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Pine Canyon - Catalinas, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Tucson N
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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 9.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,895 feet
Elevation Gain -3,677 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,723 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.64
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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61  2012-09-23 GrottoGirl
47  2010-02-14 Vaporman
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Sun  6:52am - 5:22pm
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Nearby Area Water
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Bigelow Trail
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Palisades Canyon
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Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
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0.7 mi
500 ft
Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point
Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point
0.7 mi away
1.3 mi
300 ft
Knagge Trail #18
Knagge Trail #18
0.8 mi away
3.5 mi
182 ft
Vista Trail #14
1.4 mi away
0.5 mi
Davis Spring Trail #31
Davis Spring Trail #31
1.4 mi away
6.0 mi
625 ft
Brinkley Point
Brinkley Point
1.5 mi away
6.8 mi
2,242 ft
Box Camp Trail #22
Box Camp Trail #22
1.5 mi away
6.1 mi
179 ft
Sabino Box below Box Springs Trail
Sabino Box below Box Springs Trail
1.5 mi away
5.4 mi
-1,300 ft
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Pine Canyon - Catalinas is a 9.9 mile one way canyon trip with 1,723 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 17 miles northeast of Tucson Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. March and April are the best months to enjoy this activity. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

Overview: A technical canyon with two mandatory 60ft & 150ft waterfalls to rappel with loads of other falls, pools, and fallen trees to bypass. Take the Palisades trail 3 miles down to Mud Springs of Pine Canyon and head down canyon from there thru & past all the obstacles for about 2 slow miles until you reach the East Fork of the Sabino Canyon trail and then hike another 4 miles east back to the old Prison Camp.

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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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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.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

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 canyon trip
Shuttle hike: Drop lower car off at Gordon Hirabayashi (Prison Camp) TH and drive further up the Catalinas Highway to the Palisades TH.
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