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Sabino Canyon Loop, AZ
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Sabino Canyon Loop, AZ 
Sabino Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
markthurman53
Hiking8.59 Miles 1,085 AEG
Hiking8.59 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.03 mph
1,085 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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March was a bust for hiking, I think I got a whopping 6 miles in for the month, terrible. The house painting is done so it's time to get back to a little hiking. Ginny and I did a local hike in Sabino Canyon. I have hiked this many times but was a first for Ginny. We hiked up Sabino Canyon Road and came back along the Phoneline Trail which is about 600 feet above the creek bottom. The hike was 8.5 miles total with about 1100 feet of elevation gain. A good starter hike to wake up the body after letting it go lazy for a month. Sabino Canyon had a light flow but no water across the bridges as it was last year.

We started at the Sabino Canyon overflow parking along Sabino Canyon road and took the .4 mile trail to the road. There is a fee for parking in this lot but the National park pass is accepted. The walk along the road was pleasant and not too many people on it. There was no water across the bridges but there is a moderate flow. The cottonwoods were in their spring green, saw a couple saguaros with blooms but they were in the minority. Very scant flower showing along the Phoneline Trail. The cactus look a little more hydrated than they did in January.

We took the Historic Sabino Canyon Trail #23A up to the Phoneline Trail. This Trail starts at a signed junction with the road just after crossing the last bridge, I believe #9. This trail is a short .7 miles and climbs about 600 feet. Great views of upper and lower Sabino Canyon and the ridge above that separates Sabino and Bear Canyon. Great views of Thimble Peak.

The Phoneline Trail is pretty much a level walk down canyon with a little elevation climb just prior to the link trail. Always a great trail to get a birds eye view of the canyon. Just before the link trail there is an enormous rock that fell from the cliffs above and upon reaching its resting place decided to split, the lower portion slid a little more downhill. Worth spending a little time exploring. I could not find an easy way to get to the lower portion but I'm sure there are some more energetic hikers that would be able to do that.

The Link trail was our route back to the creek bed. This trail is an easy down hill maybe a little more drawn out than it needs to be though, very long switchbacks. Probably easier to come up this trail and head down the Historic Sabino Trail #23A.
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