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Cathedral Rock Trail #26 - Tucson, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,320 feet
Elevation Gain -856 feet
Accumulated Gain 771 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.47
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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8  2020-04-09
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool Traverse
8  2019-03-09
Esperero Canyon loop
33  2016-05-07
Sabino - Cathedral Peak - Mt Lemmon
2  2015-11-28
Bear-East Fork-West Fork-Cathedral-Esperero
9  2015-03-28
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta
6  2014-05-23
Cathedral Rock via Esperero Trail
12  2014-05-10
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool Traverse
50  2014-05-10
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool Traverse
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🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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Cathedral Rock Trail #26 use is relatively light due to its rugged nature and because access to either end of the trail is rather arduous. It has not been maintained in several years, and some areas are nearly overgrown and very difficult to follow. Add to this the fact that a large section of the trail is either very steep or narrow and rocky, and you end up with a trail not recommended for novices.

Vegetation along the trail varies from upper Sonoran desert to pine and oak woodlands of the transition zone. Views from the trail are exceptional, highlighted by Cathedral Rock, Esperero Canyon, and Sabino Canyon, while Tucson glitters in a sprawling pool far below. This trail does not lead to the summit of Cathedral Rock. Hikers who wish to scramble up the rugged maze of routes that leads to that 7,952-foot high summit, the highest in the front range, will need technical rock climbing experience to reach their goal. Most will be content with getting a bit closer and admiring Cathedral Rock from below with the respect it deserves.

Connects front range to Catalina trails, high country views, access to Cathedral Rock, and a challenging trail!

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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 $$
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2021 - FAQ
$8 per vehicle per day
$10 per vehicle per week
$40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

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.

2021 Catalina State Park
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/bicycle: $3.00

2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

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 hike
This trail is accessible only via other trails; from the Esperero Trail #25, 6.5 miles in, and from the West Fork Trail #24, 7.5 miles from the end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle road.
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