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Chivo Falls, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,957 feet
Elevation Gain -276 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.35
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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18  2022-01-14
Chivo Falls
3  2018-03-11 The_N
7  2017-03-22 uphill_junkie
7  2017-02-25 HandsomeRob
2  2017-01-14 fricknaley
13  2015-02-05
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22  2013-09-13
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Trips 18 map ( 143 miles )
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Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:22pm
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Great Seasonal Waterfall
by Red Rover

This hike to a seasonal waterfall is along a dirt bike road in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson. Because this is such a popular area, stick to a weekday hike if at all possible. Even on a Monday, we saw 4 off-road vehicles during our hike. The trail/road goes up and down through a large open area with a variety of trees and saguaro along the way, crosses the Tanque Verde and Joaquim Washes, and ends in a lovely area with running water, ponds, and a great waterfall... if there's been any snow to melt. We were there in February with snow still at upper elevations so conditions were likely optimum. Sadly, part of the road area is trashed by inconsiderate bikers and 4WD users, but the hike is still worth it.

The jeep trail called #4417 leads out of the north end of the parking lot and is where the hike begins. Watch for posts along the way with numbers to be sure you stay on the right roads. It would be easy to wander all over without the numbered roads. There's an easy reference list of the roads and turns in the directions. I found it online and it was invaluable.

The road starts steep down to the first cow pond and then turns into a rough 4WD road with rolling hills, short climbs, and descents over lots of rocks. The first place of interest is called "The Chute". This is a rough area of big rocks and rough terrain that is a great challenge to riders. Continue east/SE through several small dry canyons and hills. When you come to another large cow pond on the left of the road begin looking for a single-track trail that splits off to the right; take this trail. This is a short piece of singletrack that reconnects to the road. The single track ends just south of a huge tree and rejoins the road. If you missed the single track you will come to a T intersection where you turn right (south) and continue. You cross over (yet another) cattle grate and continue east about 0.25 of a mile. Another sharp right turn takes you down to Tanque Verde Wash (sometimes running stream); keep to the right once you cross the stream bed. Cross the stream again under some large trees and follow the trail up a few more steep climbs. You will know you are getting close to Chiva Falls when you seem to be up against the mountains. You can get under the falls and even go around behind them if you stay to the right and climb over the boulders. It's a great place to cool your feet in the pool or climb around the falls. Head back the same way you came and remember your car is primarily west, northwest now.

0.0 Start from the parking area. You can take the trail on the right or left since they join down the hill.
2.0 Pass Chiva Tank on the left.
2.3 Trail 4417 joins from the left. Stay right.
2.7 Trail 4405 joins from the right. Stay left.
2.8 Trail 4405 splits right at an old corral. Follow it across the Tanque Verde Wash and smaller Joaquin Wash
3.5 Trail 4405 splits right up a steep hill. Stay left down the loose hill in front of you. You'll soon see the falls.
3.7 End of the trail. Check out the falls if they're running. Return the way you came in.

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2007-02-11 Red Rover
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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
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Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
Take Tanque Verde Road east of Tucson to where it turns into Redington Road. Approximately 4.5 miles after the paved road ends and the dirt road starts there's a corral on the left and a cleared parking area on the right. Park here.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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