumpy at times. Reset your odometer here. Continue on Redington road for 6.6 miles to a junction. You should see a sign marking the Bellota Ranch HQ road. Next, follow this road going North for roughly 3 miles and you will reach another road going East/West. There will be a gate immediately to your right. Drive through the gate and park on the South side of the road. It's possible to drive all the way to Chimney rock, but that would make the hike too easy.
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